Welcome to Virtual Royal Air Force

Welcome to the Virtual Royal Air Force's (vRAF) website. The vRAF simulates the Royal Air Force's daily activities and only operates on the VATSIM network, primarily within the VATSIM UK Division. vRAF is part of the VATSIM Special Operations Administration (VSOA) - we adhere to the most stringent guidelines when conducting Operations and Training and operate as realistically as possible in order to use the VATSIM Network for Military related activities and events. Our pilots can look forward to taking part in a variety of Training and Operational Exercises regularly working with our Military colleagues worldwide, such as vUSAF and RAAFVirtual amongst others.

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. The CAS is assisted by two Deputy Commanders. DCinC Operations has responsibility for 1 Group, 2 Group and other operational areas, whilst DCinC Personnel is responsible for No. 22 (Training) Group and the vRAF Personnel Directorate.

Chief of the Air Staff (CAS)

ACM Matt Kingscott

The Chief of the Air Staff , is the most senior officer within the vRAF. He is responsible for the overall management of the vRAF, and is assisted by COS (Operations) and COS (Personnel).

Deputy Commander Operations (COS OPS)

ACM Scott Daniels

Deputy Commander (Ops), is an Air Officer within Air Command. He assists the CAS by providing overall management of the vRAFs Operational and, Testing and Evaluation Units. The current COS (OPS) also serves as the vRAF's webmaster.

Deputy Commander Training & Development (COS T&D)

Gp Capt Ciaran Longmuir

Deputy Commander Training & Development, is an Air Officer within Air Command. He assists the CAS by providing overall management of vRAF's Training system to ensure students are up to a high standard that we expect.

Deputy Commander Personnel (COS PERS)

Gp Capt Graham Carr

Deputy Commander Personnel, is an Air Officer within Air Command. He assists the CAS by providing overall management of vRAF's Personnel Directorate.

Deputy Commander Logistics (COS LOGIS)

Gp Capt Sean McRandle

Deputy Commander Logistics, is an Air Officer within Air Command. He assists the CAS by providing overall management of vRAF's No. 2 Group and ensures all tasks are distributed to crews on squadron.


1 Group - Strike, Defense & Support

2 [AC] Squadron

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

2 (AC) Sqn provide the air defense for the UK airspace, equiped with the Typhoon FGR4. A mutlirole aircraft that can undertake air defense and ground attack missions in a single sortie.

11 [F] Squadron

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

11 (F) Sqn provide the air defense for the UK airspace, equiped with the Typhoon FGR4. A mutlirole aircraft that can undertake air defense and ground attack missions in a single sortie.

27 Squadron

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

27 Sqn is our helicopter squadron, it is used for basic troop movements to heavy lift operations to SAR operations. Our Chinooks are sometimes the only way to get in and our of secluded places that other types can't normally get to.

2 Group - Air Transport, Aerial Refueling Hub & ISTAR

5 [AC] Squadron

Equipped with the Raytheon Sentinel R1, based at RAF Waddington.

ISTAR asset, responsible for Command and Control and Target Identification. We operate the Sentinel R1 out of RAF Waddington, Lincolinshire, England

8 Squadron

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

ISTAR asset, responsible for Command and Control and Target Identification. We operate the E-3D out of RAF Waddington, Lincolinshire, England

10 Squadron

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

10 Squadron the hub Air transport and Air to Air refuelling, we operate the Voyager KC2/KC3 out of RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, England

99 Squadron

Equipped with the Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules / Boeing C-17 Globemaster III & Airbus A-400M Atlas C1, based at RAF Brize Norton.

The hub of Tactical Air Transport Wing, responsible for Tactical Cargo Delivery, Special Forces, MERT flights and Paratroop support and more. For these roles, we utilize the C-130J Hercules the C-17 Globemaster III and the Airbus A400M Atlas C1 out of RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, England.

22 Group - Training

60 [R] Squadron

Equipped with the Juno T1, based at RAF Shawbury.

Here you will not only learn how to fly helicopter, you will learn low level flying, low level navigation, all up to a basic standard before leaving flight training to start operational flying with the chinook on 27 Sqn. We operate the Juno T1 out of RAF Shawbury.

