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  1. Norman Blackburn retires from the Board of Governors After 13 years as the Vice President of Conflict Resolution, Norman Blackburn has announced his retirement from the Board of Governors. Norman joined in the BoG in June 2007 and has been a stalwart in promoting excellence in online behaviour and ensuring that when members have been referred to the Conflict Resolution process, that they have been dealt with in a fair and timely fashion. Norman has developed many Division Conflict Resolutions Managers (DCRM) during his tenure and has been an active participant in BoG di
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  2. Message from: Gunnar Lindahl, VATSIM President Date of Release: 9 August 2020 Like any organisation, VATSIM needs to constantly review the way that we deliver our services to our membership. It’s important that we adapt to the way our organisation is evolving, whilst recognising that VATSIM remains a hobby, above all. The past twelve months have seen some of the biggest changes in our history. In October 2019, VATSIM delivered a new voice platform that has revolutionised the experience for both pilots and controllers. Since then, we have delivered a new pilot client for X-Plane and our
    25 points
  3. VATSIM is delighted to annouce two major news items today. The first is our new branding and logo as seen above. We will be rolling out more information on the logo in the coming days as well as a branding guide to our members that have a need to use our new look. The second is that we have been working with the team at Microsoft and Asobo Studios for some time and are happy to annouce that VATSIM will be compatable with Microsoft Flight Simulator upon launch on August 18th, 2020. As we celebrate the next generation of Flight Simulation with Microsoft, we're announcing the start
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  4. 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
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  5. 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
    17 points
  6. Major Revision to VATSIM’s Code of Regulations As previously announced, VATSIM is completing a major change to its governance structure with a primary goal of simplifying the organization’s hierarchy, thus bringing the membership even closer to the Board of Governors and ensuring better collaboration and alignment throughout the organizational structure. Effective 01 October 2020, a new revision of VATSIM’s Code of Regulations (CoR) will go into effect. This revision incorporates twenty-one amendments to the Code of Regulations, the largest single change to this document in VATSIM’s his
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  7. Hello everybody, we lately are running into a lot of pilots unfamiliar with the transition concept in Germany and as traffic nowadays is so busy that it's hard to explain it during controlling I thought it might be helpful to create a little how-to in the hope of better understanding. Transitions in Germany are usually a way to reduce the amount of time-critical radio transmissions in the approach phase to the larger airports by replacing the vectoring into the downwind to the landing runway by defined RNAV waypoints which are always coded beginning with the last two characters of th
    16 points
  8. 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
    15 points
  9. Thanks Nick! We've got some great things that we're planning to bring to the Network. It's my pleasure to announce the new staff of the French vACC: François-Xavier Obert as ATC Training Director, an experienced C1 who has been active in the community for years Peter Pare as the Head of Digital Services, who has already brought us a great new website and associated discord server Fabrice R. as the Head of Marketing, who is already fired up thinking about our next big event This is only the start of the new structure, and we are actively looking for new members to join our
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  10. 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
  11. Aidan Stevens, Vice President - Technical Development and Zach Biesse-Fitton, Vice President - Web Services have announced their intentions to retire from VATSIM’s Board of Governors. While we are sad to see them leave the Board of Governors, we are excited that both intend to pursue other roles within VATSIM and deliver the changes we have been working so hard to bring to production. Zach’s retirement from the Board of Governors corresponds to his desire to return to his home division in a senior leadership role as interim division director for VATPAC. Zach also wishes to allow a ne
    13 points
  12. Hi all, It gives me great pleasure to announce the rebirth of the French vACC. With this comes a new home for the French community located here: https://vatsim.fr/ The new website provides more stable server with newer architecture and hardware to support the vACC going forward, as well as a discord server for all members to join. The new vACC Director is @Pierre Ferran. Pierre will be introducing his staff team shortly and with this we hope to see a burst of activity and new developments in the area. Please join me in wishing Pierre and his team best of luck in their positions
