07-16-2003, 03:12 PM
My brother in law is as anxious about the release date of FS2004 as I am. He will inherit my FS2002 CD's and manuals. He asked me if we would be able to fly together online and that got me to thinking. Will the two sims be able to interact on a common server like The Zone?
07-16-2003, 03:20 PM
Possible, but unlikely. I don't believe you can use, say FS2000 & FS2002 together on the zone, for example. However, if you're interested in more realistic flying, you can both use VATSIM (once a FS2004-compatible version of Squawkbox is made; it's currently under development). VATSIM isn't like ths Zone in that you basically just cruise around doing whatever you like, including buzzing towers, cities, and other aircraft, etc. However, it has trained controllers (not nessesarily real world controllers, but 90% of them are very good still), you can use voice communications, and share the skies with many other different pilots from all over the world. It's really an amazing network. Check it out at www.vatsim.net
Contrary to popular belief, VFR & small plane flying is NOT prohibited on VATSIM! More and more people are filing VFR and flying Skyhawks, Cardnals, Warriors, Archers, etc. around (part of this is due to the better scenery in FS2002 that makes VFR navigation possible with a sectional chart, as well as the addition of virtual cockpits). So even if you & your brother just wanted to do a couple patterns at your local airport, you can just call tower/ground (if online), and take off and fly some patterns. If there is no tower online, then you'll be on UNICOM, or traffic frequency.
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