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  1. VATSIM New Year Message As another year draws to a close, we reflect on what has been an extraordinary and unusual year for all of us, wherever in the world we reside. First and foremost, we hope you and your families are safe and well. For our community, 2020 was busy. We clocked over 6.2 million flying hours and 630,000 controlling hours in the last 12 months. And in the summer, VATSIM hit 100,000 active members. In August, we saw the launch of Microsoft Flight Simulator, with VATSIM compatibility from day one. We also re-launched the pilot rating system
    13 points
  2. Hello! I've put together some VAT-Spy colour themes, some people enjoyed it and requested the config. I decided to create a GitHub repo as a public collection of themes that can be contributed by different people. https://github.com/mwgg/vatspy-themes Feel free to contribute your own colours by either creating a pull request on GitHub, or posting your theme config here and I will be happy to include it in the repo. Hoping this would be helpful for some of you who are bored of looking at the same old grey window.
    5 points
  3. Hello everyone! This is my first post on these forums - and first post of, hopefully, more to come in 2021. As someone with over 1,700 hours on Vatsim, I figure I might as well throw a quick message up. First and foremost - I'd like to thank those involved in the upkeep and conduct of this network - you all are doing a fantastic job and, as someone who was absolutely terrified at the prospect of using it initially, I have had almost no issues with anyone here. As a blind pilot - someone who is unable to taxi to a runway - I'd also like to take this time to thank all of the controllers
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  4. What I've often said about new VATSIM pilots experiencing "mic-fright" is that you should just let go of the unrealistic expectation that you will sound perfect the first flight you do with voice. You WILL sound silly the first handful of times. We all did. You may elicit a few giggles from others on frequency (hopefully to themselves, without their mic keyed) but just embrace it. The only way to get to the point that you sound like an expert is by diving in, doing it, being bad at it at first, and getting better progressively. Trust me, we will all understand. 🙂
    5 points
  5. In fairness to VATSIM, I should say that the network was not given a heads' up about this. I expect they will have something official to say in the next little while. Please give them some time to respond.
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  6. Dear members. Luis Henrique has stepped down as VATBRZ Divisional Director due to personal responsibilities. He has done a good work in VATBRZ with all the team throughout this years. Please help me to thank Luis for all his efforts and we wish him all the best! Kind regards.
    4 points
  7. Let me offer my take on this issue. Oceanic is, unfortunately, often the second to last priority for Enroute controllers'. In many ways this is due to the fact that oceanic participation is usually an afterthought, Enroute controllers have their own division to participate in and put before oceanic, which I think is fair enough, however this really only scratches the surface of the problem. Time and time again, my events team puts in countless hours of their own time and effort into organising what we think is an awesome event, whether that be Takes Two to Tango or Cross the Pond Lit
    4 points
  8. Back in the year 2000, Matt Sheil arrived in Marana, Arizona looking for a shell to house his new project: Build a 747 simulator. He selected a recently decommissioned TWA 747-100, N93107 (Serial number 17107). http://prntscr.com/wsfziz Matt spent the next 3 days removing the flight deck from the airframe, gathering parts, then packing and shipping everything back to Sydney, Australia. http://prntscr.com/wsg9qu http://prntscr.com/wsgdle Once in Australia, Matt installed it onto a purpose built frame and QFA25 was born. http://prntscr.com/wsgimz Over the course of the next decade, many
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  9. It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Mohammed Al-Thani as the Divisional ATC Training Deputy Director. Mohammed will be joining Suprojit Paul within the ATC Department and will assist him in other tasks within the department. Captain Al-Thani brings a wealth of experience from the real-world as well as previous experience as the Training Director within the Bahrain vACC. He's committed to the betterment of the division with regards to improving the training standards, SOPs and assisting the division in building a reputation for high-quality ATC services on the VAT
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  10. Hello Would you like to join the team who looks after VATSIM's biggest Region? We have a vacancy for Assistant to the VP Europe, Middle East and Africa. Role Description Facilitate member transfers between our Divisions Deal with email enquiries from our members Manage the Region social media platforms Compile the Region Quarterly Report The candidate will ideally Have passion for helping our members Previous VATSIM staff experience Have good administration skills Have good communication skills Be fluent in English (other languages are an advantage
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  11. The official rule is that anyone may use text, receive only, or full voice. Now, some think using text only as a beginner is helpful, maybe it is, as you can see what the controller told you to do instead of hearing and understanding. However, as others mentioned it does add a significant amount of workload to both the pilot and controller. Mic fright is real, but the way you get over it is by doing your research, understanding the normal communications flow, which gives you an idea of what to anticipate ATC will say, and finally just jumping in and smashing that PTT button. It's n
    3 points
  12. I'm already in touch with Asobo for other reasons (better transponder integration) and will bring this up at the appropriate time. I try not to bug them too much.