45 [R] Squadron

Equipped with the Beech King Air B200, based at RAF Cranwell.

Here you will learn how to fly multi-engine aircraft, navigate in the air while in foramtion with others, advanced understanding air traffic control. We operate the King Air B200 out of RAF Cranwell.

208 [R] Squadron

Equipped with the BAe Hawk T1, based at RAF Valley.

Here you will not only learn how to fly jet aircraft, learn advanced low level flying, low level navigation, but also how to fight the aircraft. Dogfighting, bombing and tactical flying, all up to a basic standard before leaving flight training to start operational flying. We operate the Hawk T1 out of RAF Valley, Anglesey, Wales.

Pilot Roster

Pilot ID Name Squadron Rank Total Flights Total Hours Vatsim ID
RFR1001Scott Daniels11 (F) Sqn160298:391184038
RFR1002Matt Kingscott99 Sqn315372:591104672
RFR1003Sean McRandle10 Sqn418745:321076290
RFR1008Andy Somerville10 Sqn101201:06834139
RFR1065Trevor Hannant11 (F) Sqn3854:071240481
RFR1098Ciaran Longmuir11 (F) Sqn103140:091314169
RFR1122Jack Edwards17 (R) Sqn128166:531346724
RFR1139Aron Griffiths17 (R) Sqn8087:381355925
RFR1140Graham Carr10 Sqn196460:341231932
RFR1145Robert Skipworth11 (F) Sqn159178:001337312
RFR1156Peter Davies29 (R) Sqn1610:00841318
RFR1158Juergen Vollmer99 Sqn4644:19824639
RFR1160Matt Beattie10 Sqn3681:411343474
RFR1205Lee Roberts11 (F) Sqn6775:531330403
RFR1207Luke Sherrard29 (R) Sqn2521:501376559
RFR1225Cole Gutteridge29 (R) Sqn1615:221400434
RFR1239Gary Claridge-King99 Sqn2165:041116826
RFR1252Lewis Catlin29 (R) Sqn4525:251372699
RFR1262Sebastian Wheeler99 Sqn2113:021343611
RFR1263Matthew McColl10 Sqn1959:221244258
RFR1264Sebastian Jansson29 (R) Sqn301:371092669
RFR1273Karl Hughes27 Sqn 1510:401151975
RFR1275David Woods10 Sqn000:001240077
RFR1281Ian Folan29 (R) Sqn000:001114931
RFR1283Tom Holt29 (R) Sqn1206:171385250
RFR1284Charles Taylor10 Sqn40130:381346650
RFR1286Ian Mann60 (R) Sqn000:00973713
RFR1287Anthony Contino10 Sqn000:00987930
RFR1289Faris Chong29 (R) Sqn603:111295101
RFR1290Thomas Currington29 (R) Sqn000:001232660
RFR1295James Horgan10 Sqn000:00815239
RFR1297Samuel Austin10 Sqn000:001242389
RFR1298Alex Ray99 Sqn000:001340538

Join Us!

vRAF Membership

Thank you for your interest in the Virtual Royal Air Force. We are pleased that you wish to join our team here at vRAF. Before you submit your application form, we would like to introduce our organization and the expectations we set out for our members:


Our flight instructors are assigned to you to assist you through your training phases accordingly. If you are unsure of how to perform at the bare minimum basic IFR (Instrument Flight Rating) procedures such as filing flight plans, following airspace restrictions, maintaining communication with ATC (Air Traffic Control), please do not apply. Each phase of your training will require a check-ride to allow you to demonstrate what you have learned so far.


The virtual Royal Air Force is a very unique organization with a challenging training curriculum that requires a skill level beyond airline-based flying. Of course, we love to have fun here but we also hold high expectations for each of our members. Our pilots must undergo an average of 20 hours of flight training before being considered as a Combat Ready pilot. We will take you through each step of the training process with the guidance of a certified vRAF QFI (Qualified Flight Instructor). If you are looking to perform 'Point A to Point B' type of flying, we suggest that you do not continue with this application.


