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  1. The Board of Governors is pleased to announce that Jannes van Gestel has been selected as the new Vice President – Marketing and Communications. Jannes has been a part of the VATSIM community the past 11 years and has volunteered in various roles, including Training Director of the Caribbean Division, Network Supervisor and VATSIM Marketing Content Director since 2020. He hails from the Netherlands where he has run his own video production company for the last 7 years. He has a background in Communications and Multimedia Design. Jannes is looking forward to help bring VATSIM Marketing & Communications to the next level and help our community grow and improve. Please join us in welcoming Jannes to his new role!
    17 points
  2. As many of you will be aware, the New York ARTCC has announced that they will not be staffing their airspace for this Cross the Pond. They informed us prior to airport voting that this would be the case, so that we have been able to include it in our planning. I’m writing to address the concerns that they posted, which may be shared by others. Are we listening to concerns? Many facilities have expressed to us that it is challenging to staff their airspace for long periods (i.e. over 6-8 hours) and especially that it is challenging to staff the USA so early in the morning. The Planning Team engaged many of the USA ARTCCs and Canadian FIRs prior to the start of this event about the issue created by timezones for the eastbound edition. At this time, there is no ‘solution’ that fits everyone, however we have all agreed to depart traffic starting later in the day, over a shorter time window. I will post more details out to this when appropriate, but it will inevitably result in fewer slots offered at this event. Last event in response to the issues with keeping (various) facilities open for extended periods, we were careful to stagger traffic appropriately to minimise long oceanic opening times. We have, for the last 3 events, also not created slots to all city pairs on the basis of managing enroute airspace capacity. Below is an example of the city pairs offered in Westbound 2022: Importantly, you will notice large red blocks in the bottom left and top-right corners. These are decided based on capacity and how long enroute sectors can realistically stay open. Our route structure also considers this, as shown below our routes for Westbound 2022: You will see traffic to the Caribbean being specifically routed south earlier, to move it into the Piraco Oceanic FIR and thus not impact our capacity (and staffing time) for New York Oceanic. Likewise you will notice traffic being crossed in Europe to route it up into Reykjavik airspace, preventing complex crossings in the northern parts of Canada. Moving on to this event then, what slots can we expect? Here is a picture of our airports put out to voting: While it is not a foregone conclusion as to which airports will be included, we can tell you with absolute certainty that the only traffic possible in the Southern hemisphere will be from Brazil to South Africa. The staff members involved with discussions with the Planning team prior to this event are completely aware of this and do not have the expectation of traffic from the USA/Carribean. With that in mind, the selections we choose are always with staffing in mind. As we already knew that NY Oceanic was unlikely to be staffed, we have already met to discuss what will be possible. In response to enquiries by the NY ARTCC prior to their announcement, I have guaranteed there is no chance of traffic from the USA to FAOR. As such, there has never been any possibility of needing NY Oceanic for extended time periods. If we did have it available, I anticipate their time open would have been even shorter than previous events. If there are any other ARTCCs/FIRs concerns about combinations that might create staffing concerns, please get in touch. If you’ve told us already (as a couple have) then we already know. But you are welcome to reach out directly to me if you are worried the message hasn’t got through. Why are we allowing places outside the USA/Canada? A regular piece of feedback that we on the planning team receive is that the airports chosen are “the same” each year. We recognise this as being a completely legitimate concern, as the length of flight, combined with the size of airport, appropriate staffing and timezones make it hard to choose airports in Europe/USA/Canada that you haven’t seen before.As I have already said above, we also have to reduce slot capacity slightly for our more typical airports, despite already having demand for slots exceed our capacity. We have therefore reached out to some newer airports over the last few events to see if they were interested in applying, to give you something slightly different. For example, you will have noticed the inclusion of Tenerife last year to facilitate some extra capacity from Central America. This time, you will see that we have allowed the interest of places in South America and Africa. We don’t see opening up different opportunities to pilots to be a negative for the event. The event will always remain dominated by traffic between Western Europe and Eastern USA/Canada and we have no intention to try to stretch facilities beyond their capacities. We welcome feedback both now and at the end of the event in our formal feedback process. Do you think offering some newer and more unusual opportunities takes away from the event? Who Decides the airports? Does my vote count? I have been very open about the way airports are decided and nothing has changed in the method of the past 2 years. I often post in discord about how the selection process works. A summary is that we open as much up to voting as we can and then figure out how closely we can stick to it based on sector capacities. At the end of the voting, we look through at the airports that you want to have in the event. The top few airports on each side are automatically selected. We then progress down the voting to see if we can accept later airports based on the airport choices above. To give a fictitious example. If the top 4 airports in Europe on a given event were Amsterdam (EHAM), Brussels (EBBR), Paris (LFPG) and