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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. I am delighted to announce that Miguel Albano is the new Division Director for the The Sub-Saharan Africa Division. Miguel brings a wealth of real world and network experience to the role having joined VATSIM at its inception over 20 years ago. I would like to thank Fraser Cooper who has been recently looking after the Division on a temporary basis until an appointment was made. Miguel takes up the role with immediate effect.
    4 points
  5. 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"....
    4 points
  6. MSFS weather is excellent on it's own - no add-ons required.
    4 points
  7. I think you have to look at the history: Why did one organization split into two: IVAO and VATSIM? All the arguments given by TIm is an almost 1-to-1 copy of those arguments from the past. VATSIM chose to focus on quality rather than quantity. If you like to use the sim as a game, then IVAO is arguable the better choise. If you are more serious with your hobby, then I prefer VATSIM. A number of reasons why VATSIM needs more controllers are given. And it would really be nice, if we had more controllers (and more pilots btw.). But as mentioned countless of times these are hard to get (or perhaps rather maintain). When looking at many of the contributers in this thread, I regrettably see some, who use harse words on the BoG, attacking the policy, but have not contributed with a lot of controlling time, inspite having a controller rating. Perhaps they should start controlling and give some room for the guys, who both mentor and control. It's far to easy to come with statements as " The controllers went left into "we going to try to be just like IRL controllers" land. The pilots went right into "I've worked all week, now I'm going to enjoy my hobby that's not my job" land. The BoG's stopped at the rest area just before the fork in the road, and took a nap." Perhaps that kind of attitude is reason 347.
    3 points
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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.... 🙂
    3 points
  13. 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
  14. 2 points
  15. VATSIM Middle East & North Africa is pleased to finally announce the opening of the North East Africa vACC. A project that has been under development since the COVID-19 lockdown period. This new vACC which was initially supposed to be just Sudan expanded to become the North East Africa vACC covering Sudan, Ehtiopia, Eritrea, and Somalia under one single vACC. The team has been hard at work developing policies, training syllabus, materials, and sector files ready for its opening after almost 2 years of research and development to bring realistic operations to the network. North East Africa vACC will be opening on the 2nd of October 2022 in conjunction with an event with VATSIM Germany Visit Ethiopia Return with a departure window from 10:00 UTC - 13:00 UTC and an arrival window from 16:00 UTC - 18:00 UTC with expected full ATC coverage along the way! You may find information on the vACC here: Website: North East Africa vACC Website Discord: North East Africa vACC Discord Twitter: North East Africa vACC Twitter Instagram: North East Africa vACC Instagram Best of luck to the team and we hope to see Africa light up even more as the vACC opens its doors to the VATSIM community!
    2 points
  16. Hey Stefan, you do have to create your own (active) modelset - I have entered all the models in the database so that swift can assign them when you have installed them.. We have a very good tutorial series - have a look at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqOsjmV7wus Version 0.12.48 (alpha) is the latest - give it a try! If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can also visit us on Discord - there are many helping users there.
    2 points
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. @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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  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
    2 points
  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. Its a great idea, but may require a bit of work on the pilot client side and may involve quite a bit of effort since there are multiple clients after all
    1 point
  27. Dear friends, In our ATC clients, we have the .break command to alert adjacent controllers that we are on break - i.e. not accepting handoffs, about to close, or going AFK for a short moment. Once the .break command is used, the controller is highlighted in the ATC's controller list as being on break. I was wondering if there would be value in making this highlighted state also visible to pilots in their pilot clients, that way pilots might know not to call at that very moment, or at least have an idea why they are not receiving a response to their call (especially on, say, a 30-60 second bathroom break). I wanted to start this discussion because I've had this idea in the back of my mind since I became a VATSIM ATC about 8 years ago, and now I would like to hear your thoughts on this as well. Thank you for your time,
    1 point
  28. Yup, I'm aware of this. In my opinion, aircraft developers should set COM RECEIVE ALL to 1 if both com 1 and com 2 are receiving, in order to retain backward compatibility in simconnect apps like vPilot, since that's what that var has always meant. (If you ask me, the var should have been named COM RECEIVE BOTH to match the labeling you typically see on aircraft radio control panels.) I would feel differently if older simconnect sims had individual vars for each radio, but they don't. At some point I may update vPilot to handle the COM RECEIVE ALL var differently depending on if its connected to FSX, P3D, or MSFS. For now, you'll just need to turn on all the radios if you want to receive on COM1 and COM2 simultaneously on VATSIM.