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  13. And then there was today’s FNO at KATL, 50+ departures, 240+ arrivals, 28 controllers, not a step over, clean descents and vectors, I was lined up with 3 other guys in final. To ZTL, freakin awesome job!! if we give ground holds it’s unrealistic, if we give holds in the air it’s unrealistic, I wonder how many actually fly or know about what happens in the r/w? I agree, folks only have a few hrs to fly, but we can’t accommodate everyone now, can we? We try our best. There are events like what some mentioned above and ZTL, then there are some where the controller forgets u and u r o
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  14. Disclaimer: This is a sporadic PSA from my own experiences as a beginner, controller and supervisor on VATSIM. These are my own personal opinions, and does in no way reflect VATSIM's official stance on the issue. Writing this because I don't want to get in trouble, k thanks. -- We have all been there, some just don't want to realize it. No matter who you are, how many hours you have or what the first three digits of your CID reads, we have all been through that palm-sweating frustration of not daring to press the PTT to ask for a clearance. Who hasn't felt the desperation when y
    3 points
  15. Spot on. It's baptism by flyer. Come a few weeks, you'll be the one doing the giggling.
    3 points
  16. Infuriatingly slow almost. The Backstreet Boys' "Rock your Body" comes along at 100 beats per minute, for some reference. You'd be saying one word per beat in that song, which coincidentally is exactly what happens in the actual song at the part we all know and love: "Back Street's back, alright!" You also have that song stuck in your heads for the rest of the day now and I'm not sorry at all.
    3 points
  17. Hello there, I'd be more than happy to! First, a bit of history in terms of the software I and others used before I dive into specifics. First off - a lot of the Aircraft I, and others, fly - are Freeware, simply due to the autopilot on most payware aircraft being far too complicated, having a lot of systems in general that are well above and beyond what the sim's default autopilot offers, and the inability to use the FMS (until now, I will explain later). I'm also still using FSX - though P3d v4 is useable, there are still some frustrations with it - mostly the inability to have tru
    3 points
  18. Hi all, I'm pleased to announce the release of the VATEUD Helpdesk. It'll allow us streamline communication with our members, while also making it easier for members to reach us and make us more approachable on various topics. You can access it through this link and login using VATSIM Connect. We look forward to making your time on VATSIM better.
    3 points
  19. Hello. I'm an S1 with VATUK and I've been recently seeing a lot of people who are new to vatsim not knowing how to properly file a flight plan. Now I don't mind if they've used an invalid SID or not filed via airways since they know how to fix their issues and once fixed they generally don't do it again. Usually, this is them filing a flight plan with a invalid altitude for direction and no route filed, an example I've seen is EGCC-EGLL, FL300, no route. I always ask people to refile with a route but a lot of the time they don't know how to do this, I then link them to simbrief to find a valid
    3 points
  20. Certainly. The best thing to do is read the emails you received when your accounts were disabled. Actually, you can refer to any of the emails you should have received, all sent to different email accounts, regarding the multiple accounts you created; each describe the issue and tell you how to proceed. I noted you said you didn't receive any emails; you may want to ensure emails are allowed from VATSIM from your email providers. While you follow that process, you may also spend a few moments reviewing the VATSIM User Agreement, and the VATSIM Code of Conduct, which you agreed to
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  21. Join vRAM Royal Air Maroc Virtual is RAM's official virtual airline that provides national and international air transport services for passengers and cargo transportation inside and outside of Morocco. We serve more than 90 destinations on 4 continents and more than 1500 Weekly flights. With our vAMSYS flight management system, we offer best in class services for all our pilots. Our home base is Casablanca GMMN and we fly virtually on VATSIM & IVAO as well as on all other major flight simulation networks. We are a team of 10 highly dedicated and passionate people about avia
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  22. I'm open to any convention, as long as it is "official" and works for all regions across the globe. We just need a standard that everyone can follow. Once that standard is written and adopted, and a data source is provided by VATSIM, I will update VAT-Spy to use that new standard and new data source. And this could be done for approach/departure sectors as well as center.
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  23. The San Juan CERAP is searching for applications for a Deputy Air Traffic Manager to assist the Air Traffic Manager in managing and leading the San Juan CERAP. Requirements • Must have at least a Controller 1 Rating. • Minimum 1 year of active experience on the VATSIM Network. • Must be able to dedicate time to maintaining and improving the CERAP. • Strong knowledge of ICAO and FAA procedures (ICAO 4444 & FAA 7110) • Candidates must be willing to transfer to VATCAR upon offer of position if not already a VATCAR controller.
