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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, vatusa4[email protected]

Application deadline is May 12, 2022 23:59z

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!

News / Re: Washington has a new Training Administrator!
« on: April 16, 2022, 10:34:34 PM »
Congrats Dylan!!

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.

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!

News / Re: ZAB Has A New ATM
« on: April 02, 2022, 02:04:49 PM »
Congrats Jeremy!

News / VATUSA selects new Technical Manager
« on: March 30, 2022, 11:02:51 PM »
Please join me in congratulating Alexandra Robison as the new Technical Manager for VATUSA! Alexandra most recently served as the ZAB ATM, and has been a vital part in advancing the ZAB technical infrastructure for over 10 years. She not only brings real world technical experience with her, but also currently works on the VATSIM Tech Team as a Senior Developer and is a member of the VATUSA Web Team.

Formerly known as the Data Services Manager, we have renamed the position to better encompass the wide variety of technical work that lies ahead. Alexandra has plenty of great ideas that we look forward to watching come to life this year, and are confident she will lead our tech department to new heights. Congratulations Alexandra!

News / VATUSA has a new Academy Manager
« on: March 28, 2022, 08:43:33 PM »
Please join me in welcoming the newest addition to the VATUSA staff team, Nathan Forste! Nathan is filling a new position in the VATUSA Training Department, the Academy Manager. Nathan will play an important role in continuing to develop and improve the VATUSA Academy by working closely with Meg and Anthony, as well as acting as a liaison to the Data Services Manager.

Nathan previously served as a mentor and instructor for ZTL, and has been instrumental in developing the Ground, Tower, and Approach courses in the academy. Nathan brings with him a plethora of knowledge from being a teaching assistant at ERAU, where he recently graduated as an air traffic control student. We are very pleased to welcome Nathan to the team, and can't wait to continue watching the VATUSA Training Department grow. Welcome Nathan!

News / Re: Oakland selects new DATM
« on: March 27, 2022, 01:20:14 AM »
Congrats Andrew!!

News / Re: Washington has a new DATM!
« on: March 27, 2022, 01:19:47 AM »
Thank you Aaron for your years of work, and welcome back to being staff John!

News / Re: New ATM at ZOB
« on: March 27, 2022, 01:18:17 AM »
Congratulations Aidan! I look forward to seeing you thrive in your new and well-deserved role.

News / Re: New DATM at ZJX
« on: March 17, 2022, 12:04:37 AM »
Congrats Ayler!!

Events / VATUSA Presents: TRANSCON 2022 Eastbound
« on: March 15, 2022, 08:20:54 PM »

Get ready for a journey across the continent as VATUSA presents the 2022 edition of TRANSCON Eastbound on July 23. Find your slot, pick your aircraft, and prepare for a trip from west to east. Hundreds of slots over a three hour departure period are available for your choosing between the fields listed below. Slots are available for reservation here:

Departure Fields:

Arrival Fields:

Midpoint Fields (both departures and arrivals):

LAX, SFO, and SEA will have slots with scheduled departure times from 1530 to 2045z.
IAH, DEN, and DFW will have slots with scheduled departure times from 1715 to 2205z.
STL will have slots with scheduled departure times from 1830 to 2200z.

All slots have scheduled arrival times between 2030 and 2330z.

Events / VATSIM First Wings Event
« on: March 15, 2022, 07:05:09 PM »

VATSIM First Wings comes to the USA! The Hawaiian Islands will have various fields staffed for short VFR hops in your favorite GA plane. Looking for an IFR route instead? Fly between KPDX and KSMF while flying in your favorite airliner or private jet.


News / Re: New ATM at Jacksonville!
« on: March 11, 2022, 09:25:11 PM »
Congrats Michael!

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