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News / Position Posting: Multi-Media Content Creators/Assistants
« on: May 12, 2022, 03:00:42 PM »
Social Media Team - Multi Media Content Assistant(s)

The VATUSA Social Media Team is seeking qualified & motivated individuals that possess a high degree of energy and commitment to serve as multi media content assistants for several of our platforms. Applicants should note that this position requires a significant time commitment during “peak” seasons (events, streams etc..)

Job Description
•   Creates content in the form of Twitter posts, Facebook posts etc.
•   Assists in the development of VATUSA brand through new and expressive ways or existing forms via our social media platforms.
•   Provide feedback and assist in tracking engagement statistics.
•   Attend periodic meetings called by the SMT and/or VATUSA HQ
•   Assists the Marketing Manager or respective lead in the operation of the VATUSA Social Media Platforms
•   Must maintain an active presence on the VATSIM network, VATUSA Discord, and VATUSA Social Channels
•   Other duties as assigned by the Marketing Manager or department leads.
* Must be motivated and willing to draft or publish posts on demand.
* Must have an open mindset and availability and be able to work in a team oriented environment.

Minimum Requirements
•   Currently hold a rating of Student 2 (S2) or higher for at least 90 days at the candidate’s current facility
•   Experience with Tweetdeck, Facebook, instagram and other major social media platforms.
•   Must be able to maintain a high degree of professionalism while being able to provide age and content appropriate comedic relief.
•   Requires a passion for high quality content and continuous improvement in skills
•   Works well in a team-oriented environment
•   Be an active member of the VATSIM network in good standing with no significant disciplinary actions
•   Excellent written and oral communication skills
•   Able to receive constructive feedback and make corrective action
•   Requires a commitment of at least 4-6 hours a week


Preferred Qualifications:
•   Previous or current ARTCC staff experience
•   Have held a rating of C1 for at least 90 days at any given time prior to hiring date
•   Real World marketing or social media management experience is a plus.
* Member of the Winnipeg FIR (this is strictly optional but preferred)
•   Real world aviation experience (pilot or air traffic control) would be a plus

Interested candidates shall submit the following to the VATUSA Marketing Manager at [email protected]:

1.   Letter of interest. This should include:
a.   a brief description of qualifications
b.   list of prior experience
c.   Letter of Recommendation from present facility ATM or DATM by email to the above email address.

The position will remain open until filled. Candidates can expect to be contacted for an interview within two weeks of submission of all required information. All candidates will receive notification of SMT intentions.

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News / Position Posting: Social Media Team - Video Content Creator
« on: April 21, 2022, 09:49:12 AM »
The VATUSA Social Media Team is seeking qualified & motivated individuals that possess a high degree of energy and commitment to serve as a content creator. Applicants should note that this position requires a significant time commitment.

Job Description
•   Creates content in the form of sim capture, CGI graphics, etc. for inclusion in VATUSA Videos & Live Streams
•   Assists in the development of VATUSA video series
•   Periodically edit videos in production by the SMT
•   Attend periodic meetings called by the SMT and/or VATUSA HQ
•   Assists the Marketing Manager in the operation of the VATUSA YouTube & Twitch Channels
•   Must maintain an active presence on the VATSIM network, VATUSA Discord, and VATUSA Social Channels
•   Other duties as assigned by the Marketing Manager

Minimum Requirements
•   Currently hold a rating of Student 2 (S2) or higher for at least 90 days at the candidate’s current facility
•   2+ Years Adobe After Effects, Davinci Resolve, or Apple Motion experience
•   1+ Year Adobe Premiere Pro or Apple FinalCut experience
•   Active subscription to Adobe Creative Suite (AE & Premiere) or equivalent (VATUSA SMT uses Adobe CS)
•   Requires a passion for high quality content and continuous improvement in skills
•   Works well in a team-oriented environment
•   Be an active member of the VATSIM network in good standing with no significant disciplinary actions
•   Excellent written and oral communication skills
•   Able to receive constructive feedback and make corrective action
•   Requires a commitment of at least 4-6 hours a week

Preferred Qualifications:
•   Previous or current ARTCC staff experience
•   Have held a rating of C1 for at least 90 days at any given time prior to hiring date
•   Real World video editing, CGI/Motion graphics experience
•   Real world aviation experience (pilot or air traffic control) would be a plus

Interested candidates shall submit the following to the VATUSA Marketing Manager at [email protected]:

1.   Letter of interest. This should include:
a.   a brief description of qualifications
b.   list of prior experience
c.   Letter of Recommendation from present facility ATM or DATM by email to the above email address.

