Who are we
Belux vACC is part of VATSIM (short for the Virtual Air Traffic Simulation Network), a completely free online platform which allows virtual pilots, wherever they are in the world, to connect their flight simulators into one shared virtual world. VATSIM also simulates air traffic control in this virtual world, creating the ultimate as-real-as-it-gets experience for you, the virtual aviation enthusiast.
More info on VATSIM can be found on the VATSIM website.
We provide these virtual air traffic control services in the Belgium and Luxembourg region.
Everyone can train to become a virtual Air Traffic Controller with us for free, provided they follow our online and live training course.
Interested? Follow the steps below to sign up.
Are you a visiting controller looking for training? Skip to step 3.
Are you a transfer controller who already holds a rating (S2 or higher)? Please read the VATSIM Transfer controller policy. Contact our vACC ATC Training Director for more information or to request a transfer.
1. Create a VATSIM account
The first step is creating an account with VATSIM. You can skip this step if you already have an account.
During signup you will be asked to select a Region and a Division.
You should select Europe, Middle East and Africa as your Region and select Europe (except UK) as your Division.
2. Assign your vACC to Belux
Next, head over to VATEUD Membership and change Current vACC to Belux.
3. Send a training request
The next step is a training request. Make sure to log in first (top right) with your VATSIM account. Fill in the requested info. You will be able to choose between local controller and visiting controller.
If you’re new and starting as a virtual Air Traffic Controller with us this is the option to select.
Interested in joining us as a visiting controller? Check if you meet our requirements and send us a training request, we will email you a special online course to prepare you!
Visiting controllers are allowed to control the following airports up to approach level: EBOS, EBAW, EBCI and EBLG.
ELLX is only available for Tower and Delivery positions.
If you wish to visit at EBBR, ELLX_APP or our en-route sectors: Send an email to our training department but be aware that waiting times for training at these positions can be over a year long.
Visiting controller requirements
- Hold a permanent S3 rating or higher for at least 3 months
- Have controlled at least 50 hours with this rating
- Pass our written test about local procedures (after completing the online course)
You should receive an email when your training request is processed containing your Canvas login details.
4. Join our Discord server and our forum
We use our Discord server for most communication and coordination. Practical training will also be held via our Discord server.
A login to our forum can be requested via the following link, once your registration request has been approved you will receive an email with a forum password. You will now be able to log in on the forum with your VATSIM CID and the password sent to you.
Now it’s time to start the training process. This is done via theoretical modules on our online learning platform and live training sessions with a mentor.
Take your time to go through these online lessons at your own pace, combined with observing on the network. To become a good virtual ATCO you will have to go through a lot of new theory, we’ve tried to provide this in an interactive and clear way.
If something is not clear or not explained don’t hesitate to post your questions in our Discord server, our members are always happy to answer!
New member -> S2 rating training process
Online theory modules
We use Canvas for our online based lessons, these can be accessed via the following link
You can always come back and check if you missed something or want to revise something.
As stated before, go through this material at your own pace and don’t rush it. It’s important to have a good understanding of the material provided before having practical sessions with a mentor.
You don’t need any previous knowledge when starting these courses, everything will be explained from A to Z.
In conjunction with the online training modules we also require you to go online on the network as an observer and listen to our controllers. This will help you get used to the EuroScope software, phraseology and procedures.
More information about the observing period can be found in our online training modules.
S1 rating theoretical test and practical training
Once you have completed the required courses and observing period you are eligible to take the S1 theoretical test. After this test you will receive practical training with a mentor.
Guidelines for practical training
After completing your online theory modules you will be trained by a mentor. These people are all volunteers and will teach you during their free time.
We therefore ask you to keep the following in mind:
- Show up to a session prepared, for a first session this means having properly studied the theory. Write down any questions you still have.
- Show up on time: If something comes up inform your mentor in due time! Not showing up or showing up late is considered very rude and may result in your training being suspended.
- Practical training takes time: We have a high standard for our virtual air traffic controllers and as such we spend a lot of time perfecting your skills. Be prepared to spend some hours on this.
- Time needed until you’re allowed to go online on the network: This depends entirely on you, if you’ve mastered the theory and phraseology before the first session you can be allowed online after around 4 sessions with a mentor (around 1 hour per session). Keep in mind that this can be longer.
Current waiting time for practical ground training
We have a waiting list for practical training, this is currently around 7 to 9 months.