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NOTAMs / Notice of Guidance on Authorized TMU Callsigns
« on: November 07, 2021, 04:17:57 PM »
ATTN: All TMU personnel (including VATUSA Command Center Staff, NTMOs, NTMS', and VATUSA ECs)

Effective immediately, all personnel performing TMU duties on the network must utilize callsigns detailed in Notice 7210.931, Authorized Traffic Management Unit Callsigns. This policy reflects notification made in the vATCSCC Discord to STMCs (VATUSA ECs), TMCs, and Command Center NTMOs/NTMS' on 23 October 2021 (and amends and adds to it).

Please direct all questions, comments, and concerns to the VATUSA NOM at [email protected].

NOTAMs / Cross the Pond Eastbound 2021 Feedback
« on: October 31, 2021, 06:32:13 PM »
If you participated in CTP Eastbound 2021 and haven't done so already, please take a few minutes to give your thoughts on how your experience was!

If you controlled, please fill out this form:
If you flew, please fill out this one:
If you were part of the traffic management personnel, please submit this form:

News / New Hire! VATUSA Operations Planner (VATUSA14)
« on: October 09, 2021, 08:10:47 AM »
Please welcome Aidan Deschene to the VATUSA team as the Operations Planner (OP, VATUSA14) for the VATUSA Command Center!

Aidan has the dedication, motivation, and skills to help run and grow the Command Center. There will be a transition period during which Aidan will be dual-/tri-hatted as Cleveland's TA and WM while he, the facility, region, and VATUSA Training Department work to ensure the hard work he has dedicated to ZOB is left in good hands.

News / Position Posting: VATUSA Operations Planner (Command Center)
« on: September 19, 2021, 08:15:24 PM »
Position: Operations Planner, VATUSA14
The VATUSA Command Center is seeking qualified and motivated applicants for the position of Operations Planner (OP).

Job Description:
The OP is responsible for assisting the VATUSA National Operations Manager (NOM) in ensuring the PERTI process is implemented in support of NAS-wide event operations. They are also under direct supervision of the NOM.

Specific Duties:
- Collaboratively schedules telcons leading up to events to ensure planning is accomplished
- Furnishes the PERTI Plan, Operations Plan, and any other necessary planning documents
  - The ability to furnish these documents independently (i.e., with little guidance from the NOM) is desired
- Manages information exchange between, to, and from facilities and the Command Center
- Establishes and maintains common situation awareness during Command Center operations
- Communicates traffic management information (e.g., advice, proposed plans, current initiatives) with facilities accurately and timely
- Engages NTMOs, NTMS’, and facility TMU personnel (e.g., STMCs, TMCs) in training and continuing TMU education opportunities
- Regularly produces or supports the production of data reporting, collection, and analysis
- Functions as a VATUSA staff member and contributes to Division meetings as necessary
- Regularly reviews the VATUSA Forums, VATUSA and vATCSCC Discords, and the VATUSA Social Media channels

Minimum Requirements:
- S3 rating, major-certified for at least 6 months
- 6 months experience as the principal events manager (i.e., EC) within a VATUSA facility
  - This period must have included at least one large-scale, high-volume, or complex (i.e., TMU Operating Level 3 or 4) event
- No significant disciplinary record within VATSIM, VATUSA, or VATUSA facilities
- Demonstrated ability to work proactively, collaboratively, and with a high attention to detail
- Ability to lead using a collaborative decision making (CDM) approach

Desired Qualifications:
- C1 rating
- Reasonably high degree of availability (e.g., can frequently support FNOs)
- Ability to dedicate an average of 6 hours per week to OP/Command Center functions
- Demonstrated skills in detailed data analysis
- Demonstrated skills in communication, collaboration, and coordination
- Demonstrated experience in air traffic flow management (ATFM), either real-world or on VATSIM

This position will be constantly balancing Command Center operations with the NOM. To be effective, this position reflects the high availability of the Command Center, meaning a considerable amount of work and time is expected.

Submit a relevant resume and a one-page cover letter outlining your fitness for this position to:
- Jeremy Peterson, VATUSA NOM, [email protected]
- CC: Wes Miles, VATUSA General Manager, [email protected]

NOTAMs / Notice of Guidance on Interdivisional TMU Communications
« on: September 14, 2021, 02:51:36 PM »
ATTN: VATUSA ECs and designated TMU personnel

Please observe Notice 7210.930, Interdivisional Communications, regarding notification requirements for traffic management initiative (TMI) coordination with facilities in other divisions. This requirement is intended to ensure TMI coordination is accountable to both facilities involved and the Command Center.

Please direct any questions or concerns to the VATUSA NOM at [email protected].