We have gathered documentation, based on real-world procedures, we then use these on the day to day operations. No doubt there will be parts which, you as a pilot, will not have come across before. However, don't worry, our QFI's are ready to help and will guide you through. The training on vRAF is designed, not only to test for abilities but also let you learn new skills.


If you are interested in joining vRAF please read the following requirements:

  1. You must have a valid VATSIM ID. We check each applicant to ensure they have a valid ID on file. If we cannot locate your VATSIM ID, your application will be automatically rejected.
  2. You must have at least 25 hours of flying IFR flights on the VATSIM network. This will be checked prior to joining failure to meet this requirement your application will be automatically rejected.
  3. You must own a legal copy of one of the following products:
    1. Microsoft Flight Simulator X
    2. Microsoft Flight Simulator: Steam Edition
    3. Prepar3D (Preferred)
    4. We DO NOT support FS2004
  4. You must be at least 16 years of age or older.
  5. You must own a working Microphone for use with TeamSpeak 3 and VATSIM.
  6. You must be able to follow basic procedures and commands within flying an IFR environment. We are not designed to teach you how to fly.
  7. Once you pass out of OCU, you are required to fly at least two sorties every 30 days
  8. You must know how to utilize FSINN / vPilot and Teamspeak 3.


After your application has been reviewed by the team you will be required to complete a short test to see if you have the basic knowledge required. This will be sent out via E-Mail to the address you will have provided in the application. If you do not pass the first time you will be able to resit it within 14 days. However if you don't pass it the second time you will not be eligible to join vRAF for 6 months. However if you do pass it you will be invited to join our training program outlined below.

vRAF has a self-paced continuing flow of training developed to allow a pilot to train somewhat at their own pace. After signing up, you will receive an email to brief you on our requirements and provide you with instructions on how to get started. The training program we have is a in house training system conducted by our own QFI's (Qualified Flight Instructors). Once you are accepted into the vRAF CFS (Central Flying School), you will have fourteen (14) days to complete your first flight. Failure to complete your first flight in that timeframe will result in your immediate expulsion from CFS.


You begin your career as a Officer Cadet where you will complete your initial flight training.Pilots will be streamed though various roots of the CFS dependant on what squadron they will join in the end. Pilots will discover how to work their aircraft through basic air worthiness drills designed to ensure that you can meet the demanding tasks of a military aircraft before moving on to something faster and more complex. This is typically the time that pilots begin to familiarize themself with our procedures and introduce themselves on the forum or TeamSpeak server.

PHASE 2: AFJ / AMET Check Flight

For this phase you will have to demonstrate all the skills you have been shown during phase 1 of the training. You will fly the aircraft you have been flying during phase 1, if you are streamed FJ you will fly the BAe Hawk T.1 or if you are streamed ME you will fly the King Air. In the pilots check flight they will fly with a Senior QFI and only if they are happy the pilot it up to standard you will be passed onto Phase 3 of CFS.


Here on passing the Phase 2 Check Flight the Pilot will be moved onto streamed squadron and type. Here the Pilot will learn how to fly the aircraft they selected to fly for vRAF. In this phase there is a variety of different segment like Low Level, Nav, AAR(Air To Air Refuelling) and will develop the skills already learnt from previous phases.

PHASE 4: TWC (Tactical Weapons Course) FJ ONLY

This phase of training is for Fast Jet Pilots ONLY and is where you learn how to employ the weapons systems of the aircraft. Here you will learn ACM (Air Combat Maneuvering) and basic and advanced air to ground weapon employment. Once you have covered everything within the Phase you will be classed as Mission Ready.

Additional Information:

If you are coming from another VSOA military organization you may qualify for a FAST TRACK, once our recruiter verifies your previous hours and rank. This means going straight to OCU or direct duty.
VATSIM and VSOA (VATSIM Special Operations Affiliate) Program does not place limits on how many civilian or military organizations you want to belong to. Meaning, you can join as many as you like, as long as you meet and satisfy that organization's requirements.

By clicking on the link below, you are indicating that you understand the information above and accept the terms of membership. Members are not allowed to share any files or documentation provided within the organization without explicit written permission from a member of the Air Command.

By ticking the box you accept to all the terms and conditions stated above.