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Messages - Matthew Bartels

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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 »

General Discussion / Re: Discussion: ATC Timetable
« on: December 14, 2017, 01:40:58 pm »
I'm not a fan. I understand that it's frustrating for the pilots to see ATC online, load up, get clearance and then be given to unicom for departure.

Here's my issue. While a booking system seems nice in theory, I doubt you would get the actual participation you're looking for. We already set commitments for staffing times during events, and we have a hard enough time getting people to follow through on their commitments on those. Making everyone make a "non-binding" booking would add another commitment that people could back out on by either not showing up at all or closing early.

It's a lose-lose situation in my opinion. We can say "non-binding" until we're blue in the face to both pilots and controllers. The fact of the matter is that no matter how "non-binding" the booking is pilots are going to be miffed if a controller doesn't follow through on his booking or closes early, and controllers are going to look at as an obligation.

As an aside, it seems like many of these complaints are coming from newer CIDs. Maybe it's just me, but when I see a "stale ATC (Greater than 1 hour) online," I'll usually ask how much longer they'll be on, but I also don't mind flying on unicom if I have to. The reward of seeing 1 other airplane knowing that that's a person sharing my hobby is worth giving up a whole offline airport full of AI.

Events / No FNO due to Christmas Holiday
« on: December 13, 2017, 12:20:43 am »

VATUSA would like to wish our controllers and pilots a very Merry Christmas!

We will be taking FNO off this week to allow everyone to enjoy the holiday weekend with their families.

See you next week!

General Discussion / Re: FlightSimExpo Announces 2018 Date and Location
« on: December 10, 2017, 03:46:57 pm »
So are other ARTCCs invited to setup a booth and exhibit their facilities or is this another exclusive ZBW only event?

VATUSA is planning on attending. We are looking forward to participating and exhibiting all of our great ATC Facilities.

Events / No FNO due to Thanksgiving holiday
« on: November 22, 2017, 10:12:20 pm »

Due to many of our controllers spending time with their families over the holiday weekend. We will be taking FNO off this week.

VATUSA wishes all of our controllers and pilots a Happy Thanksgiving.

Events / Re: WorldFlight 2017
« on: November 11, 2017, 01:38:42 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, 08:36:27 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, 10:46:08 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, 10:45:16 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, 02:44:39 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, 12:08:31 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! 

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