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  1. After 10 years with no updates, I have finally updated VAT-Spy. It now downloads the data files from the VAT-Spy Data Project web site on GitHub. It will automatically download any new files posted to that site. Here's the full change log: VAT-Spy now pulls data from new VATSIM JSON data feed Added automatic updating of the VAT-Spy application Added automatic updating of the VAT-Spy data files from the VAT-Spy Data Project on GitHub Zooming using the mouse wheel now zooms towards or away from the mouse cursor Removed broken Simroutes.com links Set data
    14 points
  2. Hi all, Please join me in welcoming @Matan Budimir to his new position in VATEUD as Web Services Director. Matan will be moving from his position in the Community Department to exercise his coding skills and experience from various vACCs to help the division modernise its services. Matan is taking over from @Florian Harms in this position, who will be spending more time with another position in a central vatsim.net department. Id like to thank Florian for his many years of service to EUD and the Network and at the same time wish Matan best of luck in his new role.
    8 points
  3. == UPDATE 2 == T-3 Days - NEW INFORMATION FOR PARTICIPANTS 1. Slots now allocated All event slots for Cross The Pond have now been allocated via the lottery system - congratulations if you secured one! If you entered the lottery and were not successful, please note that you will be considered first in any future Cross The Pond lottery. The reason for the change to the lottery system is to recognise the advantage some members had because of slots being released in preferential timezones, meaning that some of our members were consistently missing out. This method is fairer becaus
    7 points
  4. We’d like to thank everyone who participated in Cross The Pond Eastbound 2020 today, whether as a pilot or controller. A huge thanks also to the many dozens of volunteers who make Cross The Pond happen: from the local facility coordinators, to the marketing team, to the Oceanic coordinators and of course our technical experts. It wouldn’t be possible without you. This event was a little different for a number of reasons and in many ways it was an experiment in a number of initiatives to see how we can keep this event sustainable for the future. As always, there were a few hiccoughs along
    6 points
  5. VATSYS Present in WorldFlight 2020 I was crazy enough to try it on Tuesday! And it did pretty good managing the eastbound departures out of Mexico Center. Still some things to figure out and some work left on the sector, but we are about to be really for full release on Mexico Division (Accepting visitors!). BONUS: Extra points for spotting the streamer.
    6 points
  6. Hi all, Please join me in welcoming @Paul Hollmann to his new position in VATEUD as the Deputy Web Services Director. Paul will be bringing a wealth of experience from VATSIM Germany where he works as a Web Services Director. Additionally, his studies in computational engineering provide him with knowledge greatly beneficial to this position and to VATEUD. Thank you for assisting the Division and best of luck in your new role!
    5 points
  7. I am delighted to welcome Chriss Klosowski to the team as Division Director of Middle East and North Africa. Chriss has vast experience already in the Division managing vACCs, ATC Training Director and has been acting Division Director since mid October. Chriss has some excellent ideas for growing the Division and I look forward to working with him on our team.
    5 points
  8. It´s an interesting perspective from pilot´s that they want to do the position reports. Sure it´s fun to do as a pilot, then throw off the headset, maintain SELCAL watch and then do another one in an hour or so. If you flip the view to the ATCO side, now imagine having to do constant position reports for the duration of your session, non stop check-ins and position reports. The frequency congestion would be astronomical and it´s just not humanly sustainable for such a long session, i.e. for 8 hours or more, we had the absolute minimum staff needed in Reykjavik CTA to pull our part and everyone
    4 points
  9. From a domestic U.S. ATC perspective, this was the first CTP I can remember that we were not absolutely hammered. And when we're hammered, Moncton, Gander, and Oceanic have it way worse than the rest of us. Having spoken to several of our controllers from Boston Tower through to the enroute controllers, the feedback is that this year's event was so much more manageable in the past. Having fewer pilots on frequencies (the result of both adding more airports and reducing the number of non-event aircraft) really improved the system for everyone. It meant no delays for slot aircraft, reasona
    4 points
  10. While I'm also a little sad that EDDT is no more the destination it was a few weeks ago, a little disagreement here. Nobody's stopping you from continuing to enjoy Tegel - you just have to adjust your own procedures to get there now. Unlike reality, our virtual world is not in fact closing it down and ripping out the runways, it remains an active airfield if you want it so, it is just no longer a controlled one. Quite frankly I really like this compromise between reality and virtuality.
