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Events / Re: vZAU VatVenture 2018
« on: July 26, 2018, 12:10:41 pm »
I have to question if telling pilots to sit in the grass and watch an airshow is an appropriate use of VATSIM under CoC B14 which prohibits the use of non-active callsigns for extended periods of time. A user connected to watch an airshow is not participating as a pilot, air traffic controller, instructor, or designated staff member engaging in administrative duties.

As an aside, Airshows / formation flights do not render very well on the network due to the slow update rate coupled with the fast changes of direction of the aircraft. Thus the interpolation gets it wrong and you will see a lot of erroneous positions of the aircraft.       

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General Discussion / Re: PLEASE VOTE: Guam or Hawaii for July 6 FNO?
« on: June 18, 2018, 01:07:23 am »
Toby,

If you do PGUM please coordinate with VATJPN and VATSEA to get RJJJ and RPHI support. They will see a significant increase in departure traffic.

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The Control Room Floor / Re: There are two types of controllers...
« on: May 20, 2018, 03:40:34 pm »
If you are more concerned with how many quotations you recited out of the 7110.65 on frequency rather than the enjoyment of the pilots on the network, it's time for you to get called up to The Show and apply for the FAA.

If everyone who had aspirations of doing this professionally left for the FAA, the remaining controllers would be the people who have no interest in being good. Day to day ops would be very enjoyable for pilots, and when Friday nights came around, disaster would strike week after week. You'd be surprised how many of us work for the FAA and come home from our jobs with the goal of helping make this network better.

Not to mention those of us who would love to go to the big show, but life had other ideas. So this is as close as we're going to get.

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The Control Room Floor / Re: There are two types of controllers...
« on: May 19, 2018, 06:57:40 pm »
Hey Kosmo if you’re looking for other regs to cherrypick, perhaps take a gander at 91.123, or maybe your FAR/AIM doesn't open that far.

The original intent of this thread was to suggest that perhaps how we phrase instructions and clearances on the network could stand to be a bit more concise. Everyone decided to run with the content of the two transmissions rather than the format, and here we are. Open eyes, see past trees, observe forest.

Ouch.  Back to the ad hominem.

I didn't say you deviate without talking, but the pilot is the final authority, not the controller.  If you demand they do something dumb, 91.3 is what matters.  91.123 is what explicitly calls out emergency authority.  And an emergency is anything that is necessary to complete the flight safely... even if it conflicts with your control.

I think we are circling around the same point. No one is arguing that the PIC is the ultimate authority for the safe operation of the aircraft, even more so in an emergency when he can wipe himself with the entire set of regulations.

The argument is that outside of an emergency situation while the PIC still maintains full authority over the safe operation of the aircraft and its passengers, He is still bound by every single other regulation in the book. So that includes 91.123b. Meaning that while the PIC can still unable an ATC instruction, he can only do so if it is contrary to the safe operation of his aircraft. So the PIC would have to defend his decision to not comply with ATC in the name of safety and he can't just hide behind 91.3. If he could, why would pilots get phone numbers and violated for noncompliance of ATC instructions?

Regardless, the PIC is God discussion is off topic. So I'll hang up and listen about concise phraseology. If we're simulating real world operations, then yes less is usually more.

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The Control Room Floor / Re: There are two types of controllers...
« on: May 19, 2018, 03:19:50 pm »

i've heard multiple times where a pilot may request runway 17 but if 30L is the norm than that request would be denied even if traffic permitted. If traffic permits and a pilot wants a opposite direction approach or departure why not grant it?


These two quotes right here are prime examples of the pilot bias that has been growing within the division over my 12 years on the network and why senior controllers are leaving in droves.

These quotes completely ignore the fact that the controller has put hours of study into basic theory, procedures, and technique for no pay.

What I said in no way indicates a pilot bias. It comes directly from what I see almost everyday at work. In the context of my entire post I state a main reason for using nonstandard phraseology is due to issues on the pilot side. If a controller decides to deny a pilot request for no reason other than their SOP indicates something else is preferred than in my opinion they have failed to actually grasp the theory and technique behind what makes air traffic work.

