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Messages - Gary Millsaps

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General Discussion / Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
« on: December 24, 2011, 11:29:22 PM »
Adding my sentiments to others,' I wish each every VATSIM member the warmest of holiday greetings and wish all the best and look forward to a prosperous new year!

General Discussion / A Christmas Poem
« on: December 16, 2011, 08:40:37 PM »
Absolutely brilliant!!!

General Discussion / Happy Thanksgiving
« on: November 25, 2011, 08:55:32 PM »
Quote from: Don Desfosse
For those of you who celebrate it as a holiday, and also for those that don't, I'd like us all to take a moment to give thanks.  

I'd like to give thanks...

... to our families
... to those that keep us safe from harm's way
... for being as fortunate as we are.  If we have a computer and high speed internet access, we are doing so much better than so many in this world who struggle to keep a roof over their heads and food in their mouths.
... for those that share peace and love in this world
... for those that have brought, and continue to bring us VATSIM, free of charge
... for being part of such a wonderful team as we have at ZBW.  We ebb and flow, and get stronger and weaker over time, but we are made up of a great group of people and come together as a strong and wonderful family.

May we all be thankful, grateful, loving and sharing, and may we all have a safe, healthy and Happy Thanksgiving.

Don Desfosse
Air Traffic Manager
Boston ARTCC
Hear, hear!!!

Simple Insanity / Typical, typical...
« on: November 21, 2011, 06:49:13 PM »
Quote from: Isak Moebius
Well seeing as this is sourced from The Onion is BS. In case any of you were unaware The Onion is a fake and untrue news source.

Simple Insanity / Typical, typical...
« on: November 19, 2011, 10:05:47 PM »
FAA To Ban Plane Crashes
OCTOBER 30, 2011 | ISSUE 47•43

WASHINGTON—In what officials are calling "a much-needed policy shift," the Federal Aviation Administration announced this weekend that it would ban all plane crashes. "After a careful review of flight data from the past 25 years, we've determined that customers, pilots, and the airlines themselves would benefit significantly from a strictly enforced no-plane-crash policy," said FAA administrator Randy Babbitt, adding that pilots involved in fiery plane wrecks could face a steep fine or even suspension. "The practice of crashing an airliner into an ocean or mountain will no longer be tolerated. American consumers deserve better." According to industry sources, most commercial airlines are planning to fit in as many crashes as possible between now and Jan. 1, when the ban officially goes into effect.

Simple Insanity / Okay,Are We Having FUN?!
« on: November 11, 2011, 09:58:15 PM »
Hi all,

Okay, I had a brain-fart (selective epiphany if-you-will)...keep it clean, keep it chivalrous, but most of all, have fun! Post about anything - scream at the rafters - laugh at ourselves...

Limits - Not-tolerated:
  • politics;
  • personal attacks/grudge-matches;
  • profane/indecent language or porn;

Beyond that, the floor is yours...

General Discussion / Thank You Bruce Clingan
« on: November 11, 2011, 09:39:50 PM »
Quote from: Harold Rutila
This is quite the community, isn't it?
Yes Harold, it is...and I find myself marveling at it every day.

The Classroom (Controller Tips) / 30 Day requirment?
« on: October 21, 2011, 08:38:52 PM »
I can categorically state there is one and one instance ONLY within VATUSA where a rating advance has a minimum time period attached...that is the period expected for a member to serve as an Instructor (I1) before they are considered for the Training Administrator (I3) position. That's it.

Justin's situation has been worked through and rectified.

General Discussion / ATTENTION: All with Login Issues
« on: August 28, 2011, 02:53:55 PM »
Quote from: John Cierpial

There is currently an issue with logging into VATUSA Services.  The issue is currently being investigated and will be fixed as soon as possible.  Please do not send a ticket to the support desk; we are well aware of the situation.

All seems to be back in order now. Please pass on any issues you have with logging in to either the VATUSA website or forum.


The Classroom (Controller Tips) / Training Resource Center link error
« on: August 13, 2011, 05:21:07 PM »
Quote from: Joshua Rogers
The link to the VATUSA Rating Guidelines (under Documents) in the Training Center goes to, when it should be - Not sure how someone screwed that up, but please fix it.
Thanks for the heads-up on that Joshua...we'll get it fixed. Be advised, the Guidelines document has, in essence, been superseded by the VATSIM GRP Competencies. It is still a good resource however.


NOTAMs / VATUSA Northeast Region Air Traffic Director - VATUSA10
« on: June 20, 2011, 11:28:24 AM »
Hi all,

Please join me in welcoming the newest member to the VATUSA staff...confirmed as the next Northeast Region Air Traffic Director - VATUSA10 is Mr. Pan Lalas.

Pan brings his extensive real-world experience as an accomplished airline captain and a recent stint as the Training Administrator for the New York ARTCC (vZNY). Pan's talents and passion for the virtual world we inhabit here will, no doubt, serve VATUSA and the Northeast Region well.

Welcome Pan...good to have you aboard!

General Discussion / Regarding Basic Exam
« on: June 04, 2011, 05:08:17 AM »

You've got mail...

The Classroom (Controller Tips) / Problems to play video
« on: May 26, 2011, 06:22:48 PM »
Quote from: Rahul Parkar
In response to your last post that they must be at a solid, accessible place... Why don't we ask them if we may, or if they can upload these videos to Youtube, something that is always accessible due to the fact Google will always have the resources to keep it up... Just a thought

Working on this and other possibilities as well...

The Classroom (Controller Tips) / Problems to play video
« on: May 25, 2011, 09:06:49 PM »
Quote from: Michael Martin
Tom, I'll shoot an email off to SATCA's webmaster about rights to d/l and reuse their videos.  As they don't block the downloading of their content, I don't see it as a problem as long as credit is given where credit is due.  Also, pending their response, I will start downloading their videos to my local computer and if given approval to store them locally for our use, will upload them to the server.

And to add to Michael's post, a technical evaluation of our capability to host these videos on the VATUSA website is underway. I thank all of the posters for their offers of support but bottom line is, these videos (and other automation-related capabilities) must be sourced from a solid, consistently accessible resource; otherwise, the future and longevity of both the development effort and availability of the item is at risk. This directly affects the Division's (and everyone else's) efforts to support all training efforts.

The Classroom (Controller Tips) / Problems to play video
« on: May 22, 2011, 08:23:05 PM »
Hi Gubert,

Most of the videos used on the VATUSA Training Resource Center are hosted on servers NOT owned/operated by VATSIM/VATUSA. That file you list is on a server belonging to the University of North Dakota and appears to be no longer available on their web system.

We'll see if it can be retrieved and hosted somewhere else and update the link as appropriate.

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