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  1. When I say this I believe that I speak on behalf of the majority of VATSIM users (both ATC and pilots) but the whole ideal of Eurocontrol is flawed from the outset. Correct me if I'm wrong but the whole idea of these quite frankly mega unrealistic positions (on what is supposed to be a realistic simulation network) was to improve ATC coverage in Europe in the days where traffic was much quieter and ATC much more uncommon. These days the majority of divisions/vacc's are much more active which makes Eurocontrol in a sense redundant. From the ATC perspective controlling adjacent to Eurocontr
    40 points
  2. 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
    31 points
  3. 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
    24 points
  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
    20 points
  5. 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
    20 points
  6. Today we celebrate 20 years of VATSIM! An incredible feat, and one which would not have been possible without all our members, past and present. You have contributed to our community by flying, providing air traffic services, and serving as supervisors or in administrative positions to ensure that our network continues to grow and be successful. To celebrate, we are starting a month-long celebration with events on the network, interviews with some of our staff members, distributing over $2,500 of prizes, and some other surprises! During the next few weeks, we will be visiting all th
    19 points
  7. 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
  8. 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
    17 points
  9. 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
    17 points
  10. 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. -- 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 you couldn't understand an ATC instruction and didn't have the g
    16 points
  11. VATSIM is happy to announce that Tim Barber has been selected to serve as Vice President – Operations following the retirement of Mark Richards. In his new role, Tim will play a crucial role by ensuring all departments are working together to bring positive changes to VATSIM. Tim hails from Canada and joined VATSIM in 2001. He has held several staff positions on VATSIM, most recently as Vice President – Supervisors, a position he has held since 2016. In addition to his time in various VATSIM staff positions, he also helped start one of VATSIM’s first Authorized Training Organizations to p
    16 points
  12. You may be increasing access to Air Traffic Control positions for VATSIM members, but this fails to fulfil the second part "whilst maintaining a standard of quality Air Traffic Control service that VATSIM has become known". If controllers are allowed to continue controlling after showing they do not want to maintain the "standard of quality Air Traffic Control service that VATSIM has become known." then we are not upholding the purpose of the document that lets them do that. This is truly all about quantity over quality.
    15 points
  13. VATSIM promised me they would not be removing the old data feeds whilst legacy clients are using them. An absolute disgrace, and exactly why I shall never be doing any more development for VATSIM. Too many people playing at their fake job titles, not listening to sense. This is what happens with change for the sake of change. Cheers Gary Ex-AFV Lead
    15 points
  14. 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
    14 points
  15. Mark Richards retires from VATSIM Board of Governors It is with bittersweet feeling that the Board of Governors announces the retirement of Mark Richards from VATSIM’s Board of Governors after a long career serving VATSIM in various roles. Mark has spent the last 24 years as a member of VATSIM and previously SATCO staff with his most recent role as Vice President – Operations; one he has held since 2015. Prior to this appointment, he was the regional director for the former Oceania region and chair of the Executive Committee. Early in VATSIM’s history, Mark played a vital role i
    13 points
  16. 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
  17. And you think this is a BAD THING??? If the controller doesn't care to keep up with changes, then why the heck would we keep him around? If you kept insisting that 2+2=5 after spending years doing my taxes, I sure as heck would not keep you as my accountant just to "connect an accountant to a tax payer"? If we're going to have this kind of standard, we're going to end up in IVAOs "no ARTCC" levels at some point - i.e. controllers who don't even know what a runway is and I for one, don't think I want to stand for - or be associated with that sinking ship. Matt - your comments come acr
    12 points
  18. Be honest, when was the last time someone tried to set an activity policy that had to be intervened by the BoG? Most ARTCC policies have to go through Division approval, and no Division would allow that through. We have a management structure in place for situations just like this, and they work 99% of the time. The 1% fringe case can be handled case-by-case by the BoG and doesn't need to be codified into policy. This is red tape for the sake of red tape. Not what VATSIM is about. VATSIM is about a mutual love of aviation, not LARPing the bureaucracy of the FAA.
