VATSIM is completely free to join and use, including all of our pilot and ATC software that allows you to connect to our global network. Whether you want to join us as a virtual Pilot or virtual Air Traffic Controller, the initial registration process is the same.
You will be required to agree to a couple of documents as a part of the signup process. You can find all our policy documents on our website. However you may specifically wish to review:
You must be at least 13 years of age to join VATSIM.
noteIf you have previously been a VATSIM member and your account is inactive, please do not create a new account. Instead, you can reactivate your old account by visiting myVATSIM. This will also reinstate any previous ATC rating you had and will continue to log flight statistics against previously logged stats. Members may hold only one VATSIM identification number and password.
If you're new to VATSIM, please follow the instructions on the Sign Up Page. When you've completed this form you'll have to confirm your email address and will receive your account details.
Once you have your account details, you can get started as a pilot or a controller. To do so, we suggest you first read the Pilot's Getting Started page or find your local Region/Division websites for more information about ATC Training.
You can find all the links on this website to software you will need to connect as a Pilot or Air Traffic Controller.
If you require any help with the signup process you can contact our Membership team.
View all support resources on our Member Help Page.