London Heathrow (EGLL), we have a massive amount of congestion and work for the southern sectors in London control and limited overflight capacity in EBBU, EHAA (Koksy sector). If the next 3 airports were London Gatwick (EGKK), Dusseldord (EDDL) and Frankfurt (EDDF), it would be impossible to include them all. We would likely have to reject 2 of those 3 on the basis of capacity and then proceed to airports lower in the vote. This can, and does, result in airports being selected that have lower votes than some that are rejected. However this is necessary to make the event manageable. The only way we could go completely with voting would be for the Planning Team to eliminate large numbers of airports prior to the vote based on our own preference. In the above fictional example, we could choose to remove 2 of those 7 airports from voting in the first place, on the basis that selecting 5 would be ok for capacity. We choose however, to hear what you all want and then try to find a way to achieve it. As such, we spend a lot of time before and during the voting period reaching out to various sectors that we foresee issues. It is common also for concerns to come to us from ARTCCs, FIRs or vACCs, over airport combinations that would cause their airspace issues. We listen and respond to these issues prior to confirming the final airports. Who are the Planning Team? For those of you in our discord, you may recognise those of us on the planning team as having a red colour. We are a group of (currently) 7 members with significant experience running this event. The team gets added from time to time from those that contribute significantly, but often has members sitting on the group for several years. Planning for each event starts several months in advance and takes a huge behind the scenes effort. In addition to our Planning Team, we also recruit an Event Team, who take on specific roles to achieve each event and require the help and coordination of ARTCCs, FIRs, Divisions and vACCs. I currently sit as the coordinator of the planning team, a role which I took on from Westbound 2020. Since that time myself and the team have been aiming to improve communication and coordination, so that you all know more about what is going on and how things work. We have a long way to go, but know that we’re always happy to hear what you want from our event and to hear your concerns. You can get answers to direct questions via this forum thread or the #organiser-questions channel in our discord. Thank you for taking the time to vote in our airport poll. Kieran CTP Planning Team
    12 points
  3. Well, considering over 8,000 people make and maintain a good connection each day, may I suggest you "sort it out, guy".... Suggestions: 1. Reboot your router and your computer. 2. If you are on a wireless connection, establish a location that will give you a better connection, or go wired. 3. Don't be a hater... Breathe. This will not kill you.
    5 points
  4. MSFS weather is excellent on it's own - no add-ons required.
    4 points
  5. Ah, come on. How about being honest. You've opened nine ten different accounts, all with different names. It's no wonder Membership is looking to verify your true identity. I agree with Alistair; just do what you've already been directed to do. And I'll offer some additional strong advice. If you open another duplicate account, your membership will be permanently terminated. Word to the wise: Think very carefully about your next move.... 🙂
    4 points
  6. You can hop on all you want. You won't be in the slot database, and you won't have the "secret code" to file in your flight plan. Both of those will assure everyone that you don't have a slot. You are not restricted from flying, but since you've been specifically asked not to fly without a slot to protect the delicate balance of the event including staffing as it is, you are subject to hearing one of my favorite lines when someone is looking to something that just doesn't work and/or is "legal but ugly": "Expect a 24 hour delay".... Bottom line: Don't be a jerk. This event is stretched to it's limit already, for many, many reasons, with many, many in the community calling for it to be retired. Don't be "that guy"....
    3 points
  7. The team believes they have found and fixed the issue. The issue was caused by an incompatibility between our existing exam assignment process and some recent database upgrades.
    3 points
  8. Pilots are now allowed to join our slot lottery! Demand for participation in CTP outweighs the available capacity of the controllers and airspace. As a result, we choose to limit the number of participants using a slot system. Only pilots with a slot are able to participate in the event. In order to distribute the slots to pilots we complete the following steps: Pilots register their interest (available 22nd Sep - 5th Oct 1900 UTC) The lottery calculates if you have been awarded a slot and your position in the queue Pilots login after their allocated time and pick a time slot and city pair (being earlier in the lottery gives more chance for the route you want) (available Mon 10th Oct) After everyone has had some time to select their route, the remaining slots are released to all members (on Sat 15th Oct) Several factors affect the outcome of the lottery, the most significant of which is your historical interaction with this event. If you have no-showed during a previous event when you held a booking, you will have slightly less chance of getting a slot now. If you applied but did not get a slot last year, you will have a slightly higher chance of getting a slot now. In a change from previous events, you will have to return to the website in the week leading up to the event to reconfirm your intention to fly and to provide important information such as your callsign, maximum assignable flight level and so on. We hope that these changes will ensure as many people can fly for this event as possible and importantly, that as many people with a slot join us for the event. You may now register to be included in the lottery at ctp.vatsim.net If you want to keep up to date with CTP, don't forget to join our Discord server at ctp.vatsim.net ====================================================================== This Event's system