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News / Re: Seattle Has a New ATM!
« Last post by Daniel Faria on November 11, 2023, 02:24:39 PM »
Cograts SHI!!! Well deserved  :D
Events / Re: HCF Coast to Coast ish? Event
« Last post by Basile Papillon on November 11, 2023, 12:10:44 PM »
How do I register for a time slot?
You don't need one!
News / Seattle Has a New ATM!
« Last post by Brandon Wening on November 10, 2023, 11:29:48 PM »
Please join me in welcoming Shi Bucher as the newest ZSE ATM! Shi brings plenty of real-world managerial experience and will be stepping up from his current role as ZSE EC. Shi looks forward to leading the Seattle ARTCC and utilizing community feedback to drive the facility forward and continue making ZSE a great place for all to control and fly. I am confident that Shi and the ZSE staff will be able to accomplish their objectives and continue to push for improvement where needed. Congrats Shi!
News / DP003 Revision 6 Released
« Last post by Shane O'Neill on November 10, 2023, 12:38:54 AM »
DP003 Revision 6 has been released and is available for viewing on the VATUSA website under Division Info, Policies and Downloads. The main changes in this revision are explained in a companion document.

DP003 Revision 6:
DP003 Revision 6, Changelog/Explanation:
Events / [04/19/2024] No FNO
« Last post by Shane O'Neill on November 08, 2023, 01:02:50 AM »
There will be no FNO on April 19, 2024 due to Cross the Pond on the following day.
Events / [03/01/2024] No FNO
« Last post by Shane O'Neill on November 08, 2023, 01:02:07 AM »
There will be no FNO on March 1, 2024 due to 24 Hours of VATSIM taking place on the following day.
News / Position Posting: Chicago ARTCC Air Traffic Manager
« Last post by Brandon Wening on November 07, 2023, 10:38:03 PM »
Chicago ARTCC Air Traffic Manager Vacancy Announcement

Position: Air Traffic Manager
Location: Chicago ARTCC (ZAU)
Time Commitment: 4 to 8 hours per week+, and required monthly controller hours to maintain facility membership
Supervisor: Deputy Division Director - Air Traffic Services (ATS)
Application Deadline: Closes November 14th, 2023 23:59z

The Air Traffic Manager (ATM) is the overseer of all ARTCC operations. The ATM's primary responsibility is to ensure the smooth operation of the ARTCC, along with drafting and implementing ARTCC policies and LOAs. The ATM is the primary point of contact and representative of the facility for VATUSA management.
Main responsibilities:

Manage the ARTCC
Handle Transfer/Visiting requests
Maintain the ARTCC roster
Communicate regularly with VATUSA2
Collaborate closely with ARTCC staff to ensure transparent and effective communication with the membership
Oversee the air traffic control training program, events, social media, and data services/facilities infrastructure
Foster a positive, healthy, and educational environment for members to learn and grow in
Maintain a strong online presence through various platforms to foster community engagement and facilitate information dissemination
Develop/Grow the ARTCC in alignment with division goals
Oversee the Deputy Air Traffic Manager and Training Administrator directly
Develop and implement policies, air traffic control standard operating procedures, and letters of agreement alongside the DATM
Manage an active staff of DATM, TA, EC, FE, and WM

Potential responsibilities (based on ARTCC needs):

VATUSA Workgroups
Assisting the Junior and Senior staff in all aspects
Community moderation/development

Requirements for the role:

Active member of VATSIM in good standing
Ability to maintain ARTCC activity requirement standards
Strong understanding of the WM, EC, FE, TA, and DATM roles
Obtained a rating of C1
Ability to manage a team of at least 5
Positive and professional attitude with the time commitment necessary to lead the ARTCC
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Strong understanding of US Airspace and the NAS

Preferred qualifications for this role:

Familiarity with the ARTCC
Understanding of the VATUSA Structure
Prior staff experience
Prior teaching/education experience

ATM is a Senior Staff role and therefore is not an entry-level position. The ATM could be required to dedicate several hours daily to managing the ARTCC. However, the ATM must also be able to utilize his/her staff to effectively delegate tasks to ensure the continued operation of the ARTCC. Only those who understand the requirements and can make the appropriate commitment should consider applying for this position. Candidates can expect an initial evaluation of their application after which they may be contacted for a comprehensive interview.

If you wish to apply for the ATM position, please email Brandon Wening, Deputy Division Director - Air Traffic Services ([email protected]) with a detailed VATSIM/relevant real-world résumé and cover letter by November 14th, 2023 23:59z. The letter of application should summarize the applicant's reasons for wanting to lead the ZAU ARTCC, compelling evidence to show how the position requirements are met, and how the facility will thrive under the applicant's leadership. Your virtual resume should consist of all prior VATSIM experience and any real-world experience you feel is applicable. Please also include your name, active email address, CID, current ARTCC, and current rating.
General Discussion / We Need Some Staff!
« Last post by Dave Mayes on November 07, 2023, 11:34:50 AM »
Aloha to all!

I am throwing this out there to see if anyone would be interested in joining the staff at HCF.  We are a quiet, but fun facility.  Pilots love to fly here because of the beautiful surroundings.

What we really need is a Facility Engineer and a Webmaster.  We have a very young and energetic group of controllers at HCF who aren't quite ready to take on these positions just yet.  With all the new changes that have come about with CRC, GCAP and all the massive changes to these platforms that run them, we urgently need your help.  So if you have some spare time on your hands and would consider coming over to the Hawaiian Islands, we would be forever in your debt.  Even if it is just for the short term, getting us up and running to where we feel we need to be, would be ideal!

Please take the time to consider our request and if you wish to help out, please apply.  You can also private message me on our Discord channel if you have any questions.

MAHALO and hope to hear from you really soon.

Events / [04/20/2024] Cross the Pond Westbound 2024
« Last post by Shane O'Neill on November 07, 2023, 02:36:16 AM »
VATSIM's Cross the Pond Westbound 2024 will be held on April 20, 2024.
Events / [17 Feb 2023 2359-0400z] De-Ice at Detroit
« Last post by Jonathan Johnson on November 06, 2023, 11:36:28 PM »

Oh the weather outside is frightful
And the de-ice queue is so delightful
so since we've no place to go...
Let it SNO, let it SNO, let it SNO!

Pay a visit to the (in)famous de-ice pads at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (KDTW) for a slathering of type IV, Saturday, February 17th, between 2359-0400z! We hope to see you all there!
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