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Events / Re: WorldFlight 2017
« on: November 11, 2017, 02:38:42 AM »
Worldflight is now in the last leg and will be landing soon. The teams did very well donation wise this year and while they are the ones that are raising the money, you all made a difference by staffing your sectors and providing ATC service in support of their cause!

I am extremely grateful for all of you who donated your time and made real life sacrifices to help out with staffing during the odd hours that worldflight traversed our airspace. We made it through the whole event with our own controllers and the worldflight controllers were left twiddling their thumbs!

I am impressed by how many of you came out of the woodwork to support Worldflight and outside of a couple minor hiccups we were able to move the traffic expeditiously and safely though our skies, receiving praise from the pilots.

Thank you again for your support!

News / VATUSA is looking for ACE Team Controllers
« on: October 13, 2017, 09:36:27 AM »
1.Position and Location
The VATUSA Advanced Controller for Events (ACE) Team is a group of highly skilled advanced controllers who have volunteered to make themselves available for assisting USA Facilities with event staffing. Each member represents the best of VATUSA controlling ability and are exceptional controllers

2.Time Commitment
 4+ controlling hours a week as needed. Additional time for self study or live training of additional airspace  if required.

 VATUSA Events Manager (VATUSA5)

4.Application Deadline

Closes November 1, 2017 at 04:00z

5.Duties of VATUSA A.C.E. Team Member
-Staff any Air Traffic Control position within the division during events on an as needed basis determined by event host.
-Staff positions during major VATSIM events such as Cross the Pond, WorldFlight, and Light Up America as needed. 
-Have a flexible real life schedule to be able to control events at the last minute, particularly on Friday Nights and Saturdays.

6.Minimum Requirements
-Must have at least a Controller (C1) Rating with a center certification at home facility.
-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 obtain Oakland Oceanic certification within first 3 months on team
-Must be flexible and available to control unfamiliar airspace with little advanced notice, especially Friday Nights and Saturdays

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
-Availability many Fridays and Saturdays to assist ARTCCs with event staffing
-Active visitor status through major TRACON at 2 or more VATUSA ARTCCs

8.To apply
- Complete application form found here
- Have Letter of Recommendation sent to vatusa5(at) from home facility ATM and TA

-Applications are due November 1, 2017 at 04:00z
-Competitive applicants will be contacted by VATUSA5 with further information.

Events / Worldflight in the USA 2017 Day 2
« on: October 04, 2017, 11:46:08 AM »
Worldflight 2017 traverses VATUSA. Visit for more information on the flight. Expect Full ATC at the following airports during the flight.

WF1725   MUGM   KMCO   08-11-2017  |  05:00   08-11-2017  |  07:00
WF1726   KMCO   KJFK   08-11-2017  |  10:00   08-11-2017  |  12:25
WF1727   KJFK   CYYR   08-11-2017  |  13:15   08-11-2017  |  15:55

Events / Worldflight in the USA 2017 Day 1
« on: October 04, 2017, 11:45:16 AM »
Worldflight 2017 traverses VATUSA. Visit for more information on the flight. Expect Full ATC at the following airports during the flight.
WF1711   UHPP   PANC   06-11-2017  |  05:00   06-11-2017  |  09:20
WF1712   PANC   PAJN   06-11-2017  |  10:10   06-11-2017  |  12:00
WF1713   PAJN   CYYC   06-11-2017  |  12:50   06-11-2017  |  15:35
WF1714   CYYC   KSLC   06-11-2017  |  16:25   06-11-2017  |  18:30
WF1715   KSLC   KSAN   06-11-2017  |  19:20   06-11-2017  |  21:10
WF1716   KSAN   KAUS   06-11-2017  |  22:00   07-11-2017  |  00:50
WF1717   KAUS   MMUN   07-11-2017  |  01:40   07-11-2017  |  04:00

Events / Re: [21JUL17 2300z] ZMP FNO: Northern Migration XII LIVE
« on: July 21, 2017, 03:44:39 PM »
All flights into or out of MSP will have a chance to win prizes. If you booked a flight through the booking system I can guarantee that it won't hurt your chances  ;)

Events / Re: [2300-0400z 14JUL] FNI: VATPAC
« on: July 11, 2017, 01:08:31 AM »
VATPAC is on deck and has staffing to the gills for FNO this week!

