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Simple Insanity / Re: New VATUSA Training System Announced
« on: April 01, 2016, 07:27:40 AM »
This seems like a great move. I am excited to see the well trained students come out of this training program, we will most likely begin implementing a Rosetta Stone series into our continuing education program with out students to prepare accordingly. Thank you for keeping us up to speed as always Don.

News / Re: New TA for vZID
« on: March 12, 2016, 11:06:35 AM »
Thank you everyone!

News / Re: Seattle has a new Event Coordinator
« on: March 12, 2016, 11:05:47 AM »
Congratulations Aaron! You deserve it!

Events / Good Evening Eugene! (KEUG)
« on: February 02, 2016, 07:04:52 AM »

In this event we will host Mahlon Sweet Field Airport (KEUG)) as our featured airport. All controllers, including students, are encouraged to sign-up for this one.

IFR and VFR Traffic are encouraged.

Event Time:


Events / Good Evening Portland! (KPDX)
« on: February 02, 2016, 06:28:14 AM »
Get ready for Good Evening Portland! (KPDX)

In this event we will host Portland International Airport (KPDX) as our featured airport. We will be focusing all of our efforts in and around the P80 TRACON to include Portland-Hillsboro Airport (KHIO)

Fire up your aircraft and swing by for what is sure to be an eventful night!

Event Time:


Events / Good Evening Seattle!
« on: February 01, 2016, 02:10:51 PM »

Come and join us on Thursday February 11th 2016 as our Events Department hosts Good Evening Seattle! Hosted at Seattle Tacoma International Airport (KSEA) come and fly in, out, around or through our mountain filled airspace as we put both our controllers and pilots to the test in what will be a wild night!

These events carry high level traffic, please be courteous to other pilots who may be receiving important transmissions over frequency.



Events / Re: Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, CA
« on: January 12, 2016, 02:53:00 PM »
Do you happen to have further information regarding start and end times so I can post a supporting staffing request? Thanks Gents!

Come Fly With Me / Seattle Air Traffic Manager, End of Watch Fly-Out
« on: January 06, 2016, 12:11:19 PM »
Good Afternoon,

As many are aware of, our Air Traffic Manager (Tony Jeppesen) will be leaving his role as with his last day set for January 31st, 2016. In honor of his hard work and dedication to both the ARTCC's and VATUSA's Mission and their success -  we are hosting a group fly-out from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (KSEA) to Spokane International Airport (KGEG) on Thursday January 28th, 2016. We will need to load up many planes with his belongings as he has been hoarding  in the ATM office for over 2 years!

Lets fly it back to his home! All are welcome to attend.

Please: If you plan on attending, sign-up in advance at the following link on the ARTCC website.

Distance: 196 nm / 362 km

Tony Departure Service Flight; Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 21:00-21:59

General Discussion / Re: Traffic Patterns
« on: January 05, 2016, 08:17:30 AM »

    That is great! This could be a personal preference to some but, personally I think the Yoke/Rudder Pedal combination will give you the most realistic experience when flying fixed wing aircraft. I had a CH Products Throttle quadrant, Yoke and rudder Pedal setup for the longest time and cannot do more than recommend it.

    If you are looking to get the most realistic experience that you can I suggest you begin one of the VATSIM Pilot Training programs ( This will guide you in the proper direction. You may also want to consider joining a Virtual Airline or FBO to get the community feeling which many real world pilots enjoy as well!

Thank you for reaching out, feel free to message me if you want to speak more!

Events / Sea-Tac Overload!
« on: December 18, 2015, 07:21:45 AM »

Good Evening Seattle now presents Sea-Tac Overload! Come and join us on Saturday January 9th as we host our second annual Sea-Tac Overload. We will be fully staffed at Seattle International Airport (KSEA). This will be a bi-annual event where the Seattle ARTCC will be staffing as many positions within the Seattle S46 TRACON as possible. Some airports include KPAE, KOLM, KRNT, KBFI, KSEA, KOLM, KPWT, and KTCM! Plan to fly IFR/VFR (Dependent on conditions) local or long-haul! The airspace will be inundated with traffic so plan for a professional realistic night of fun and adventure!

Event start: 2000 EST / 1700 PST Event End: 0000 EST / 2100 PST

AirNav Link:
New for some! - Three Runway Scenery:

Events / Friday Night Operations (KSEA)
« on: December 18, 2015, 07:14:42 AM »

Fri, Feb 19, 2016
23:30 GMT - 04:30 GMT

Ladies and Gentlemen, It is that time of year again! Friday Night Operations will be hosted in VATUSAs Seattle ARTCC on February 19th 2016. We will be featuring Seattle Tacoma International Airport (KSEA) for all arriving and departing aircraft. Expect heavy traffic congestion, and a challenge even for the most skilled controllers and pilots. We will be staffing up minor field internal to the S46 as well, IFR as well as VFR traffic is encouraged.

If you are affiliated with a Virtual Airline and plan on coordinating a fly-in/out please e-mail [email protected] to notify. You will also be featured on the Seattle ARTCC's event posting as an ARTCC Supporter.

AirNav Link:
New for some! - Three Runway Scenery:

General Discussion / Re: What ARTCC?
« on: December 16, 2015, 09:55:42 AM »

    This is a tough question. Every ARTCC in a sense has a grace period in which you will need to catch up on your studies and get up to speed on the new policies and regulations included in the 7110.65 since your last time controlling. You need to simply ask yourself, what do you want to get out of it? There are benefits in each and every ARTCC and they vary, but one thing to keep in mind is that we all have the same expectations - and that is professionalism, realism and just as important, enjoyment. I suggest you hop on VRC/ASRC/Euroscope and observe traffic patterns, activity and talk to some controllers personally and ask what they like/dislike about their ARTCC. I am sure you will find what you are looking for, just have an open mind and be committed to the ARTCC mission and you will succeed. Let me know if you have any further questions!

Virtual Airlines / Re: Beast Coast Virtual Air Services (start-up)
« on: December 09, 2015, 09:14:51 AM »

    First of all thank you for taking the initiative in starting a Virtual Airline. I have some feedback if you are interested, from an outside perspective. If in fact you are please shoot me an e-mail at [email protected] I do not want to inundate you with input that you may not want. Hope all is well.

Good luck.

The Control Room Floor / Re: VRC Flight Strips...
« on: December 08, 2015, 01:39:10 PM »
Mr. Gaupin,

   This seems like an issue that would most accurately be resolved by Metacraft/VRC development personnel. They have a forum for questions regarding usage/bug issues and reports. I placed the link below for you. It looks like you have tried to reach out to them, if Ross is unable to help you - it most likely is a system capability issue. Please let us know if you find any specifics out on the issue.

All the best,

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This is a great article. Thanks for sharing Don!

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