    4 points
  11. Dear all, it is with great pleasure to announce that the new APAC Region logo is ready! The logo itself, as well as guidelines of use, can be found here : http://vats.im/APACBranding For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me . Thank you all for contributing to make all this become true . Together we achieve more. Anastasios VP APAC
    3 points
  12. Hello Patrik from one newbie to another! I totally understand your concerns, i was concerned too my first flight, which was only this week... 7 years after creating my account. My biggest advice as its so fresh in my memory.. pick an aircraft which you know like the back of your hand. you know where each switch is and what it does.The Zibo Mod for example is as complex or as easy as you wish for it to be. There are some excellent guides out there on how to effectively control it, if you're not experienced already, however the FMC within the mod is simple to program and use so
    3 points
  13. Great suggestions. Thanks to all. At age 72 and after practicing law for 40 years, I thought I was beyond getting nervous. But guess what, it can still feel like walking into the bar exam! I will march on.
    3 points
  14. I am working on an update to VATSpy that will automatically download data updates from this site: https://github.com/vatsimnetwork/vatspy-data-project In the meantime, you can go to that site and download the files manually as per the instructions.
    3 points
  15. My $0.02 on that matter: the lottery is hands-down the better system; what caused this "frustration" was mainly this quirk of the human psyche where anything you receive repeatedly will be perceived as a habitual right, and changing it feels like something is taken away from you. And so any CTP veteran who got used to just grabbing a slot ASAP when the booking opens would get this subtle feeling of being "cheated" out of "their" slot. Apart from this weird psychological effect, the bottom line is the same in both events: some people get a slot, others don't, and those who don't will feel
    3 points
  16. == UPDATE 3 == T-10 HOURS – FINAL INFORMATION FOR PARTICIPANTS It’s Friday night, which means the routes meeting has wrapped up and various teams from all over the VATSIM network are pulling together final plans. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow! Please do ensure you remind yourself of the important information already posted above in Updates 1 and 2, particularly relating to the requirement for pilots to be able to follow certain instructions during what will be a very busy event. If you are participating in the event, please read this post in its entirety as it
    3 points
  17. Thank you all so much for the really interesting and assuring feedback. I am happy to report good news, I had a day off, so spent the first half of the morning cramming and saying out load my callsign to the wife, kids and whoever else asked me anything, "dad are you there," HAG01 Reciving HAHA WORKED A TREAT BECAUSE... With comments here, and two fantastic controllers in EGGD GRD / TWR I had a fantastic experience. Set off for a vfr to Cardiff was able to manage workload fine transitioned from request start up, to taxi to takeoff into unicom and beyond. It was amazing my flight gave me c
    3 points
  18. In addition to all the excellent advice above; As you have noted, one of the things which makes VATSIM so realistic an experience is the fact that it is a live, fluid experience with real humans and thus not everything happens predictably in accordance with a set script. This can understandably be a bit overwhelming at first, but the first thing to say is that this is a) entirely realistic and what makes VATSIM unqiue and b) entirely normal, whether you are a new VATSIM pilot, a new real-world PPL student going solo for the first time or a newly-qualified airline pilot. There is a lot to
    3 points
  19. My issue with CTP is their poor communication with the community. To qualify that, I find the communication around the westbound events is always better than the eastbound events. That's my perception, anyhoo. Why does CTP go to the effort of building a website if most of the meaningful communication/information will be on this forum or Discord or Facebook? At the very least, anything posted on any of those other media should be simultaneously available on the CTP website. I follow the event on Twitter but I've been spending less time there than in the past. Just checked... Twelve ho
    3 points
  20. Just my two cents as somebody that did not get a slot this time around, and is OK with it, and understands the logistics of it, but; When entering my three options I would like to fly CTP for, the website very clearly calls them RESERVATIONS. Going off of that, I think it would have been fair to assume that one of those three options could have been given to the user, inside or outside the time slots they chose just going by the wording the website used. In-fact, as we now know, this system was not a reservation system, but a lottery instead. Not once on the CTP website does it say
    3 points
  21. It all comes down to the fact that CTP was never supposed to have this much traffic, it was organized many years ago with only one or two airports either side. It has grown substantially, especially in the last year with the sudden increase of more and more pilots, it's made it harder to organize and manage. Which is why the planning teams decided to format it this way this year. Is it perfect no, is it an improvement over past years, yes. I honestly think this is the best solution until either the basis of the event changes or there are less pilots.
