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News / ZAU Seeking Training Administrator
« on: September 10, 2017, 01:44:18 PM »
ZAU Training Administrator


ZAU Chicago ARTCC is looking for a Training Administrator to lead its growing training staff and program. We have been in a state of growth for the past several months and with the recent departure of our TA, we are looking for someone to step up and continue to help us grow and define our training program. Please consider the following information below and present any questions you may have to the Air Traffic Manager at [email protected]


ZAU Training Administrator Duties and Responsibilities

-Reports to the ATM; VATUSA3 as necessary
-Must hold C1 rating or above
-Maintains, updates and manages training program, lessons, sweatbox scenarios, exam rubrics
-Abides by the requirements of the VASTIM Global Ratings Policy
-Oversees the quality of the training program
-Responsible for seeking out, appointing, and managing ZAU Instructors and Mentors as necessary
-Hold periodic training meetings to discuss changes and updates
-Creatively designs training resources to help controllers progress through the training program more
efficiently
-Approves exam assignment for students and finalizes promotions
-Attends staff meetings as called by the ATM or DATM
-Maintain active online presence on the website, forum, teamspeak, and network
-Must post a minimum of 2 hours of training time per week on the ZAU Training Calendar
-Must complete a minimum of 7 hours of controlling time per month





The ideal candidate be an active controller along with a minimum of six month of Instructor experience and staff experience but these need not be hard requirements.

Any interested candidates should submit the following to the Air Traffic Manager at [email protected]

1). Cover Letter expressing interest
2). Resume of VATSIM experience
3). Goals for your work at the position
4). A letter of recommendation from your current facility's Air Traffic Manager


Applications will remain open until the position is filled.

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News / ZAU Seeking Training Administrator
« on: January 25, 2017, 08:09:41 PM »
ZAU Training Administrator Duties and Responsibilities

1.   Reports to the ATM; VATUSA3 as necessary
2.   Must hold C1 rating or above
3.   Maintains, updates and manages training program, lessons, sweatbox scenarios, exam rubrics
4.   Abides by the requirements of the VASTIM Global Ratings Policy
5.   Oversees the quality of the training program
6.   Responsible for seeking out, appointing, and managing ZAU Instructors and Mentors as necessary
7.   Hold periodic training meetings to discuss changes and updates
8.   Creatively designs training resources to help controllers progress through the training program more efficiently
9.   Approves exam assignment for students and finalizes promotions
10.   Attends staff meetings as called by the ATM or DATM
11.   Required to provide relevant articles to the monthly newsletter
12.   Maintain active online presence on the website, forum, teamspeak, and network
13.   Must post a minimum of 2 hours of training time per week on the ZAU Training Calendar
14.   Must complete a minimum of 7 hours of controlling time per month


The ideal candidate will also have staff and training experience, though not required, and be willing to serve on our training staff as a mentor or instructor.




How to Apply

Any interested candidates should submit the following:
-A professional VATSIM resume including any staff positions held in ATC and/or Virtual Airline, anticipated activity levels in the TA position, and one sentence statement on why you would be good for the position.
-A letter of recommendation from your ATM or VATUSA staff member
-Your vision and goals for the ZAU ARTCC and ideas on how to increase activity and training efficiency along with potential methods for achieving this.

Application materials can be sent to: [email protected]

Interviews will begin as soon as applications are received. The position will be filled as soon as the right candidate is found, so apply soon!

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Events / [06JAN17 2359Z] Lake Express Frozen Night Ops (MKE & GRR)
« on: December 15, 2016, 08:32:13 PM »


The Lake Express is one of two ferry services to cross Lake Michigan (the other the S.S. Badger). Traveling from Milwaukee to Muskegon, getting from the largest city in Wisconsin to the second largest city in Michigan, Grand Rapids, the Lake Express saves plenty of drive time. However, service does not run in winter months. In our version of Friday Night Ops, we are featuring these two cities for your flying pleasure. Fly to one, fly to both, it's up to you.

We look forward to seeing you at Frozen Night Ops, hosted by Chicago ZAU ARTCC on January 6th from 2359-0400Z (6:00pm to 10:00pm Central)

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Events / Home For The Holidays
« on: November 11, 2016, 06:51:27 PM »


We know you love to travel. We know you love to get away. But, when it's holiday season, it's always good to come home. Come home for the holidays to Chicago. O'Hare, Midway and Executive airports will be ready to welcome you home.

Staffing starts at 0100z (7pm Central) and goes until 0400z or later. We hope you have a safe journey home!