Pilots please refer to the briefing items in the above two posts to familiarize yourself with the procedures unique to flying in this region as there are some differences from what you are used to!

See you all Friday night! 

Events / [2300-0400z 14JUL] FNI: VATPAC
« on: June 14, 2017, 04:06:20 PM »

Ladies and Gentleman, On Friday 14th July 2017, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane welcomes VATUSA to Friday Night Ops. Kicking off at 2300z, The sun will have started heating up the Winter temperatures of the Australian East Coast.

VATPAC has your ATC Covered manning airspace between Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane! We invite and encourage you to fly between the three airports, In any order you wish. You should allow approx 1.3-1.5 hours flying time for Jets between any given pair.


- Melbourne Tullamarine International (YMML)
Payware YMML ORBX Direct
Freeware YMML FSX
Freeware YMML X-Plane

- Sydney Kingsford Smith Intl (YSSY)
Payware FlyTampa YSSY
Freeware YSSY FSX
Freeware YSSY P3D
Freeware YSSY X-Plane

- Brisbane International (YBBN)
Payware YBBN ORBX Direct
Freeware YBBN Aussie Ants FSX/P3D
Freeware YBBN X-Plane

Flight Planning
In Australia, flight plans are filed in the ICAO method, with the SID/STAR not included with the initial filing. This will be provided by ATC on contact with clearance delivery (for departure) and with Centre, usually just prior to initial descent clearance.

In Sydney each different runway has it's own set of SID's, which can be hard to predict ahead of time. Due to this, the outbound route should start with "TESAT". TESAT is an RNAV waypoint located on the airfield, replacing the old VOR "SY" which has since been decommissioned in the real world as part of the Navigation Rationalization project which removed 179 ground-based navigation aids on the 26th of May 2016, meaning GNSS is now the primary means of navigation for all instrument flight rule aircraft and flight plans.

An IFR Aircraft flying from Sydney to Melbourne will file TESAT H65 RAZZI Q29 ML regardless of the runways in use. Indeed some aircraft may well be assigned the WOL9 departure from runway 34L, and others the MARUB5 departure from runway 34R given northerly prevailing winds. Both of these departures join the H65 airway at WOL (Wollongong), however the SID tracks are very different, with one starting with a Left turn off runway 34L, and the MARUB5 departure from runway 34R starting with a Right turn.

Knowledge about deleting waypoints and closing route discontinuities in your FMS will be useful. Cheats include knowing the 2nd waypoint along the initial airway. Additionally be aware that ATC is likely to ammend the text of your route when giving clearance in the same manner as the Electronic Flight Strip is used in the real world. Once you file it, it's theirs.

Flight Plan Route
To help with filing your flight plan, VATPAC provides the Flight Planning Tool at

Additionally the real world Air Services Australia website provides charts for all airports in Australia, free of charge, on their Aerodrome and Procedure Charts website

YSSY Sydney airport ground chart, and the areas various airlines typically use.
Note: International on the west (left) side and Dometic on the east (right) side, including freight.
In most FSX sceneries (including default) the Domestic side gates start with the letter "D", and the international side has no alphabetic prefix.

YMML Melbourne airport ground chart, and the areas various airlines typically use.

YBBN Brisbane Airport, Ground chart with typical parking area's of airlines.

Should you have any questions, Queries or suggestions, please contact the events department via myself c.strawbridge(at)

We look forward to seeing you at this not to be missed Event!

Events / Re: ZLC Event
« on: June 12, 2017, 12:33:34 PM »

EDIT: oh, wait, I see the "linked event" now, duh.  :-)

This is a good point. Please put the time information in the post.


Events / Re: Live Up America!
« on: June 12, 2017, 11:21:23 AM »
By my count, all ARTCCs except 3 were able to participate in last nights event! So great to see such a wide range of participation across the network. Very refreshing!