    3 points
  22. Thats not an argument. Cross the Pond is not just to Cross the Pond. Its all about the number of traffic and ATC which makes the event amazing and insane. The separation of opening bookings for certain routes was a cool idea. Maybe you could have separated these "events" another time to another day. You feel a bit like you "lost" a lottery rather than feeling "ok, I was too slow. Better luck next time" 😄
    3 points
  23. 820 slots 1675 requests Half of them won't have got a slot. Those who didn't will be prioritised in March to give them some chance.
    3 points
  24. Don´t cry? He just complained in a normal way. Calm down 🙂 The lottery system + no pos reports is the wrong way to change the behavior of getting a slot and manage CTP. Sad Anyway: Have fun everybody.
    3 points
  25. It will incorporate the new "auto-kick" function for people who logon and file an event routing, although they don't have a slot 😄
    3 points
  26. Considering that: ...the booking system only registers CID's, and doesn't even ask for a callsign; ...slots are issued to accounts, and come with a routing; ...CID and callsign are equally available to any clients, and equally easy to extract automatically; ...the clearance request tool (nattrak or whatever will be used) probably also uses VATSIM SSO; ...I am fairly confident that it will indeed be based on CID, not callsign.
    3 points
  27. OK, so let me clarify. This is not just me reading things into it; I have talked to some of the event organizers, and they have explained their stance and why they put that paragraph there. VATSIM rules and policies do not allow banning or otherwise forbidding users from flying in any airspace at any time; hence, no such attempt is made. However, previous years have shown that catering for non-event traffic, or even encouraging it, is not sustainable - the situation on the non-event track got completely out of hand in the last edition, and the 700 or so slots that will be provid
    3 points
  28. Gonna tell you a story as well. Actually, make that 2 stories; both positive ones. And for protection/safety's sake, I'll change the names of the people involved. One is about a guy I'll call Julian. Bright kid became a controller in my sector, though he was worried about fitting in as he was VERY young at the time he joined (he joined right at 13, first as a controller). While he had the knowledge and knew what to say and do, some of the older people here took his voice as reason to be inexperienced, and tried to do the equivalent of mansplaining what he should and shouldn't do, and did
    3 points
  29. == UPDATE 1 == Important information for participants for Cross The Pond: Eastbound 2020 VATSIM is looking forward to welcoming you to the next bi-annual Cross The Pond event, which takes place on Saturday 14th November 2020. Cross The Pond has been a VATSIM tradition for many years, and over this time it has grown in popularity, making it by far the busiest day in the VATSIM calendar. This growth has also brought challenges for controllers, pilots and the organisers alike. It is obvious that our community wants the event to continue, so for this reason we are making
    3 points
  30. Hello everybody, encouraged by the super-positive feedback to my "transitions in Germany" posting yesterday I'd like to follow-up will another topic that seems to leave some pilots unsure on what they are supposed to do and what they are allowed to do - vacating the runway. At first glance this sounds totally easy - vacating? So just get off the runway and everybody should be happy or? But how far shall you go then on the taxiway? And which turn-off should you have used in the first place? Airport layouts vary extremely all over the world and same applies for the taxiways leading to
    3 points
  31. VATSAF is looking for the following position to be filled up by professional candidates. Event Director VATSAF Here are a few details to see if you qualify for the post: Outline of responsibilities: Facilitate the smooth and active operation of the Division Events. Responsible for the regular organizing, promotion, and execution of the Division events. Initiate collaboration with other VATSIM vACC’s and Divisions for events on behalf of VATSAF Develop relationships with other VATSIM vACC’s and VA’s and as well as provide support fo
    2 points
  32. We're investigating this now @Daniel Roesen
    2 points
  33. Also -- don't take it personally if you mess up and get called out. Speaking as a Tower controller, if you land on the wrong runway, then taxi across another runway without permission heading into the terminal, I'm definitely going to tell you -- and I may not have time to preface it with a lot of softening language. I'm telling you because you need to know you messed up and should try not to mess the same thing up next time -- but even if I'm a bit short, that doesn't mean I'm mad. Learn from your mistakes, try again next time, and instead of repeating them, make all new mistakes instead.
