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The Control Room Floor / How do you read?
« on: May 31, 2013, 10:52:32 am »
I've heard ATC in real life say... "How to you hear my radio?" I'm not sure if that's in the 7110.65 either, but sometimes the document doesn't cover every possibility.

JJ

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Simple Insanity / April Fools! FAA/VATUSA Partnership
« on: April 01, 2013, 01:30:59 pm »
Interesting proposition by the FAA. On one hand I can see the good press for the VATSIM/VATUSA community. But, like Ira, I can also see the "grandmother" scenario.

Headlines read:  "Due to Sequestration FAA outsources Controller Training to Online Gamers."

The public already thinks that Air Traffic Controllers are the only reason airplanes can fly.... PFM or something... but this probably won't look the best for the FAA if/when the media gets a hold of it.

I am honestly not trying to bash our online community in this post, far from it. I just see the irony in allowing a bunch of "controllers" to teach a bunch of controllers. I mean... for goodness sake. I'm the DATM of my facility, but I've never been an ATC, never had any formal ATC training, and realize that the Online community can be drastically different from the real world. That's not to say I don't know what I'm doing, but I can guarantee there are parts of the 7110.65 that doesn't get used on VATSIM... for a darn good reason.

Like I said... interesting proposition. I'm looking forward to a challenge...

JJ

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Today the FAA announce the closing of several contract towers in the US due to cost issues with staffing the facilities. The Official FAA News release is here:

http://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/new...fm?newsId=14414

and the direct link to the closing list is here:

http://www.faa.gov/news/media/fct_closed.pdf

Now what do we do? How does this affect how we provide services at these fields? Will we simulate the "closure" of ATCT's on VATSIM as well?

Sometimes the things the FAA comes up with can be completely ridiculous and totally infuriating. What was that thing about "blood on the runway"? Some of these Towers are VERY busy. Over 150,000 operations a year.

Que sera sera...

JJ

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NOTAMs / New Events Manager Selected
« on: February 21, 2013, 10:36:04 am »
Congrats, Matt!

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NOTAMs / New Western Region ATD Selected
« on: February 21, 2013, 10:34:46 am »
Congrats, Mark!

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