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Messages - Karl Mathias Moberg

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News / Re: New DATM at ZOB!
« on: February 27, 2019, 06:24:59 am »
Congratulations Andrew!

News / Position Opening: ZNY Facilities Engineer
« on: February 13, 2019, 10:56:48 am »
ZNY is currently seeking a Facility Engineer who will assist the Air Traffic Manager and Training Administrator in maintaining the ARTCC sector file and documentation (including SOPs).

Duties include:
Reports to the ATM
Maintains an active online presence on the website, Teamspeak, forums, email and network.
Acts as a staff member, leading and supporting ARTCC members
Attends staff meetings as called by the ATM
Maintains the ZNY VRC sector files, updating them with the latest AIRACs.
Maintains the ZNY POF, Alias, vATIS files and updating them as required.
Updates and develops SOPs in collaboration with other staff members.

Must have a good knowledge of VRC sector, video maps and how they are developed.
Should have an understanding and the ability to support Euroscope sector files.
Knowledge and experience with MediaWiki.
Working knowledge of Git.
Experience with AutoCAD
Experience with using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator or InkScape
Some understanding of Java (To be able to compile and run a Java project to simplify AIRAC updates)

Skills that are a plus
Previous experience as an FE or as an assistant to an FE.
Ability to maintain TWRTrainer or similar tools to develop Sweatbox scenarios.

The application should include:
Full name, active e-mail address, and VATSIM CID.
Cover letter indication you are applying for the position.

Any interested applicant should send the required items to before February 28, 23:59z.

News / Re: ZKC Has a New ATM
« on: February 10, 2019, 10:09:10 am »
Congrats Rey!

News / ZNY has a new DATM
« on: February 10, 2019, 10:07:12 am »
I'm really excited to announce that Anthony Santanastaso has been appointed as ZNY's new DATM! Anthony has previously served as ZNY DATM many years ago, and I'm really glad that he is joining the team again.


News / Re: ZOB has a New ATM!
« on: February 03, 2019, 09:04:16 am »
Congratulations Leszek!

News / Re: ZFW Has a New ATM
« on: January 24, 2019, 12:01:06 am »
Congratulations Mark!

News / Re: Oakland has a new DATM
« on: January 20, 2019, 11:05:23 am »
Congratulations Cody!

General Discussion / Re: Release of Denver API
« on: January 13, 2019, 12:10:01 pm »
Very cool tech! Good work!

News / Re: Atlanta's New Air Traffic Manager
« on: November 29, 2018, 10:54:21 pm »
Congrats Meg!

News / Re: Boston has a new DATM
« on: November 12, 2018, 01:33:11 pm »
Congrats Krikor.

News / Re: ZDC's New ATM
« on: October 15, 2018, 01:51:40 pm »

The Control Room Floor / Re: Descents Between Facilities
« on: September 09, 2018, 10:44:46 am »
Plus they are never going to return to that altitude so why issue a temp alt? I only use temp alts for intermediate level offs during climb.


New York (vZNY) / Re: returning controller
« on: August 11, 2018, 01:21:00 pm »
Hi Scott,

You should have received an email with login credentials earlier today. If you don't, email me at and I'll help you out!


The Control Room Floor / Re: Metering on the Network
« on: March 17, 2018, 04:18:27 pm »
... I think VATUSA has to own it and do it week in & week out.  We have no fancy software and the number of variables we deal with exceed those in the real world.  Its going to take trial and error to build some proficiency.  It's also going to require some people sitting out of the fun of actual controlling.

Having each ARTCC attempt to do it 3-4 times a year isn't going to cut it, in my opinion.  I doubt anyone is going to volunteer to be the TMU for every event.

I think it depends on the size and activity of the facility. As Jeremy has pointed out previously - we at ZNY already do this on our own. We talk to our neighbors and have found a good working relationship that in most cases work very well. You don't need to get VATUSA involved - just talk to your neighbors and create an agreement on how you want to deal with the issue.

Yeah, it's not going to solve the aircraft flying cross country from LAX to JFK for a JFK FNO, but those we can plan for, it's the short pop-up flights that typically cause an issue and those your neighbors can deal with.

From a controllers perspective:

I deal with a lot of new pilots when I'm controlling in New York. Most if not all of them don't know what a class B airspace is, and they absolutely don't know what a mode C veil is. I have pilots flying around ZNY in the middle of the approach paths into the airports squawking standby. The problem is that they don't know the altitude restrictions of the B and when to stay below it, and when I don't see their altitudes because they are squawking standby, I have to switch radar modes to verify that the pilot is not too high and going to crash into another aircraft.

Real world, I could in most cases trust that the pilot is going to stay below the B and not worry about it - on VATSIM, I can't do that because we don't have any forced pilot training. So what is the alternative? Well, I text the pilots squawking standby and ask them to squawk C, so I at least don't have to switch radar modes to tower mode to see their altitude.

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