Welcome!

We are an Aviation Family

Boston Virtual ARTCC (BVA) is a free, immersive, and realistic air traffic control community for pilots and aviation enthusiasts. We provide air traffic control within the Boston ARTCC on VATSIM. In addition, we have an active community of pilots who work with the controllers to create one of the most realistic air traffic control environments available online.

BVA provides everything a pilot needs to get connected and start flying. Alongside a library of online learning material, we operate a one-of-a-kind self-study Pilot Ratings Program designed to teach flying within the ATC system. Through this program, we are an authorized VATSIM ATO, eligible to certify for the P3, P4, and P5 pilot ratings. Most importantly, BVA is a truly communal environment of pilots and controllers where everyone is willing to learn and happy to help.

Our rigorously trained and certified online controllers work together with our pilots to provide the most immersive, realistic flight simulation experience available from the comfort of your home.

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WHY FLY WITH US

There are no special requirements for BVA pilots. Simply decide where you wish to fly, connect to the network, file a flight plan (if necessary), speak to the relevant controllers, and start flying. If you are new to online flying, we’ll be happy to help orient you to the VATSIM world. If you are a VATSIM pilot looking to take your flying to the next level, consider joining our active community of pilots.

In-Depth Training

Our controllers are trained to real-world FAA standards, so pilots receive FAA-level service flying through our airspace.

Immersive Realism

We equip our controllers with real-world local knowledge, allowing pilots to get a realistic experience, even at smaller airports.

High Availability

As the most active U.S. air traffic control facility for each of the past 4 years, you’ll regularly find us covering Boston and other local New England airfields.

Apply Today for Free!

Our community accepts applications from prospective members who are serious about realistic and professional aviation simulation. The application process is designed to ensure members who are willing to learn become part of the community. There are no knowledge prerequisites; we provide everything you need to know. Joining costs nothing, but provides access to pages of reading material, self-study guides, and our knowledgeable community of fellow pilots.

PATHWAY TO ATC

BVA’s Air Traffic Controllers are a group of members trained to real-world standards for Air Traffic Control in the United States.
Anyone can sign up, start reading, and get controlling!

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Join VATUSA as ATC

Join VATSIM’s USA division at www.vatusa.net. You’ll have to study for and complete the Basic/S1 Exam. (Before you join VATUSA, you may wish to become a BVA pilot member first. Though not required, controllers who join BVA as pilots first tend to be the most successful.)

Join the ZBW ARTCC

Once you complete your initial training and pass the Basic ATC/S1 Exam with VATUSA, you’ll have the option to select “ZBW” (Boston) as your home ARTCC. You will receive a welcome email with information on how to get started here.
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Study and Prepare

We provide a wealth of written, self-study material to prepare you for practical training. You’ll read knowledge material, and complete two exams.

Train and Practice

You’ll be paired up with a Mentor or Instructor, who will provide personal coaching and knowledge refinement in a simulated ATC environment.

Start Controlling!

Once certified, anyone can control airplanes on the live network! We’ll provide everything you need to know.

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

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VATSIM ATC Program

Our comprehensive air traffic control training program, based on the FAA JO 7110.65, covers everything you need to know about providing realistic online ATC.
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Pilot Training Program

Our Pilot Ratings Program—an authorized VATSIM ATO for P3, P4, and P5—is designed to help pilots of all skill levels get up and flying. No need to wait for an instructor: the program is self-paced and available any time ATC is online.
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Cape Air Virtual

Modeled after the real-world Cape Air, which operates a fleet of Cessna 402s in the Northeast, BVA’s official virtual airline has operations, hubs, and flights across our ARTCC.
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General Aviation Events

BVA hosts regular events designed for general aviation aircraft. Our events often feature smaller airports with full staffing, and are designed to encourage VFR closed traffic, practice approaches, and other GA-oriented maneuvers.
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Flight Sim Expo

Boston Virtual ARTCC is a founding sponsor of FlightSimExpo, North America’s community-driven flight simulation conference. At FSExpo, our community comes together “live and in person” to control, fly, and live aviation.
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FLAi

BVA is proud to provide the community with great resources. From our Getting Started Guide to FLAi, a traffic package for FSX/P3D on VATSIM created with Ryan Parry, BVA offers new pilots step-by-step instructions for the best VATSIM flying experience.

TESTIMONIALS

CONTACT INFORMATION

Events

Events Coordinator: [email protected]

Air Traffic Control

Air Traffic Manager: [email protected]

Website & Technology

General Inquiries

Member Support: [email protected]