in Detail To explain the process in detail this year. The lottery will run much the same as previous - that being that everyone will go into the lottery and get randomised into an order. This order will be affected primarily by chance, however, there will be weighting for the following: No shows - negative weighting if you no-showed a slot you had in the previous event. This does not include people who dropped a slot they were allocated. Previous slot allocations - if you got a slot in the last lottery, you have a slightly negative weighting. Likewise, if you didn't, you have a slight positive weighting Sequential events - if you have multiple sequential unsuccessful events, you get more of a positive weighting With all of those factors taken into account, people will be ranked from 1 to N (N being the total number of people who express interest). A reminder that the main factor is chance, and therefore if you have negative weighting, you aren't guaranteed to not have a slot. Likewise, with a positive weighting, you aren't guaranteed. Each person is then given a time that they can book from. These times will probably start at 1400Z on 10th Oct and there is at least 1 minute between each person in the lottery, therefore a maximum of 5 people getting in every 5 minutes. Times will be 1400-2200 UTC only, which we have picked based on an acceptable 'daylight' time between the US and Europe, our core pilot base. So the first person in the lottery will end up being able to book from 1400Z on Monday 10th Oct. Someone in the middle of the lottery may not be able to book until 1600Z on Wednesday (for example). The point of this is that if you can't exactly make whatever time you're given, you are likely to be able to log on soon after and still get a choice of slots, in contrast to the classic 'free for all' system where being 15 minutes late meant no slot at all. We're not sure how popular all the slots will be, therefore it's perfectly possible that we'll run out of slots before the 15th Oct and therefore people towards the end of the lottery may not have any slots left to choose from. Equally, it's perfectly possible that some slots and times that are less popular will still be available. People with slots can drop them at any time, so slots will always pop up. Regardless of what's left, anything not taken will be available on 15th Oct 1800z UTC. Anyone at this point can take a slot from what's left. Anything dropped will be available to be booked. Everyone will then have to return to the site between Monday 17th Oct and Thursday 20th Oct (2100 UTC) to confirm they are flying and ensure they've filled in all the details. If you don't do this, your slot will become available to anyone else to take.
    3 points
  9. I started flying on Vatsim in July 2004 during a period when I was off work and largely immobile after an operation, I'd already been simming 20 years. I knew of Vatsim and decided to use my time off work to look into it properly. I started reading, collecting docs and software and trying to fill in the large gaps in my obviously required knowledge. Each day I scoured all the relevant fora I could find for answers and found new rabbit holes to get lost in. I read through every "help" thing I could find until I thought I couldn't do any more research and felt ready to give it a go despite the doubts of my own competence that I still had. Why did I do all that? It's quite simple. Because it was the rght thing to do! If I'm planning to throw myself into the midst of other people's existing hobby it wouldn't be fair to muck it up for them unless I know I've done my best to get it right. You say people aren't doing that anymore. I tend to agree although it's not just the pilots. I've been hearing for years about trainee controllers not following advice and patently not doing the recommended studying between mentoring sessions. It's a common sickness for which I have no magic solution.
    3 points
  10. All frequencies allow both text and voice comms, so you're in luck! Just keep in mind the above -- when ATC frequencies are overwhelmed, it's easy for a controller to accidentally miss a text call. Don't take it personally and feel free to jump back in with a polite reminder if you believe you're being overlooked. Text is often used as a crutch by new folks too nervous to talk by voice, so you may inevitably get the occasional controller or pilot encouraging you to switch to receive-only or to voice. Anyone who suggests this will obviously be ignorant to your situation so again, please don't take it as you being unwelcome to use text.
    3 points
  11. I'm probably violating about 15 internet ethical standards by making my first post on a message board being one to complain, but I guess I'm going to. It's a Saturday afternoon, and I've been watching Volanta pretty much all day, and the average coverage I've seen has been 1-2 ARTCCs, and a handful of TRACONs, in the entirety of the United States. This morning, I logged on, and decided to fly from KMEM to KMKE (in Milwaukee, just outside of Chicago) based solely on who was online, but by the time I did my plan in Simbrief, rebooted my computer (a practice I advise anyone to do before using MSFS), and got to the ramp, the controllers on both ends of my flight were gone, and both of them had only been on for about half an hour before I decided to hit the go button. Neither position has been restaffed since. The good news is that when I HAVE found controllers online, it's an amazing experience. There may be some not so good controllers out there, but the ones I've run into are, as far as I can tell, qualified to be one in real life. I basically don't ever want to fly without it again. I'm new to Vatsim (BECAUSE this exact problem kept me away), but not to aviation. I got my PP and Instrument Rating back in the 90s (which I suppose makes me officially old now), I've owned several airplanes, but learned that it's not the best investment to make for recreational flying and have even flown from one corner of the country to the other not once, but twice. First in a Cessna 172 and then in a 172RG. All on IFR flight plans, which I prefer when going from point-A to point-B. I'm not trying to brag, I only am bringing this up to show I'm not some belligerent