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Events / Re: [August 25th 2100z - 0200z] Miami Live 2018
« on: March 20, 2018, 02:45:18 am »
Old thread has been archived.

The Control Room Floor / Re: Metering on the Network
« on: March 17, 2018, 09:32:20 am »
When I’m working a tier 2/3 center for an event, I put tons of space between aircraft bound for the event field 25+ MIT if I can do it.

That way tier one has plenty of holes to fit in their originators and hopefully allows for a bit of extra space to allow for voice lag, slow pilots, and the fact that many of our controllers are not real world professionals.

This happens so far out that most pilots don’t even realize they’re being metered or delayed.

The biggest problem with trying to meter VATSIM pilots is the disconnect button. If they don’t like the idea that they’re gonna have to sit on the ground for a half hour  to fly from ORD-MSP, they’ll just disconnect and reconnect airborne. And that causes worse problems than had tower just let them go on a penalty vector where we then know he’s coming.

Events / [16MAR 2300z-0400z] FNO: Minneapolis
« on: March 10, 2018, 08:13:40 am »

It's time to go outside and enjoy that Minnesota Spring... or not. Snow from the previous week dumped a foot of snow in the Twin Cities, and the clear skies makes it a gorgeous winter day in Minneapolis and St. Paul. MSP will be fully staffed for 5 straight hours, so come on down and enjoy that classic Minnesota not-Spring!

The Control Room Floor / Re: Shortcuts
« on: February 25, 2018, 10:34:53 pm »
To add to Krikor's response a controller amending a Place Bearing Distance waypoint direct to another fix well down line is also a means of coordination so outside of any constraints I can clear you halfway across the US and the coordination is accomplished by amending your flight plan, there are restrictions on how far you can be cleared this way which are described in a letter of agreement between two facilities. For example, I might be able to route you direct to MLP from my center, but no further direct. If a downline controller has an issue with this then they are able to reroute you.

News / VATSIM seeks Vice President, Marketing and Communications (VATGOV10)
« on: February 09, 2018, 12:11:30 pm »
VATSIM is an international online flight simulation network with well over 70,000 active members. An exciting vacancy on our Board of Governors is now open for applications. If you're a well-established VATSIM member who has a real passion for the network and both the ideas and skill to deliver great marketing, both internal and external, for the network, we want to hear from you!

Responsible to:

VATSIM Founders Team
Position Duties:

Responsible for identification, research and execution of marketing strategies, including advertising promotions, along with development of global contacts for the benefit of VATSIM members
Undertakes public relations duties on behalf of VATSIM by providing communications and news releases to media and various flight simulation related entities
Promoting VATSIM and informing members of various VATSIM activities through the website, official forums and official VATSIM Social Media accounts
Develops, directs and uses communications and social media strategy to channel information to members and the flight simulation community
Develop and make available VATSIM branded and approved materials and procedures for VATSIM members attending and setting up booths at public facing events such as aviation themed conventions and airshows
Recruit, hire and retain qualified staff volunteers to assist and ensure seamless delivery of all services required of this office in a timely manner and to help build future leaders for VATSIM
Board of Governor Duties:

Attend Board of Governors meetings as outlined in Article §2.07 of the VATSIM Code of Regulations
Maintain a regular monthly online presence and be willing to answer questions from members if connected with staff callsign
Assist with duties as a VATSIM Supervisor when logged into the network with a rating of Administrator. Enforce the policies of VATSIM both on and off the network.
Interact with other members of the Board of Governors, the VATSIM Executive Committee and/or individual Regional Directors as needed to accomplish their individual and collective duties
Actively contribute to the development of VATSIM policy, procedures and plans
Position Holder Attributes:

Be a member of good standing in VATSIM for more than two years at the time of application
Demonstrated ability to make and keep commitments
Expectation of availability to attend all scheduled meetings for the duration of the meeting and engage daily in email and voice communications with other BoG members in furtherance of VATSIM policy and procedures and effectively engage with staff, members, and the professional media in problem-solving and relationship building
Have good knowledge of the VATSIM Code of Conduct and Code of Regulations
Have proven ability in the management of a small group of people
Experience in internet, social media, and print/radio/video production processes
Be able to work effectively and build relationships within a volunteer organisation
Have proven ability with the use of Flight Simulation software and VATSIM Pilot Client Software
Demonstrated skills in communications and marketing tools mainly but not exclusively within an internet community
Please send your CV (which may include real-world elements but must also address your history with VATSIM including any staff positions) and covering letter (which demonstrates how and why you are the best candidate for this role, no longer than 2 sides) to by 2359z on Thursday 22nd February 2018. Late applications will not be accepted.

We look forward to hearing from you!

General Discussion / Re: Western coverage
« on: February 08, 2018, 11:59:23 am »
I’d love to see an FNO at GUM someday.

General Discussion / Re: FlightSimExpo Announces 2018 Date and Location
« on: February 05, 2018, 01:46:57 am »
For those of  you who did not see the announcement in the news forum. VATUSA has formally announced our participation and is actively seeking members to participate on the display team. Please check the following threads for more information.

News / VATUSA is recruiting members for the FlightSim Expo Display Team
« on: February 02, 2018, 06:46:23 am »
1.Position and Location
VATUSA is looking for controllers to staff a live VATSIM ATC display at FlightSim Expo (June 9-10, 2018)
-This position is located in Las Vegas, NV and interested parties will be responsible for own travel and expenses.
- Note: This is not a typical live event, this is an exhibition of the live network and its capabilities to the general public and team members will be expected to interact with the public and promote the network.
2.Time Commitment
-12 to 20 hours of live VATSIM Network controlling over a two-day period (June 9-10,2018) including time talking with the public and answering questions. Team members will be given time to explore the convention and attend presentations as well.

