VATWA will provide the participating countries with a centralized overhead structure, a set of guidelines and standards that apply across all countries, and information for virtual air traffic controllers and virtual pilots.
Peter Nielsen, VATSIM VP Region, said,
We are all excited about the imminent launch of VATSIM West Asia. We know there is a strong Flight Simulation community in India and Pakistan and growth prospects for Virtual On-Line ATC and Traffic is definitely there, what has been lacking is local support towards aspiring local authorities and this is exactly what VATWA will be able to offer going forward. VATSIM West Asia will be overseeing a huge geographical area with possibly some of the most scenic and challenging airports in the world, such as the approach into Paro in Bhutan or Lukla in Nepal which truly test the ability and skills of even the most seasoned Virtual Pilot.
All existing local authorities will continue operating, and VATWA will provide central support to these local authorities. VATWA will also set basic training standards. New companies that intend to set up local authorities can also liaise with VATWA.
VATSIM, the Virtual Air Traffic Simulation Network, has been operating for more than a decade. The company was founded in 2001 with one primary goal: to develop a global network for online flight simulation and air traffic control. Today, VATSIM is a vast and vibrant an online community where flight simulation and air traffic control simulation enthusiasts from all over the world meet, interact and learn from each other.