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  13. Dubai Intl. Airport (OMDB) was staffed during the whole week (27th Week), between 29th June 0000Z - 5th July 2359Z. This is the personal best record for the vACC. This wasn't possible without the support of the dedicated team of controllers from different nationalities that we have here in this vACC! We handled good amount of both IFR & VFR traffic during the whole week along with 2 events. Thanks to everyone for the support. Want to join an immersive, fun and engaging community? Why not join the U.A.E vACC as a pilot or controller! Start your ATC training with us a
    12 points
  14. This week (Iron Mic Week 17) for the first time that I can remember, the VP Supervisors has been kept busy dealing with some extremely disappointing behaviour between two of the competitors. While I am not going to name and shame, I was VERY close to disqualifying both facilities from this week's competition, but as it made no difference to the final results, I have not. The results have spoken volumes that being petty is not worth the grief. Everyone; this is a fun competition that is all about encouraging ATC online, for which I, and the other members of the Board of
    12 points
  15. We've heard your requests, and we understand that the current, colon-delimited datafile has been a pain to deal with and acts as a barrier to entrance for many new developers. As such, we have rewritten the dataserver which comes with a brand new JSON file that includes a 1:1 field mapping with the colon-delimited file. Documentation for this new file can be found here. This is officially v1.0 and is now considered in production. We are also doing our best to embrace open-source and community involvement with our technology, so you can find the code for the new dataserver on our GitHub, h
    11 points
  16. In accordance with the notice given at BoG Meeting Minutes and Schedule, the Board of Governors Meeting for Q1 2020 (January to March) will take place at 20:00UTC on Saturday 18APR20. AGENDA Open meeting, roll call, apologies, and proxies – Gunnar Lindahl Ad hoc votes since the last meeting – Mark Richards Old Business Proposed Changes to Executive Committee - Jackson Harding Roadmap Prioritisation Check-up - Mark Richards, Matt Cianfarani, Aidan Stevens, Zach Biesse-Fitton AFV and CTAF - Mark Richards New Business The future of CTP - Tim
    11 points
  17. I flew in the VATeir 24 Hour event and I could not let it pass without a mention on this forum. This small vACC just amazes me. Their staff team are second to none and their organization of community events is superb. It was an absolute pleasure to depart out of Dublin today and such a busy event it was. The controllers produced a truly professional experience from the start to the end. Well done to all for providing a most enjoyable afternoon for me. Events like these really make it an absolute pleasure to be part of this worldwide organization. Massive pat on the back to Cathal and his team,
    10 points
  18. Hello, It deeply saddens me how rude pilots are on UNICOM. Last night I was departing Anchorage at around 10pm EST, and I was as usual doing my UNICOM announcements on voice and text. I know very well I am tricky to understand because of my disability. So to help, whenever I transmit ill type it as well. When I announced when I announced that I was departing, I got some quite rude feedback asking if I was "high", or "drunk", can't remember the exact wording but. Not the first time sadly won't be the last. Now I'm not writing this to bad mouth anyone, but let me try to tell you a bit abou
    10 points
  19. VATSIM announces Nicola Felini has been elected to VATSIM’s Board of Governors as Vice President, Conflict Resolution. We’re excited to announce that VATSIM North America Region Director, Nicola Felini, has been appointed to the VATSIM Board of Governors as the Vice President, Conflict Resolution. VATSIM strives to maintain consistency and fairness throughout the conflict resolution process, and as such, Nicola will be responsible for reviewing, modernizing, and maintaining all aspects of the Conflict Resolution division. Nicola was appointed to the position of North America Region D
    9 points
  20. VATSIM is delighted to announce that Matt Bozwood-Davies has been elected to VATSIM’s Board of Governors as Vice President, Technical Development. Matt works in web and software development in his real world job, and has a strong background in the online flight simulation community. Many of you will know him from previous staff positions in Jacksonville ARTCC, or more recently from his involvement with BAVirtual, as well as being a VATSIM Supervisor. Matt has been an active VATSIM developer for many months, mostly focussing on myVATSIM which is the hub for the new registration process and
    9 points
  21. Due to a number of issues, notice is hereby given that the Iron Mic competition has been suspended until further notice. The future of the competition is being discussed at the VATSIM Board of Governors Meeting next Saturday and the final decision on its future will be released with the minutes of that meeting. The results published for Week 26, will be the final results published pending the decision of the BoG. No correspondence in respect of the reasons for this will be entered into.
