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USA Division Updates / Division Meeting Minutes August 1, 2022
« on: August 05, 2022, 09:10:44 PM »
Meeting minutes from ZHQ August 1, 2022 meeting are attached.

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USA Division Updates / Division Meeting Minutes July 5, 2022
« on: July 06, 2022, 11:47:28 AM »
Meeting minutes from ZHQ July 5, 2022 meeting are attached.

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USA Division Updates / Division Meeting Minutes March 30, 2022
« on: July 02, 2022, 03:55:00 PM »
Meeting minutes from ZHQ March 30, 2022 meeting are attached.

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USA Division Updates / ATM Meeting Minutes February 21, 2022
« on: July 02, 2022, 03:53:15 PM »
Meeting minutes from ATM February 21, 2022 meeting are attached.

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News / Introducing VATUSA's new Technical Manager
« on: June 14, 2022, 10:55:23 PM »
We would like to thank Alexandra Robison for the time she dedicated to improving the division as our Technical Manager. Allie has vacated the position, and will be missed.

In turn, please welcome Jon Owens as the new VATUSA Technical Manager! Jon brings plenty of real world technical experience with him, in addition to the time served in his most recent roles on the network as the ZSE TA and WM. Jon has plenty on his plate already as we look to continue pushing our tech infrastructure into the future, and focus on providing the high quality tools our members deserve. We look forward to seeing all the great work that Jon and the VATUSA Tech Team will accomplish in the coming months. Congrats Jon!!

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USA Division Updates / Division Meeting Minutes June 6, 2022
« on: June 13, 2022, 11:27:40 PM »
Meeting minutes from ZHQ June 6, 2022 meeting are attached.

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News / VATUSA welcomes new Events Manager
« on: June 05, 2022, 05:31:19 PM »
Please join me in congratulating Shane O'Neill on being selected as the next VATUSA Events Manager! Shane has plenty of experience with VATUSA events through his previous role as ZTL EC, and has continued to have an active presence in his current role as the ZTL DATM. In addition to this, Shane is also a member of the ACE team, and has looked forward to helping out in division events whenever he could. With plenty of big ticket events coming up, a need to improve our ACE team onboarding process, and the goal to continue improving our connections with network pilot organizations, Shane already has a lot on his plate! We are excited to see the great work Shane will do in his new role. Congrats Shane!!

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News / POSITION VACANCY: Events Manager
« on: May 16, 2022, 04:54:11 PM »
Applications are now being accepted for the position of VATUSA Events Manager.

Reports to: VATUSA Deputy Director of Support Services, VATUSA4
Application Deadline: May 31, 2022 23:59z

Key Responsibilities:
* Function as an interactive VATUSA staff member and attend meetings as necessary
* Oversee the VATUSA events department
* Create and manage division-wide events
* Work closely with the National Operations Manager to appropriately plan and organize events
* Act as the division liaison with Virtual Airlines, Flying Clubs, and other network organizations
* Regularly communicate with Events Coordinators across the division
* Monitor the performance and activity of events in the division
* Maintain the VATUSA website calendar and ensure compliance with posting to myVATSIM portal
* Serve as the point of contact for VATSIM inter-divisional events
* Lead the ACE Team and monitor member activity

Core Requirements:
* Active member of the network in good standing for at least 12 months
* Able to work in a team environment
* Excellent written and oral communication skills
* No significant disciplinary record or history of unprofessional behavior
* Previous experience planning, organizing, and executing VATSIM events, ideally in a staff position
* Desire and commitment to improve the VATUSA division

Desired Skills and Capabilities:
* Demonstrated project management and planning skills
* Demonstrated possession and utilization of a high degree of energy, commitment and dedication
* Demonstrated qualities of understanding, patience and maturity
* Experience working with VATUSA TMU
* C1 Rating

To be effective, the successful candidate must devote a considerable amount of time to the position. VATUSA Staff Members must spend 9 hours minimum per calendar quarter connected to the live network in any capacity as a Pilot, Controller, Mentor, Instructor, or Supervisor. Candidates must commit to devoting the time required. Only those who fully understand and meet the requirements and will make the appropriate commitment should apply. Candidates can expect an initial evaluation of their application after which they may be contacted for a comprehensive interview.

Interested members must provide a letter of application, including full name, active email, CID, rating, and a resume that includes a description of VATSIM experience including leadership roles. Additionally, the application should detail the applicant's reasons for wanting to fill the Events Manager role and how the division will thrive under the applicant's leadership.

Submit Application to: Brandon Wening, VATUSA Deputy Director of Support Services, [email protected]

Application deadline is May 31, 2022 23:59z

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News / Introducing VATUSA's new Staff Development Manager
« on: May 15, 2022, 03:22:07 PM »
Please join me in welcoming Shane Friedman as the new VATUSA Staff Development Manager! Shane has been a long standing member of ZMA, most recently serving as the ATM there. With previous experience as the DATM, FE, a mentor, an instructor, and a member of multiple workgroups and other extra initiatives around the division and network, Shane has established himself as a well-rounded and passionate staff member.