New York (vZNY) / [N90 OTS] Cameron Bristol's OTS Tuesday evening
« on: September 07, 2020, 02:05:40 PM »
From the Desk of the ZNY TA:
Hello everyone! Just want to give you all a heads up that tomorrow night Cameron Bristol and I will be holding his N90 OTS from 6-8 PM ET. For everyone who doesn't know the drill, All of N90 (DEL-APP for JFK,EWR, and LGA) will be closed during that two hour time frame. This is so Cameron can show me how he works N90 top down preparing for Center. Everyone is welcome to fly IFR or VFR, and doing irregular ops to throw CB off is encouraged. :) Hope to see you all there!

OTS Period: Tuesday, 8 Sept from 22Z until 09/00Z.

Events / [03 OCT 2020 23Z - 03Z] Liberty City Fly-In
« on: August 07, 2020, 01:35:16 PM »

Fly into/out of Kennedy or LaGuardia airports, the two airports which influenced the design of GTA IV's Francis International Airport. We promise you, no stars will be given for arriving or departing these airports ★★★★.

Events / [30 AUG 2020, 19Z - 23Z] Surf 'n Turf Crossfire
« on: July 30, 2020, 08:26:46 AM »

New York is famous for their steak, The Bahamas is famous for their seafood. On August 30th from 1900Z-2300Z, the Nassau FIR and NY ARTCC is proud to present 'Surf N Turf' a crossfire between Nassau Bahamas (MYNN) and New York (KJFK). Come on down to The Bahamas for some delicious seafood, or fly up to New York and enjoy a nice juicy steak! (Eric Boxerman, Nassau ATM)

Events / [17 SEP 2020 2330Z - 18/0330Z] the dunder mifflin fly-in
« on: July 25, 2020, 10:03:09 AM »

Fly into the home of The Office, Scranton, PA. The paper industry may be dying but aviation isn't!


Come fly VFR in/out/through New York City! If you take any good screenshots, let us know about them.

Twitter: @NYARTCC
Instagram: @NYARTCC
Facebook: New York ARTCC

Please (please) make sure you are familiar with NY SFRA procedures by reviewing the obnoxious link below:
NY SFRA Quick Reference Guide (adapted from the original).

New York (vZNY) / Recent ZNY Accomplishments
« on: July 09, 2020, 12:26:54 PM »
Over the past year, ZNY has been training and certifying a massive number of students. Our training progression is rigorous and consists of both fundamentals and facility-specific knowledge and when applied to a facility with four major airports, students can find training progression slow and sometimes tiresome. While ZNY's airspace is unique, the skills it requires to control from the Center level are rooted in fundamentals which are best developed early on, but can be learned anywhere in the division, provided active maintenance of that training is performed.

At ZNY, the last two steps before proceeding to Center training are the formidable New York TRACON (N90) over-the-shoulder (OTS) exam and Liberty Departure training. The N90 OTS consists of top-down coverage of N90, live on the network, overseen by an instructor. For context, this mean covering the JFK, EWR, LGA, and ISP areas concurrently from Approach services to Clearance Delivery. ISP has a number of uncontrolled and minor fields with seldom-used procedures; EWR has a complex operation itself, mixed with nearby interactions with TEB, MMU, CDW, and LDJ; LGA has a severely constricted corridor for traffic between JFK and EWR; and JFK is just plain busy. Liberty Departure consists of merging, sequencing, and maintaining efficient throughput for departures originating in N90 and being handed off to ZNY, ZBW, ZDC, or other approach sectors under ZNY, while also managing Liberty Catskill (Approach sector) for Hudson Valley airports. All in all, these two stages of training are often the toughest when it comes to demonstrating a fully-developed consolidation of training.

Amidst these intricacies, ZNY has trained and certified six such controllers (though only five of them remain after the axe), some from the ground up, and others who transferred from other facilities.