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Events / Chicago Open Mic Night
« on: September 09, 2016, 10:08:49 PM »
Chicago ARTCC is hoping to help expand the training of its students during our six week open mic night events. Each Monday you can expect service at a combination of Chicago O'Hare, Chicago Midway or Milwaukee airports as our students work to build up their skills and our veterans look to show theirs off as an example to the students.

Join us each Monday starting at 2359z until 0300z.


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Events / Chicago Open Mic Night
« on: September 09, 2016, 10:08:26 PM »
Chicago ARTCC is hoping to help expand the training of its students during our six week open mic night events. Each Monday you can expect service at a combination of Chicago O'Hare, Chicago Midway or Milwaukee airports as our students work to build up their skills and our veterans look to show theirs off as an example to the students.

Join us each Monday starting at 2359z until 0300z.


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News / ZAU Seeks Staff Instructors
« on: August 15, 2016, 04:34:19 PM »
ZAU is currently seeking a qualified candidates for Instructor positions.

ZAU Staff Instructor Duties and Responsibilities

1.   Reports to the TA
2.   Must hold C1 rating or above
3.   Work with any student progressing toward any rating at ZAU according to the ZAU training program
4.   Monitor controllers and help answer questions
5.   Progress students through training lessons
6.   Assign written exams to students
7.   Advise TA of any written exams assigned to students
8.   Conduct sweatbox training
9.   Conduct Over the Shoulder exams on the network with approval of the TA
10.   Document all training notes in student training files after each session, monitoring or promotion
11.   Maintain active online presence on the website, forum, teamspeak, and network.
12.   Encouraged but not required to provide relevant articles to the monthly newsletter
13.   Attends training meetings as called by the TA
14.   Must post a minimum of 10 hours of training time per month on the ZAU Training Calendar or advise TA of an inability to do so
15.   Must complete a minimum of 2 hours of controlling time per month
16.   Any staff member (ATM, DATM, TA, EC, FE, WM) with an I1 or I3 rating must complete the minimum controlling hours per month as required by their staff position.
17.   Respond to checkout requests emails


How to Apply

Any interested candidates should submit the following:
-A professional VATSIM resume including any staff positions held in ATC and/or Virtual Airline, anticipated activity levels in the Instructor position, and one sentence statement on why you would be good for the position.
-A letter of recommendation from your ATM or VATUSA staff member

Application materials can be sent to: [email protected]

Interviews will begin as soon as applications are received. These positions will be filled as soon as the right candidate is found, so apply soon!

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News / ZAU Seeks Training Administrator
« on: August 15, 2016, 04:29:33 PM »
ZAU is currently seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Training Administrator

ZAU Training Administrator Duties and Responsibilities

1.   Reports to the ATM; VATUSA3 as necessary
2.   Must hold C1 rating or above
3.   Maintains, updates and manages training program, lessons, sweatbox scenarios, exam rubrics
4.   Abides by the requirements of the VASTIM Global Ratings Policy
5.   Oversees the quality of the training program
6.   Responsible for seeking out, appointing, and managing ZAU Instructors and Mentors as necessary
7.   Hold periodic training meetings to discuss changes and updates
8.   Creatively designs training resources to help controllers progress through the training program more efficiently
9.   Approves exam assignment for students and finalizes promotions
10.   Attends staff meetings as called by the ATM or DATM
11.   Required to provide relevant articles to the monthly newsletter
12.   Maintain active online presence on the website, forum, teamspeak, and network
13.   Must post a minimum of 2 hours of training time per week on the ZAU Training Calendar
14.   Must complete a minimum of 7 hours of controlling time per month


The ideal candidate will also have staff and training experience, though not required, and be willing to serve on our training staff as a mentor or instructor.




How to Apply

Any interested candidates should submit the following:
-A professional VATSIM resume including any staff positions held in ATC and/or Virtual Airline, anticipated activity levels in the TA position, and one sentence statement on why you would be good for the position.
-A letter of recommendation from your ATM or VATUSA staff member
-Your vision and goals for the ZAU ARTCC and ideas on how to increase activity and training efficiency along with potential methods for achieving this.

Application materials can be sent to: [email protected]

Interviews will begin as soon as applications are received. The position will be filled as soon as the right candidate is found, so apply soon!

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Events / Chicago Open Mic Night
« on: August 03, 2016, 08:59:00 PM »
Chicago ARTCC is hoping to help expand the training of its students during our six week open mic night events. Each Monday you can expect service at a combination of Chicago O'Hare, Chicago Midway or Milwaukee airports as our students work to build up their skills and our veterans look to show theirs off as an example to the students.