The position will remain open until filled. Candidates can expect to be contacted for an interview within two weeks of submission of all required information. All candidates will receive notification of SMT intentions.

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Starting Saturday September 11th, 2021 at 0900 Eastern, get your questions submitted and vote on the questions you'd most like answers to! Visit our PigeonHole page to submit and vote starting at 0900 on the 11th!



https://pigeonhole.at/VATUSA2021

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Events / VATUSA 2021 Town Hall - 19SEP21 2300z
« on: August 27, 2021, 07:56:47 PM »


Join VATUSA on Sunday September 19th, 2021 at 1900 Eastern (2300 Zulu) for our annual Town Hall. Various topics will be discussed including updates from the division, statistics, and a few announcements. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks!

VATUSA DISCORD: http://vats.im/USADiscord

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News / VATUSA 2021 Town Hall - 19SEP21 2300z
« on: August 27, 2021, 07:55:32 PM »


Join VATUSA on Sunday September 19th, 2021 at 1900 Eastern (2300 Zulu) for our annual Town Hall. Various topics will be discussed including updates from the division, statistics, and a few announcements. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks!

VATUSA DISCORD: http://vats.im/USADiscord

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News / VATUSA Monthly
« on: June 13, 2021, 12:07:24 PM »


Be sure to check out our newest video series on our YouTube Page, VATUSA Monthly.

Episode 1 - June 2021
https://youtu.be/mdPat4x20ig

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News / Introducing the new VATUSA Logo, our YouTube Channel, & More!
« on: June 01, 2021, 08:48:10 AM »
At Midnight Eastern time today, VATUSA introduced our new logo!



We also introduced our brand new YouTube Channel & the first of 3 monthly video series planned for the channel.

VATUSA YouTube Channel - https://vats.im/usayoutube

Our first video series is "From the Desk of" with the first episode focusing on VATUSA1.
Watch here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YovNe7ZDl1Y

Finally, the VATUSA brand style guide and logo assets will be available for download from the policies section at a later date.

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News / June 1, 2021
« on: May 26, 2021, 05:28:59 PM »

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The results of the logo submission contest are in! The logo selection committee (VATUSA Staff) have picked our top 4 from over a dozen entries to be placed in front of the VATUSA Membership for a vote!

Each VATUSA member is entitled to 1 vote, so vote wisely and then recommend to your friends that they vote too!

The poll will close at 1600 Eastern on Friday May 7th, 2021.



Option 1


Option 2


Option 3


Option 4




Happy Voting, Good Luck to all the entrants, and Blue Skies!

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Events / [APRIL 16, 2021 2300z-0700z] VATUSA Presents: OPEN MIC NIGHT
« on: April 13, 2021, 07:48:04 PM »


Open Mic Night! No featured fields, just those who want to staff up their ARTCCs and airports may do so. Sometimes, if you're lucky, you may see the entire US online!

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News / Announcing the "New" VATUSA Training Academy (Coming Soon)
« on: March 31, 2021, 06:07:08 PM »

VATUSA is proud to offer its community of learners a reenvisioned Training Academy that aims to invigorate and modernize a newly designed student-centered curriculum, while presenting facility training departments with an opportunity to offset the burden of training responsibility by offering a complete and wholesome education that is differentiated, interactive, and based on competency frameworks.

Every facility within VATUSA has dedicated time and resources to this project, and it would not have been possible without the unprecedented and magnanimous collaborative effort put forth by all of the involved members.

We eagerly anticipate the launch of the new VATUSA Training Academy that is currently on target for the beginning to middle of Summer 2021.


