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The Control Room Floor / WHERE ARE THE VIDEOS?
« on: September 14, 2011, 07:40:21 am »
Quote from: Michael Martin
[div class=\\\'codetop\\\']CODE[/div][div class=\\\'codemain\\\' style=\\\'height:200px;white-space:pre;overflow:auto\\\']Tom, I'll shoot an email off to SATCA's webmaster about rights to d/l and reuse their videos. As they don't block the downloading of their content, I don't see it as a problem as long as credit is given where credit is due. Also, pending their response, I will start downloading their videos to my local computer and if given approval to store them locally for our use, will upload them to the server.[/div]

I still have not heard anything from the webmaster about rights to download and host the videos ourselves.  I will send another email to check in.


I had contacted the webmaster who had given me permission to host the videos on the TRC provided we give appropriate credit (of course).

I don't have the email anymore, but if someone there still has access to the email  address i created, the email will be in there. I was sure to contact them prior to putting them up to be sure they were ok with it.



The Classroom (Controller Tips) / Problems to play video
« on: May 24, 2011, 02:49:12 pm »
It was me, it was me! Don't shoot! :-p haha

I do take responsibility for not putting those on the local web-server. To be honest, I needed a spot to put them, and was the easiest place at the time to do so, especially because it automatically gave me the video embed code. In hindsight, it was not the best of solutions (I guess i didn't expect it to go down).

As an apology gift, here is a really nice code embedder for playing videos through a flash player which also supports HTML5 with Flash fall back as a nice option

General Discussion / Where's Management?
« on: January 13, 2011, 08:30:17 pm »
If I recall correctly, when I wrote the synced up login functionality, i set it up so you had to first log into the vatusa website, and then once you go the TRC it would auto log you in, once you had a valid session for the main site. If the TRC is broken, that's a problem, and since I was the one who coded the integration peice for it in the first place, i would be very very happy to help fix it. Seems like a lot of work wasted if it's not working properly.

General Discussion / Where's Management?
« on: January 13, 2011, 06:56:17 pm »
Quote from: Harold Rutila
Currently the problem is the fact that we can't update it, which is completely outside of ARTCC control.

Why not? ATMs/DATMs/TAs can update it, unless something has changed in the last year, but it shouldn't have. The whole premise of making it a wiki to begin with was so that it could be updated.

General Discussion / Where's Management?
« on: January 13, 2011, 03:56:46 pm »
Quote from: Alex Bailey
Anthony raises a valid point. The TRC was designed to serve as a guide for initial training, which could relieve the training department of each ARTCC from teaching the basics that can be applied anywhere. This would allow for instructors to focus on the intricacies of their individual airspace, cutting down time spent instructing and combating burnout by instructors. It was also developed so that all training administrators could edit the material to keep it up to date. I'm not sure how it is being utilized now, but at one point this was the intent.

Alex is right. The point of the TRC was two serve two purposes.

1. Provide a current, interactive way to teach the complexities of ATC to the new student in a way that didn't sacrifice standards, but made it easy. ATC for dummies..if you will. The long term vision I had was to at some point after the completion of the TRC, supply ARTCCs with an example sylabus of how they could use the TRC and other online training resources to make efficient use of their instructors time. All optional, as I wasn't big on forcing anything, but at least they would have the resources available to take it and run with it.

2. Serve as a way for the division to work together to ensure the accuracy of the material. Prior to the TRC, everything  had to be manually updated. With the TRC, every ATM/DATM/TA in the division can update the material if they don't like how something looks, is worded, etc. The edits have to be approved by VATUSA 1/2/3/6, and that was only there to as a safety precaution.

General Discussion / Where's Management?
« on: January 12, 2011, 11:01:46 am »
I'm not tooting my own here at all, but I found that the general public was fond of the monthly/quarterly updates that I put out when I was USA3. It gave the public a view of what was going on behind the scenes, created a curtain of transparency, and squashed any doubts about what I was, or wasn't doing. Everyone knew, for good bad, or indifferent, the current state of the VATUSA Training Department.

I never held any VATUSA staff position other than three, but am curious as to how you guys are getting it done without having the position filled. I was usually pretty busy with talking to TA's, doing the quarterly training department meetings, the reports, the continuing education training that was provided to ARTCCs, updating the TRC to add in the advanced sections, and managing the other things that came in, in addition to doing the website enhancements when needed.

In short I was pretty busy with what I needed to do. If there was/is a more efficient way of doing things, please let me know, as i am very curious for personal and professional development reasons.

The Control Room Floor / New Weight Class for ALL 757s
« on: April 11, 2010, 10:20:46 pm »
Any ATM/DATM/TA want to go through the Training Resource Center and update the relevant pages? I would but I don't have access anymore.

General Discussion / What we need to be discussing
« on: February 20, 2010, 02:14:32 am »
Andrew may have to chime in, but when we last ran the numbers (July), IIRC, our retention rate from S1-C1 was only around 12%. It may even be slightly less. I know this was an issue we were going to be discussing in depth at the next Training Department meeting.

General Discussion / Do we even need a VATUSA1?
« on: February 16, 2010, 11:54:52 pm »
Quote from: Bryan Wollenberg
Just to note, the DD stepped up and refused to implement a part of the GRP that didn't affect VATUSA in any way whatsoever.  And such was explained.  That section of the GRP (5.3 for those tuning in for the first time) is worded especially for Divisions whose FIRs/ARTCCs have no websites.  You'll notice the "Division/Facility" meaning one or the other.  Thinking that every local policy needed to appear on the Division website was a misconception.

Quote from: Bruce W. Clingan
Hmmm... Not exactly how it was worded to us ATMs I must misunderstand what we were told.

Oh, don't forget about 1.2E (The C3 Rating).

And let's also not forget that the issue with 5.3 was not only the fact that they had to be posted on the division website, it was that VATUSA Staff was required to again go through and review, approve somewhere along the lines of 200 SOPs/Policies within the division, and those had to be posted on the website. Which would've done no good anyway, because they were null and void due to NA Policy 0505 (as they would not have been posted on the VATNA website)

General Discussion / Error for new ATC personnel getting started
« on: February 14, 2010, 06:43:39 pm »
Nope, sure don't, but there is a team of people who do :-)

General Discussion / Error for new ATC personnel getting started
« on: February 14, 2010, 06:30:20 pm »
As I stated yesterday, have him file a support ticket at

General Discussion / Check-In Responsibility
« on: February 12, 2010, 09:37:39 pm »
Quote from: Alex Bailey
Mike Hodge will have to refresh my memory, but how many emails did we send "up" regarding the behavioral issues we were encountering and how many did we get back?

We sent plenty, got none back. The saddest part was that we actually didn't expect anything back. However, even I am guilty of not answering e-mails, so in that sense, i'm not complaining.

General Discussion / ACE Team Forum Access
« on: February 11, 2010, 09:01:25 am »
Yep all the way at the bottom, i have no clue why you can't see it, your even set to the right group in the forums.

General Discussion / ACE Team Forum Access
« on: February 11, 2010, 12:29:36 am »
Can you see the forum now?

General Discussion / ACE Team Forum Access
« on: February 11, 2010, 12:06:22 am »
Log out and Log back in and see if that fixed it...

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