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07/01/2011 - EILSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Virtual United States Air Force Airmen from across the globe are setting course for the Wilderness of Alaska as Red Flag Alaska 2011 begins on August 11th.

Red Flag Alaska is a commander directed combat training exercise for vUSAF pilots and invited vSOA pilots and commanders. The operation simulates offensive and counter offensive air to air operations, close air support, and downed pilot rescues.

The August Event is being spearheaded by vUSAF Director of Operations Lt. Gen. Brett 'Brick' Knuth and Lt. Gen. Sean 'Dad' Peterson. "We have chosen two team leads to represent the fictional countries of Yukonia and Foxtonio which will each strive to dominate the other in the activities" said Lt. Gen Sean Peterson.

Operation Red Flag will continue through the middle of August. In order to compete in the exercise pilots must be mission qualified before the exercise start date. Interested prospective new members should proceed to the vUSAF website to learn more about the organization, there is a new training program in place to guide students with little or no experienced to seasoned pilots.

Interested vSOA partners should contact vUSAF Air Staff via the website.

For more information on this release, please visit

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Albuquerque (vZAB) / Updated Info
« on: April 11, 2011, 07:27:28 AM »
For the most up to date information on the happenings at ZAB please visit

General Discussion / ZAB has a new Events Coordinator
« on: April 03, 2011, 03:31:44 AM »
After reviewing several applications and interviewing two finalists, ZAB has chosen a new events coordinator!

Congrats to Jeremy 'Hollywood' Davis who joins the ZAB staff, he has been a controller since January and has excelled as a member of the facility advisory board.

Please join me in welcoming 'Hollywood' to the team.

Albuquerque (vZAB) / ZAB seeks Staff Instructors
« on: March 17, 2010, 07:20:48 AM »
Job Title: Staff Instructor
Location: VATUSA Albuquerque (ZAB)
Department: Training
Job Summary: The Staff Instructor provides instruction to students in air traffic control procedures in several areas including theory, training server, and live-network environments. This position is responsible for scheduling their training sessions with students and documentating sessions.
Essential Job Functions:
70% - Work with a student in learning air traffic control procedures, both general and local, in theory, a training server, or live-network environment.
10% - Documenting training sessions using web based tracking system.
10% - Evaluating students for promotion using ZAB policies/procedures.
5% - Providing additional/advanced training as directed by the Training Administrator or ATM.
5% - Working with ARTCC management on other tasks as requested.
Minimum Qualifications:
*Controller 1 Rating.
*Member must be in good standing with VATSIM with no serious infractions resulting in a suspension for the past 6 months. No duplicate CID creations to circumvent any previous suspensions.
*Read, write, and speak in english.
*Able to work within a team environment.
*Presently an active VATUSA division member.
*Able to work with students in a calm and respectful manner, including some students which may prove to be difficult.
*Previous training (online or real-world) is a plus.
Time requirements: Conduct 4 training sessions per month.
Application: Persons wishing to apply for the position send an email with resume to:  [email protected] and [email protected]
In your cover letter please include the following:
Current ARTCC
Rating Currently Held
Current or former Mentor/Instructor experience
"Why you think you would be a good Instructor at Albuquerque."
"How you plan to improve the Albuquerque ARTCC as an Instructor."

Reccomendations: Candidates from outside the VATUSA Albuquerque ARTCC must have a recommendation letter from an instructor or training administrator in their current facility.
Applicants from within ZAB must currently hold an Approved Mentor status.

This is an on-going posting with no immediate closing date. Successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.

General Discussion / FS in Focus Show - LIVE 2200z
« on: February 20, 2010, 04:13:12 PM »
FS In Focus tonight Feb 20th @ 22.00z @

Join TDR with special guests Roland Collins Vice President of Regions and Florian Harms VP Marketing & Strategic Development, both of the VATSIM network.

This is your chance to put your questions to members of Vatsim's board of governors and explore what the future holds for online flying.

Tune in with Wee Tune Beestie on 123.45 on your cockpit com 2 radio, with Vroute or simply tune in via the connect buttons on the website.

Any questions can be sent to [email protected]

Sky Blue Radio sounding great at any altitude.

General Discussion / Deal or no deal?
« on: December 03, 2009, 02:29:15 PM »

DENVER -- The CALL7 Investigators have confirmed the FAA is investigating a Nov. 23rd incident where two passenger jets nearly collided in the airspace over Colorado.

Sources told CALL7 Investigator John Ferrugia the two planes merged on Air Traffic Control radar at the same altitude and in the same moment.

Said one source, "They were within a blink of an eye of colliding," and "It was the ugliest thing I've ever seen in all my years."


General Discussion / NWA188 Transcripts/Recordings released
« on: November 27, 2009, 11:51:26 AM »

Written by: Brian Pryor

Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration released mp3 recordings and transcripts relating to the NorthWest Airlines flight 188 incident in October.

In October of this year the crew of the NorthWest flight over flew Minneapolis MN. , the crew stated after the incident that they were distracted with company business on personal laptops.

Friday's transcripts include numerous attempts by controllers to contact the pilots, attempts by other NorthWest flights to send messages to the plane, and finally the contact received from NorthWest 188 at 01:14am.

Controllers also made attempts to verify the cockpit was secure during the ordeal.

To listen to the audio recordings and read the transcripts visit the links on the left side of this story.

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