Nick Watkins | VATUSA11
 Marketing & Communications Manager

p.p. Anthony Santanastaso | VATUSA3        &        Meg Bruck | VATUSA13
         Division Training Manager                                 Deputy Training Manager

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Events / [MARCH 26, 2021 2300z-0700z] VATUSA Presents: OPEN MIC NIGHT
« on: March 25, 2021, 01:57:48 PM »

Open Mic Night! No featured fields, just those who want to staff up their ARTCCs and airports may do so. Sometimes, if you're lucky, you may see the entire US online!

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Events / [MARCH 19, 2021 2300z-0700z] VATUSA Presents: OPEN MIC NIGHT
« on: March 16, 2021, 12:20:08 AM »

Open Mic Night! No featured fields, just those who want to staff up their ARTCCs and airports may do so. Sometimes, if you're lucky, you may see the entire US online!

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LOGO DESIGN CONTEST
VATUSA (VATSIM - United States of America division) is undertaking a complete rebranding to more closely align with our parent organization, VATSIM, and their updated logo & branding.  The current VATUSA logo has been in use for approximately 5 years and has begun to show its age.  A new logo, up to date with current design trends, is desired and VATUSA is seeking community involvement to help craft and decide on our next logo.

Design a logo that fits within our branding guidelines using our past logos, color schema, and VATSIM's own branding guidelines as inspiration.  Follow the design brief linked below and submit your design via our Google Form link (also below) for your chance to WIN!

SELECTED LOGO WINNER receives a $50 Sim Market Gift Card!!
Top Finalists will receive a $10 Sim Market Gift Card



Last Entry Date: March 31, 2021

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News / VATUSA C3 Awardees - January 2021
« on: February 09, 2021, 07:57:27 PM »

VATSIM UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
JANUARY 2021
C3 AWARDEES

CONGRATULATIONS ALL AWARDEES


From the Midwest Region:

Brandon Wening ZDV
Brandon started his unofficial staff experience early as the ZHU AFE. There he helped the FE start all ZHU's files from scratch, quickly got files up to date, and built the community with more interest in controlling. He also became a mentor at ZHU a short time later. Transferring to be the ZFW TA some time later, he made a whole new training department from nothing and brought life back into ZFW. After that, he transferred into ZDV as the DATM, and eventually was selected as the next ATM. Brandon has led ZDV from a somewhat lacking facility into a respectable one. Many ZDV's neighbors had complaints with controller proficiency and LOA observance. Those reports are no longer being submitted. I believe Brandon is an asset to VATUSA and is well deserving of a C3.

Raaj Patel ZDV
Raaj has made too many contributions to VATUSA to count. Firstly, he has made a reliable AADC program which 5 ARTCCs now use, and only growing to make events flow better. He has been a critical part in many ARTCC training departments, constantly pushing for growth and demanding the best out of our students. By being the TA here, a mentor for years, as well as the AFE for a long time, he has taken our files to new heights, getting closer and closer to realism every single day. I can't think of a more deserving person in VATUSA right now than Raaj.

Kyle Kaesnter ZKC
Mr. Kaestner has multiple accomplishments at the Kansas City ARTCC. Kyle started his career at ZKC in 2015 as a fresh S1 student. He has been in the EC, TA and ATM positions over his tenure. As EC, Kyle revamped the events department with consistent events; something that had not been seen in the years prior to his arrival. Kyle also revamped the training department as TA by creating course outlines, training syllabi, training scenarios and CBT material. As ATM of ZKC, Kyle has worked on multiple projects including numerous SOP/LOA revisions as well as leading the AFV frequency overhaul team at ZKC. Kyle is an excellent applicant for the rating and I fully support his nomination.

Maius Wong ZMP
Maius has provided a steady and skillful series of contributions to both ZMP and VATSIM since assuming the position of webmaster in 2016. Among his contributions include the VATSIM TBFM tool, ZMP's website, as well as the highly successful SimAware website which is recognized by both VATSIM as the default mapping tool as well as the VATUSA ATCSCC as a valuable source of metrics by which to analyze events.