    1 point
  29. I identified the issue being the part "arc of circle", because the algorithm expected only one of the words (arc/circle) to be used, followed by an optional definition of the direction of drawing. In addition, as I expected, the additional repetition originating from the two languages used, caused additional trouble. Definitely anti-clockwise arcs are supported, by using "arc anti-clockwise" or "circle anti-clockwise". Additional syntax is supported as explained in the input field. I've updated the algorithm, so that it should handle your input correctly without any changes. Thanks for your feedback.
    1 point
  30. That's what most of us do for almost all inputs but especially for those that take that extra time this mantra won't work either (as you'd still be making inputs while listening). Hence I'd like to plan ahead instead of lag behind. Of course, if implemented, anyone can still choose to only do the tag inputs when the aircraft has called in. But at least it's a choice and not a restriction anymore. Another planning argument I forgot to mention is that the use of SEP tools to see if a given direct (when flying on route but also to resume own nav) is free of conflict isn't possible either as said direct must be set (which you can't do) for those tools to work. Being able to plan this ahead is safer and more efficient than doing on the fly when the pilot calls in or in a follow up call when you finally got it all figured out.
    1 point
  31. FlightGear is usable on VATSIM and is available for free 🙂
    1 point
  32. I think this will only apply to pilots landing on runway 24. For runway 06 it is still a direct turn from the LOC-axis to the runway-axis.
    1 point
  33. I use statsim for when I'm at work and want to see where I'm probably gonna be flying this evening, cause my company doesn't use Qutescoop, unfortunately... (sucks 😂😂) The cool thing using Qutescoop is, you can sort by facility (APP, CTR, TWR...), time and you see if the booked position is a training session or not. Unfortunately, it's not used by US ATC, so I was never able to plan flights in the US back in P3D when I used to have couple Flightbeam Airports over in the States.
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  34. I would respectfully suggest that there's something that needs to be addressed so the gates don't have to be closed. Find the root cause and solve it. We don't have enough mentors or instructors , and we don't invest enough time and energy in retention of mentors, instructors and students. Are places with long queues using mentors? Most people are happier with slow progress than no progress (i.e. waiting in queue). A nice analogy that I read yesterday was that most people much prefer being on a slowly taxiing aircraft than one that is stopped (i.e. taxis at full/normal taxi speed to the end of the runway and then stops waiting for their turn). Mentors can get the ball rolling, teach to the best of their ability, and they develop teaching skill in the process, while keeping the student engaged and learning and practicing their craft. There is an education pipeline, too. For those that show aptitude, make a big deal out of their "promotion" to mentor status. And make 10X the big deal out of promotion to instructor status/rating. Part of this is also the strength of the community. The controlling community never wants to have their mentors or instructors feel like they're doing a "job"; that's one reason why we lose mentors and instructors. We celebrate the accomplishments of the students that move up in the ranks, but how many facilities celebrate the accomplishments of the mentors and instructors? How many publish stats showing how many students they have helped earn ratings AND THEIR RETENTION TIMES? (For that matter, how many facilities track and publish retention times?) Training bandwidth is always an issue, but it's worse at some facilities than others. Within or even across Divisions, how many facilities with horrendous training queues are borrowing mentors and/or instructors from neighboring facilities/divisions? Kind of like a visiting controller, perhaps there are mentors/instructors out there that wouldn't mind helping out their neighbors in the short term, assuming they get lauded with praise from both facilities for their time and experience. Bottom line is we need to find and kill the bottlenecks which will help in reducing attrition, and part of that means we need to very actively respect and appreciate the contributions of our mentors and instructors to help them feel more valued and increase mentor and instructor retention. Get more students to at least a foundational level where they can get on position faster, and allow the mentors to provide on the job training (OJT), tips, tricks, feedback and support. Just a few ideas. Some or all may work for many facilities. I'm not talking about sacrificing quality. But we also need to find the "sweet-spot" balance between quality and quantity. Most pilots out there would much rather have 5-10X the ATC at a "B+" quality level than zero to one controller online at an "A" quality level. There will always be a certain percentage of controllers that will aspire to the "A" level. But a healthy percentage of 40 controllers is a lot better than a healthy percentage of 8 controllers....
