BAVirtual achieves VATSIM ATO Status

The next generation in Virtual Aviation training is set for take-off as BAVirtual receives Authorised Training Organisation status from the VATSIM network.

BAVirtual members will now be able to achieve their VATSIM P1, P2 and P3 ratings through in-house training developed and delivered by a team including no fewer than nine current and retired real-world airline pilots, training captains and flying instructors with a combined total of over 45,000 virtual flying hours – not to mention tens of thousands of real ones as well!

There are currently two courses on offer to members: the VATSIM Basics course, an interactive self-study course which meets all requirements for the issue of the P1 rating, and the Initial Flying Training course, an integrated course combining interactive self-study theory modules and live, one-on-one flight training delivered by a BAVirtual-approved instructor. Designed to bring a student from zero experience to a high level of proficiency in the fundamentals of flight, visual flying techniques and navigation in preparation for future multi-engine and instrument courses, those who successfully complete the Initial Flying Training course will be issued with both the P2 and P3 ratings.

Director of Training at BAVirtual, Simon Kelsey, said: “I’m delighted that we have received Authorised Training Organisation status. It’s been a long road to get to this point, involving hundreds of man-hours and many late nights developing and testing the course materials, exploring innovative training techniques rarely used in the Flight Simulator environment and, of course, for our Technical team who have worked tirelessly to develop the technical infrastructure to make it all possible and easy to access.”

VATSIM Pilot Training Academy Director, Anthony Colduck, continued: “I really enjoyed auditing the course. The level of detail is absolutely fantastic and the videos and activities are really engaging and helpful. It’s one of the most comprehensive courses I’ve ever seen – I think everybody will take something away from it, and I’m sure it’s going to be a hit.”

BAVirtual members will be able to benefit from the new courses immediately, and there are plans to make the P1 course available to the wider VATSIM community in the future.

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