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News / Re: New ATM at ZJX
« on: November 25, 2020, 02:39:51 PM »
Congrats Brin! Don't break anything  ;D

News / Re: New ZHU Staff
« on: May 05, 2020, 09:31:23 AM »

Events / Re: Definitely Not An FNO
« on: April 29, 2020, 09:19:00 AM »
We use GMT time in aviation.

The event times shown are in GMT.

The event starts at 2300 GMT on a Thursday, but ends at 0400 GMT on a Friday.

1 hour is done on a Thursday, 3 hours are done on a Friday.

This is in fact an event being held on a Friday, and thus an FNO.


Technically, it would be a FMO (Friday Morning Operation).

The term "night" (for the purposes of morning vs. night) implies PM, or anything after 1200.

So for all practical purposes, it's a ThNO/FMO event.

Events / Re: Definitely Not An FNO
« on: April 28, 2020, 02:34:53 PM »
*IQ points rapidly dropping*

Events / Re: Definitely Not An FNO
« on: April 26, 2020, 07:52:41 AM »
Nice one, Drozd.

General Discussion / Re: Get some help with set up.
« on: April 21, 2020, 12:26:31 AM »
I have been helping Carl, guys. We are all set.  :)

News / Re: Denver's New EC
« on: April 17, 2020, 08:59:21 PM »
Congrats Elliot!

News / Re: Houston's New Air Traffic Manager
« on: April 14, 2020, 12:53:05 PM »
My condolences, Marcus!  ;D

General Discussion / Re: Changes to FNOs for the time being
« on: April 14, 2020, 11:47:25 AM »
The Northeast Corridor FNOs have been pretty successful the past couple years, does a decent job of spreading planes out over 3 airports / TRACONS. In the current environment, though, I'd agree we would want more than just 3 airports.

I agree. For FNOs of this scale, 3 airports should practically be a minimum. If we had good staffing, it'd be fun to staff up 5 or 6 charlies to spread out the load, but most facilities can't round up the 10-12 TRACON guys, 10-12 cab guys, and the 6-8 centers (depending where the event is) needed to make that happen.

Splitting up airports is necessary, but we gotta make sure that the airports we use can handle the traffic.
- The airports used need to be capable of handling the traffic in the

Events / Re: [13th April 2020 18-21p] ZLA Blow your refund in Vegas
« on: April 13, 2020, 07:48:22 PM »
Pilot briefing can be found here

I like it.

General Discussion / Re: Changes to FNOs for the time being
« on: April 13, 2020, 06:59:59 PM »
I think it might be interesting to staff up several airports in a certain area, maybe several underlooked class C airports. Events featuring a regional night around JAN (ZME), MLU (ZFW), BTR (ZHU), TLH (ZJX), and BHM (ZTL).

Its not about having something interesting.  Its about what to do with the influx of traffic that we are seeing during FNO's because more members are at home in self isolation due to this Corona Virus Pandemic.

The multiple airports staffed in my theoretical event would help spread out the traffic into more manageable levels. Events that crossfire between two airports tends to build horrendous "congo lines" that clog up the works. Having four or five airports to create a 'regional night' could be an exciting way to mitigate the increased traffic levels at underexposed locations. Hopefully, the resulting traffic will be more manageable, with 300 pilots split between 5 airports instead of 2. I suggested these particular airports as an example; the purpose still being to spread out the traffic to help solve the main issue.

General Discussion / Re: Changes to FNOs for the time being
« on: April 12, 2020, 01:13:25 PM »
I agree with Marcus.

I think it might be interesting to staff up several airports in a certain area, maybe several underlooked class C airports. Events featuring a regional night around JAN (ZME), MLU (ZFW), BTR (ZHU), TLH (ZJX), and BHM (ZTL).

This could be a nice change for pilots and controllers. Lightens the load some. Plus, ARTCCs could open their major airports as well to spread it out further. Just a thought.


Services are workload permitting. Remember, the "clearances" that controllers issue is essentially them permitting you to conduct your requested operation.

Let's say you filed an IFR flight plan, and your route was not acceptable due to airspace conflicts, and the controller had to issue you a reroute. You asked the controller for permission to fly this route. He said no, because of [insert reason], but he will allow you to fly [this route] instead. You don't have permission to do anything until he issues the clearance. The controller's job is to ensure the safe and expeditious flow of air traffic, which sometimes means that not everyone can receive the clearance (or permission to enter the controlled airspace) that they desire. This is especially true with VFR services, such as VFR practice approaches and flight following. Sometimes, controllers don't have time to deal with giving you flight following if they are too busy.

IFR practice approaches are slightly different, in that technically you are treated like any other IFR aircraft and receive the same services as they do. However, if they give you an approach clearance, they are automatically clearing you to go missed at the missed approach point. Once you go missed, follow their instructions and make your request. They should be able to vector you back around and try again. However, it is imperative that you understand the potential delays associated with going missed during an event and the inability of ATC to give you any priority service to get to the airport.

Emergencies are one thing, but they can be denied in VATSIM. The reason for this is because pilots in the real world declare emergenices because it is actually an emergency and was unintentional. On VATSIM, "trolls" might delcare an emergency because they want to try to get priority service to the airport. This is not always feasible during an event, especially if the guy is being a troll. Oftentimes, emergencies are diverted to other nearby airports. You must remember that emergencies should rarely be used as excuses on VATSIM to mess up the flow. In the real world, aircraft are diverted, put into holds, and the airport is closed for this one emergency. We aren't going to do that on VATSIM. You can just disconnect. If we are not very busy, we might accommodate it. At my work, we have to accept emergencies because they are "real" (or used for training). Here, we don't.

In your case of being refused the ILS into Philly, I don't control that airspace, so I do not know about their procedures. If I were controlling you in my airspace, I would have given you your request, pending it did not conflict with other operations. If you requested some weird NDB/DME-A approach with a circle... sorry, you're out of luck... LOL :D
I can give you an ILS, but it might take some sequencing. The best thing you can do is be patient in that instance. I'll get you in, but we gotta work together here. I'm here to serve you, but you're not any more special than the 50 other guys I'm trying to flow into the busy event smoothly.

I hope this helps you! HMU if you have any questions.

News / Re: Denver's New DATM
« on: April 08, 2020, 10:35:59 AM »

News / Re: New EC in ZJX!
« on: April 03, 2020, 01:56:42 PM »

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