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Events / Re: Spring Fling FNO!
« on: April 10, 2021, 10:42:57 pm »
I would probably consider that a raging success, then... :)

General Discussion / RIP Richard Green 810012
« on: February 14, 2021, 07:09:15 pm »
Sadly, Richard Green (810012), one of VATSIM's first members, has lost his battle with cancer and passed away.  Richard had served as a VATUSA staff member from VATSIM's inception through 2006, as a VATSIM Supervisor, as a founding member of the team that organized the weekly VATUSA Friday Night Ops (FNO event), and VATSIM's Cross the Pond events.

Richard's love for VATSIM helped ignite his passion to fly in the real world, becoming an airline pilot in 2007.

Richard will be missed.

News / Re: Our New Region Managers!
« on: November 30, 2020, 12:25:45 pm »
Congratulations on your appointments.  You have all been entrusted with a great responsibility -- to grow this hobby by making it better and more enjoyable for all of our members, ATC, Pilots and Both.  I wish you all the best of luck and success in making this vision a reality.  It is so great to see VATUSA getting better, day by day!

The Flight Deck / Re: Back into VATSIM After a Long Break ... A Few Q's
« on: November 07, 2020, 09:41:26 pm »
A couple of additional notes/clarifications to the above

1.  Per AIM 4-1-20(a)3:  Transponder and ADS-B operations on the ground. Civil and military aircraft should operate with the transponder in the altitude reporting mode (consult the aircraft's flight manual to determine the specific transponder position to enable altitude reporting) and ADS-B Out transmissions enabled at all airports, any time the aircraft is positioned on any portion of the airport movement area. This includes all defined taxiways and runways.

3. I like to look up the citypair using Flightaware ( (where kxxx is your departure airport ID and kyyy is your arrival airport ID)), select an appropriate flight for airline/equipment, and then look at the gate information.

News / Re: Introducing your new VATUSA Training Services Team!
« on: October 26, 2020, 07:33:44 pm »
Congratulations!  Great to see you both leading and sharing your expertise!  Thank you for stepping up!

News / Re: VATUSA Division Director Appointment
« on: September 06, 2020, 09:06:04 pm »
Congrats, Mani!

Events / Re: [18th August 2359-0400z] ZLA presents: MSFS Shakedown
« on: August 19, 2020, 10:55:56 am »

Events / Re: [18th August 2359-0400z] ZLA presents: MSFS Shakedown
« on: August 18, 2020, 07:13:45 am »
Just a thought...  with the Asobo simconnect bug rendering any simconnect apps (including the connection to vPilot) essentially inoperable, you might expect a million questions from pilots that end up with crappy framerates not knowing that MSFS has an unresolved bug....  May want to have an alias ready....

Hoping the bug gets resolved before the event.  But if not.... "Brace for impact!"  :)

Events / Re: ZHU Presents "Definitely Not A ZTL Event" (2359z-0400z)
« on: July 30, 2020, 10:56:03 pm »
So, um, this is awkward, but, um... should we staff for this?

I'm laughing my butt off.  Perfect, perfect post.  Respect!

Events / Re: [18th August 2359-0400z] ZLA presents: MSFS Shakedown
« on: July 27, 2020, 03:29:41 pm »
Oh, gosh, you guys have guts!  :) :) :)

General Discussion / Re: How active is VATSIM?
« on: June 21, 2020, 10:23:37 pm »
Hmmm...   Content of OP post doesn't seem to match subject line of OP post....  Josh's answer is spot on with respect to what I believe OP's question was really getting to....

But, I'm a stats guy.... :)  To answer OP's actual stated in the subject question:  How active is VATSIM?

Since VATSIM started, we've had nearly 690,000 members join
Nearly 83,000 are considered active members
We have over 200 new members join every day
On average, nearly 5,000 members log on every day

So, yeah, VATSIM is pretty active :)

The Classroom (Controller Tips) / Re: Please advise
« on: March 28, 2020, 01:23:25 pm »
Hi Daniel, and welcome back. 

The issue is that you took the exam before you rejoined VATUSA.  Technically, at least according to our web system logic, that means it didn't count.  If I were just joking around, I'd say that it was a good practice run before you took the one that counted. 

I'm a little perplexed about your assertion that you requested a facility assignment.  You were not eligible to, as evidenced by the red x's that you saw.  And your record doesn't show that you requested a facility assignment (which it shouldn't!).

In any case, I waved my magic wand and waived the exam requirement so you don't have to take it again.  Payment for that is a 1L (or larger) bottle of Jack Daniels, or a roll of "nice, soft, not that substandard stuff you find in public venues 'cause they're cheap) toilet paper.  ;)

Now all you need to do is go request the facility assignment.

Again, welcome back!

Events / Re: [February 28th, 2020 0030-0500Z] Minneapolis Frozen 5K
« on: February 29, 2020, 10:16:29 am »
Awesome FNO run by ZMP, as always.  Thank you!

General Discussion / Re: VAT-Spy updates
« on: February 24, 2020, 12:22:49 pm »
Hi Pedro,

As I just noted on the VATSIM forums, it would be great if you could reach out to the folks that maintain the official VATSpy repository and get this great idea blessed and incorporated into the official VATSpy update process.

Events / Re: [07FEB19 0100Z-0500z] Friday Night Flights FNO (ZOA/ZLA)
« on: February 10, 2020, 04:19:01 am »
@Antony - nope, not me.  Southwest off at Echo.

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