teenager who throws their $100 controller across the room if things don't go their way, and I know my way around airplanes and ATC as a pilot. I don't have a lot of suggestions, but I do have a few. First, a friend of mine who shall go unnamed is a certified vatsim controller, but his opinion is that it is far too difficult and bureaucratic to get controller ratings, which probably turns a lot of would-be controllers off. I am not at all suggesting that be done away with, it's more important to have qualified controllers than qualified pilots, but making it faster and smoother from how it was described to me would be helpful. Another way is to offer some sort of incentives, from actual money (which could be collected from donations or even optional dues, which I for one would happily pay if it meant having coverage like another online ATC option that I won't name), software giveaways like MSFS licenses, airplanes from various makers like PMDG, Fenix, Just Flight, etc., that I'm sure many would be happy to provide because it would grow their market), and I'm sure there are a dozen other options I'm not thinking of. Another alternative is just to be out there actively recruiting. In all my travels through many different flight sim communities, I've never once seen a post that says "Vatsim is looking for controllers, if you're interested, click here", for one example. That I recall at any rate. I'm not complaining just to complain, I'm pointing out what I see as a significant problem for Vatsim, and since my experiences when controllers ARE around have been so fantastic, I really want to see it grow. The problem I've found (and this is NOT based on just what I've observed today, but on many occasions) is that far too often, nothing is staffed. Or next to nothing. Right now, only Seattle Center and Jax Center are online, and Seattle just came online. Whoever is manning it may be gone in half an hour, a situation I've seen a lot of, too. And I've been an actual user for less than a week. Anyway, I've made my point. Too much. So ban me, mock me, call me names, whatever you feel is appropriate, but I know I'm not the only person who doesn't use the service because of this. I'm really not a whiner, all evidence to the contrary. I see a problem that needs to be fixed, so I'm pointing it out. Kev
    2 points
  12. I could not agree with you more Ken.. The same can be said in the "real world" at the work place. I see it every day. There's no mentorship happening. It's just: "lets throw them in there and hope they turn out ok" type mentality. I am in a semi-leadership role at my workplace and managers these days do not have the appropriate focus and they're lazy at best. It's not a good environment to produce successful people. There is a book that could be written on the can of worms you've opened lol.
    2 points
  13. I've been avoiding this topic cuz my answer will not be popular. The problem is largely Twitch with some YouTube. Yes, Covid changed everything & brought in a whole new wave of users. Yes, most are young but I can't tell you how many grown adults have the same approach as the kids. I guarantee every noob can be traced to a single media personality they thought was funny. I started watching flight sim on Twitch in December, 2019. I spent over a year watching knowledgeable streamers willing to help a noob. I was very green & know I drove many controllers crazy. It's not that I wasn't trying, it's that as a noob I didn't comprehend how everything worked even though I'd been watching & asking questions & getting help. If u want a simple answer to why things are the way they are, Twitch. It's all about the $$$ now. People are drawn into flight sim cuz they see it someplace. They latch on to someone like I did. Unfortunately, they're latching on to the big shot streamers who don't help them. They tell the noobs to buy the sim, plane, addons, get on the network, but do nothing to help them. The streams are all for entertainment to get the $$$. Viewers aren't learning anything from the stream. Everywhere I go I see noobs talk about their ignorance & streamers gloss over it. They laugh it off. Go to their Discords & it's the same thing. The people drawing in the noobs don't help their people learn. It's the same people everywhere you go. Now, I'm willing to bet you are in at least one person's community who has these noobs & see that nobody helps. When they talk bout their mistakes, problems, or blame someone or something else, nobody pulls them aside to say they are the problem. They're afraid of losing the viewer & the sub. Again, it's all about the $$$. My question to everyone in the community is, "Are you helping or causing the problem?" Yes, noobs have to put in the time to learn, but, the people drawing them in have to teach them. That takes time & work & streamers & their buddies don't wanna do it. This is pilots & controllers. I've been shunned in many communities for my position but it's the truth. We're ALL part of the problem, that means we ALL need to be part of the solution. Just sayin.
    2 points
  14. @Jason Saucier"It's a good thing the modern aircraft are so easy to fly" Well, yes and no. The problem with this is, that pilots start flying aircrafts without proper knowledge, because it is so easy. Yesterday I had a pilot flying one of those "easy" aircrafts - an A320 - but when I asked him to tell me which mach number he was doing (for spacing purposes), his reply was "Where do I see this?" The tendency today is rather "to go for it" than study. I've been FSing for more than 25 years, when no online resources where easily available. The AIPs weren't on the internet back then or if they were, they came at a cost. I had to do my flightplanning using paper charts (on a trip to the US I got hold of every Sectional I came across etc.) and make my own calculations. Today Simbrief offers flightplanning for no cost, the resources are freely available almost everywhere. It's become so "easy" that people get sloppy. In reality it is not easy, but who cares, when Simbrief hands you a route, a fuel calculation, etc... You just load it into the sim and off you go. Being so easy it clutters the fact that there are many things to consider - and when going online things get even more complicated.
