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General Discussion / Re: sector files
« on: June 13, 2024, 05:10:46 PM »
Hi John,

Most facilities no longer provide files for VRC as we have moved over to CRC. You can find more information at on how to use CRC!

News / Iron Mic Awards: May 2024
« on: June 08, 2024, 07:48:45 PM »
May 2024 Iron Mic Awards

Congrats to our May 2024 Iron Mic winners!
Enroute: LAX_CTR - ZLA
Tower: PDX_TWR - ZSE
Ground: COS_GND- ZDV

Enroute Top 3
LAX_CTR 27.16%
JAX_CTR 27.12%
BOS_CTR 23.59%

MCO_APP 26.47%
SCT_APP 14.77%
SAN_APP 13.5%

Tower Top 3
PDX_TWR 22.84%
LAX_TWR 21.06%
MEM_TWR 17.7%

Ground Top 3
COS_GND 23.14%
SAN_GND 20.68%
MEM_GND 20.41%

NOTAMs / S2 Visiting Exemption Request
« on: May 07, 2024, 11:33:16 PM »
Effective May 12, 2024, an exemption will be required for an S2 controller to visit another subdivision. Pursuant to VATUSA policy DP001 13.4.1 "In rare circumstances, controllers within the VATUSA Division who hold an S2 rating may be authorized to visit a single ARTCC within VATUSA at the discretion of the Deputy Director- Air Traffic Services." The form attached below is used to facilitate the approval or denial of such exemption requests. Requests will only be considered if all of the below requirements are met. Meeting these requirements does not mean your request will be approved, but it will be considered. Only one request can be submitted at a time. If a request is denied, a controller may submit another request for a different ARTCC unless otherwise instructed. The request must be accepted by both VATUSA2 and the Visiting ARTCC ATM before an exemption may be granted. Once an exemption request is approved, the controller cannot submit another request for 6 months and until all other relevant requirements outlined in DP001 Section 13 are met. An S2 may only visit a maximum of one facility at once. An acceptance of an additional request shall promptly remove the controller from the previous visiting roster.

Must hold the S2 rating
Must be in good standing as a home controller in a VATUSA subdivision
Must have held the S2 rating for 1 year
Must have controlled for over 250 hours at the S2 level
Must not have any disciplinary history within the past 2 years
Must have met all relevant requirements in DP001 Section 13
Must not have had an exemption request accepted within the previous 6 months

Please contact Brandon Wening - Deputy Division Director, Air Traffic Services with any questions ([email protected])

S2 Visiting Exemption Request Form:

News / Iron Mic Awards: April 2024
« on: May 05, 2024, 12:08:26 AM »
April 2024 Iron Mic Awards

Congrats to our April 2024 Iron Mic winners!
Enroute: LAX_CTR - ZLA
Tower: PDX_TWR - ZSE
Ground: SEA_GND- ZSE

Enroute Top 3
LAX_CTR 34.8%
JAX_CTR 30.9%
DEN_CTR 26.18%

JAX_APP 27.38%
SCT_APP 22.73%
MCO_APP 20.35%

Tower Top 3
PDX_TWR 32.15%
SAN_TWR 20.47%
LAX_TWR 19.69%

Ground Top 3
SEA_GND 48.01%
SAN_GND 37.11%
MEM_GND 17.65%

News / Position Posting: Anchorage ARTCC Air Traffic Manager
« on: April 11, 2024, 10:28:38 PM »
Anchorage ARTCC Air Traffic Manager Vacancy Announcement

Position: Air Traffic Manager
Location: Anchorage ARTCC (ZAN)
Time Commitment: 4 to 8 hours per week+, and required quarterly controller hours to maintain facility membership
Supervisor: Deputy Division Director - Air Traffic Services (ATS)
Application Deadline: Closes April 19th, 2024 23:59z

The Air Traffic Manager (ATM) is the overseer of all ARTCC operations. The ATM's primary responsibility is to ensure the smooth operation of the ARTCC, along with drafting and implementing ARTCC policies and LOAs. The ATM is the primary point of contact and representative of the facility for VATUSA management.
Main responsibilities:

Manage the ARTCC
Handle Transfer/Visiting requests
Maintain the ARTCC roster
Communicate regularly with VATUSA2
Collaborate closely with ARTCC staff to ensure transparent and effective communication with the membership
Oversee the air traffic control training program, events, social media, and data services/facilities infrastructure
Foster a positive, healthy, and educational environment for members to learn and grow in
Maintain a strong online presence through various platforms to foster community engagement and facilitate information dissemination
Develop/Grow the ARTCC in alignment with division goals
Oversee the Deputy Air Traffic Manager and Training Administrator directly
Develop and implement policies, air traffic control standard operating procedures, and letters of agreement alongside the DATM
Manage an active staff of DATM, TA, EC, FE, and WM

Potential responsibilities (based on ARTCC needs):

VATUSA Workgroups
Assisting the Junior and Senior staff in all aspects
Community moderation/development

Requirements for the role:

