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  1. VATSIM is happy to announce that Tim Barber has been selected to serve as Vice President – Operations following the retirement of Mark Richards. In his new role, Tim will play a crucial role by ensuring all departments are working together to bring positive changes to VATSIM. Tim hails from Canada and joined VATSIM in 2001. He has held several staff positions on VATSIM, most recently as Vice President – Supervisors, a position he has held since 2016. In addition to his time in various VATSIM staff positions, he also helped start one of VATSIM’s first Authorized Training Organizations to p
    15 points
  2. VATSIM promised me they would not be removing the old data feeds whilst legacy clients are using them. An absolute disgrace, and exactly why I shall never be doing any more development for VATSIM. Too many people playing at their fake job titles, not listening to sense. This is what happens with change for the sake of change. Cheers Gary Ex-AFV Lead
    11 points
  3. Yea I have to agree with Andreas..when you try and look into things too deeply and read between the lines is where things get all messed up. VATSIM is a beautiful place, really. Just think about all the hatred in the real world day to day. This is a place where no matter your colour/gender/religion/sexuality etc. you are always welcome and everybody is a friend, and THAT is what matters. Don't unnecessarily disturb it.
    10 points
  4. I've been misgendered on VATSIM for nigh on 20 years. I tend to laugh. Agree with @James Horgan though.
    10 points
  5. Over the past little while I have realized there has been a problem in terms of inclusivity at VATSIM. While it's an amazing community and there are many nice folks, I have had to struggle with things like constantly being misgendered and having to use my dead name due to VATSIM's policy of using legal names. I'm not writing this post to start a fight or for it to be controversial, but just to start a discussion about the long road we have to make changes and promote inclusivity. While VATSIM allows you to use a shortened version of your legal name for some things, you still have to register w
    8 points
  6. If someone specifically asks for me to refer to them in a certain way, then fine, I can do that no problem. But if we're asking people to read between the lines and think if about each transmission and whether or not it might have the off chance of upsetting or offending someone somewhere before we say it, it ruins the purpose (and fun) of flying on VATSIM in the first place. With maybe the exclusion of the current policies on name changes, VATSIM is already extremely inclusive in its policies. We have pilots from basically every age, background, country, race, religion, gender, sexuality, bli
    7 points
  7. Everybody. This has gone far enough. What started out as a simple request by one of our fellow members to try to improve our communication skills has devolved into a discussion that has absolutely no place in our community. VATSIM will always be welcoming of any person who shares a love for online aviation, desires further knowledge of aviation, and wants to connect with people who share the same passion. As we are a global community, we have a sampling of every possible opinion out there, with the possible exception of not liking airplanes. We need to remember this and know that it is our lov
    6 points
  8. I frankly don't care who is on the other end of the scope. If you provide a competent service, how you identify, how you gender, talk or act is immaterial. I have seen an increase in the number of people recently who have decided to put their chosen pronouns into their ATIS. I don't quite understand this - controllers are simply 'Radar', 'Tower' or otherwise. I have never (in real life, or on VATSIM) referred to him/her, he/she when addressing a controller, in the same way I do not say sir or ma'am. CAP 413 (or your local equivalent) sets out guidance on how to interact with ATC, and how
    6 points
  9. So, you see, you are already interpreting too much into my words. We all know what "standard" is: the absolute majority of human beings live a binary existence, man and women as partners. This is the standard (by evolution, otherwise we could not reproduce, easy to understand). Hence "non-standard" is just a way to describe other ways of human life. There is no judgement, it is merely a description. And again: it is being taken the wrong way, with assumptions what the author MIGHT think about these persons, although it is not the case. At all. And we also need to realize that there will n
    6 points
  10. One thing that often gets misunderstood is that "he" or "she" is not meant litterally. I am pretty confident that almost everyone here (you never get to 100%) understands "he" (as in "he will make you intercept the ILS") not strictly as an ATCO being male. It's just for brevity and if we needed to write "he/she/it/they/them" our forums posts would start looking awkward and unreadable. Please, do not interpret too much from single words. I think that VATSIM is already very inclusive. I have been around here fore 20 years and since the beginning I have worked with numerous LGTB individuals