Join us each Monday starting at 2359z until 0300z.


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Events / Chicago Open Mic Night
« on: August 03, 2016, 08:58:43 PM »
Chicago ARTCC is hoping to help expand the training of its students during our six week open mic night events. Each Monday you can expect service at a combination of Chicago O'Hare, Chicago Midway or Milwaukee airports as our students work to build up their skills and our veterans look to show theirs off as an example to the students.

Join us each Monday starting at 2359z until 0300z.


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Events / Chicago Open Mic Night
« on: August 03, 2016, 08:58:15 PM »
Chicago ARTCC is hoping to help expand the training of its students during our six week open mic night events. Each Monday you can expect service at a combination of Chicago O'Hare, Chicago Midway or Milwaukee airports as our students work to build up their skills and our veterans look to show theirs off as an example to the students.

Join us each Monday starting at 2359z until 0300z.


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Events / Chicago Open Mic Night
« on: August 03, 2016, 08:57:21 PM »
Chicago ARTCC is hoping to help expand the training of its students during our six week open mic night events. Each Monday you can expect service at a combination of Chicago O'Hare, Chicago Midway or Milwaukee airports as our students work to build up their skills and our veterans look to show theirs off as an example to the students.

Join us each Monday starting at 2359z until 0300z.


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News / ZAU Seeks Deputy Air Traffic Manager
« on: May 07, 2016, 09:19:25 PM »
With our DATM moving on to bigger and better places in his life and aviation career, ZAU will be seeking someone new to take his place.

ZAU Deputy Air Traffic Manager Duties and Responsibilities

-Reports to the ATM
-Must hold C1 rating or above
-Responsible for day to day operations of the ARTCC
-Assume the duties of the ATM in their absence
-Oversees the quality and duties of the support staff
-Maintains, updates and manages facility SOPs and LOAs with the approval of the ATM
-Assist in the development and implementation of ARTCC projects as designed by senior and support staff
-Primary advisor to support staff
-Calls staff meetings with the approval of the ATM
-Stays current in VATUSA issues and policies
-Provide guidance to members and visiting controllers
-Serves as overseer of the suggestion box
-Requried to provide relevant articles to the monthly newsletter if utilized
-Maintain active online presence on the website, forum, teamspeak, and network
-Must complete a minimum of 7 hours of controlling time per month

The ideal candidate will also have staff and training experience, though not required, and be willing to serve on our training staff as a mentor or instructor.




How to Apply

Any interested candidates should submit the following:
-A professional VATSIM resume including any staff positions held in ATC and/or Virtual Airline, anticipated activity levels in the DATM position, and one sentence statement on why you would be good for the position.
-A letter of recommendation from your ATM or VATUSA staff member
-Your vision and goals for the ZAU ARTCC and ideas on how to increase activity along with potential methods for achieving this.

Application materials can be sent to: [email protected]

The application process will remain open until May 31st. Interviews will begin as soon as applications are received. The position will be filled as soon as the right candidate is found, so apply soon!

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General Discussion / Join or Visit at vZAU and Be Entered to Win!
« on: February 07, 2015, 08:59:50 AM »
The ZAU Events Department is now officially announcing March Madness! Beginning at the end of this month, ZAU will undergo a bracket competition between its members and visitors to determine a grand champion controller that will be awarded a worthy prize at its conclusion. Are you ready to hear it works?

ZAU March Madness Bracket Competition

Who Can Participate?

As long as you are a ZAU member or visiting controller by February 16th, 2015 you are eligible to participate in the event.


If I join or submit a visiting controller application ZAU on February 17th, why can't I participate in this competition if the competition isn't until March?

We intend to have an early cutoff ZAU registration for the event due to the fact that if a new controller starting as an OBS joins late in the month, they may not have the ability to be promoted to an S1 prior to the beginning of the competition. By using February 14th as the ending eligibility date, it allows for those OBS controllers to get training and be promoted. Unfortunately, if a C1 controller joins on February 17th they are still going to be ineligible for the competition in order to be fair to all potential members even though the C1 controller will be able to control on ZAU positions.


What is the purpose of this competition?

The purpose of this competition is to increase controller activity at ZAU in order to encourage more pilots to fly in/out/through our airspace. And, it's fun!


What positions are eligible for the competition?

Any position within the ZAU airspace, DEL thru CTR is eligible for the competition. If you spend the entire month on MKE_DEL, it still counts.


How do I win?

