Welcome to our Virtual-NATO.org world!
Please come inside and take a look around.

The Virtual-NATO experience revolves around an interesting website based on a graphical user interface using an object-based navigation system, rather than the traditional menu-based navigation system. The website is divided into many separate rooms where users click on objects within the room to access information or navigate from place to place. These user-objects included such items as computers, telephones, cabinets, pictures, signs, etc.


All Virtual-NATO.org pilots must complete a rigerous flight training program to earn their wings and the right to fly on the VATSIM server under the Virtual-NATO banner. This is not an easy task and not intended for the casual week-end hobby flyer.

Flight training begins the same way for every pilot: in a single-engine turbo-prop military trainer aircraft. As pilots complete Primary flight training, they choose one of the following Intermediate training tracks: fixed-wing prop, jet, fighter or rotary-wing. Advanced training begins after Intermediate training is complete. Here pilots choose a specific airframe type and eventually become Mission Qualified to fly operational missions in that specific aircraft...just as military pilots do in the real world.

Once Mission Qualifed in one aircraft type, pilots have the option to re-enter the training program and become Mission Qualified in another aircraft type.


The Virtual-NATO organization is divided into two major commands known as Allied Command Transformation (ACT) and Allied Command Operations (ACO). ACT is responsible for all student flight training. ACO is responsible for all operational missions and exercises. Each command has several rooms and command centers where pilots can plan and select their training or mission data and routes.


Pilots are assigned to various Wings, Groups and Squadrons within ACT and ACO as they complete their training and advance in virtual-military rank. Promotions are earned by completing training objectives, not by accumulating flight hours as in most civil virtual airlines.


Virtual-NATO training flights and operational missions are stored in Mission Computers located in several ACT and ACO Command Centers. Pilots first select their aircraft and the training flight or mission they wish to fly from the Mission Computer, then they log onto the VATSIM network and complete the flight. Upon landing, pilots return to the Mission Computer to sign in their aircraft and submit a PIREP to get credit for their completed mission.


Virtual-NATO also has an online chat forum where members can post their comments on various flight related topics. The forum is also used as a primary method for the Virtual-NATO staff to communicate with the membership about policies, upcoming events and exercises, answer questions or recognize pilot accomplishments.


Virtual-NATO is a certified Virtual Special Operations (VSO) member with VATSIM. A status that requires a high quality, professional membership. Therefore, to join Virtual-NATO all members must pass a theoretical written test and agree to abide by all Virtual-NATO and VATSIM policies and guidelines.

English is the primary language used during Virtual-NATO flight operations and on the website and Forum. Although, it is not a requirement to be fluent in English to join Virtual-NATO, members must have a working ability to understand and speak English.


If you are looking for an exciting challenge flying military aircraft while emulating real-world military operations and procedures, you have come to the right place!




Founded 23 March 2007