    2 points
  15. Greetings all VA Partners and Associates. As you are most likely aware, the Virtual Airlines Department has recently undergone a structural change and I would like to use this post to explain the roles of the department, what duties these roles carry out, allow members of the department to introduce themselves, as well as to field any general questions you may have. Vice President of Virtual Airlines and Special Operations (VPVASO, VATGOV12) Currently staffed by: Roger C. VPVASO oversees the entire VA department, as well as acting as our representative to the Board Of Governors as well as being our interface with the CERT server. A message from Roger; ‘My name is Roger Curtiss and I am the VATSIM Vice-President in charge of the Virtual Airline and Special Operations Department (VATGOV12), a position I have held for over 10 years. From its inception, VATSIM has recognized the existence and popularity of virtual airlines (VA) and has strived to encourage them to participate on the network while also providing some structure to their presence. The Virtual Airline Partner (VAP) program was created as a resource for members interested in VAs to view ones that are solid, enduring, well-managed and reasonably popular. In recent years this pool of “VATSIM-approved” VAs has been augmented by the Virtual Airline Associate program (VAA) for VAs seeking to join VAP, but not yet meeting all of the requirements to do so. One goal of this department is to be as inclusive as possible while also maintaining reasonable standards so as to recognize VAP and VAA entities as being “a cut-above”. We also strive to offer a substantive value to our Partners for their collaboration with us and VATSIM. To that end, following what has become a few years of very slow and at times unsteady efforts, the department is undertaking a concerted effort to streamline, improve, and enhance our offerings and interaction with said Partners: Increasing our staffing levels In-house technology upgrades Creating a dedicated Public Relations position I hope you will find these features to be useful to you. The VATSIM network is a wonderful offering and your comments and suggestions on how to improve and better serve your VA needs are always welcomed and appreciated.' Director of Virtual Airlines (DVA) Currently staffed by: Antonio D. The DVA manages day-to-day operations of the department, whilst directly reporting to VATGOV12. The DVA takes special interest in ensuring that VAs meet our requirements for our Partners/Associate program, as well as managing the Virtual Airlines Department teams. A message from Antonio; ‘My name is Antonio Dujmovic, and I am the VATSIM Virtual Airlines Director, a position I have been recently appointed to. I have been in this community for about 7 years now as a pilot, and just recently a controller. I am happy to have the opportunity to contribute to this lovely community and implement my visions into this department. My goals are to bring more and better benefits to our dear Partners and Associates, to allow them better usage of the network, overhaul our internal operations together with our VP and Developers, and establish proper standards for Virtual Airlines we approve of, so our users can have the optimal experience when they fly for one. I’m excited for the journey ahead, and am looking forward to improving everybody’s experience!’ Virtual Airlines Public Relations Officer (VA-PR) Currently staffed by: Jack G. Responsible for maintaining the VA Department’s public image, the VA-PR contacts and collaborates with Virtual Airline Partners and Associates. A message from Jack; ‘Hi all, I’m Jack Gravez, a student living in the UK. I have been interested in aviation for nearly as long as I can remember, frequently visiting museums wherever I was in the world, and it was always a great joy to be able to see such a wide range of aircraft in one consolidated location, whether it be military or civilian. I’m especially a big fan of the Concorde, along with the Saunders Roe Princess and basically every aircraft involved in World War 2. In terms of flight-simming, I began at the launch of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, and have since gone on to mainly fly the A320neo, usually simulating real-world EasyJet routes within the UK. I take the Public Relations Officer role with some experience, having already had positions as PR for gaming-related communities/groups in the past. I’m very excited to have received this role, and look forward to interacting with as many of you as possible, through discord, the forums and surveys, with the goal of making sure VA voices are heard within the Department, in order to provide a better VATSIM experience for all of us.’ Virtual Airlines Developer (VA-DEV) Currently staffed by: Taylor B. (Senior Dev) Gabriel Fernandez Micah Alexander Hyman The VA-DEV is responsible for maintaining and developing both the backend and frontend systems in collaboration with VATSIM’s Tech Department, to ensure my.vatsim.net and our tools are operational. A message from Taylor; ‘Hey everyone, I’m Taylor Broad, and if my name sounds familiar, you’re not mistaken. I am the original developer of VAOS (Virtual Airline Operations System, now Virtual Aviation Operations System), a web solution for hosting VAs, flying clubs, etc. and SimVector, one of, if not, the first and only live maps for VATSIM that uses vector based data to draw highly detailed maps and custom data (like airspace boundaries). Yes, both projects, while appearing dead on the outside, are being worked on. Outside of flight sim, I work in the GIS department at an aviation engineering company, where I work on navigation data that goes into real world applications. I’m extremely excited to come back to the community after a multi-year hiatus to lead the development on the VA department’s systems. My largest goal, along with our new website, is to help automate the most labour intensive part of the audits, so that we can make them quicker to complete.’ Virtual Airlines Audit Manager (VA-AM) Currently staffed by: Josh S. John M. Leslie J. Filippo G. Chris G. Kyle W. Marceli B. Xavier R. Jude T. Audit managers are the backbone of the Virtual Airlines Department, undertaking periodic audits of each Virtual Airline Partner every 90 days to verify their status and whether they continue to meet our Partner requirements. We also have an active Discord server where you can communicate with our staff members as well as other Virtual Airlines. if you have any questions or comments , post them, or ask a member of our team on the Discord.