    2 points
  34. Andreas is, as usual, spot on. I thought I would add one other point, though. Much like the real world, at least in the USA, though I imagine that all of the global clients are similar, controllers don't initially have any visibility into what you put into your flight plan comments. They don't know, and they don't necessarily care, at least initially. They have to consciously go looking for your flight plan comments. When you're one controller working 16 aircraft to 4 different airports, that's certainly not a given. I will go looking for such flight plan comments when, particularly
    2 points
  35. Sounds good, I'll add that in the next update.
    2 points
  36. Hi Ross, Nice to see you again on board with this update. Highly welcome. I could only ask, if it's possible to add the support for middle char in the ATC login? Like now, the Vatspy does not recognize the difference between EPWW_CTR and EPWW_N_CTR, and many FIRs/vaccs are trying to implement a different showing of their ACC sectors to make it easier for pilots recognizing what is the AoR.
    2 points
  37. Hello. Thanks for the update, really appriciate it! However I do not seem to be able to toggle inactive airports, is this a bug?
    2 points
  38. I'm no ATCO, "just" a pilot and I can obviously only speak for myself here, but I for one appreciate when things don't go 100% smoothly all the time. It adds a layer of immersion to me if there's some snags here and there - afterall, real life doesn't run 100% smoothly all the time either. Have you ever heard that real world ATC recording (can't remember what airport that was from) where a crew had to sacrifice their spot in the departure line because there was a passenger with a "toilet emergency"? Life can be whacky and unpredictable and I personally enjoy the odd instance where this happens
    2 points
  39. The description has been updated to reiterate the request to not fly without a slot.
    2 points
  40. Where was this even announced? No e-mail, nothing when logged into CTP. Will
    2 points
  41. Hi all, All of the problems are now solved, our website, forum and mailing systems are back up running. Thanks for your patience!
    2 points
  42. I agree with you on that the wording could have been better. You have a point there, Matthew. What I don't get is, that every 6 months we get to hear the same story, from people complaining/expressing their sadness about, why they wasn't able to get a slot for CTP. Gents, this is a hobby - it is not only about the fun for the pilots but also for the controllers. Unfortunately there amount of controllers just doesn't match the amount of pilots and we have to face that fact. There has to be some kind of restriction, to keep it fun for everybody involved. One already wrote how CTP has only i
    2 points
  43. For real. Come in here to express a thought or two on the process and the first reply is someone trigged by it.
    2 points
  44. Shouldn't be an issue using the Victor airway for light aircraft, we have to drive into the TRACON at 4,000 or 5,000 (typically depending on direction of flight) for satellite traffic during day-time operations per LOA.
    2 points
  45. Hi All, Liam Pickering has notified me that he will be resigning from his position as the director of the Bahrain vACC. While I'm quite sad to let him go let's go and thank Liam for what he has done this year for the vACC. Not going to lie, trying to find a motivated and dedicated member to fill the position of director especially for Bahrain has been hard and Liam this year has done a fantastic job bringing the vACC to what it was before during its prime glory days. Once again let's all thank Liam for what he has done and we wish you the best of luck in the future. In the mean time
    2 points
  46. The order of the sectors are really important. ES forgets the rest if a point is found inside a sector. So starting with RJTG_CTR is not a good idea as it covers the whole area. You should start with smaller ones. Also be sure that sector names are unique. No two RJBB_TMA, please.
    2 points
  47. If you read between the lines, it should be somewhat clear: It's worded politely, but it basically says "don't fly transatlantic during the event unless you have a slot"; it may not be entirely clear to non-native speakers of English, but this isn't the kind of "asking" where "no" is a socially acceptable answer. "We cannot enforce this, but..." pretty much means that if it *could* be enforced, it probably would. It also suggests that if you choose to ignore this advice, you will not get ATC over the ocean, and in domestic airspace, you will be held indefinitely in order to keep event
    2 points
  48. Great job guys, looking good!
    2 points
  49. Some of the most professional sounding people on VATSIM are younger kids with higher pitched voices. I know it can be intimidating regardless - Im a grown adult and it took me a week to get the courage to speak to ATC. At the end of the day people will judge others based off anything, so dont worry what others think and just join in.
    2 points
  50. And before you call a SUP, you may want to send a text message to the "offender", telling him politely that you think his behaviour is not appropriate.
    2 points
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