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Messages - Chris Robison

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Robert, my apologies for taking so long to reply to your first post. I had begun my post; was about three paragraphs into it actually when my computer flashed and everything went away. Everything, including my post and the thought process going on behind it.  You know how you have an idea and then you get on a roll trying to make your point.  Well that's were I was.  Now, that being said, and having read further your comments in some of your follow up posts I have a better idea of what y our thinking is.  It also will let me be brief in my suggestion.  When  you gather your staff around you to see what they come up with tell them to BE BOLD!  That's right, BE BOLD!

The P1 includes a chapter on communicating with ATC.  Well hell, how about we expand that simple chapter so that the pilot has to not just know who does what, but actually knows how to receive instructions. Wait, BE BOLD! Let's send them home with a cheat sheet similar to a controller alias file so that he can read how to ask for a clearance, or know what the TWR controller is going to say before he says it. 

BE BOLD!  Expand the P1 training to include the basics of what they need to know, not what the VATSIM guidelines say they need to know.  Take the top three problems as decided upon by the general controller community and find a way to address them earlier in the program.

Frankly, who cares if the pilot knows how to fly a VFR pattern if all he ever does is screw up every approach he attempts. So BE BOLD! and find a way to work a simple RNAV approach into the coursework sooner rather than later.  Give your instructors the flexibility to deviate from the coursework if he sees the pilot needs work on a specific issue. Trust them to make the call to BE BOLD! and skip a subject only to replace it with another.

I could go on citing examples, but then so could everyone reading this.  You know that box that your program fits very neatly into? Well, burn it.  Then you can think outside of that box.

Good luck.
I'm late to the game here.
When I was on the committee for the the pilot ratings (created 2 ATOs in the past), we made the P1 as basic as possible. To echo Ira above, Be Bold. Create an expanded P1 rating that could include other basic topics or hot topic issues. Going above and beyond the PTS is always encouraged.

The Flight Deck / Re: What Simulator
« on: October 19, 2018, 07:50:37 PM »
I have been using FS9 for years, I am behind everybody else because I am still using it.
I'm glad I wasn't the only one with FS9 still.
I just got a new rig a week ago. Started flying in both P3D and Xplane. Takes a little getting use to with the better frames, but a huge step up from the FS9 days.
See you in the skies Mark!

News / Re: Boston (ZBW) has a New ATM!
« on: August 12, 2018, 01:54:00 PM »
Congrats Ian!

News / Re: Kansas City has a new Deputy Air Traffic Manager
« on: August 12, 2018, 01:51:18 PM »

News / Re: Jacksonville has a new Air Traffic Manager
« on: July 26, 2018, 10:11:56 PM »
Welcome to the Club Pete!  8)

News / Re: New Deputy Air Traffic Manager at ZJX
« on: May 08, 2018, 06:31:06 PM »
Congrats Andrew!

News / Re: VATUSA 8 Resignation
« on: May 02, 2018, 09:12:52 PM »
Good Luck Brighton!

News / Re: New VATGOV 10
« on: April 13, 2018, 07:23:55 PM »
Congrats Matt!!!

News / Re: Jacksonville has a new Air Traffic Manager!
« on: April 09, 2018, 10:12:45 PM »
Dilly Dilly!

News / Re: Atlanta has a Training Administrator!
« on: April 05, 2018, 06:52:34 AM »
Thanks everyone! Time to get down to business.

News / Re: Atlanta has a new Air Traffic Manager!
« on: March 19, 2018, 11:23:28 PM »

Congrats bud!

General Discussion / Re: VATUSA 24 hour time lapse (6/16/2017)
« on: June 24, 2017, 11:21:37 AM »
Add some weather in there  ;)

Events / Re: VATUSA Town Hall Meeting
« on: January 14, 2016, 07:39:44 PM »
This should be called "The State of the Union"......

Quote from: Zachary Beard
This is assuming the tower doesn't have a certified radar display, which in my experience, most Class D towers don't have.

Can you provide references to this information?(AIM, 7110.65)

Simple Insanity / The funniest things heard while controlling/flying
« on: March 30, 2015, 03:07:15 PM »

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