Did I say deny a request for nothing other than SOP? No. What I said was I'm going to assign you SOP and if that doesn't work, then we work on accommodating your request. I'm not going to waste frequency time to figure out what you want. I'm going to give you what you should get then you will advise me if you want something else.

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The Control Room Floor / Re: There are two types of controllers...
« on: May 19, 2018, 02:31:11 pm »

We are providing a service.  ATC exists to serve pilots, not the other way around :-)



i've heard multiple times where a pilot may request runway 17 but if 30L is the norm than that request would be denied even if traffic permitted. If traffic permits and a pilot wants a opposite direction approach or departure why not grant it?


These two quotes right here are prime examples of the pilot bias that has been growing within the division over my 12 years on the network and why senior controllers are leaving in droves.

These quotes completely ignore the fact that the controller has put hours of study into basic theory, procedures, and technique for no pay. They have done so out of a desire to learn Air Traffic Control and be able to practice that skill on VATSIM. A controller derives his enjoyment from working his airspace efficiently and providing a realistic simulation of procedures followed by pilots and air traffic controllers everyday around the world.

In layman's terms, a controller want's to work his airspace the way it is supposed to be worked! That's what is fun for them.

So yes, I'm going to use proper phraseology when I control. No, I'm not going to give you your choice of runway immediately nor acquiesce to your ridiculous deviation request right off the bat regardless of if I have 1 airplane or 100 airplanes. I'm going to assign per my SOP and if that doesn't work, we will find a mutually beneficial way of getting you from A to B and I'll use my best judgement if we need to deviate from Plan A and find a way that works.

I'm going to be the Air Traffic Controller, You're going to be the pilot. (We're not Air Traffic Suggesters)
I'm going to move you as expeditiously through the NAS as I can. You're going to follow my instruction unless it causes a safety issue or is not possible, then it's your responsibility to say unable and we find another way.
I'm going to enjoy providing Air Traffic Services to pilots on VATSIM. You're going to enjoy flying on VATSIM with ATC.
I won't control if it's not enjoyable. You won't fly with ATC if it's not enjoyable.
I can't provide ATS unless you fly. You can't have ATS unless I control.

See, it's a two way street. We're in this together and we both need to derive enjoyment from it for the network to survive.

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Really looking forward to meeting everyone.  Hotel, Expo and Travel is all booked.  Just look for the goofy guy with all the tattoo's on his legs lol.

Derek
Dang...  Guess I can't come since we can't ever be in the same city together  :P

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Events / VATUSA at FlightSim Expo 2018
« on: May 08, 2018, 02:07:07 am »


VATSIM encourages its members to join VATUSA and many members of the VATSIM Board of Governors at this first annual event. In addition to the chance to meet with fellow VATSIMmers, you’ll find the biggest names in at-home flight simulation at FlightSimExpo: Aerosoft, FlyJSim, Infinite Flight, Laminar Research, NATCA, Navigraph, Orbx, PilotEdge, PILOT’S, Prepar3D, REX Game Studios, simMarket, and many more.

FlightSimExpo is a conference and tradeshow. Exhibitors will be displaying the latest in flight simulation and aviation technology in the 15,000 square foot exhibit hall. Attendees will be able to try out simulators and new products from developers across the industry, meet air traffic controllers, and learn about local non-profit aviation organizations. The event runs all day on Saturday, June 9 and until 3pm on Sunday, June 10.

If you can not join us in Las Vegas, Please fly or control as much as you can this weekend as we will be showing off the many diverse opportunities available for people to fly and control within our division and network and the more positions and traffic we have online the better!

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Just doing all the work in the background, not actually coming  :P.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in Vegas!

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The Classroom (Controller Tips) / Re: Let's Talk VFR
« on: May 03, 2018, 01:17:51 am »
This was a great refresher. Thanks for posting!

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VATUSA in partnership with VATSIM is proud to announce our partnership and participation at the inaugural FlightSimExpo!

