Welcome


Welcome to the Virtual Royal Air Force's (vRAF) website. vRAF simulates the Royal Air Force's daily activities and operates on the VATSIM network, primarily within the VATSIM UK Division. Founded on 18th July 2007, vRAF is part of the VATSIM Special Operations Administration (VSOA). We adhere to the most stringent guidelines when conducting operations and training and our pilots can look forward to taking part in a variety of training and operational exercises including; air-to-air refueling, carrier operations, low-level flying and more. We regularly take to the skies with our VSO partners in large international joint exercises.

22

Current Pilots

6939

Total Flights

11,388

Total Hours Flown

174

Total Aircraft

Air Command


Headquarters: RAF High Wycombe

Air Command, is home to the vRAF's command element, and is responsible for the overall management of vRAF's operations and personnel.

Air Command (and in turn, the vRAF as a whole) is commanded by the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), who holds the rank of vAir Chief Marshal.



Chief of the Air Staff (CAS)

ACM Lee Roberts
[email protected]

The Chief of the Air Staff , is the most senior officer within the vRAF. He is responsible for the overall management of the vRAF.



Air Officer Commanding 1 Group (AOC 1 Group)

AVM Charlie Trewhitt
[email protected]

Air Officer Commanding 1 Group, is an Air Officer within Air Command. He is responsible for the overall management of 1 Group assets and their respective Squadrons.



Air Officer Commanding 2 Group (AOC 2 Group)

AVM Ben Cook
[email protected]

Air Officer Commanding 2 Group, is an Air Officer within Air Command. He is responsible for the overall management of 2 Group assets and their respective Squadrons.

Squadrons


1 Group - Strike, Defence & Support


8 Squadron

Equipped with the Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW1, based at RAF Waddington.

ISTAR asset, responsible for Command and Control and Target Identification.



11 [F] Squadron

Equipped with the Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4, based at RAF Coningsby.

11 (F) Sqn provide the air defence for UK airspace. A swing-role aircraft that can undertake air and ground attack missions in a single sortie.



120 Squadron

Equipped with the Boeing P-8 Poseidon, Based at RAF Lossiemouth.

120 Sqn provides a maritime patrol capability to vRAF. A powerful hunter that is also a valuable Search & Rescue asset.



617 Squadron

Equipped with the Lockheed Martin F-35B, Based at RAF Marham.

617 Sqn will provide a strike capability to vRAF. A fifth generation low observability swing-role aircraft that can undertake air and ground attack missions in a single sortie.



2 Group - Air Transport & Aerial Refuelling


10 Squadron

Equipped with the Airbus Voyager KC2/3, based at RAF Brize Norton.

Conducts Air transport and Air to Air refuelling missions.



27 Squadron

Equipped with the Boeing Chinook HC4/6, based at RAF Odiham.

27 Sqn is used for basic troop movements, heavy lift operations and (C)SAR operations.



47 Squadron

Equipped with the Lockheed C-130J Hercules C4, based at RAF Brize Norton.

Conducts Tactical Cargo Delivery, Special Forces, MERT flights and Paratroop support.



70 Squadron

Equipped with the Airbus A-400M Atlas C1, based at RAF Brize Norton.

Conducts Tactical Cargo Delivery, Special Forces, MERT flights and Paratroop support.



99 Squadron

Equipped with the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, based at RAF Brize Norton.

Conducts Tactical Cargo Delivery, Special Forces, MERT flights and Paratroop support.



22 Group - Training


45 [R] Squadron

Equipped with the Embraer Phenom, based at RAF Cranwell.

Conducts basic multi engine training.



60 [R] Squadron

Equipped with the Juno T1, based at RAF Shawbury.

Conducts basic rotary training



29 [R] Squadron

Equipped with the Typhoon FGR4 and T3, based at RAF Coningsby.

Is the Operational Conversion Unit for Typhoon.



Pilot Roster


Pilot ID Name Squadron Rank Total Flights Total Hours Vatsim ID AWACS / Fighter Controller
RFR1205Lee Roberts11 (F) Sqn6481138:531330403
RFR1315Charlie Trewhitt11 (F) Sqn292385:411321955
RFR1454Ben Cook10 Sqn266912:311388719
RFR1001Scott Daniels56 Sqn351759:461184038
RFR1002Matt Kingscott27 Sqn8111015:291104672
RFR1028Phil Pegman47 Sqn194322:401243898
RFR1098Ciaran Longmuir120 Sqn279423:371314169
RFR1122Jack Edwards41 (R) Sqn410564:241346724
RFR1065Trevor Hannant99 Sqn125421:351240481
RFR1107Joshua Seagrave70 Sqn125260:191331271
RFR1317Lewis Anderson11 (F) Sqn88134:111233663
RFR1367Mark Middleton10 Sqn156237:401162638
RFR1393James Thomas11 (F) Sqn120152:011365991
RFR1496Tom Keasley27 Sqn89105:001006788
RFR1440Jason Webb11 (F) Sqn7373:281207336
RFR1488Jack Sutton11 (F) Sqn4552:061335122
RFR1489James Jarman11 (F) Sqn9479:011466953
RFR1490Deniz Ozdil29 (R) Sqn9470:331349071
RFR1534Jake Witcombe120 Sqn6567:161374788
RFR1439Stephen Simpson29 (R) Sqn4938:22866487
RFR1544Adam Cherrison29 (R) Sqn1012:361492509
RFR1551Jordan Townsend29 (R) Sqn00:001278388

Join Us!


Thank you for your interest in the Virtual Royal Air Force, we are pleased that you are interested in joining us. We are a unique organisation with a challenging training curriculum that requires determination and perseverance - new pilots must undergo an average of 20 hours of flight training before being considered a front line pilot.


Requirements for Membership


All applications are screened for validity and compliance. Applicants must:

  1. Have a valid VATSIM CID.
  2. Be at least 18 years of age.
  3. Have at at least 25 hours of IFR flight time on the VATSIM network.
  4. Be able to file a flight plan, fly SIDs, STARs and approaches using raw data, follow airspace restrictions and communicate with ATC
  5. A good working knowledge of a supported simulator:
    1. Prepar3D
    2. X-Plane 11
    3. Microsoft Flight Simulator X
    4. Microsoft Flight Simulator: Steam Edition
    5. Microsoft Flight Simulator (MSFS)
  6. Own a working microphone for use with Discord and VATSIM.
  7. Know how to use vPilot\xPilot
  8. Agree to the vRAF Privacy Policy. Found Here
  9. Agree to abide by the vRAF Operations Manual. Found Here

Application Process


Step 1: Registration

Tick the box at the bottom of this section to confirm that you meet the membership requirements and then complete the online registration form.


Step 2: Theoretical Knowledge Assessment

After initial screening, a short theoretical exam will be sent to the e-mail address provided in your application. Please remember to check your junk mail.


Step 3: Flying Grading

Applicants who pass the theoretical exam will be invited to conduct a short flight with a qualified flight instructor. The purpose of Flying Grading is to assess your basic flying skills and readiness for training. The test will last approximately one hour and will assess the following:

  1. General airmanship, situational awareness and workload management
  2. Communications with ATC
  3. Instrument flying including an instrument departure, radar vectored ILS approach and procedural non-precision approach
  4. Visual circuits

All exercises must be manually flown using raw data. The use of autopilot, autothrottle and flight directors is prohibited.

Note: at the discretion of Air Command, Flying Grading may be waived for candidates with an instrument rating or a VATSIM pilot rating of P2 or greater.


Good Luck!

By ticking the box you confirm that you meet all the requirements for membership stated above.