    6 points
  11. I think at this point it's a good idea to clarify the difference between FREQUENCIES and CHANNELS, and why 8.33 spacing makes it all such a terrible mess. In the old 25 kHz days, things were simple. You had channels spaced 25 kHz apart, and you would refer to them by their exact frequency. 118.00, 118.025, 118.050, 118.075. Easy peasy. But with the frequency space getting ever more crowded, and the precision of radio equipment improving, a new standard was devised that packs more channels into the same frequency space: "8.33 kHz channel spacing". The idea is simple: just put 3 times
    5 points
  12. This thread is now reaching its end of usefulness, to be quite honest. We can argue all day about how we go about these things, but in the end we all agree that being accepting of others and accommodating where possible is the best way to go about it. A rule I live by is that even if I don't understand something, I listen to people who do and have lived experiences of it. I'll never know what it's like to be discriminated against because of my gender identity status (out of pure luck), but I need to listen to people who do. It's the same for everything. Open mindedness goes a long wa
    5 points
  13. Oh another one of these posts.... I'm fairly open about my experience as a transgender woman on this network if the topic ever arises. I was lucky enough to be helped when I couldn't get legal documents at the time (recently just got my new birth certificate with my name and sex on it after years of government meddling!!) and have been fortunate enough to get called she/her and ma'am on the network because of my passing voice. That however is a fairy tale for a lot of trans people, especially trans women who are on the short end of the stick when it comes to being recognised as who t
    5 points
  14. We will not come together here on the details, because I do not think that it will make a big difference by just addressing people differently. The difference will be made on how you treat people. If he/she/it/they got kicked out from a Discord server that is associated with VATSIM, why wasn't this case taken up to VATSIM's VP Supervisors or even the DCRM? Maybe there are 2 sides to the story? I am supportive of your cause, in principle. But I also think that it would be counter-productive for your own cause if you made a big fuss out of nothing. I don't care whether you are yellow, green
    5 points
  15. Gosh, so much interest! I think the first thing I'll say is that it's great that we this much passion and interest from so many people - without it VATSIM wouldn't exist. Thanks to Daniel for creating the tool. I bow to others in this thread who have infintely more technical knowledge than I, but it looks to me like you have created a great temporary workaround for those who are using applications which haven't yet updated to the new format or are abandonware, so thank you for your service to the community. Those who know me know that I am not a technical expert in this or any field,
    4 points
  16. What's worse is that the "new" data feed (even from v2 to v3) removes certain important fields that breaks applications, including our own. Some of us have been warning VATSIM about this for several weeks and months without any official response only to be told to email someone (which says something about the importance VATSIM gives to these forums ... and by implication our feedback). We need a structured text feed like JSON ... what we do NOT need is something that removes critical data fields and complete radio silence from VATSIM when we point this out in advance. Luke
    4 points
  17. Oh, it is not about change. I guess that almost everyone is welcoming the technical change with open arms. But: someone telling me that there's always replacement for the program that I dearly love to use just shows that they might not really know the program that we are talking about. At present, there's no similar alternative to Qutescoop. If you love ServInfo, switching to VATSpy might be the easiest solution. But Qutescoop? There's nothing like this outstanding program. There's no harm done if some users are running a proxy tool on their own, private computers in order to feed th
    4 points
  18. Cross The Pond: Westbound 2021 I am excited to open our discussion thread relating to CTP Westbound 2021. For those not familar, Cross the Pond (almost exclusively referred to as 'CTP' throughout VATSIM) is the longest running and largest event on the VATSIM network. We run 2 events every year, flying 'Westbound' from Europe to North/Central America at the start of the year and 'Eastbound' in the other direction towards the end of the ear. We are proud to connect some of the most popular airports on VATSIM over an event easily lasting 10-12 hours.