  • Amin Abrahem - AM joined ZNY in February 2016 but transferred to ZOB where he served multiple staff positions. In March 2019, he transferred back to ZNY and took up the FE role (which he still holds). Including the certs he received in 2016, he took only 84 days to reach S3 and (because of the hiatus to ZOB), took 1,543 days (a little more than four years) to receive his ZNY C1. He is also an Instructor at ZNY.
  • Brandon Humbert - BH joined in January 2018 and quickly progressed through his home facility, PHL. Within 50 days, he earned his S3 and was briefly a mentor for PHL. It has only taken BH 592 days to earn his ZNY C1, a number only beaten by the ZNY TA (481 days) and one other person (407 days). He is one of four controllers in ZNY who have earned center within two years of joining (at least since recordkeeping was changed around 2010).
  • Eriel Martinez - EM joined ZNY in July 2016. Since then, he has been added to the training staff, and progressed his way through all four major facilities, earning his ZNY C1 last July (2019). It has taken EM 1,087 days to earn his ZNY C1, having taken less than 9 months to earn S3. Currently, EM oversees facility operations at LGA (as the Facility Coordinator).
  • Joe Pentz - RP sucks. Okay actually (and joking aside), RP joined ZNY in November 2017 and quickly earned S2 by the end of that year. He started his training at PHL and the facility seems to have a place in his heart because he quickly became the Facility Coordinator of it, overseeing training and operations. He earned his ZNY C1 this February, taking 813 days (just over two years). RP also earned his VATUSA I1 in May. Go follow his Twitch.
  • Prithvi Shivaraman - YJ (we call him "Y-J" or "Prith") joined ZNY all the way back in February 2013, but most of his initial training occurred in 2016. Since earning his S1, it only took him 63 days to earn his ZNY S3 at his home facility, EWR. Since then, it took 1,413 days (almost four years) to earn his ZNY C1 (since joining, it took 2,713 days or about seven and a half years to earn his ZNY C1). It is relatively well known that much of that time between S3 and C1 was dedicated to actively avoiding numerous people's push to "continue training," though I shouldn't be one to talk... Anywho, YJ has served as FE, WM, LGA FC, and probably a few other roles, as he has dedicated considerable work to the ARTCC.

ZNY is absolutely delighted to see the hard work and achievement required by our training progressions pay off. These controllers show both sides of the spectrum: BH showed that ZNY C1 is achievable in under two years if you play your cards right, do your self-studying, engage with other controllers and the training staff, and keep on top of training advancement. YJ has shown that despite bumps in training, real-world commitments that get in the way of training, or even a dip in motivation to train, ZNY C1 is entirely within reach.

Always continue learning, ask questions, remember to coordinate, focus on your goals, and as always, see ya on the scopes!

Events / [26 SEP 2020 23Z - 03Z] Retro NY Fly-in
« on: July 03, 2020, 05:32:41 PM »

Bring your DC-10s, Boeing 767-200s, and your Connies to New York LaGuardia (LGA) as we host the second round of the Retro New York Fly-in!

Route information:
If you will be flying an aircraft into/out of N90 that meets any of the following navigational/equipment criteria, please file “RQST TMU APVL” in the “Remarks” section of your flight plan and expect TMU to process your flight plan before you depart (the alternative being controllers passing along your flight plan while you sit on the ground, waiting for TMU to find it):
  • AIRAC cycle prior to 1806 (June 2018)
  • Non-RNAV capable (any suffix other than /C /G /I /L /S /V /Y /Z)
  • Unable to find ANY of the N90 departure fixes in your FMC/FMS database (N90 Preferred Departure Gate Diagram)
  • Unable to fly ANY preferred or previously filed flight plan (utilizing PRD and FlightAware IFR Route Analyzer)
  • Plan on filing a known historical flight plan route which cannot be found in current flight plan databases.
By filing this note in your remarks, TMU can silently approve flight plan amendment requests and get you off the ground more quickly!

Parking information:
If you know your parking location, please include the following information in your “Remarks” section of your flight plan:
  • Terminal
  • Taxiway entrance to enter the ramp.
If you do not know your parking location, after landing, exit the runway immediately. During busy periods, it is more important to CLEAR THE RUNWAY than it is to receive taxi instructions.

From the desk of the esteemed Ethan Dean, ZNY TA:
Please join all of the training staff on Friday, May 15th from 7:00 - 9:00 PM EDT for Krikor Hajian's N90 OTS! At this point, most should know the drill, but just in case you don't, N90 will be CLOSED for those two hours. Meaning, no controller, besides Krikor, shall be working JFK, EWR, LGA, or their subsequent minors. This OTS is made to demonstrate top-down controlling. IFR and VFR is always welcome, especially irregular/uncontrolled ops ;).

See everyone there!

From the ZNY TA:
Attention Controllers!

Please join me in supporting one of our fellow controllers in the well awaited N90 OTS! Prithvi Shivaraman is finally starting the long process of training for CTR! Tomorrow, Prithvi will be observed on all N90 positions. In other words, no other controllers are allowed on any N90 positions (JFK, EWR, LGA, or their subsequent minors) for this time. Prithvi will be working top-down. Flying IFR or VFR in N90 airspace is recommended!

Prithvi, good luck, and we'll see you all there!


Events / [25 JUL 2020, 14Z - 20Z] ZNY RealOps
« on: February 26, 2020, 09:07:23 PM »
ZNY will once again feature RealOps, where pilots will have the opportunity to book flights into all four of ZNY's major airports: PHL, EWR, LGA, and JFK.

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