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News / Retirement
« on: August 14, 2020, 06:45:38 am »

News / From the Division Director
« on: July 30, 2020, 09:00:44 pm »

« on: July 23, 2020, 06:37:37 pm »
VATSIM is delighted to announce two major news items today.

The first is our new branding and logo as seen above. We will be rolling out more information on the logo in the coming days as well as a branding guide to our members that have a need to use our new look.

The second is that we have been working with the team at Microsoft and Asobo Studios for some time and are happy to announce that VATSIM will be compatible with Microsoft Flight Simulator upon launch on August 18th, 2020.

As we celebrate the next generation of Flight Simulation with Microsoft, we're announcing the start of VATSIM's next chapter with a fresh new look. Over the next few weeks, we will be announcing some amazing updates to our community that will really drive the meaning of our new tagline, "Aviate. Educate. Communicate."

General Discussion / Friday Night Operations
« on: April 28, 2020, 10:41:06 pm »
Fellow Aviators,
It has been a long standing tradition at VATUSA to facilitate Friday Night OPS Events on Friday Nights.  Recently we have seen a tremendous increase in traffic during these events which has overloaded facilities causing lengthy ground delays and holds in the air.  Now with people at home practicing self-isolation during the COVID-19 Pandemic the traffic levels have increased even more.  With that in mind the VATUSA Division has decided to change the format of Friday Night OPS to better accommodate the volume of traffic.  We will be doing a couple of different things.  We will host events in two formats.
1.)  Open Mic Night - We will not feature any airport in particular but the ARTCC's will staff up to their ability.  This offers a unique opportunity for pilots to see who is online and plan a flight.  There should be multiple facilities staffed which should create more options for the pilots to select their flight.
2.)  Regional Nights - Where 3 ARTCC's and more fields are staffed.  Once again creating additional opportunities for pilots.

We realize these changes are sudden and we have replaced some already scheduled events with these changes.  We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.  Our hopes for the future are to improve the Friday Night OPS events and try to cut back on the Ground Delays and Holds in the Air to the best of our ability.  We are asking pilots to check to see how much traffic is at a given facility before logging on and select a departure and destination that is not over-saturated with traffic.  If we can work together (Controllers and Pilots) hopefully we can make the Friday Night OPS Events more enjoyable for all.

May 1, 2020 - Open Mic Night FNO
May 8, 2020 - OPen Mic Night FNO
May 15, 2020 Southern Region FNO 
May 22, 2020 Northeast Crossings III FNO
May 29, 2020 Open Mic Night

News / VATUSA 5 Position Filled
« on: February 16, 2020, 07:21:09 pm »
Please Join me in welcoming and congratulating Jackson Gilliam as VATUSA's new VATUSA5.

News / Position Posting - VATUSA Events Manager/VA Liaison
« on: December 21, 2019, 03:38:18 pm »

NOTAMs / Audio for VATSIM launch date announced
« on: October 01, 2019, 09:28:35 pm »

News / New Deputy Director VATUSA
« on: September 09, 2019, 10:14:14 am »
Please join me in welcoming Mani Mannigault as the new VATUSA 2 - Deputy Division Director.  Mani has a long history in VATUSA to include serving as the ATM for ZDC-Washington, ATM for ZDV-Denver and as the Air Traffic Director for the Northeast Region.  Mani will officially assume the duties of the Deputy Director on September 17, 2019.

Congratulations Mani

News / Tony Jeppesen Retirement - Sort of
« on: September 09, 2019, 10:06:49 am »
Tony Jeppesen (VATUSA 2) has tendered his resignation as Deputy Director of VATUSA.  Tony has served in the position for almost 2 years.  Prior to becoming the Deputy Director, Tony served as the Western Region Air Traffic Director and also served as the Air Traffic Manager - Seattle. 

Tony has served with a tremendous amount of passion, dedication and integrity and I am very thankful for the time that he was able to volunteer for this role.   

Although Tony will no longer serve in the capacity of Deputy Director, Tony will remain with the VATUSA Staff and take the lead of a new role and position as Director of Professional Development.   

Please join me in thanking Tony for his service and congratulating Tony in his new role.

« on: September 09, 2019, 09:47:54 am »
VATUSA is currently seeking highly motivated, well experienced applicants for the position of Northeast Region Air Traffic Director.  The Northeast Region consists of the following Facilities:   ZBW-Boston, ZAU-Chicago, ZOB-Cleveland, ZID-Indianapolis, ZMP-Minneapolis, ZNY-New York, and ZDC-Washington DC.