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  35. We are aware that there are technical issues related to the New Member Orientation and Activation processes. Tech has been made aware. Known issues include: Page not loading (40x errors) Exam not assigning Exam assigning but not issuing any questions Account not becoming active after exam successfully passed Will advise in the related thread in the Announcements & Important Notices forum when a resolution has been implemented.
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  36. 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.
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  37. If you go for MSFS, you will NOT need an additional weather program, because Microsoft has not opened the weather interface (yet). For X-Plane the live weather function that comes with the simulator is good for starters. I do own ActiveSky for X-Plane 11 and always used it. The cool thing is that you can define custom weather areas which is good when you want to fly VFR and the actual weather is bad. Simply take a real world METAR and replace all those nasty cloud layers with "CAVOK" and you will be good to go, while the temperature and QNH will remain like in the real world. As usual: before you buy anything, try the weather function(s) that come with the simulator first.
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  38. 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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  39. We have long-held "rule of thumb" precedent that ALL of the following three criteria for a flight to be considered subject to the VSOA policy: Type of Aircraft Callsign Type of Operation All 3 criteria must be met for the flight be be subject to VSOA policy. Just a couple of examples: Two F15's with military callsigns flying in formation is subject to VSOA policy Your example of a pre-planned group flight with a bunch of GA aircraft plus you in a fighter, all using civilian callsigns, flying together or even in formation is fine You flying a MTR in a fighter with a military callsign is subject to VSOA policy You flying a MTR in a fighter with a civilian callsign is fine I know it's not perfectly clear-cut, black or white, no exceptions type definition. It's meant to be a rule of thumb. We won't go evaluate a list of every possibility because "ain't nobody got time for that!" 🙂 Appropriate reason is expected by the members attempting the flight as well as those trying to evaluate it's special operations status. But it has stood the test of time for many, many years. I do hope this helps.
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  40. Thanks Tim I have both XP11 and 12 , and after a complete both version reinstall using the 2 seperate betas of xpilot, it seems that the answer is they SHARE the same Xpilot.exe file and directory .. strange though that may initially seem, it works Ive just had it running in both versions... fingers crossed its no more difficult than that !
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  41. 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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  42. In the meantime give swift pilot client a shot, the latest Alpha and Beta do work with VATSIM and XP12. I am sure that Justin will modify xpilot to make it work as well in due time.
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  43. 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.
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  44. 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.
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  45. Certainly. Just do what you have been asked to do. 🙂
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  46. I think ATC coverage is pretty good these days... it's certainly better than it used to be! Could we always use more? Sure! But the network in its current state is pretty decent. To the OP's point about it being difficult to plan around ATC - this is definitely true. I really wish more controllers would utilize an "expected online until" time; it would dramatically help pilots plan. Controllers want pilots to file flight plans (even while VFR) for THEIR planning purposes... it seems that controllers giving us something to go on in return would be a nice reciprocation. Of course no controller - just like no pilot - is bound to honor anything they file... real life happens and people log off early for a variety of reasons. But having something, *anything* to go on for planning purposes is sure nice.