 VATUSA Events Manager (VATUSA5)

4.Application Deadline

Closes February 15, 2018 at 23:59 Eastern Time

5.Duties of VATUSA FlightSim Expo Display Team Member
-Staff various ATC positions at ARTCCs where certified.
-Open and close various positions (where certified) based on public interest and VATUSA direction.
-Promote all VATUSA ARTCCs and the VATSIM Network to the observing public.
-Answer questions posed by the public.
-Act as a mentor or pseudo-pilot for a sweatbox scenario where the public can try controlling.

6.Minimum Requirements
-Must have at least a Controller (C1) Rating with a center certification at home facility. (S3 Controllers may be considered on a case by case basis.)
-Must be an active member of the network in good standing, with no significant disciplinary record.
-Must be able to work in a team environment.
-Must be willing to register for FlightSim Expo and bear all registration and travel costs at own expense.
-Must be wiling to purchase VATUSA t-shirt to be worn on convention floor while exhibiting. ($10-$15)

7.Highly Desired Skills
-Possess a high degree of energy and enthusiasm for virtual flying, air traffic control, and the VATSIM network
-Prior or current experience as a VATUSA instructor or Mentor
-Center certifications at 2 or more VATUSA ARTCCs or certifications on ZLA positions.

8.To apply
-Send email application containing the following to vatusa5 (at)
-Active email address
-Short paragraph on why you wish to be part of the team

-Applications are due February 15, 2018 by 23:59 Eastern Time
-Competitive applicants will be contacted by VATUSA5 with further information.

News / VATSIM and VATUSA Announce Participation at FlightSimExpo 2018
« on: February 02, 2018, 06:39:54 am »
VATUSA and VATSIM are proud to announce our participation at FlightSimExpo 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. We have been working with the team at FlightSimExpo for the past couple of months to determine how our community best fits within the conference.

VATSIM will be represented in a two tiered approach consisting of pilot communities and Air Traffic Control communities.  Multiple pilot communities such as VATSTAR, BVA, and various virtual airlines will represent all of the flying opportunities available on VATSIM. Pilot communities interested in exhibiting at Expo should email for more information.

VATUSA will be representing all 22 of our ARTCCs on the convention floor with a live ATC display team comprised of our controllers from all over the country. This team will demonstrate the Air Traffic Control opportunities on our network and work to recruit new controllers for all facilities.

VATUSA controllers interested in participating on the VATUSA demonstration team should check the VATUSA forums within the next week for information on how to apply to be a part of the demonstration team.

All VATUSA members are encouraged to join us in Las Vegas, for what will surely be the largest meetup of the year!

About FlightSimExpo:
Registration for FlightSimExpo 2018, North America’s new community-driven flight simulation conference, is open now. The conference welcomes the public of all ages to join us on June 9-10, 2018 at Flamingo Las Vegas Resort.

Attendees can register by visiting

Registration includes full access to the tradeshow floor and the seminars taking place on both event days. The confirmed exhibitor list for FlightSimExpo is growing almost daily, and can be viewed at It includes more than 20 top simulation developers.
Rooms at the event venue, Flamingo Las Vegas Resort, are going quickly. If you haven’t already, please book your hotel room online now by visiting

As many will know, the conference was formed by a group of community organizers from a VATUSA facility who have years of experience in flight simulation, aviation, and event planning. FlightSimExpo plans to bring simulation enthusiasts, current and former aviation professionals, and anyone else who has an interest in flight simulation or aviation together to witness the advances and developments within the industry. The conference is truly community-driven, and the venue, host city, and event activities have all been established in response to feedback from the community and developers.

Follow FlightSimExpo on Twitter (@FlightSimExpo) and like the conference on Facebook (FlightSimExpo) for the latest updates.

General Discussion / Re: Is in VATUSA Division?
« on: January 28, 2018, 09:02:53 pm »
This is actually the first question in the Knowledgebase / FAQ on the VATUSA website.

You will find your answer as well as the reason for not having your transfer showing up immediately there.

Events / FNO: Friday in Cowtown
« on: January 23, 2018, 05:17:04 pm »

On February 23rd at 23:59z (16:59 local), join the Edmonton FIR for Friday in Cowtown! Fly into or out of Calgary International Airport (CYYC) and celebrate the western culture that has earned the city the nickname of Cowtown!

*Important Info*
Calgary International Airport finished construction of a new, 14,000 ft runway in 2014, the longest runway in Canada. Default FSX and P3D do not include this new runway. We HIGHLY recommend you either install scenery ( or simply update the AFCAD files (

General Discussion / Re: VAT-Spy updates
« on: January 19, 2018, 10:13:48 pm »
Can you PM me your email? I want to send you something to put in the update.


Events / FNO: San Juan
« on: January 02, 2018, 01:20:45 am »

San Juan CERAP invites you to join us as we host VATUSA's popular Friday Night Ops. Puerto Rico is home to some of the best scenery in aviation. Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (TJSJ) will have full ATC service for this event. Join us on January 26 from 2359-0500Z (7PM-12AM EST) for a fun night of flying.

Imagine Simulation TJSJ:

Events / FNO: Champagne in Toronto
« on: December 18, 2017, 03:20:29 pm »

Friday Night Ops returns north of the border for the first FNO of 2018.

Fly in or out of Toronto Pearson International Airport (CYYZ) for the
first time since LAST YEAR!

Event time 2359-0500z. See you in the skies!

Events / Re: FNO: Never Dull at Dulles 2017 [12/15 - KIAD - 2330-0400z]
« on: December 15, 2017, 06:00:29 pm »

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