I need some help with Vatsim!

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I'm tearing my hair out over something which I'm sure is very straightforward! Although I've been using Flight Simulator now for a few years, I've never flown online, but decided to give it a go today in order to see what all the fuss is about. From what I can see and hear, it looks like a whole lot of fun, but something is baffling me. Bearing in mind that I am only familiar with the default ATC in flight simulator, I know that you request IFR clearance from the control tower... http://www.web-wings.co.uk/vatsim.jpg ...but this shot from Birmingham shows that there is only a frequency for Birmingham Approach and not Birmingham Tower. Earlier, I was at Heathrow and requested clearance from the Biggin Hill Tower. That was embarrassing. Obviously I'm doing something wrong. I have filed my flight plan, but I just don't have a clue how to get that clearance and to get on my way! Any help would be much appreciated.
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You call EGBB_APP for cleareance Mike :) If there is any ATC of sorts on your field, then give it a call, if not, as in EGLL, don't call EGKB or the nearest field, just announce your intentions on UNICOM which is 122.8 I'm sure i'll see you soon on-line mate!
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Ahh... Thanks for that! I'm off to give it a go now. Yippeeeee ;)
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Enjoy it mate, the experience is second to none, don't be nervous, just build up the confidence and you'll be fine! I've been doing it now for 3 years, and never looked back!
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Right-io, my A319 is still sat on the tarmac at Heathrow. I filed a flightplan, but since I am not familiar with SIDS/STARS and putting together proper flight plans, I was told that bits were missing. Can anyone offer further help? I've got a plane load of passengers wanting to get to Manchester and the flight is already very delayed! :(
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Right what add-on you using? As in real life, you need to comply with real operations, so to fly SID's and STAR's are a must Can i ask you to head over to http://www.vatsim-uk.org/index.php?page=newpilots for more info? flight plans you can get here :- http://rfinder.asalink.net/free/ Get charts from www.ais.org.uk Its free but you need to register :) It looks like a lot of work, but don't give up mate!!
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i started flying online about 3 weeks ago, and its fabulous!! i did EGCC-CYYZ today just landed, had some great ATC! Jon
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Thanks for the help, Elgan. Thank God I've got 4 weeks before I start my full time job. I think I'm going to need it to get to grips with everything there is to know! I'm not going to give up though. From what I could see earlier on, it looked like really good fun and the air traffic control is superb.
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Thats great news mate! As i say there is a lot to learn, everybody has to go thru it, and it took me a while :p And well done Jon! There is nothing like getting ATC the other side of the FS world either!
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Mike, I know it's a few days since you post, however I think you have my e-mail address on MSN but if you want us to run through it at some point in the daytime drop us an e-mail - i'm on there nearly as much as Elgan and have a fair bit of time on my hands at the present.
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Thanks for that... I'll be sure to drop you a message sometime! :)