    4 points
  19. You are now able to submit your preferences to be entered into our slot lottery: https://ctp.vatsim.net/reservation. You have from now until 2300 UTC on 13th April to submit your preferences. I'm writing this post to explain what is available and how the lottery works therefore enabling you to make an informed choice as to what to select. To maximise your chance, I suggest you read my guidance on route pairs and times. How does the lottery work? After the 7 days are over, we will process out everyone's choices at random* and allocate out as many slots as possible. After this, we will op
    4 points
  20. Continuing Tech Blogs Q1 2021 Continuing with our desire to utilize the technical team blogs more, we have some updates to give regarding our services and upcoming network changes. As we look forward to 2021, and back over the first quarter of the year, we have many exciting things coming, and many old services that are being retired to make way for the future of VATSIM technology! Infrastructure We have refreshed our load balancing layer to give us better insight into traffic, and allow more configuration options moving forward. As part of this project, we’ve moved more
    4 points
  21. Okay so the reason I didn't address the question of my experience on VATSIM earlier is that inclusivity shouldn't be a matter of experience, and for those looking to invalidate my experience, whether I've flown for 5 minutes of 50 hours, there will always be some way I get attacked. However, since my credibility has become such an important of a topic of discussion, I will share my hours here. You can look me up on the stats page by searching for "Adi CYYT." As a pilot, I've flown for a total of 193 hours and 57 minutes and the stats page will be evidence. I've also passed the online S1 e
    4 points
  22. Well, I have tried to find about the OP's activity on VATSIM. He did not publish his VATSIM ID on the forums and with his last name the VATSIM Stats page did not find anything. I don't want to invalidate the OP's request, but it would be beneficial to see the context, how many months/years has he/she/it/them been online with VATSIM, how many flights have been performed, how much experience has been accumulated with other VATSIM members. How can you judge VATSIM from an interaction with people from a Discord server that is not even an official VATSIM server?
    4 points
  23. Just because you may not have participated in or experienced discrimination or the lack of inclusivity that certain members of this network have experienced, does not mean it does not exist. This thread is not political, it's about trying to educate people on the LGBTQ+ community and how to show respect towards those members. A lot of complex issues are brought up and being discussed in this thread. We as members don't have control over policies such as required documents for changing your name. That being said, we do have control over our actions and how we treat each other. This
    4 points
  24. Oh for the love of God. Really? I've never even considered anyone on this network to be challenged in any manner on their life choices. Everyone here is sharing in the love of aviation. Nothing more. Grandstanding with your political beliefs has no place here "in my opinion". Frankly, I believe most controllers here would rather you learn the basic concepts of flying, aviation, terminology, procedures, etc. rather than worry about yourself being offended by not being recognized as whatever.
    4 points
  25. At the end of the day, if we're all in agreement that we generally want to be welcoming and respectful to one another, the minute details will work themselves out in time as we all figure out the updated social norms. Then the only true question that remains is whether the VATSIM Board of Governors would consider amending or relaxing the policy of requiring legal proof of a name change, and/or consider allowing more flexibility for use of a preferred name. If one is not monitoring this discussion, I would be surprised -- but I submit to the original poster that the next step as far as I
    4 points
  26. As a straight, non-LGBT+ member of the VATSIM community, I stand with the concerns of Adi, Alexandra, and the other LGBT+ members of our community who have expressed their views here. I believe that even if it may be impossible, at least in our lifetimes, to reach a world of full tolerance and inclusivity, we should make every effort that we reasonably can to pursue that goal. I don't mean to speak on behalf of the LGBT+ members who have responded here, or the LGBT+ members of the VATSIM community on a broader scale. I am an ally, and I cannot and will not speak for the experiences of the
    4 points
  27. While I support progressiveness and inclusiveness, please also understand that many who use traditional genderized pronouns are not doing so maliciously -- even those who have been educated on the matter and support it. A few of us have been around for a long time, and un-training ourselves from essentially subconscious habits that are decades old will not be an instant process. This matter is dear to my heart and affecting my immediate family as well -- and in the case of both my family-by-blood and my family within VATSIM, I hope that my or anyone's inability to adapt instantly to a (r
    4 points
  28. This topic is near to me. I just recently changed my name with VATSIM and it was a process - I had to provide supporting documentation (which I luckily had, but I know that many people do not have this). I put my pronouns (she/her) in my controller info. I sign in as "Alexandra Robison". I still get "sir"ed. Personally, I have accepted the "gender neutral" state of terms like "man" or "dude", but I know people who would be bothered about things like that. Overall, I have not encountered much LGBT+ hate. My ARTCC was supportive of me when I came out. However I do agree that we sh
