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News / Re: VATUSA Division Director Appointment
« on: August 15, 2022, 05:18:12 PM »
I have to add my congratulations too.  It is just great to see that the powers that be have decided to appoint a person who has all of the skills necessary to steer the Division forward.

Onward and upward Mr. S.  Onward and upward!

News / Re: June 1, 2021
« on: May 27, 2021, 09:56:22 PM »
I'm guessing you're guessing right....  I'll admit though, I'll miss the current logo ;)  (old sentimental fart speaking ;) )

The "old" logo isn't really that old.

You will have to forgive me for not following this subject as closely perhaps as I should, but it seems to me that if the current problem is that there are more aircraft flying into an ARTCC than the fields can handle and the controllers are being overwhelmed, doesn't it  make sense to try to address the issue where it begins....  at the VA's?   I don't know that anyone will be happy if the VA's are told they only get so many slots, but with membership climbing I don't see any other action that we can take short of actually creating a slot system.

Now that probably wouldn't solve the problem, at least not at first. But as the pilots get used to using it it may eventually catch on.  I am sure it could be done without creating more work for the local ARTCC's.  Of course I am also sure someone must have thought of this already, so has it been tried?

General Discussion / Re: vPilot saying incorrect CID/Password - Help!
« on: April 26, 2020, 06:44:59 PM »
If I may suggest, this is a more common problem than you would think. And the error is always somewhere in the entering of the password.  You must remember that the network is case sensitive, so you must key in the password carefully.  And of course you have to make sure that you don't confuse letters and numbers.  A lower case l (el) and an upper case I (eye) and the number 1 all look very similar. So enter them carefully.

News / Re: Professional Development Course Quarter 1 Dates Set
« on: February 01, 2020, 08:12:26 PM »
I still have a few seats available after the closing time.  I'll still take anyone interested until Midnight tomorrow January 31st.

Oh damn!!  Did I miss the class?  I read the time wrong.

News / Re: New Deputy Director VATUSA
« on: September 15, 2019, 09:25:55 PM »
poor bastard............   :P

News / Re: ZNY has a new DATM
« on: February 13, 2019, 09:47:26 PM »

Congratulations Anthony?  Hell, congratulations Karl, ZNY and VATUSA!!  It is great to have Anthony back in the fold again.  I pour a scotch in a toast to you my friend. 

News / Re: ZNY Has a New ATM!
« on: February 09, 2019, 03:06:18 PM »
Congrats Karl!!

Events / Re: [1 Feb 2019 | 2359-0400z] TGIFNO in Miami!
« on: February 02, 2019, 03:58:18 PM »
It was a lot of fun!  Nice job by everyone.

General Discussion / Re: New Nassau/ZMA Airspace Agreement
« on: February 02, 2019, 02:50:30 PM »


Great questions!
First let me link you to the exact LOA signed off by both divisions here

Correct per GRP the ZMO Oceanic Sector is listed as a "special center" which is the equivalent of a Major Endorsement. It is my understanding this was done for the reason of ZMO_CTR working a large area and being able to provide ENROUTE services only (FL180-FL600, no top down service for Nassau or islands). To be honest I am not sure why it is even considered a Special Center since it is just enroute operations, perhaps ZMA can answer why it is a special center. After discussing this issue with Mark and VATCAR leadership we concluded that to work enroute airspace holding C1 rating per the GRP as standard that should suffice. Since Nassau Controllers would actually receive more training then ZMA controllers would, thus satisfying any doubt about the special center. Nassau Controllers are trained to work top down service, while ZMA controller's do not.

Thank you Matt.  You did touch on a couple of them, although it sounds to me that you guys are playing it by ear for the moment - sort of making it up as you go along.  I will tell you that I disagree with your assessment of the Special Center arrangement; the fact that the three of you decided it wasn't warranted so there is no reason to have to follow those procedures just doesn't seem right.  But it is what it is and if someone with a higher pay grade than mine doesn't make an issue of it who am I too?

I will add something that I left off my other message because i didn't realize it until the FNO Friday night, but you seem to have picked up some of the Miami domestic airspace as well.  Is that correct?  I know I was handed off from ZMO to Nassau and back to ZMA for my decent and I don't remember that ever happening before. Is that true?

General Discussion / Re: New Nassau/ZMA Airspace Agreement
« on: February 01, 2019, 10:35:49 AM »
Hi Matt.  Interesting stuff.  Can I ask a few questions?  Miami Oceanic is listed as a Special Center in the Global Ratings Policy, thereby requiring separate certification prior to being able to control there. The Letter of Agreement doesn't say that Miami will be providing that training, so how will Nassau controllers work that airspace?  Did you and Fady work that out yet?

Also, doesn't the Miami SOP require CTR certification prior to being eligible to staff ZMO?  If so are Nassau controllers going to be required to go through the ZMA training program in its entirety?

On the administrative side of this change, doesn't a Letter of Agreement between Divisions need to be signed off on by the Regional Director?  So I am guessing that Mark and Leemar have sent it to Nic for his approval?  The copy you posted doesn't have any signatures on it so I couldn't tell.  I know that he knows that the Global Ratings Policy falls under the jurisdiction of the Executive Committee's Letters of Agreement involving Special Airspace so he will have to send the Letter of Agreement to the Executive Committee for their approval. Or has all of this been done already? 

Lastly, has this been coordinated with NY ARTCC at all? Judging from the map it appears as if we will have to change approach procedures into what was domestic ZMA airspace but now belongs to Nassau. I'm guessing there will be new frequencies  and hand off points as well since you have taken over a good chunk of the airspace east of KMIA. This looks like it will also affect flight planning for the next Cross the Pond, should KMIA be selected, but we can deal with that when the time comes I guess.

Anyway, I guess a "good luck" is in order.  I hope the answer to my questions help bring a little clarity to what is happening.

General Discussion / Re: We don't talk enough...
« on: December 07, 2018, 07:52:23 PM »
Okay folks, I understand how a discussion that addresses the difference between the "as real as" and the "it's only a hobby" and "it's only a game" people might be beneficial to the topic at hand, but nobody here needs to hear me suggest that we may have strayed a bit. So why don't we get this back on topic if you please. 

Thank you.

General Discussion / Re: Congratulations to ZLC ARTCC
« on: November 28, 2018, 04:44:33 PM »
Nice.  I actually forgot all about it.  Glad you didn't and nice to see the results.

But wait 'till next year!    ::)

News / Re: Boston has a new DATM
« on: November 13, 2018, 12:09:34 AM »
Excellent choice.  Congrats, Krikor!
Absolutely! Couldn't be happier  to see this

General Discussion / Re: We don't talk enough...
« on: November 09, 2018, 05:54:22 PM »
You have questions and concerns why haven't you brought them to your ATM?  I could go on, but each point ends with why haven't you brought your concerns to your ATM?

Probably because his ATM just got fired...

Oh come on Dhruv.  Really?  Snide doesn't suit you my friend. On the other hand, it is pretty funny.

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