    2 points
  16. I don't have any hard data, but my guess is ActiveSky is generally considered the (gold) standard in our community. I'm trying to think, but everyone that I can think of that I fly with uses it. Welcome back!
    2 points
  17. I think that I speak for every VA interested in VATSIM from vAMSYS (www.vamsys.co.uk) family of VAs that we are happy to see some life and engagement from Virtual Airline relations team. Long may it continue and may words turn into actions.
    2 points
  18. Good morning everyone, From the Spanish VACC we would like to announce that our controllers have been using PDC/DCL (Datalink Clearance) for months for authorizations at CDM airports, simulating reality as much as possible at airports in our Spanish territory. For those of you who do not know what the DCL is, it is the datalink system which sends the ATC clearance to the aircraft cabin (ACARS), the purpose is to avoid the use of frequency and decongest. For the pilots, the first thing would be to create an account in hoppiecode (https://www.hoppie.nl/acars/system/register.html) The second is to send ATC that you are ready to copy the clearance, so ATC will respond. DLC received, now the pilot must acknowledge ATC departure clearance and Air Traffic controll will know that he has the authorization. From the training department of VATSIM Spain we are establishing it in CDM airports just as in reality ( LEBL, LEMG, LEMD, LEBB, LEAL, LEIB, LEMG, GCLP, LEPA etc etc) Our main goal is to seek maximum realism and network immersion Best regards,
    2 points
  19. Hello guys, good night! First I'd like to thank you for the answers and advice, I'm really happy now. I intend to make my first flight tomorrow, I will plan somewhere calmer, to test myself and so that I don't disturb anyone. I already have some flying experience, but my deafness took me away from real aviation permanently. Anyway, thanks for the messages and tips, I will use the RMK to signal that I am deaf. I wish you all good flights. Goodbye! 😀
    2 points
  20. It is excellent to get to know you all. Since becoming the new Presidnet of Delta Virtual Airlines (www.deltava.org), within literally my second or third day in that role, receiving an email from an auditor threw me off as I wasn’t aware of this and our former President forgot to mention it to me. I will say I was throughly impressed with how the process went with the audit and I look forward to many great years working with you all. Best regards, Joe
    2 points
  21. From my perspective, I don't see an issue with this at low level. What I'd perhaps suggest is putting custom weather on with the winds from the same general direction but within your limits so at least you'll have a similar drift effect plus handling for takeoffs/landings. I can't imagine other controllers having an issue with it where it's not having the same effect on traffic management as, as you say, en route.
    2 points
  22. All the ATC I encountered during my first ever VATSIM session yesterday were helpful, understanding, and processional. When I ran into difficulties, the ATC at KMEM was super supportive. Ending my session was the best option for me as not to impact any other pilots. ATC said "No worries, hope to see you here again soon." Now that is the right way to do it! Some of us are mature and respectful adults learning to fly in our Cassena 150 while enjoying a more realistic experience of seeing and hearing real people as pilots and controllers. We want to learn not only how to fly the plane but also how to give and take communications with ATC. Learn the proper way to ask for clearances, landing, departure, etc. All of that is part of learning to fly for me. Please don't let a few "ignorant pilots" ruin that.
    2 points
  23. As most of people know,CRC is in developement... I have one question about it: When should we expect the release date....2023?
    2 points
  24. Good evening, I write today to report that Matt Bartels has stepped down from his position as Vice President, Marketing and Communications on the VATSIM Board of Governors. Matt joined the Board in April 2018 and during his time was instrumental in developing and expanding our social media footprint, transforming it into one of the strongest in virtual aviation today. He is a strong advocate on behalf of our network, and managed VATSIM's participation at major flight simulator exhibitions in the United States. Matt was also a regular presenter at those conventions and I honestly don't know a stronger supporter of VATSIM. On behalf of the network, I want to publicly thank Matt for everything he has done to advance virtual aviation in general, and VATSIM in particular. We will miss Matt, and wish him all the best in his future endeavors on and off the network. Tim Barber
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  25. A hard approach is one where the arrival controller switches arrival runway on you at the last allowable time limit and also offers you the latest ATIS at the same time. Being alone on the flight deck, now that's going to be a hard approach!😄
    2 points
  26. FlightGear is usable on VATSIM and is available for free 🙂
    1 point
  27. It seems to me that once our client logs into VATSIM it would download raw weather data from VATSIM. This way we're all on the same page. Our individual simulator renders the raw data.