    4 points
  29. And, four minutes after you posted this, you passed your exam... So, I assume you found it.... 🙂
    4 points
  30. 14 March 2021 In readiness for the release of Velocity, VATSIM is announcing the upcoming retirement of 5 pilot clients and 2 controller clients effective 0000z on April 1, 2021. The pilot clients are Squawkbox, Squawkbox747, Squawkbox for Fly!, XConnect, and FSINN. The controller clients are ASRC and SPARC. These clients will no longer be able to connect to VATSIM servers after this time. Please note that xSquawkbox for xPlane is not affected and will continue to be compatible with VATSIM. The reasoning behind the decommissioning of these client
    4 points
  31. The data feed providing status information to "passive" clients (i.e. not pilot/ATC clients but external tools) has recently been changed to a completely different new JSON-based data format. The old format has been discontinued as of 7 April 2021 which means old clients have now stopped working. To get those tools working again they would need to be migrated which, for some tools, may not be easily possible. If you want to restore functionality until a proper migration has been performed, you can use the following unofficial tool: https://github.com/dneuge/legacy-status-proxy-vatsim
    3 points
  32. The VATCAR team is excited to announce several staff changes to our division leadership. After previously serving as VATCAR Marketing & Events Director, Jannes van Gestel has been appointed Training Director! This crucial staff promotion positions the Division to increase training standards and align on several exciting initiatives in the works. Working alongside him will be Israel Reyes, who will be moving to the role of Hit Squad Director! Together this duo will be undertaking one of the largest training transformations that VATCAR has ever done, with Hit Squad becoming a funda
    3 points
  33. This discussion is getting more and more an exercise of surrealism.... I'm not a Java or whatever expert , but only a final user, more than 20 years enjoying flying online on Vatsim (and in Satco before it...), so I'm not interested in dispute around technical aspects of software. I'm only saying that this decision to switch to another kind of online graphical imaging of Vatsim traffic is incomprehensible to many users. No one spent his time explaining us why and how. Maurizio
    3 points
  34. Yes, I just held it back until the old feed was really shut down and to make a minor change regarding UX. New thread for the proxy: Keep in mind it's only a temporary workaround but QuteScoop will work again with the exception of unknown airspaces not showing up.
    3 points
  35. Welcome to Cross The Pond: Westbound 2021! It's that time of the year again and you've had your chance to choose which airports will take part in this rendition of the iconic CTP event. Airfield voting has now closed and your votes have been counted! Below is the final list of confirmed airports that will facilitate your flights on Saturday April 24th! Departures: Manchester - MAN/EGCC with some supplementary flights from London Heathrow (LHR/EGLL) Amsterdam Airport Schiphol - AMS/EHAM Brussels Airport - BRU/EBBR Frankfurt Airport - FRA/EDDF Du
    3 points
  36. could we just resize them ourselves? or remove altogether? i personally dont need the rating column
    3 points
  37. Thanks for your continued work on the program Ross. Can we get an option to add/remove columns from the display please, or at least the ability to resize columns with no minimum width? The addition of the pilot ratings column means when I have all my tools positioned on the relevant monitor that I can't see the ETA column without scrolling. For me, I'm not interested in Pilot Ratings so have no desire/need to see these and I'm sure there will be many others who have no need for these either. Additionally, unless the width of the main program window is sufficient, that column won't
    3 points
  38. The vACC has a website: http://www.westafricavacc.org/. If they are having trouble accessing the backend that's something else, but Brodie is correct in that it should be displayed there and not here. 🙂 It's a good compromise until they can get it up on their website, but it is technically not valid, and it's important that others don't get the impression that it is. GRP §4.5(a)(1): [A solo endorsement shall] be clearly listed on the local facility's website, detailing the member's name, VATSIM ID and the position(s) that they are validated on [...] ============
    3 points
  39. No, Sean, no! A resounding no! Had Adi been a member that signed up with VATSIM only or mainly for the sake of stirring a discussion to work people up, then this would have been propaganda. Clearly, that was not the case, thanks to the data that was provided. As in the real world, Adi's quite vocal about the cause, but also needs to respect that people here have different points of view. Basically all of use have stated in very clear terms that VATSIM is inclusive and the membership is rather diverse. You can take part in this community irrespective of your background. Edit: A
    3 points
  40. Thanks again to the OP for posting this important topic (and sticking around to hear the discussion). I think the contents of this thread are all the evidence anyone needs to conclude we have lots of work to do to be more inclusive. It’s important to listen to what OP has to say. Really listen without getting defensive. Don’t try to “disprove” their experience.