There are two ways to win and you can actually be eligible to win both ways! The first way to win is to defeat your competition and be the ZAU March Madness Champion! The second way to win is to submit a completed bracket indicating your predictions and having the highest scoring bracket at the end of the competition whether it predicts you winning the competition or not. If you get the most points for your completed bracket and you are the grand champion controller at the end of the competition, you win both prizes!


How are seeds determined?

In an NCAA March Madness bracket, all the teams are placed based on their ranking. Since we cannot rank controllers prior to the event, rankings will be based on VATSIM CID. We will equate experience with ranking. Therefore, a controller with an 8XXXXX CID will be ranked higher than a controller with a 12XXXXX CID number.


We don't have 64 controllers, how will some rounds be determined?

Because we don't have 64 participants, the remaining slots will be filled with a BYE. If we have 40 participants, seeds 41-64 will be considered BYE weeks allowing the participants competing against a BYE to automatically move into the next round.


How can I submit my own bracket?

On February 16th, after the cut-off for the event, a blank bracket will be completed by the Events Coordinator and made available to the public. All you have to do is download a blank bracket and fill in your predictions. Once you have filled in your bracket, you will email it to the events coordinator and your bracket will be made public for all to see. That's it. Your bracket will be scored and updated as the competition progresses.


How will the brackets be scored?

Due to the number of controllers that will be participating, there will be 6 rounds of competition. Each win will be awarded a certain number of points depending on the round. The scoring is shown below:

Round 1: 64 Controllers competing - Each win in this round will be worth 1 point. (32 points possible)
Round 2: 32 Controllers competing - Each win in this round will be worth 2 points. (32 points possible)
Round 3: 16 Controllers competing - Each win in this round will be worth 4 points. (32 points possible)
Round 4: 8 Controllers competing - Each win in this round will be worth 6 points. (24 points possible)
Round 5: 4 Controllers competing - Each win in this round will be worth 8 points. (16 points possible)
Round 6: 2 Controllers competing - Each win in this round will be worth 14 points (14 points possible)

Total Points Possible: 150

For the final round, all bracket competitors will be asked to provide the total hours controlled by the final two controllers IN THAT ROUND ONLY. For example if you think Controller A will beat Controller B by a score of 20hours to 15hours in the final round, you will enter 35 as your guess. This will be used to break any tie that may occur at the end of the competition. Of the tied leaders, the competitor with the closest guess to the actual score will be declared the winner. It does not matter who is the finals but if there is any kind of a tie at the end of the last round, this tie braker will come into effect.


How will hourly ties be handled each round?

If two controllers who are competing against each other happen to tie in the hours controlled for that round, the following steps will determine the winner:

1). Which of the two controllers has the most hours total in the competition to date?
2). If still tied, which of the two controllers has the oldest VATSIM CID?


How long is each round?

Each round still start on Friday evening and run through Tuesday evening.

The competition dates are as follows:

Round 1: February 27 2359z thru March 3 at 2359z  - February 27 at 6:00pm Central thru March 3 at 5:59pm Central
Round 2: March 6 2359z thru March 10 at 2259z - March 6 at 6:00pm Central thru March 10 at 5:59pm Central
Round 3: March 13 2359z thru March 17 at 2359z - March 13 at 7:00pm Central thru March 17 at 6:59pm Central
Round 4: March 20 2359z thru March 24 at 2359z - March 20 at 7:00pm Central thru March 24 at 6:59pm Central
Round 5: March 27 2359z thru March 31 at 2359z - March 27 at 7:00pm Central thru March 31 at 6:59pm Central
Round 6: April 3 at 2359z thru April 7 at 2359z - April 3 at 7:00pm Central thru April 7 at 6:59pm Central


What are the prizes?

Of course, the reason to compete other than for the bragging rights! The winner of the competition will recieve a download code for the FlightBeam KDEN scenery, a prize value of approximately $30-$50. If you have the highest scoring bracket, you will win the opportunity to create the idea for a ZAU event to be held this year.



If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

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Events / VatVenture 2014 - 8/1/2014 at 2300z
« on: July 30, 2014, 11:38:33 AM »
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VatVenture is back and Chicago ARTCC is ready for whatever you bring. We will be staffing Milwaukee and Oshkosh for this event so that those VAs who don't service Oshkosh have a place to join in the fun. We have full VFR procedures in effect as well for Oshkosh, so please consider flying VFR.

We have detailed procedures for both IFR and VFR aircraft inbound to OSH and outbound as well. Please view them at our forums via the following link (You DO NOT have to be a member of the forums to view the procedures): http://www.zauartcc.org/forum/index.php?board=54.0

ZAU will be staffing from 2300-0300z, 6pm-10pm and perhaps later for those who are planning to stay on into the evening.

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