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  28. Sorry, I didn't answer the questions at the end of the post. Ease of setup: very, very complicated &confusing. You had to really want to get it working. I've had no hair since. Study beforehand - see above Why do it? Because when I began FSing I remembered thinking "it'd be great to do this with other pilots and ATC", and here it was People I met: a complete mixture. One of whom I already knew from 20 years previously and re-met him en route through EGTT_CTR!
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  29. Thank you for the suggestion. We are exploring as to whether that is possible.
    1 point
  30. As Andreas and Filippo have said, lottery signup is not available yet. When it is, it will be announced on here, on our social media and on our discord server.
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  31. @Sean Harrison I've never used Swift & only know 2 people who do. Have you gone to any Swift forums? You could also try Xpilot. It has the ability to squawk mode C with a button on the pilot client. Here's the download link to Xpilot. Read the download instructions & make sure to download the correct version for the sim you're using. Good luck. https://beta.xpilot-project.org/#/
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  32. Thanks Ryan, hadn't heard that. Then again I still have yet to come out of the stone ages and embrace MSFS 🙂
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  33. The best thing you can do is use a headset, the noise will be far more noticeable to others on frequency if you're using a microphone built into a laptop or a desktop based microphone.
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  34. As long as you can be understood while talking to air traffic controllers or other pilots, I do not see a problem with this. Some people are unintelligible, because they seem to have lawn mowers or vacuum cleaners operating right next to them, but a bit of background noise should not be a problem. It may depend on the type of microphone that you are using: some of them pick up a lot of background noise, others less.
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  35. Oh, I think I misunderstood -- you were talking about how do you present to others in terms of how you are viewed by other pilots. I was thinking about what it looks like to ATC. Apologies for the misalignment.
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  36. A few times over the years my group (not a VA) have flown routes like the Machynlleth Loop "Mach Loop" in Wales in military aircraft however using civilian call signs and no feathers have ever appeared to be ruffled. We have also re-enacted the Berlin Airlift into Templehoff (now closed of course) again using civilian call signs and that flight had Vatsim Germany ATC (who had been pre-warned of the flight and who had provided valuable information like no radar contact because there was no radar at that time!!) So I suppose the point is that you cannot make rules for common sense.
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  37. Hi Andreas Thank you! Ah now i understand a little bit better…so i have to add the aircraft data by myself, no problem! And about the model matching problem i will have another look in my model matching set today and keep you update about the results! Thank you! Regards, Stefan
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  38. Regarding the model matching we would have to look into your Active Model Set, matching log and possibly come live data. In case that you are using Discord I invite you to join our support server. There are more active users who can help. You'll find the invitation link on our homepage under "contact".
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  39. Hello Captains, A big thank you to all the members that pariticapted for the 8th edition of Cross the Land whether as a pilot, controller, or even individual vACC/Division planning team members. We've just accomplished another fantastic event for the network! 16 enroute vACCs participated in this edition of Cross the Land to provide pilots with full enroute ATC coverage throughout the event. 36 external controllers from different divisions on the network made up the Cross the Land: HitSquad team, a team that would aid in ATC staffing in the Middle East and Europe where it was needed. Their contribution to the event is very much appreciated in helping 6 different ACCs online during the event. A big shoutout to them! We've had aircrafts from A350s, A320s, PC12s, RJ85s, and even private jets. This edition of Cross the Land had the most variety of aircraft in the history of this event. There were also around 136 A320s and 86 737s flew during an event that is usually dominated by wide-bodies. Last edition we had a bad turn out of event traffic which we avoided this year with the confirmation system. Our slot confirmation system has done a fantastic job in keeping our event traffic numbers accurate with a total of 448 confirmed slots for this edition. A big GG to the Turkish vACC for accomodating both departing and arrival flights as well as transit flights within Istanbul and Ankara FIRs! Feedback is our upmost priority in events like these so each edition we can fine tune some areas to improve on. You can find the feedback forms below: Pilot feedback: https://forms.gle/sSZNX4wNXZQvqChGA Pilot feedback (those who didn't manage to fly): https://forms.gle/Lg6k6JtmGgNiX3vU6 Air Traffic Controllers: https://forms.gle/VmcyUo6KrStwL1VaA These feedback forms will be open for the next 48-72 hours. All responses are anonymous. No email addresses, VATSIM CIDs, or names will be collected upon submitting. Once again, a bit of thank you to everyone involved and making this another successful event. We've got many great things coming as the planning team does not stop working. Cross the Land: Westbound 2023 will happen on the 11th of February 2023. So mark the 11th of February in your calendars and be ready for another action-packed event! All the best, Cross the Land Planning Team
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  40. You can save the configurations in a file, change them and import them again. Go to Preferences -> Special -> export all settings to file. In the file you will find the entry "friendList=". There you can simply enter new IDs separated by commas. Then simply click on import the settings file.