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  47. As of today, I've been on this network for 18 years. I've been controlling and visiting ARTCCs and FIRs around the world, actively for this entire period, and I do not recognize this at all. Bull. At least not in any of the major ARTCCs. This might have been the case for you in one situation, but most ARTCCs and FIRs pride them selves in keeping scenario files up to date. Are there ARTCCs with limited staff and the ability to fix scenarios? Yup, but those are the exceptions, not the rule. Yes, a lot scenarios include errors that you are responsible to fix. Why? Because we have documentation that you're supposed to read and know, to know the routine situations. On this network, we get non-conformant situations in almost every single session, so we drill in what things you need to look at to ensure it is correct, every time. I don't expect a new S1, S2 or S3 student to know everything by heart - I don't know everything off the top of my head either, but I expect them to know when something is wrong, and where to go to look it up. I have never, in 18 years, experienced this. Most ARTCCs/FIRs don't do syllabus training in that way. I expect you to show up to a session prepared, having already read the materials so I don't have to read it to you. If you haven't done so, then that is an entirely other conversation. Yeah, a lot of this network lives on teenage mentors. Why? Because we don't have anyone else. By your statement, I assume you're of an older generation, and to be frank: people over 25-30 don't want to deal with training, so if you don't want to deal with teenage mentors, do something about it - suck it up, then come help us and contribute as a mentor yourself, I'm sure nearly every single subdivision on this network would greatly appreciate extra help - I know we sure as heck would. Bull. Are there people that do this? Absolutely. The ZNY TS usually have people talking about 18-20 hours a day, 7 days a week, since we have members from all over the world. But do I expect people to? Not at all. Not even close. Out of the 250+ active members and visitors in ZNY, only a small handful are actively on TS daily. There is about a quarter of the members that show up semi regularly, but most people just show up when they control, then hang around for a few minutes, before disconnecting. There is absolutely zero requirement to do so. Are there mom jokes when people hang around for hours at a time? For sure. But if there are things like homophobic references or other discriminating or offensive talk, I expect you, and anyone else who would be a part of such a conversation to report it, immediately to either the ARTCC/FIR staff or to a VATSIM SUP. ABSOLUTELY NOT. With the current GRP it is really difficult to pull someones cert after they have been certified for a position, but it does happen if people do not meet our standards or do not follow policy. I cannot emphasize enough how false this statement is, and this goes for the entire network as far as I have seen. You clearly haven't been around on this network for long, so I understand that you might think this, but it's absolutely wrong. VATSIM centrally, has been trying to standardize a training process for ages, especially with the latest version of the GCAP policy. The big problem is that Air Traffic Control is done very differently around the world, not just on VATSIM, but real world as well. Procedures, scopes, you name it, nothing is the same from one country to the other, hell, even in the US it varies from ARTCC to ARTCC. People have been complaining that it's too hard to become a controller in the beginning of this thread too. I'm sorry, but I disagree with you strongly here. You're talking about trying to make things easier, for a job that in the real world takes 2-4 years for you to get on a scope depending on your facility. If you want to become a controller quick, there are plenty of smaller, less complex ARTCCs in the US that will get you up to C1, very quickly, but if you want to control ZNY, ZLA, ZBW or ZTL, I'm sorry, these are insanely complex facilities that you need to work top down, something a controller, real world, would never, ever do. vZNY is fortunate enough that we now have a significant number of real world ZNY, N90 and PHL controllers as our members as well, controllers that have worked their sectors for years, yet they struggle when combining it all from a center position, when you need to cover not only ZNY Area A34, but also the entire area A, and B, C, D, E and F. Oh, and on top of that, you also need to cover the TRACON that have a 70% washout rate. We have made huge strides in making things simpler. Trying to move people up faster. The problem is that it is a lot of materials to memorize for most ARTCCs, and that just comes with practice.
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  48. One particular ARTCC requires three (3) hours per month for visitors, but not for divisional members. I have been a visitor on and off for 7yrs, and regularly get dumped and have to reapply because I can’t do the required hours for a particular month. Whilst I do agree with currency, I don’t think currency should be confused with hours connected. If currency and competence is a real issue, then you cannot measure that by connection time. Great suggestion for BOG to make a call on so we have some standard policy across the network.
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  49. A suggestion that people don't simply jump back into the deep end from the start. A non obligatory (not a require) OTS is ok too.
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  50. My view as an individual is that activity requirements should be a thing of the past.
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