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Messages - Don Desfosse

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The Control Room Floor / Re: VRC Transmitting And Receiving Issues.
« on: August 29, 2019, 01:22:28 PM »
Do you have the correct ports forwarded through your router?

News / Re: TMU Maps for VATUSA Facilities
« on: July 19, 2019, 12:58:59 AM »
You're trying to change your maps?

From "2001: A Space Odyssey"

Events / Re: [21 JUNE 2019] Houston and Friends Live
« on: June 21, 2019, 04:14:44 PM »
Wishing you guys a great event!

News / Re: A discussion on voice CTAF
« on: May 20, 2019, 11:55:19 PM »

Miami (vZMA) / Re: Miami Mega Ball 2019 Event Statistics
« on: May 16, 2019, 06:25:23 AM »
While I agree that offering prizes certainly helps attract traffic, I think (gut, no statistical evidence) that no prizes during this event would have reduced the traffic load only by 15-30%.  It was a great, multi-ARTCC event on a Saturday night, and it was the "premiere" event in VATUSA and all of VATSIM at the time.  The traffic load would have been relatively high regardless.  The lack of prizes would have probably negated the need for gate holds.  Want to test the theory?  Hold an exact replica of the event, without prizes, on a "routine" (non-holiday weekend, nothing special going on in the world) Saturday night in a "routine" month (after summer vacation time, e.g. late September through early November) and see what happens.  The only thing, though, if no prizes, may want to make it two-way (i.e. don't just focus on KMIA arrivals), as not having the prizes kinda negates the need to focus on "just" KMIA arrivals.

New York (vZNY) / Re: Returning from inactvity
« on: May 08, 2019, 09:19:46 PM »
Welcome back, Mike, and thanks for your service.  Not long, usually.  We're all volunteers with life, school, work, family, church, etc., but typically 24-48 hours is the norm.  If it goes much past that, suggest dropping the ATM and DATM a note.  Again, welcome back!

If I had a nickel for every time someone reported severe turbulence and loss of speed or altitude control, and I calmly replied, "roger, when able maintain 7,000 feet, 210 knots" last Friday night, I could probably buy a grande venti (whatever their extra large is) Starbucks coffee. :)  Flown through that (VATSIM and RW) and it ain't fun; glad there wasn't much turbulence in my chair in front of a radar scope the other night. ;)

Events / Re: The Fifth Runway Sunday (KATL) {5/19 2100z-0100z}
« on: April 17, 2019, 08:42:18 AM »
Jeffrey, time for an add-on scenery! :)

« on: April 13, 2019, 06:03:55 PM »
Many thanks!  One can only plant so many tulips in retirement before going out of his cotton-pickin' mind! :)

Events / Re: [15 Mar 2019 | 2359-0400z] Houston, the FNO has landed
« on: March 15, 2019, 06:08:48 AM »
True testament to Cessna aircraft.  The Boeing had to be modified, but the Cessna was just fine as-designed, as-built! :)

Come Fly With Me / Re: JetBlue Virtual's First Event: A Night in NYC
« on: March 13, 2019, 06:48:40 PM »
What's a "DC Center"?  ;D

In all seriousness, good luck with the event!

Events / Re: [01MAR19 2359Z-0359z] Storm the Bay! (ZOA)
« on: March 02, 2019, 05:53:50 PM »
So Duncan, how much would you charge to come to my house and build me one of them?  :)

News / Re: VATUSA 3 Retirement and New Training Director
« on: February 28, 2019, 03:15:37 PM »
...and various messages through other means
I have it on good authority that he particularly appreciated my use of smoke signals!  :) :)

And, just in case you were not aware, the exam is only for student controllers.  There is currently no test required for you to fly on the network.

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