Key Accountabilities:
* Reports to the Division Director
* Directs the subordinate ARTCCs air traffic operations, administrative responsibilities, and team
* Maintains an active online presence within the Division, Region, and on the VATSIM network
* Administers the selection of ARTCC ATM candidates using established guidelines
* Approves the selection of ARTCC DATM candidates
* Guides and mentors the subordinate ARTCC ATMs (and staff, if necessary)
* Addresses disciplinary situations with the Division Director and Deputy
* Coordinates with adjacent Air Traffic Directors on inter-regional operations and issues
* Coordinates with subordinate Air Traffic Managers on intra-regional operations and issues.
* Prepares and analyzes relevant data and/or reports
* Functions as VATUSA staff member and attends meetings as necessary

Core Requirements:
* Active member of the network in good standing for at least 12 months
* Considerable experience and success in an ARTCC senior staff role, ideally as an ATM
* Able to effectively lead in a team environment
* Excellent written and oral communication skills
* No significant disciplinary record or history of unprofessional behavior
* Minimum rating of C1
* Excellent Customer Service Skills

Desired Skills and Capabilities:
* Demonstrated experience with the management of ARTCC operations
* Demonstrated project management skills
* Demonstrated possession and utilization of a high degree of energy, commitment and dedication
* Demonstrated qualities of understanding, patience, maturity

To be effective, the successful candidate must devote a considerable amount of time to the position. 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 letter of application should outline the applicants vision for the region, including goals, strategies, plans and timelines. Finally, the application should detail the applicant's reasons for wanting to lead the region, compelling evidence to show how the position requirements are met, and how the region will thrive under the applicant's leadership.

Applications should be submitted to Mark Hubbert, VATUSA Division Director, at vatusa1(a)vatusa.  Application deadline is September 29 at 23:59Z.

News / World Flight 2019
« on: August 18, 2019, 01:32:12 pm »
Announcing World Flight 2019

News / A discussion on voice CTAF
« on: May 06, 2019, 04:56:30 am »

News / [VATSIM-SENIOR] Technical Updates on VATSIM
« on: May 06, 2019, 04:52:59 am »
It's been a busy few months for the whole developer community on VATSIM, as we speed towards release of VATSIM's new voice technology. We are also making excellent progress on other modernizations and enhancements which will ensure VATSIM remains the biggest and best online flying network.

While we continue to make this progress, we have had some staff changes as well. I'm saddened to announce that Jamie Fox has recently stepped down from his role as Vice President, Network Systems due to personal commitments. Jamie has played a central part over several years in getting VATSIM's server infrastructure in order and in a stable state, as well as contributing to numerous projects across VATSIM in that time also. On behalf of the Board of Governors, I'd like to thank Jamie for his work and wish him the very best for the future.

Jamie's departure gives us an opportunity to reevaluate the needs of technical positions on the Board of Governors. While we complete that evaluation, Matt Cianfarani will execute the responsibilities of Vice President, Network Systems and Vice President, Web Services.

These two roles are closely intertwined, and it makes sense that in this critical stage of our delivery of Audio for VATSIM, we have an aligned approach to launching this and other projects in the community.

Aidan Stevens has been appointed Director of Web Services to assist Matt with his additional responsibilities. Aidan has been critical in the past year assisting VATSIM development assisting or taking the lead on many of our improvement projects. Thank you to both Matt and Aidan for stepping up.

In tandem with this announcement, Zach Biesse-Fitton, our Vice President Technical Development, has published a blog post which gives a more detailed update on Audio for VATSIM amongst other topics. I would urge you to read it here, as it's sure to be of interest!

Thank you for being a part of VATSIM.

Gunnar Lindahl

News / POSITION VACANCY: Caribbean Division Director, VATCAR1
« on: April 26, 2019, 07:56:06 am »

Applications are now being accepted for the position of Division Director for VATCAR.

The Division Director is an important link between the "front line" of the network and the VATSIM North America Region. The duties listed below are intended for further delegation, in part, but ultimate responsibility lies with the Division Director. A Division Director is expected to be able to commit to at least 2 years to the job, and should take this into consideration before applying.

REPORTS TO: VATSIM Regional Director for North America, VATNA1

RESPONSIBLE FOR: Management of the VATCAR Division, including but not limited to the following duties:

- Providing strong leadership, direction and vision to Division staff.
- Monitoring, reviewing, and enhancing all existing division programs, including training and membership.
- Inviting applications and appointing qualified personnel to fill vacant staff positions.
- Work to improve the infrastructure of the Division, including the website and social media .
- Regularly reviewing ATC progression, and ensuring that upgrade recommendations for qualified candidates are acted on promptly.
- Ensuring that an online presence of ATC is maintained which encourages maximum coverage, looking for growth opportunities.
- Establish and maintain partnerships with Virtual Airlines, developing relationships for continued collaboration.
- Ensuring that events are arranged regularly, both within the division and in cooperation with adjacent divisions and regions.
- Compile quarterly Division reports to the Regional Director for North America.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: The successful applicant will meet the following minimum standards:

-A familiarity with Caribbean ATC operations and regulations.
-A familiarity with pilot operations.
-Minimum of C1 rating, and be in good standing within the VATSIM Network.
-Demonstrated past experience in staff rolls, or other managerial experience.
-A commitment to maintain a strong online presence throughout their appointment, in addition to a minimum of 5 hours per week working specifically in the role of Division Director.
-The ability to communicate clearly and professionally through various mediums to people of different experience levels and cultures.
-Fluent in the English language.

Applications will be accepted until 2359Z on 8 MAY 2019. Any applications received after this deadline will not be considered. All applications shall be e-mailed to n.felini[at]

News / New VATCAN 1
« on: April 26, 2019, 07:27:09 am »
Please welcome Phil Dowling as the new Canada Division Director.

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