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Events / [12/30/22 2359-0400z] Light Up the New Year
« Last post by Shane O'Neill on November 28, 2022, 10:23:15 PM »

People around the world are getting ready to flip the calendar to 2023. In the US, there will be parties from coast to coast. To celebrate with our own party, VATUSA will light up America as best we can, with the highlighted times from 2359 to 0400z (6:59pm - 11pm ET). Choose your favorite flying machine and find as much service as you can, but be careful on approach to avoid the fireworks!
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Events / Re: [03 Dec 2359 -0400z] Operation Good Cheer
« Last post by Jonathan Johnson on November 28, 2022, 07:50:08 AM »
Hey everyone! We are now less than a week away from the event!!

Just to give everyone a heads up, here's the details on the giveaway and how you can enter in for a chance to win the iniScene KBUF for Microsoft Flight Simulator!

Cleveland ARTCC will be giving away four copies of iniScene KBUF. Two going to pilots, two going to controllers. For pilots, the rules are simple:

1. You must fly between any of the fields featured (KPTK, KLAN, KMKG, KAZO) during the event time (24z-04z)
2. In your pilot remarks, put #SpreadGoodCheer

On the day of the event, I'll be posting a form for entry, so once you've completed your flight(s) just fill out the form and you'll be all set :). Please note this is one entry per person, so multiple flights, while encouraged, won't count towards extra entries.

Then, on Sunday (the day after the event), I'll notify the winners who will have 24 hours to respond and claim their prize. If someone doesn't respond, I'll go down to the next person on the list.

For controllers, more information will be posted soon :).

Thank you all and have a great holiday season!!!
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Events / Half Moon Heart-Attack Fly in
« Last post by Michael Bonaga on November 27, 2022, 09:16:48 PM »
Airport: HAF
Date & Time: May 7, 2023, 1 - 5 PM PST
Date & Time (Zulu): May 7, 2023, 2100-0100z
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Events / Bingo in the Bay
« Last post by Michael Bonaga on November 27, 2022, 09:10:16 PM »
Airports: explore!!!
Date & Time: April 22, 2023, 5 - 9 PM PST
Date & Time (Zulu): April 23, 2023, 0100-0500z
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News / VATUSA Tech Team is hiring developers!
« Last post by Jon Owens on November 26, 2022, 08:22:12 PM »
VATUSA Tech Team is hiring developers!

This is an additional duty position. Successful candidates will remain at their home facility. Tech Team members are required to maintain their roster position within a VATUSA Facility.

Duties:
  • Develop software for the VATUSA division as directed by the Technical Manager
  • Maintain an active presence on discord, email, and the network.
  • Provide technical support for Facilitiy and VATUSA Staff on assigned projects
  • Document services and systems as necessary

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Must be an active member of the network in good standing
  • Must be a member of the VATUSA division and a VATUSA facility
  • Must be highly motivated and willing to dedicate time to contribute to the success of their assigned projects
  • Must be able to work in a collaborative team environment while also being productive independently
  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Must have proficiency with at least one modern programming language (Python, Java, C#, Go, JavaScript/TypeScript, etc)
  • Must be familiar with common data structures and algorithms

Desired Qualifications:
  • A letter of recommendation from home facility senior staff (ATM, DATM, or TA)
  • Current or previous WM / Web Team experience within VATUSA
  • Experience working with one of the following languages: Python, JavaScript/TypeScript
  • Experience working with SQL databases (mysql) and SQLAlchemy or another Python ORM
  • Experience working on projects with other developers

To apply for this position, send an email to [email protected] with the following information:
  • Please include "VATUSA Tech Team Application" in the subject line
  • Name, CID, and Email
  • Resume (include VATSIM and any relevant real world experience)
  • Cover Letter or Letter of Interest
  • Github (or other code repository) profile link
  • Any projects that you're interested in working on

Facility Senior Staff members should send any letter of recommendation to [email protected], please include "VATUSA Tech Team Recommendation" and the candidate's name in the subject line.

This posting will remain open until sufficient candidates have been selected. Multiple positions on the Tech Team are available.
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News / ZLC - Training Administrator Vacancy
« Last post by Nathan Bauer on November 26, 2022, 10:20:14 AM »
Position Posting – Training Administrator

Salt Lake City Virtual ARTCC
 

Purpose

ZLC is currently seeking a Training Administrator who will provide compelling training capability and effective management and leadership of the ZLC ATC training program.