    9 points
  22. 04 December 2020 The Founders and Board of Governors would like to take a few moments to thank our controllers and controller staff members for their hard work thus far in 2020 and their continued selfless contributions to our network. VATSIM would not be the best online aviation network in the world if it were not for the contributions and sacrifices our members who pursue air traffic control ratings make daily. The countless hours one puts into training for a new rating, providing air traffic services on the network for the pilots, and going even further above and beyond by trainin
    8 points
  23. 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
  24. Dear Pilots, recently, especially after FSLabs made their Airbus compatible, a lot of pilots are now using CPDLC. However, I experienced that quite some of you seem to be unsure about the correct procedure, how and when to use it. - Logon is done by the pilot. Generally, there is no obligation to use CPDLC (regional rules may be different, e.g. Hannover UIR in Germany) and VHF overrules CPDLC in any case- No matter what the satus of the LogOn request is, you have to do an initial call via VHF- CPDLC should not be used below FL100. Time critical calls should be made via VHF- In gener
    8 points
  25. Throughout its existence, we have seen countless examples of members connecting with other flight simulation enthusiasts from all over the world using the VATSIM Network. With the launch of the VATSIM Forums this became a key part of the network and our community for many years. As a part of the rebranding, we honored the three key elements which the network revolves around; "Aviate", "Educate" and "Communicate". Communication not only on the network, but between members on the forums, in our Facebook groups and other social media platforms. Our Marketing & Communications team ha
    8 points
  26. VATSIM Middle East and VATSIM Europe Divisions are proud to bring back another edition of Cross the Land! Our planning teams have been hard at work and we are glad to announce that Cross the Land: Eastbound 2020 will happen on the 13th of June 2020 1100z till 2100z! This year we will be adding something new to our event, airport votings! This will allow you (yes, you, the pilot!) to choose airports that have applied for our event. 4 Departure & Arrival airports will be selected for the event. Airport votings will open on 18th of April at 0000z and will last 2 weeks, final voting d
    8 points
  27. Wait a minute, do you mean something like this? 😋 ICAO flight planning has long been on my personal wish list - it's a work in progress but it's happening 😄
    8 points
  28. Repost because the original post is no longer available. EuroSounds is a contemporary update package to replace the original sounds in the Euroscope ATC Client. Each of the high quality, original sounds in the package have been custom engineered in order to make Euroscope feel even more immersive and realistic than ever before. (Yes, including the start-up sound 😃) Like to learn more? View installation instructions and a demo video here.
    8 points
  29. Current and Future Changes to VATSIM FSD Servers Last weekend VATSIM began the next phase of modernizing its network infrastructure. This phase involves changes to our FSD servers, which are the servers you choose when connecting to VATSIM on your pilot and controller clients. When completed, users will no longer have to select a VATSIM server when connecting to the network. Instead you will be connected to the best server for your area automatically. You will simply enter your credentials and connect. Accomplishing this task requires the retirement of some of our legac
    8 points
  30. Hi all, I've pushed a new default theme live which should resolve the mobile responsiveness, and the light background colors behind white text at the top right. As always, let us know if there's anything we need to fix. Thanks!
    8 points
  31. That's a non-sequitur ... they also say, "If it ain't broke, it might still benefit from an upgrade." 😄
    8 points
  32. Welcome to Cross The Pond: Eastbound 2020! Airfield voting is closed, your votes have been counted and the results are in; here are the airports for Cross The Pond: Eastbound 2020! This year we are setting new standards, with no fewer than 16 participating airports! We are excited about the results, making up a staggering 54 city pairs across the North Atlantic ocean! With no further ado, here are the airports that will facilitate your flights on November 14th! Departures: CYYZ (Toronto Pearson intl.) CYYC (Calgary intl.) KATL (Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta
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  33. == 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
  34. With documentation now mostly complete, we're pleased to announce that vatSys is officially in Open Beta. There are a number of concepts used in operating vatSys that while used every day in real life, may be foreign to new users. Please ensure you read the documentation prior to requesting support here in the forums. You will encounter bugs. Please press send when prompted to forward along detailed error information. Visit https://www.virtualairtrafficsystem.com/ to get started. Enjoy!
    7 points
  35. Important Links Pilot Resource Center: https://vats.im/prc vPilot: https://vats.im/vpilot Air Traffic Controller Training: https://vats.im/atc Code of Conduct: https://vats.im/coc Frequently Asked Questions "I’m new to VATSIM and I want to get started flying as fast as possible" Before you get started flying please ensure that you’ve ready through our pilot resource center on how to file a flight plan for VFR or IFR flight → https://vats.im/prc "How can I connect to VATSIM with Microsoft Flight Simulator?" VATSIM uses an app
    7 points
  36. Would you be interested in a VATSIM Middle East Podcast with select members of staff and the community? Let us know of your thoughts in this thread if you are interested and we can potentially look into it in the future.👀
    7 points
  37. Hi all, Please join me in welcoming Mattia Torti who will be assuming the position of Deputy Director of VATEUD. Matt brings a wealth of experience both as a staff member on VATSIM and experience from his personal life. Me and him will be working together with all the division's staff and vACC teams to expedite projects that are currently ongoing and start new ones to benefit the members of the community. Best of luck in the role!