The event will take place 09 June – 10 June 2018 at the Flamingo Las Vegas resort.

VATSIM is planning a massive display of online flying and air traffic control consisting of air traffic controllers from our United States and Scandinavia divisions, pilots from the Boston Virtual ARTCC pilot community, flight instructors from the VATSTAR ATO, and representatives from the VATTASTIC VATSIM situational display.

Additionally, VATUSA will be hosting a live Friday Night Ops (FNO) event from the convention floor the day before the conference on 08 June from 2300z – 0400z. All VATSIM members are welcome to join us for this evening of live controlling and flying! If you are going to participate in the Live FNO please register here -> https://goo.gl/S6VNCn

VATSIM encourages its members to join VATUSA and the many members of the VATSIM Board of Governors at this first annual event. In addition to the chance to meet with fellow VATSIMmers, you’ll find the biggest names in at-home flight simulation at FlightSimExpo: Aerosoft, FlyJSim, Infinite Flight, Laminar Research, NATCA, Navigraph, Orbx, PilotEdge, PILOT’S, Prepar3D, REX Game Studios, simMarket, and many more.

FlightSimExpo is a conference and tradeshow. Exhibitors will be displaying the latest in flight simulation and aviation technology in the 15,000 square foot exhibit hall. Attendees will be able to try out simulators and new products from developers across the industry, meet air traffic controllers, and learn about local non-profit aviation organizations. The event runs all day on Saturday, June 9 and until 3pm on Sunday, June 10.

Alongside more than 35 exhibitors, the conference will feature education-oriented seminars and presentations from a panel of Twitch streamers, PMDG’s Robert S. Randazzo, CFII Jason Miller, Captain John Cox, home cockpit builders Matt Ford and Tom Gauvin, and more! VATUSA controllers Derek Vento and Bradley Tice, who are also controllers in real life, are speaking about the benefits of VATSIM, and careers with the FAA, on Sunday afternoon.

There are great door prizes, discounts available on local attractions including flying a full-motion Boeing 737 NG simulator, and so much more!

Registration and discounted hotel rooms are available now at www.flightsimexpo.com.

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Events / Live up America FNO!
« on: May 01, 2018, 05:06:12 pm »


VATUSA is kicking off our participation at FlightSimExpo 2018 with a bang!

The always popular Light Up America event returns as a Live FNO from 2300z - 0400z on June 8th.

We are going to staff as many positions as we can live from the show floor in Las Vegas and want everyone who can't make it to Vegas to join us virtually for one insane night of controlling and flying. Our goal, get all 22 Centers online as well as as many TRACONs and Towers as we can.

All who are going to FlightSimExpo are welcome to attend live and should register here -> https://goo.gl/S6VNCn

This will be a FNO for the history books! See you in Vegas!

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Events / Re: FNO Down Under
« on: May 01, 2018, 01:06:53 pm »
Yes. International date format.

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Events / FNO Down Under
« on: May 01, 2018, 02:27:52 am »

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, VATPAC and VATUSA are proud to present the latest VATUSA Friday Night Ops - Down Under!

 

We have something exciting, different and possibly even challenging in store for you. Did you know that VATPAC's airspace covers a large amount of the Pacific Islands? It even covers Papua New Guinea. This FNO, join us as VATPAC fully staffs Port Moresby - AYPY (The capital of P.N.G), Cairns - YBCS, Brisbane - YBBN and Hamilton Island - YBHM (Both in Queensland, Australia). This gives you the chance to experience Class C and D airports as well as the chance to experience some absolutely stunning scenery.

 

Kicking off at 2300, you can choose where to depart or arrive from, what to fly and how hard our controllers will work. We recommend flying regional sized aircraft to Hamilton Island as it regularly sees the Q400, 717 and 738's, however, the choice is yours.

 

Airports: AYPY , YBBN, YBCS , YBHM

 

Time: [11/05/18] 2300 - 0300Z | [12/05/18] 0900-1300 AEST

 


You can find a full pilot briefing available including charts, local procedures and scenery at our website https://fno.vatpac.org

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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.

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