Active member of VATSIM in good standing
Ability to maintain ARTCC activity requirement standards
Strong understanding of the WM, EC, FE, TA, and DATM roles
Obtained a rating of C1
Ability to manage a team of at least 5
Positive and professional attitude with the time commitment necessary to lead the ARTCC
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Strong understanding of US Airspace and the NAS

Preferred qualifications for this role:

Familiarity with the ARTCC
Understanding of the VATUSA Structure
Prior staff experience
Prior teaching/education experience

ATM is a Senior Staff role and therefore is not an entry-level position. The ATM could be required to dedicate several hours daily to managing the ARTCC. However, the ATM must also be able to utilize his/her staff to effectively delegate tasks to ensure the continued operation of the ARTCC. Only those who understand the requirements and can make the appropriate commitment should consider applying for this position. Candidates can expect an initial evaluation of their application after which they may be contacted for a comprehensive interview.

If you wish to apply for the ATM position, please email Brandon Wening, Deputy Division Director - Air Traffic Services ([email protected]) with a detailed VATSIM/relevant real-world résumé and cover letter by April 19th, 2024 23:59z. The letter of application should summarize the applicant's reasons for wanting to lead the ZAN ARTCC, compelling evidence to show how the position requirements are met, and how the facility will thrive under the applicant's leadership. Your virtual resume should consist of all prior VATSIM experience and any real-world experience you feel is applicable. Please also include your name, active email address, CID, current ARTCC, and current rating.

News / Iron Mic Awards: March 2024
« on: April 04, 2024, 10:49:34 PM »
March 2024 Iron Mic Awards

Congrats to our March 2024 Iron Mic winners!
Enroute: LAX_CTR - ZLA
Tower: PDX_TWR - ZSE
Ground/Delivery: PDX_GND/DEL - ZSE

Enroute Top 3
LAX_CTR 31.59%
BOS_CTR 25.72%
MSP_CTR 20.47%

SCT_APP 21.58%
MCO_APP 18.59%
HNL_APP 16.19%

Tower Top 3
PDX_TWR 32.61%
LAX_TWR 24.25%
SAN_TWR 19.57%

Ground/Delivery Top 3
PDX_GND/DEL 27.72%
SAN_GND/DEL 26.24%
JAX_GND/DEL 21.58%

News / Iron Mic Awards: February 2024
« on: March 04, 2024, 07:29:28 PM »
February 2024 Iron Mic Awards

Congrats to our February 2024 Iron Mic winners!
Enroute: LAX_CTR - ZLA
Tower: PDX_TWR - ZSE
Ground/Delivery: JFK_GND/DEL - ZNY

Enroute Top 3
LAX_CTR 33.09%
MSP_CTR 28.64%
BOS_CTR 27.95%

SCT_APP 21.15%
DEN_APP 19.38%
BOS_APP 18.93%

Tower Top 3
PDX_TWR 32.33%
LAX_TWR 20.57%
BOS_TWR 20.01%

Ground/Delivery Top 3
JFK_GND/DEL 22.34%
EWR_GND/DEL 20.49%

News / Re: VATUSA Social Media Team Lead
« on: February 22, 2024, 08:09:01 PM »
Congrats Chris, and welcome to the team!!

News / Re: ZFW has a new WM!
« on: February 06, 2024, 12:18:21 PM »
Congrats Jonathan! Wishing you success in your new role!

News / Re: ZTL has a new EC!
« on: February 06, 2024, 12:17:44 PM »
Congrats Meg!

News / Re: vZFWs new DATM!
« on: February 06, 2024, 12:17:21 PM »
Congrats Tyler! Can't wait to watch your continued success in a new role!

Thank you Jon for your leadership and commitment to ZFW. Your hard work did not go unnoticed :)

News / Re: ZME's Newest DATM!
« on: February 06, 2024, 12:16:10 PM »
Congrats Chris!

News / Re: Salt Lake City ARTCC has a new Facility Engineer!
« on: February 06, 2024, 12:15:54 PM »
Congrats and welcome Cameron!

News / Iron Mic Awards: January 2024
« on: February 03, 2024, 05:14:27 PM »
January 2024 Iron Mic Awards

Congrats to our January 2024 Iron Mic winners!
Enroute: LAX_CTR - ZLA
Tower: HNL_TWR - HCF
Ground/Delivery: EWR_GND - ZNY

Enroute Top 3
ZLA 31.4%
ZBW 27.8%
ZME 19.7%

MSP 32.8%
SCT 21.7%
ATL 18.8%

Tower Top 3
HNL 26%
LAX 25.3%
BOS 20.7%

Ground/Delivery Top 3
EWR 22.4%
JFK 20.7%
PDX 20.4%

General Discussion / Re: Iron Mic
« on: February 01, 2024, 07:33:45 PM »
Are there any requirements for the type of airport that is staffed for iron mic consideration?  More to the point can it be civilian or military airport? Does it have to be class D or above? Does it have to meet a minimum requirement for aircraft movements per year?
Hi Richard,
There are no requirements for the airport to be considered other than it has to be a controlled airport.

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