    7 points
  38. VATSIM seeks Vice President, Conflict Resolution (VATGOV8) VATSIM is an international online flight simulation network with well over 90,000 active members. An exciting vacancy on our Board of Governors is now open for applications. If you're a well-established VATSIM member who has a real passion for the network and the drive to support and work with other departments in VATSIM to support our membership, we want to hear from you! The Vice President, Conflict Resolution coordinates the activities of various Regional and Divisional Conflict Resolution Panels. Receives complaints and a
    7 points
  39. I noticed during a flight today that the transmitting volumes of pilots are quite far apart. Some pilots are difficult to understand due to low transmitting volume while some pilots blow out your eardrums when transmitting. Would it be possible to implement in the audio software something the equalizes the volumes of all pilots to a certain level, by boosting the low volume speakers and slightly muting the high volume speakers. The controller can then decide with their computer volume at what volume they want to recieve the transmissions. DJ software already has this kind of function for equal
    7 points
  40. Hi guys, my name is Daniel Regueira, I am virtual pilot and controller in Vatspa Spain. I am also deaf and use a cochlear implant but I find it difficult to understand people by voice as I am not face to face to understand it since I need to use text with the pilots. My reason is to give a suggestion to the vatsim team and the euroscope team is to put an option to check text-only box and when the drivers enter the frequency they receive a few beeps and that a text or sound that says sorry sir appears, on this frequency is not available for voice, use only text because the controller is deaf. P
    7 points
  41. Following internal tech team communications, and a discussion I had with Gunnar yesterday evening, we have extended the EOL date to the 1st March, with the potential to extend to the 31st if deemed absolutely necessary. With staff in the Development Discord, there are several solutions being created by the community that will be shared by VATSIM when they are complete, to aid in the transition and to provide a quick solution for access to the feed. These changes have full approval of the Board of Governors. I, nor anyone, can or should be expected to check or know of every singl
    6 points
  42. Hi all, for those of you who are still or again using Qutescoop (this is a link) or who are interested in testing it, download this version . We have updated the airspace data of almost the entire world. You will be able to see almost all CTR and FSS stations displayed correctly. You never heard about Qutescoop? It's an old, but really good program, that will show you the current status of ATC and pilots at VATSIM in both graphical, but also in tabular way. You can search, list and display ATC bookings from VATBOOK. You can search for flightplan routes from vroute and then display th
    6 points
  43. 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
  44. 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
  45. == 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
    6 points
  46. Dear VATSIM Members, The VATSIM Caribbean Division is one of the most diverse in the Americas. With over 30 different countries or decencies, it can be a challenge selecting divisional standards that benefit all the major facilities within the Caribbean. It has been a primary goal of my team and I to re-focus our division to serve our facilities to our best ability. In my professional life, I am a marketing director for a company with over 11,000 employees. During that time, I learned that supporting a diverse team starts at the very bottom: creating a consistent brand experience for
    6 points
  47. Today the divisional staff has accepted the resignation of John Koranteng as our membership director, John will officially vacate his position on the 30th of September. Since joining in the start of the year, John has helped us achieve many milestones and helped us attain a positive and reputable outlook towards our community and the network. John has helped us achieve more goals between divisions, events and our signature bi-annual event Cross the Land. John has also helped us elevate our standards and organization for the division to make sure that everything was in order. Please join me in
    6 points
  48. 13 September 2020 An Incredible Milestone for VATSIM I am writing to you today to announce and congratulate all VATSIM members on an amazing accomplishment for our network. As of last Saturday, 05 September 2020, VATSIM has eclipsed 100,000 active members! We are in the middle of the busiest development cycle that VATSIM has seen in its almost 20 year history as we continue to work to ensure you, our members, have the best experience possible with your hobby - but it would be remiss if we did not stop and take pause at this accomplishment and what it means.
    6 points
  49. I'm sorry you had this experience Robbie! This is definitely not up to the standards VATSIM holds. We accept all kinds of people, and we have an amazing community with people from all around the world, each with their own kinds of challenges and struggles. One of the points of VATSIM is to bring people together, unite them under a shared passion and have them forget about their struggles for a while. Speaking from experience, sadly I agree with the fact that it probably won't be the last time this happens. However that does not mean you should accept it happening. VATSIM has dedicate
    6 points
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