 

Key Accountabilities

●      Report to Air Traffic Manager and VATUSA Division Training Manager

●      Manage and lead the training program to make it effective and efficient for all ARTCC controllers

●      Maintain an adequate staff of instructors and mentors to meet ARTCC training needs

●      Update and maintain training website material and certification system

●      Develop and implement training policies, SOPs, and more

●      Oversee and manage student assignments to training staff

●      Perform duties as a staff Instructor

●      Maintain a high online presence

●      Other duties as assigned by ATM/DATM/VATUSA Division Training Manager

●      Function as an Administrator

 

Requirements

●      C1 rating or higher

●      Active member on the network in good standing without recent disciplinary history

●      Capable of working well in team-oriented environment

●      Strong knowledge of VATSIM/US ATC system

●      Strong knowledge of FAA Order 7110.65

●      Excellent written and oral communication skills

●      Able to work with students in a calm and respectful manner

●      Access to and strong ability with Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft Office suite, including PowerPoint and Word



Preferred Skills


●      Prior ATC Mentor/Instructor experience

●      Teaching/Education experience (on or off VATSIM)

●      Leadership, managerial, or supervisory experience

●      Real world aviation/pilot experience

●      Familiarity with the Salt Lake City Virtual ARTCC training program/system



How to Apply

Interested candidates should be aware that this is a senior level administrative position and not for the inexperienced. The workload is considerable and should not be taken lightly. The incumbent should expect to dedicate between 6 and 8 hours weekly to ARTCC business.  Only those who understand the requirements and can make the appropriate commitment should consider applying. Candidates can expect an initial evaluation of their application after which they may be contacted for a comprehensive interview.



Prospective applicants shall submit a letter of application, including the following:

Name, active email address, and CID.
Resume, including real world management experience.
Letter of intent/cover letter.

Applications shall be submitted to Nathan Bauer, Air Traffic Manager ([email protected]) and Ben Lindsey, Deputy Air Traffic Manager ([email protected]) by December 12, 2022.
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Events / Midway Mondays - Session 2
« Last post by Saarang Mulukutla on November 23, 2022, 12:34:05 AM »


Join ZAU on December 5th for our biweekly Midway Monday! Come on down to the busiest square mile in the US, with full staffing for MDW airport from 2359z-0300z! Avoid the EMAS at the end of the runway by setting your autobrakes to max!

Airport: KMDW
Date: December 5th
Time: 2359z-0300z (6-9pm Central)
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Events / Re: Can I Get a Waffle?
« Last post by Nolan Danziger on November 22, 2022, 06:53:22 PM »
I'm gonna be honest, if your order isn't a chocolate chip waffle and a side of hashbrowns, your order is wrong.
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News / VACANCY | ZME TA
« Last post by Dylan Lundberg on November 21, 2022, 08:46:22 PM »
The Memphis ARTCC (ZME) is seeking a qualified, professional, and motivated individual to fulfill the role of Training Administrator (TA) to develop and maintain the ZME training department. Applicants should note that this position requires a significant time commitment and only those who understand those requirements should consider applying.

Application Period
This posting will expire on 11/26/2022 @ 2359z

Key Responsibilities

- Oversees, develops and manages the ZME training program.
- Reports to the ZME Air Traffic Manager (ATM) and VATUSA Training Director (VATUSA3).
- Develops and hires effective Instructors (I1) and Mentors as needed for ZME training requirements.
- Develops scenario files using situation editor for usage in TWR Trainer and ES.
- Administers Over-the-Shoulder (OTS) Examinations on Sweatbox or the live VATSIM network.
- Effectively trains and evaluate students for purposes of ATC ratings progression.
- Maintains controller and student quality by adhering to VATSIM, VATUSA, and local standards.
- Develops ZME training policy and procedure.
- Other duties as assigned by the ZME ATM.

Minimum Requirements

- Have held a rating of I1 or I3 for at least 6 consecutive months prior to application date.
- Have no significant disciplinary history in the previous 12 months.
- Be capable of working well in a team-oriented environment.
- Strong knowledge of Air Traffic Control systems and airspace.
- Strong knowledge of FAA JO 7110.65 and supplemental publications.
- Strong understanding of network wide policy (GRP) and divisional training policy.
- Have excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Ability to create professional, well written documents for purposes of publication.

Preferred Qualifications

- Supervisory, training, or management experience within VATSIM or real-world experience.
- Previous or current ARTCC staff experience.
- Experience in creating, testing, and publishing scenario files for purposes of student progression.

Applications must include
1.   Name, active email address, and CID
2.   Letter of Intent
3.   Resume

What to expect

Interested candidates should be aware that this is not an entry-level position and not for the inexperienced. The workload is considerable (4+ hours a week, in addition to facility activity requirements) and should not be taken lightly. Only those who understand the requirements and can make the appropriate commitment should consider applying. Candidates can expect an initial evaluation of their application after which they may be contacted for a comprehensive interview. All candidates who apply and who meet the minimum requirements can expect to be interviewed for this posting. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

How to apply

Submit the required information above to the ZME ATM & DATM at [email protected] and [email protected]   
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Events / Re: [02/25/2023 2359z - 0400z] THE Statue of Liberty
« Last post by David Stone on November 20, 2022, 11:38:20 PM »
Is there time travel involved in this event?


Event Field: KLGA
Date & Time: February 25th 2022, 7:00pm → 11:00pm Eastern (2359z - 0400z)
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