    1 point
  41. Gave an answer there Rob :)
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  42. On Monday night, a buddy & I flew choppers at 2000 feet AGL in the Fair Weather Flying event in ZMP with winds 18G30. That's extremely difficult in choppers, especially smaller ones. I crash landed twice, but, we toughed it out with real weather. I understand the issue controllers have with using custom weather with high altitude flying for spacing but would it be noticeable if doing low altitude VFR chopper flying? Wind can dictate whether or not we fly choppers online, 10 kts or higher make chopper flying miserable, if not impossible. We don't hover around airports like the trolls do, we follow the published procedures. Can we make an exception?
    1 point
  43. It's also summer here in the US. Not terribly surprising there isnt' a ton of coverage on a Saturday during the daytime. Look during the after-dinner hour, local time -- you're bound to find more.
    1 point
  44. Hello All, At the July 16 meeting of the VATSIM Board of Governors, updates to the VATSIM Code of Conduct were approved. These changes will come into effect at 0001z on August 1, 2022. We are always looking for ways to elevate the enjoyment of the network, and after input and consultation with our users, the Board of Governors has approved these changes with that intent. These are changes that are beneficial for both pilots and controllers alike, and will be supported with supportive educational content across the network. Through a continuous improvement process, additional tools are consistently being developed to further enhance everyone's VATSIM experience. As always, lots of resources for pilots are available at https://my.vatsim.net/learn, and free resources for flight planning and charts across the web, including for example Simbrief and Chartfox. Most of the changes were editorial in nature, clarifying and codifying current practice on the network. More meaningful changes were made around pilot preparation and conduct on the network as we continue moving towards an environment where pilots are expected to be more prepared when flying on VATSIM. The full text of the new Code of Conduct will be published shortly at https://vatsim.net/docs/policy/code-of-conduct. Below is a summary of some of the more meaningful changes: Use of voice communications on VATSIM: Pilot proficiency: Flying during events: Use of real-world weather:
    1 point
  45. Depends on the country. At least here in Europe all "military transport flights" can be heard on regular ATC channels. I hear those "Herkies", "German Air Force", "Ascots" etc. all the time. Fighter jets on a mission will usually be on an UHF-frequency with a separate ATC-unit.
    1 point
  46. Seems weird that we are now expected to be political researchers and somehow guess the keywords when doing a search before we fly. I get your intent, but these days when everyone is offended it can’t be that they rule the world. If someone had a complaint, then sure apologise and disconnect. I have created ROC islands in the SCS and flown many military flights into and out of the islands without anybody crying. Just saying, be respectful, but there is no need to lock ourselves up in “known” airspace.
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  47. Keeping in mind visibility, VFR is best. If ATC is online simply ask for Flight Following (optional). You get the best of both worlds, ATC communication and more direct flights (except in B, C airspaces). Even then being vectored around is online-fun.
    1 point
  48. Well if you look at your screenshots you will see there is a seaplane FBO hangar right beside you! Microsoft obviously read the flight plans and realized there was a sea plane departure, so it prepped the aerodrome for taxi and takeoff. Well, or ATC opened the lock in order for seaplane provisions; perhaps it's on a schedule. haha 🤣
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  49. The way I interpret the rules and customs on the network: The policy is to accommodate whenever possible. If you can't fly SIDs or STARs, you'll get vectors - just note that ATC may have to delay you, vector you onto a suboptimal route, put you in a hold, or ask you to divert, if things are very crowded. In order to accommodate, though, ATC needs to know what you can and cannot do. The magic word is "unable"; but you also want to file a flight plan that you are comfortable executing, and use the "equipment code" and "remarks" fields to indicate the limitations of your aircraft. And don't just write "FS2020"; you can't expect controllers to know by heart all the limitations of all aircraft types in all supported sims. Write "UNABLE RNAV", "UNABLE SID/STAR" or some such instead. Flying the aircraft however is your job; you are expected to figure out how to follow ATC instructions, they will tell you what to do, but not how to do it. At the very least, you should be able to fly a heading, altitude, and airspeed, perform a visual approach and landing, and be aware of your aircraft's performance limitations. Beyond that, ATC will assume that you are able whatever your aircraft type can usually do; if you cannot do that, or you are uncomfortable doing it with the tools at hand, the magic phrases are "unable" and "request vectors". Note that VNAV or a working FMS aren't required for the vast majority of ATC instructions you will get - almost all STARs, SIDs, transitions, approaches, and other procedures can be flown manually, or with simple autopilot modes (heading hold, VOR/LOC, altitude hold, FLCH), it's just more work. Planning your descent is something you should do anyway; ATC won't do it for you (and they can't, because they don't know the performance limitations of your aircraft in its current configuration, nor your mission parameters).
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