Shane VanHoven ZMP
Shane has been a valued asset to ZMP since arriving at the facility with a renewed dedication to his progression and certification in 2013. Aside from his VATSIM qualifications, Shane brings a valued perspective to our roster as both an FAA Certified IFR pilot as well as a Certified Professional Air Traffic Controller with experience at BUR and ORD ATCTs. Shane has provided a wealth of guidance and information to student controllers within ZMP for several years, as well as previously stepped forward in staff roles, including facility DATM and ATM.



From the South-Central Region:

Brian LaFleur ZHU
Brian LaFleur has spent his entire VATSIM controlling history at ZHU. He is a real-world MSY Controller and has provided real-world policies and support for the various ARTCC managers.  Along with his extensive controlling history he has over 6800 hours as a pilot on the VATSIM network and many ZHU members feel he is a resource both on the scopes and behind the yokes.  Brian is deserving of this C3 rating not only because of his dedication to this Hobby, but his personality and his positive work ethic both on the scopes and off.  Any further questions may be directed to Marcus Miller - ATM of ZHU.

Justin Lawrence ZAB
Justin is one of ZAB's most active controllers, contributing to the ARTCC's online presence since he joined. Additionally, he has had a couple of Instructor terms over the years and has always provided fair and quality training. He has received 22 feedback submissions in 2020, and every single one of them rates him "Excellent". While Justin is not a member of the ACE team, I am aware that he visits at many ARTCCs and frequently helps out during events/FNOs. Justin is a major asset to ZAB, and VATSIM as a whole and deserves recognition.



From the South-East Region:

Howard   Snider ZJX
"Howard currently holds the ZJX Assistant Facilities Engineer position, but has previously held the ZJX FE and TA positions as well.  An active member of our training staff, Howard currently serves as a mentor with a focus on training C1 candidates in preparation for their exams. 

In addition to his general participation in ARTCC activities, Howard has made a strong impact on ZJX's facility files, standard procedures, and other documents. Over the course of his time on staff, he has assisted with (and in many cases led teams in) the updating and development of files for VRC (project lead; POF+alias), vSTARS (project lead), and vERAM (project lead).  Additionally, Howard has always made himself available to ARTCC senior staff during document review periods, wherein he actively participates in providing and reviewing feedback in an effort to improve the readability, accuracy, and overall usefulness of the documents.  Howard is, without a doubt, one of the most valuable members of our current staff team.

As a long-time member of the ARTCC and division, we believe that Howard perfectly fits the mold of a C3 candidate: He is well-known and well-liked by controllers and pilots alike from both inside and outside of ZJX, he consistently contributes to the improvement of the ARTCC, and he actively participates in our community."



From the West Region:

Josh Glottmann ZOA
"Josh has created numerous utilities for facility engineers that convert various RW dat and xml files into VRC, vSTARS and vERAM, as well as software that moves maps between the VRC sct2 format and vSTARS/vERAM XML formats. Josh has also provided the community with a tool that lets you change the colors of your radar in vSTARS. This and other software he's created for the community is available for free, and is open source on his GitHub page https://github.com/glott

In addition to providing free software for the community, Josh has served as an Instructor years ago and currently serves as a mentor at ZOA."

Dominic Nguyen ZOA
Dominic has provided numerous resources for ZOA including RW SOP's, LOA's, video maps, and inside knowledge that was otherwise inaccessible and he has done that for years. He's created sector files, vSTARS and vERAM profiles as well. In addition Dominic has served vZOA as an Instructor and Training Administrator, he's currently severing as a mentor. Earlier this year he lead a training project where Sac City College ATC students were using Vatsim to learn ATC.

Joshua Borges ZLA
"- ZLA Instructor 06/2018-present
- ZLA TA 12/2018-present
- Josh restarted the ZLA OTS Operations Team (ZOTSOT) program. This has been used a model for other ARTCCs to involve pilots in ATC training."

Justin Shannon ZLA
Justin wrote vATIS and xPilot.





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