    3 points
  41. It does play a role. If you enter the name that the OP uses here on the forums you will find out that this person is quite active in the scene and is "fighting" lack of inclusion at all sorts of places. That's fine by me. But since we still do not know whether the OP has even recorded a single hour of online activity at VATSIM, we cannot take his word for granted that the person has come across discrimination at VATSIM. Nor did the OP point out what Discord server booted him. The OP is actively reading and reacting to posts here. I wonder why he/she/it/they do not provide some more detail
    3 points
  42. Gonna say, what the heck does the violence committed by police have anything to do with this. But alas, you claim to have a scientific opinion on trans people, I would suggest you do some readings on why your opinion is wrong, because even ignoring the existence of trans people, you also completely eradicate intersex people. If you'd like you can PM me for some scientific reports if you'd like some scientific research.
    3 points
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  44. Liesel makes a point that I forgot to make in my previous posts here! As she wrote, we can ONLY hear each other here and some address pilots/controllers accordingly. If the voice seems to be a male voice, then some are used to say "Sir", for example. I do not look at the names of controllers or pilots, there simply is no time for it. People do not call others as "Sir" or "Ma'am" to upset them, but in order to be respectful, to be nice, to be friendly. Please appreciate this. There is no hidden agenda. Remember the story I wrote about that chain-smoking controller at some European airport? If s
    3 points
  45. I really appreciate this post. Again, it's not personal, but I want to address this as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and I'm pretty sure many people here would agree. But before I type the rest of my post, just wanted to remind everyone that this isn't meant to be an attack on anyone, but rather a place where I hope to start discourse and hopefully encourage some changes in the community. This is also meant to be educational to those who hope to be allies but don't know many people who aren't cishet. So I'll begin by addressing the "non-standard individuals" part of things. I'm assumi
    3 points
  46. I am pleased to welcome Joseph Donat Bolton to the divisional staff team as the new Division Deputy Director of Middle East & North Africa. Joseph has vast experience previously working within the old VATAFR division, ACCNAF and now recently starting up again the Kuwait vACC with great success. Joseph has fantastic ideas to help boost the division further in multiple areas and I look forward to working with him.
    3 points
  47. Returning to VATSIM after some time away. Brought the Queen out for a flight from Tokyo to Kai Tak.
    2 points
  48. Hi Kevin, and thanks for the feedback. I'll break it down for simplicity: The website not being optimal from a communications perspective is known. Tech has optimized the entire backend system, but that included some changes to backend priveleges, making it hard for people outside the core planning team to publish updates. Hopefully we will have a more optimized system in the future, we apologize for that. I will see about updating the Q&A to include recent changes to slot allocation. Where did you search for the event? And yes, CTP announcements are indeed posted i
    2 points
  49. Wow a 152 CID with a C1????? That goes against VATSIM science!!!!!
    2 points
  50. You know, I looked this over in more detail, and it's really not that dissimilar to the guide we have posted at VATSTAR. No, the terminology's not universally applicable nor is it perfect, nor does it allow for every possible case and contingency. But when you're compiling a docomeent like this, you're on a very broad continuum, ranging from "easy to follow" to "covers all possibilities" -- and as a resource for beginners, you definitely want to stick to the left side of that spectrum and keep it simple. For someone just starting who has no idea what to say nor how to say it, it's a grea
    2 points
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