Boston Virtual ATC is a free, immersive, and realistic air traffic control community for pilots and aviation enthusiasts using Microsoft Flight Simulator X.
Click here to start your application to Boston Virtual ATC.
About Boston Virtual ARTCC
Boston Virtual ARTCC (BVA) is a community within VATSIM's global network of pilots and controllers. We provide air traffic control (ATC) 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.

Our controllers are specially trained and certified to provide online ATC in the Boston ARTCC, or "ZBW". This airspace overlies the northeast corner of the United States, including Boston's Logan International Airport (KBOS), as well as regional airports in Albany, Burlington, Hartford, Nantucket, Portland, Syracuse, and many more. We feature many aspects of real-world ATC from clearance delivery right up to center, and supplement our air traffic control with a friendly and helpful group of pilots.

While BVA pilots are welcome to fly around the VATSIM world, pilots will only interact with BVA air traffic controllers when flying inside of ZBW. Pilots who fly in other areas of the world may be able to get air traffic control from other VATSIM communities, although the quality and availability of those controllers may differ from what is available with BVA.

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.

BVA offers an exceptional library of learning online and live training materials to help pilots exercise their 'license to learn'. Pages of training content, including our own Pilot Ratings Program (an authorized VATSIM ATO for P3, P4, and P5), are designed to help pilots of all skill levels get up and flying. Our Virtual FBO can help you get off the ground for the first time, or transition your real-world flying skills to the virtual realm. Or can join our Cape Air Virtual airline and shuttle passengers from hubs at KBOS, KACK, and KHYA.

Regardless of your aviation background, Boston Virtual ATC has something to offer.
Our Expectations
BVA requires members to complete an application, and we don't accept everyone who passes the initial multiple choice exam. It isn't difficult to become a member, but even this simple application process helps us ensure that the people who become and remain BVA members have a base level of shared knowledge, and are interested and committed to a realistic, learning-oriented environment. The result is that our pilots, like our controllers, are some of the most skilled and capable that you will find online. Many are former or current airline or private pilots. And the best part is that they are often willing to help new members.

We expect pilots to be prepared for every flight with necessary charts, arrival/departure routes, and knowledge of the appropriate air traffic controller to contact. You'll be able to get all the information you need right here on this website during the application process. We'll be happy to help you out; we want to make flying realistic and fun for everyone. Many of our controllers and pilots have experience in the real world and even those that don't will be more than happy to work with your through our Virtual FBO, or more informally during our sessions. Help is always available to those who seek it... all you have to do is ask.
What We Offer
Apply Today!
Click here to start your application to Boston Virtual ATC.

It’s remarkably easy to get connected and flying with us. No matter what your experience level, all you need to connect and get flying is: 
  1. An at-home flight simulator: FSX, FSX: Steam Edition, Prepar3D, X-Plane, or an earlier version of Flight Simulator
  2. A stable high-speed internet connection
  3. A yoke, joystick, or some other hardware to control the aircraft
  4. A microphone and working speakers, or a headset

From there, we’ll take you the rest of the way through to getting your first instruction or clearance on the server. Just submit an application and get flying!


The free membership gives you access to the hundreds of pages of resources available on our website, our custom-built software and scenery, and the wealth of knowledge available from our members. You’ll be joining a community of highly-skilled pilots and controllers, many of whom hold or are training for real-world ratings. All of our members are happy to help and welcome those new to the world of aviation who want to learn. Like aviation, learning at Boston Virtual ARTCC never stops.

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