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  24. As the final step of VATSIM's migration to a new, innovative event publishing solution, we will as of January 26th no longer promote events posted on this forum. Divisional and sub-divisional marketing representatives and event staff for VATSIM recognized facilities should now publish events and controller exams through the myVATSIM platform. If you haven't yet got access to publish events on myVATSIM, contact your vACC director. vACC directors without role-designation privileges are asked to contact their divisional director for access. This forum will still be available to allow V
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  25. Personally, I find it quite disgusting to see people take free stuff for granted like this. Someone has put dozens of hours of unpaid labor into a thing they love, and they invited others to join and enjoy the fruits of that labor for free, no strings attached; then something doesn't go as planned, and some of those who were invited send emails like this one. That's just... idk... it's like walking into a store that offers free samples, but they ran out and so you throw a fit and demand to "speak to the manager".
    2 points
  26. I just added support for the transponder mode switch in MSFS. This is in vPilot 2.7.0 which is currently available in the Beta channel, or for direct download from the vPilot Downloads Page.
    2 points
  27. Had we known, we could have called in "Team Worldflight" 🙂
    2 points
  28. Atlântico was staffed, not sure if the entire time, but they were definitely online at some point. However Dakar and Sal unfortunately were a no show. As far as I know they were asked for staffing several weeks ago. There is not much that can be done if they either forget or have no controllers available. Unfortunately every event overflying another countries airspace carries some unicom risk, as neither the departure nor the arrival countries can be certain all enroute sectors will be covered. Especially since events are sometimes planned months in advance. I would assume very few
    2 points
  29. In accordance with the notice given at BoG Meeting Minutes and Schedule, the Board of Governors Meeting for Q4 2020 (October to December 202) will take place at 20:00UTC on Saturday 16JAN21. AGENDA Open meeting, roll call, apologies, and proxies - Gunnar Lindahl Ad hoc votes since the last meeting - Mark Richards Old Business The future of Iron Mic - Mark Richards Quarterly reporting and goal setting - Gunnar Lindahl Town Hall Meetings & our rhythm of engagement with community - Gunnar Lindahl Review of P0 introduction - Gunnar Lindahl
    2 points
  30. VatsimPHP is updated to use the new data feed API, please update at your earliest convenience to the latest 2.0 or 1.0 release. The legacy data feed is deprecated and is slated to be removed by March 1st 2021. https://github.com/skymeyer/Vatsimphp/releases/tag/2.0.1 https://github.com/skymeyer/Vatsimphp/releases/tag/1.0.5 This is a non-breaking change and should not require any code change on your behalf. File a Github issue or mention me on discord #programming-talk if you experience any issues.
    2 points
  31. Hi William, thanks for sharing! For realism I highly recommend to not configure your PTT to use any key on your keyboard, but rather a push-button on your joystick/yoke only.
    2 points
  32. So, the only other thing I'll say is that yes, things are pretty new and raw right now, and I'm sure there will be much more substantial communications to come, but just as a quick note for everyone's awareness, please know that the Board of Governors is currently in a full court press looking at multiple alternatives to ensure the best possible outcome for our community as quickly as possible.
    2 points
  33. We’re working on several large projects which we have prioritised over a public real-time feed. Having said that, I shall point out that the JSON feed now updates quite more frequently than every 2 minutes 😛
    2 points
  34. I have a different opinion on this. I have not bought the product, because I was made aware of it through forum posts, video streamers and product reviews. I actually could not believe it until I read the product description. Why in the world would you release a detailed addon aircraft for 70 or 80 USD and then not include the possibility to insert SIDs and STARs? I can understand if you charge extra for eye-candy like animated ground equipment or super-duper high quality liveries. But basic functions of a cockpit? Come on, please! One product affected of this is the Flightfactor A350, for exa
    2 points
  35. Dear All, Thank you for the interest shown in our seek for web services director. We are happy to announce that @Alperen Sonad 1136566 has been appointed as Turkish vACC Web Services Director. Alperen comes with great deal of experience on the web services side of our virtual aviation hobby having served in this position previously at Turkish vACC. Best Regards, Burak Bugday Turkish vACC Deputy Director
    2 points
  36. In my experience planning stuff all around Europe, SimBrief typically gets it right. It will throw out the SID and STAR for your personal reference in any case but it will send to filing whatever is appropriate locally. If I depart a German airport to arrive at Zurich for example, SimBrief will file the SID as required in Germany but will automatically not file the STAR, which Swiss control doesn't want you to. I don't think it's ever a good recommendation to just rely blindly on what SimBrief considers appropriate and it messes up occasionally indeed, but at least it's definitely aware o
