How to export flight plan to VATSIM?

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to export a flight plan to VATSIM using XPFlightPlanner. Follow these steps to ensure a smooth and efficient flight planning process.

Step 1: Generate the best route

  1. Set Departure and Destination Airports: Add London Gatwick (EGKK) as your departure airport and Glasgow Prestwick (EGPK) as your destination airport. You can do this either from the right-click menu on the map or from the Points side panel.
  2. Choose Your Aircraft: Select the Boeing 737-800 Max as your aircraft for this route.
  3. Generate the Route: Open the “Route Generator” dialog by clicking the button at the bottom left of the flight plan table or by navigating to the “Route” menu and selecting “Generator.” The generator dialog will preset the departure and arrival airports. Ensure you have selected the best SID and STAR procedures to shorten the flight distance.
  4. Adjust Flight Parameters: Set the cruise altitude and speed preferences for your route. For example, you might choose a cruise level of FL350 and a speed of 0.79M.
  5. Generate and Review: Click “Generate” to create the optimized flight plan. The generated flight plan might look like this: EGKK – SID – Waypoints – STAR – EGPK.

Step 2: Export the flight plan to VATSIM

  1. Open the Export Menu: Navigate to the File menu and select “Export flight plan to network”
  2. Select VATSIM Format: From the export options, choose “VATSIM”.
  3. Automatic Upload: The flight plan will be uploaded automatically to VATSIM and open a browser window at

Step 3: Verify and Adjust

  1. Review Your Flight Plan: Before starting your flight, review the prefilled flight plan in VATSIM to ensure all details are correct.
  2. Make Adjustments if Necessary: If needed, make any last-minute adjustments to your flight plan directly in VATSIM.

By following these steps, you’ll be able to generate an optimized flight plan using XPFlightPlanner and export it seamlessly to VATSIM, ready for your virtual flight between EGKK and EGPK. Happy flying!