I made my first flight on vatsim last night, I was following IFR from KJFK to KDCA.
I was told to expect visual runway 19. So I waited and then I was told to do a 180 degree turn and report runway in sight. By the time I had finished my turn I was way above the glideslope and couldnt get down in time to land. I assume this is something I did wrong so what I would like to do is sign up as a ATC and monitor what people are doing on VATSIM.
Would this be ok to do, would it cause problems? I have no experience with ATC so I currently dont have a clue what im doing.
Ok, right now your ATC rating on VATSIM is "Observer". What you do is, download "ASRC" (look for it on avsim.com) and also download the "sector files" (the "maps" if you will) of the area you want to watch. For example, if you want to watch Memphis Approach, download ASRC, download the Memphis sector (from the relevant ARTCC), then connect as KMEM_OBS for example (read the detailed instructions on how to set up ASRC). As observer you may not talk to aircraft, issue orders or interfere in any way. You may (as the name implies) observe what the controller is doing and listen to the channel.
It's not very simple, but neither is it overly complicated. Good luck!
Cheers for your reply.
Do you think it will help me with the approaches which I seem to be having trouble with?
Maybe if I pick it up I might become a ATC on there. I notice there dont seem to be that many on there.
What do you mean exactly? What approaches where? And from what position? I'll be happy to help if I can.