At one point we had everyone up except 2, and they know who they are  ;)

Events / Re: Atlanta Center FNO
« on: June 08, 2017, 07:59:07 PM »
I'm putting this thread to bed. VATUSA does not have any policies on what you may or may not call your event as long as it is not obscene.

While I personally agree that calling an event "Live" when it's not a live event may be misleading, it is not prohibited. Perhaps in the future ZTL could consider calling the event Atlanta Alive or Charlotte Real-Ops, etc.

Either way, we are done here. Have a good FNO ZTL.

Events / [02JUN 2300Z-0300Z] San Juan FNO
« on: May 08, 2017, 04:10:04 PM »

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 June 2nd, 2017 between 2300-0300z for a fun night of flying.

Imagine Simulation TJSJ:

Preferred Routes:


Events / [12MAY 2359z-0400z] FNO: Vancouver
« on: April 28, 2017, 03:19:15 PM »

Hello all. The Vancouver FIR controllers invite you to come and enjoy the beautiful British Columbia scenery. Vancouver International will have full ATC service for this Friday Night Ops event starting at 23:59 Zulu on Friday May 12th. Come and enjoy Canada’s pacific coast!
Preferred arrivals:
From Northwest – Whistler 4 RNAV   
From Northeast – Canuck 4 RNAV
From South – Grizz 5 RNAV
From Oceanic – Ragit2/Shark9 RNAV
Scenery options:
Orbx  Pacific Northwest available at
CYVR by FSDreamTeam available at

Events / Re: [APR 9 2100-0100Z] SUN 'n FUN 2017
« on: April 09, 2017, 04:50:27 PM »
Guys. This is unacceptable.

If you sign up to work an event it is a commitment, same as when you tell someone in the real world that  you will be somewhere.

I understand that the real world emergencies come first, but for no controllers to show up? Sad.

Disappointing for all of our pilots that were looking forward to this one.

Events / VATSIM Connexion (Global Conference) in London, UK
« on: April 02, 2017, 12:29:58 PM »
The organisers of Connexion 2017 are pleased to announce the first confirmed programme items for the weekend of 29th and 30th July 2017. In addition to the below, we have several more talks planned and will announce them when confirmed over the coming weeks. (In no particular order)

The fantastic SimFest team who own and operate a 747 simulator raising money charity each year as participants of World Flight will bring a no-doubt entertaining segment in our event as they explain how they constructed their simulator and how they manage to raise such an incredible amount of money each year.

We have a confirmed presentation from AeroNav to update us on their Global Nav Generator project.

Cross the Pond
Several members of the central planning team for the Cross the Pond will provide a behind the scenes glimpse at the planning, logistics and execution of the busiest weekends of the VATSIM event calendar.

Network Supervisors
There will be a talk on becoming a Supervisor and how the role of the Supervisor is changing on the network in the present day.

SWIFT Pilot Client
We will hear from the development team of the Swift Pilot Client, who will provide an update for us on the progress of this project and their visions for the future.

Workshop: Flight Planning using PFPX
Run by Vincent Stuart from BAVirtual, who’ll provide us some time to discuss and explain the intricacies of flight planning using PFPX; walking you through the steps to get from the dispatch office to the North Atlantic Track.

Panel Discussion: Pilot Training
The pilot rating system, pilot training schemes and reflections from ATO’s, we hope to have Vice President Pilot Training Divya Patel joining us for this discussion.

Panel Discussion: Events on VATSIM
The evolving world of VATSIM events; including the increase of in-person events in addition to the well-established virtual ones. We’re lucky enough to be able to welcome Matthew Bartels from VATUSA who’ll provide a balance between the differences and similarities between the North American Region and Europe.

Panel Discussion: Board of Governors
Your chance to pitch ideas, ask questions and generally get to know some of the members of the Board of Governors and find out how their role fits into making VATSIM tick.

Please note: this is not a definitive list other content will be added in the coming weeks and may be subject to alteration without notice. We are currently in talks with several major companies in our community to attend this event.

We have an FAQ section on the event website. If you can't find an answer to your query, post your question in the discussion thread or email us at

(Note: This post is informational only to advertise VATSIM's Global Convention in London and does not preclude any VATUSA Facility from scheduling a on-network event on these days.)

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