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‘Flying Dutchmen:’ Wings Over Holland, launch FSX-based Flight School

It is clear that the English-speaking community makes up the largest percentage of FSX multiplayer users and entering English-speaking sessions can be very intimidating for non-native speakers (and native speakers too). In an effort to help combat this situation, Wings Over Holland, a Dutch organization most recently affiliated with Birmingham Virtual Airport, has started a flight school utilizing FSX to allow their pilots the extended opportunity not only to learn flight skills, but the English language as well. The Wings Over Holland Flight School trains their Dutch pilots using English aviation terminology while providing the necessary flight skills training- all in a safe and friendly environment.

Wings Over Holland hopes this will boost pilot confidence when flying in English-speaking sessions and while communication with English-speaking controllers in FSX multiplayer. Pilots enrolled at the school are cooperating with Birmingham Virtual Airport where they are integrated into Birmingham’s Virtual Airline Financial Systems (VAFS).

“It was discovered that those pilots have more fun fly[ing] for foreign virtual airlines,” said the Wings Over Holland President, “[and] it’s our wish that more virtual airlines give new pilots the possibility to learn fly and to raise their skill [level while being taught] by experienced and dedicated pilots.”

 Wings Over Holland invites all interested members to their website,, where you can also find a link to Birmingham Virtual Airport (*note: Some of the content at may be inaccessible to those who are unable to read Dutch).


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