We look forward to Shane filling this position and using his past knowledge and experience to continue pushing VATUSA into the next chapter. As the Staff Development Manager (SDM), Shane will work closely with ARTCC staff to improve the onboarding/training process when transitioning into a new role as a first time staff member, work to establish metrics and goals with each ARTCC to further grow the community, and further establish and standardize staff role expectations across the division.

Congrats Shane!!

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Events / VATUSA Presents: Light Up America 2022
« on: May 08, 2022, 10:55:52 PM »


What is better than having the entire USA staffed up on a Friday night?? Absolutely nothing! Join us as we Light Up America on May 20th. Starting at 2359z, every single ARTCC will be staffed for your enjoyment! Take full advantage of this great opportunity and depart out of the satellite towered airport you love, practice your uncontrolled IFR procedures, or even get VFR Flight Following along your favorite coastline. Choose your own adventure, or even choose multiple! We look forward to celebrating Memorial Day early with you as we Light Up America once again this year.

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USA Division Updates / ATM Meeting Minutes April 12, 2022
« on: April 30, 2022, 04:40:37 PM »
Meeting minutes from ATM April 12, 2022 meeting are attached.

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News / POSITION VACANCY: Staff Development Manager
« on: April 21, 2022, 11:05:53 PM »
Applications are now being accepted for the position of Staff Development Manager for VATUSA.

Reports to: VATUSA Deputy Director of Support Services, VATUSA4
Application Deadline: May 12, 2022 23:59z

Key Responsibilities:
* Function as an interactive VATUSA staff member and attend meetings as necessary
* Work closely with VATUSA staff to enhance current practices and policies to best serve the division
* Create custom staff manuals for each ARTCC staff position
* Create a division staff manual for VATUSA staff
* Evaluate ARTCC staff performance and provide feedback when necessary
* Conduct seminars, workshops, and training sessions to further mentor and train staff members
* Complete other tasks as assigned by VATUSA4

Core Requirements:
* Active member of the network in good standing for at least 12 months
* Able to work in a team environment
* Excellent written and oral communication skills
* No significant disciplinary record or history of unprofessional behavior
* Past or current ATM/DATM experience
* Desire and commitment to improve the VATUSA division

Desired Skills and Capabilities:
* Demonstrated exceptional growth in past staff positions
* Demonstrated project management and planning skills
* Demonstrated possession and utilization of a high degree of energy, commitment and dedication
* Demonstrated qualities of understanding, patience and maturity
* Demonstrated ability to create high quality written products

To be effective, the successful candidate must devote a considerable amount of time to the position. VATUSA Staff Members must spend 9 hours minimum per calendar quarter connected to the live network in any capacity as a Pilot, Controller, Mentor, Instructor, or Supervisor. Candidates must commit to devoting the time required. Only those who fully understand and meet the requirements and will make the appropriate commitment should apply. Candidates can expect an initial evaluation of their application after which they may be contacted for a comprehensive interview.

Interested members must provide a letter of application, including full name, active email, CID, rating, and a resume that includes a description of VATSIM experience including leadership roles. Additionally, the application should detail the applicant's reasons for wanting to fill the Staff Development Manager role and how the division will thrive under the applicant's leadership.

Submit Application to: Brandon Wening, VATUSA Deputy Director of Support Services, [email protected]

Application deadline is May 12, 2022 23:59z

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Events / VATUSA Presents: April Showers
« on: April 19, 2022, 12:33:14 AM »


April showers bring....well, you know the rest. Join us as we say goodbye to snow and look towards warmer days in another VATUSA Themed Friday, April Showers! Staffing across the country will being around 2359z. Don't skip your pre-flight weather briefing and allow for plenty of extra fuel, because you never know when Mother Nature might throw a curveball your way!

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NOTAMs / VATUSA Staff Restructure
« on: April 14, 2022, 09:00:57 PM »
The VATUSA division staff structure is changing slightly to more appropriately balance responsibilities amongst the team. We have decided to not fill the General Manager position and instead share the responsibilities throughout the newly named Deputy Division Directors. This will help flatten out our Air Traffic Services hierarchy and bring the ATMs closer to the Division Director. Please see the new org chart below for more details on this restructure.

We would also like to announce the creation of a brand new ATM Advisory board. This board will meet bimonthly to discuss important topics in the division, and recommend actions to the Division Director. We are excited to continue moving forward towards a more collaborative future and improve communication between the division and ARTCC staff.


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News / Wes Miles ZHQ Retirement
« on: April 06, 2022, 09:34:41 PM »
Please join me in thanking Wes Miles for his long lasting commitment to VATUSA. Wes has served in a variety of positions, including ZKC WM, ZKC ATM, Southern Region Air Traffic Director, and most recently the Division General Manager. He has decided to step down from ZHQ and return to ZKC as a controller. Thank you Wes for the countless projects and daily tasks you accomplished for ZKC, the southern region, and the entire VATUSA division. Enjoy retirement!

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