    2 points
  37. I've also had ongoing issues with problem selecting frequencies using the selector in MSPS 2020 Airbus A320. One fixed works for me most of the time: On the MSFS taskbar at the top of the screen with an aircraft selected and running click the AI Control symbol (Pilot) and turn OFF Manage Radio Coms, Now you can select an appropriate com frequency and vPilot should read the selection and display. If for some reason this doesn't work just enter a dot command in the text box and press the return key i.e. .com1 xxx.x (an appropriate frequency re 121.9) don't forget to put a period or "dot" bef
    2 points
  38. Dear All, There will be a S2 examination happening on VNKT_TWR on the 1st of January 2021 from 1200z-1400z. We will require a good amount of IFR/VFR traffic to make the CPT a success, everyone is welcome! If you have any questions or requests, message VNKT_X_TWR. Please join me in wishing the candidate good luck! Thanks, Alex VATWA3 - Director Training ATC
    2 points
  39. Scenario 1: Yes and no. If you are going to remain clear of Class D,C,B airspace then you do not need to contact ATC. If you will be entering said airspace, then you need to make contact with the appropriate controller in accordance with the local rules of the country. Scenario 2: You will contact the lowest online controller for the applicable position. For instance, if you are departing from XYZ Airport and the DEL/GND/TWR is not online, but XYZ Approach and Center are online, then you would call XYZ approach for clearance, taxi, etc.
    2 points
  40. Dear all, 2020 has been a year to remember like no other. It has changed our lives and has introduced standards like no other year before. It is important to keep united and look forward, learning from our past to build our future. With the New Year about to come, a new decade is just around the corner. Lets make this decade an unforgetable one with all the positives each and everyone can bring. Wishing you all, a Happy Prosperous and Healthy New Year ! Thank you for your passion, your time and for being part of the community! Warmest Regards, Anastasio
    2 points
  41. At least with vPilot, you can omit the 5 and it will add it for you. Not sure about other pilot clients.
    2 points
  42. From my perspective, I generally prefer when pilots make that request (or ask a question) on frequency. Totally appreciate this is down to individual preference but, in my view, there's nothing wrong with asking about a restriction on the frequency. It's easy for us to miss text messages via PM and even easier for people to misconstrue tone of voice on text vs. voice. I will get pilots occasionally not hear my instruction and instead of just saying "say again", they will PM me saying "what was that last instruction?" So I get nervous whenever I hear requests for more private messages. Fo
    2 points
  43. VATSIM's network protocol unfortunately does not support the transfer of assigned heading or speed data. In discussions among the developers, I have advocated for a more extensible network protocol where different radar clients could define their own structures for sharing data among instances of the same client. Hopefully this sort of design will be available in the future, and then we'll be able to propagate things like assigned speed/heading between clients.
    2 points
  44. Dear All, There will be a S3 examination happening on VABB_APP on the 2nd of January 2021 from 1400z-1600z. We will require a good amount of IFR/VFR traffic to make the CPT a success, everyone is welcome! If you have any questions or requests, message VABB_X_APP. Please join me in wishing the candidate good luck! Thanks, Alex VATWA3 - Director Training ATC
    2 points
  45. Hi David, You will have to get in contact with the Membership Department. To do so, you may open a ticket here: https://membership.vatsim.net/.
    2 points
  46. In MSFS I've flown the default C152 and the add-on Carenado Mooney on VATSIM via vPilot, and radio frequencies do propagate normally from the sim to the pilot client. On the Mooney, the Transponder panel does NOT -- but again, the commands built into vPilot offer a workaround until it's fixed.
    2 points
  47. I'm an absolute beginner and genuinely willing to learn and improve, because I believe the experience you get in VATSIM is like no others 🙂 I've done a few VFRs, gradually getting more far away from the airport, and also picking areas with less traffic. Things have been quite smooth, hence I wanted to do the major step towards IFR. What I do is usually rehearsing the route in offline mode, in order to make sure I have all the charts in order and I know what to expect, especially during taxing, TO and landing. My main struggle is with ATC comms: albeit having studied the jargon a
    2 points
  48. Being rerouted can happen for many reasons. You might have filed something inappropriate for your type of aircraft. You might have filed something inappropriate for time of day. Some airports have different STARs depending on whether the winds have them in west ops vs east ops (for example), and that can theoretically change mid-flight even if what you filed was appropriate at the time. And finally, if one particular arrival stream gets congested, ATC could elect to move some of the traffic over to an adjacent arrival stream. All that is to say that changing STARs mid-flight really n
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