    12 points
  19. In addition to the excellent advice above -- late runway and approach changes are something which happens, in real life perhaps even more so than on VATSIM, and they are part of the challenge of flying in to a busy, large international airport. With that in mind, if I were briefing for an approach in to somewhere like Frankfurt I would consider this a threat. Threat and error management (TEM) is a major part of flying a modern airliner - just as important, if not more, than the mechanics of actually flying and operating the aircraft itself. What is a threat? Basically, it is anything whic
    12 points
  20. Mark Richards retires from VATSIM Board of Governors It is with bittersweet feeling that the Board of Governors announces the retirement of Mark Richards from VATSIM’s Board of Governors after a long career serving VATSIM in various roles. Mark has spent the last 24 years as a member of VATSIM and previously SATCO staff with his most recent role as Vice President – Operations; one he has held since 2015. Prior to this appointment, he was the regional director for the former Oceania region and chair of the Executive Committee. Early in VATSIM’s history, Mark played a vital role i
    12 points
  21. 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
    12 points
  22. 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
    12 points
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. Happy 20th anniversary to VATSIM. I can vividly remember the moment that Roberto flipped the switch and we were live on our own network. Special mention to the Founders who helped build the finest online aviation simulation in the world. I know we are all proud of the staff and members who define who we are. Stay Safe, Stay Well and Blue Skies to all. Again, Happy Anniversary. Harv Stein VATSIM5
    11 points
  26. This is the crux of the issue. An incompetent controller who refuses to improve will drive away competent controllers. @Matt In the examples you provided, two of them refused to comply with the standards or re-train themselves in order to comply with standards. In the follow-up, you asked "So you would prefer to fly on unicom than fly with a controller who's not perfect?" No one is demanding perfection here, what we want is competence that simulates reality which is vastly different from perfection. I would rather fly with no ATC than be vectored in circles by an incompetent controll
    11 points
  27. 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
    11 points
  28. Hello everyone, Effective today, 7th March 2021 the position Eurocontrol Islands (EURI) will be closed. This heavy and difficult decision comes after some unprecedented times for VATSIM and the Europe region, through which we have seen an exponential increase in traffic numbers, numbers of sectors online at any given time and the complexity of both those two factors from an operations perspective with all the consequences from them. When combined, those factors make the position an extremely complicated one, as well as unneeded given the goal of the EuroCenter vACC of increasing ATC cover
    11 points
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. Here's a crazy idea. Remove the policy from GCAP altogether and let each subdivision create their own activity policy as they see fit. If a controller is unhappy with an activity policy at a particular subdivision, they can move to a subdivision with a more lenient policy. One size fits all policies like this are not the solution with a global network like VATSIM.
    10 points
  32. Yea I have to agree with Andreas..when you try and look into things too deeply and read between the lines is where things get all messed up. VATSIM is a beautiful place, really. Just think about all the hatred in the real world day to day. This is a place where no matter your colour/gender/religion/sexuality etc. you are always welcome and everybody is a friend, and THAT is what matters. Don't unnecessarily disturb it.
    10 points
  33. I've been misgendered on VATSIM for nigh on 20 years. I tend to laugh. Agree with @James Horgan though.
    10 points
  34. Andreas, Earlier in this post you pleaded for your opinion to be recognised before a decision on EURI was made although now you have made a sarcastic comment after Bill has stated his opinion? The service provided by EUR control on a busy day is abismal.. There is my opinion 😉 Ta
    10 points
  35. 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
  36. 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
    10 points
  37. 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
  38. Dear Members, We are lately experiencing various cases (positive and negative) with Eurocontrol, and are have now decided to start a "Potential Project" in order to determine the future of Eurocontrol. In order to do such we need your feedback! Please follow this survey link and fill it out (will take 5-10 minutes of your time): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XD3NZJD NOTE: This survey will NOT determine the immediate future of Eurocontrol, it will give us an idea of which direction to point our work to. Many thanks for your cooperation and fairness! Regards
    9 points
  39. Hello all, I'm posting to let everyone know with as much advanced notice as possible, that I have begun planning for the eventual retirement of VRC. I have not done any new feature development for VRC in many years, mainly because VRC was written in a programming language that I haven't used since 2004, and I simply don't consider myself fluent in that language. (I really never did ... VRC is the only application I ever wrote in C++.) As such, I have no desire nor motivation to work on it, and any development time that I have available gets put into vPilot, vERAM, and vSTARS. So, as
    9 points
  40. Introducing VATSIM Velocity! VATSIM is proud to reveal our new position updating technology called Velocity. Velocity provides position updates more rapidly our current FSD solution. The position update frequency is what determines how other user’s aircraft move when you see them in your flight simulators. For most applications on VATSIM the once every 5 second reporting along with interpolation within the pilot clients provided a solution that worked well. Occasionally, users would see other aircraft make unrealistic jumps or stutters when a new position report was received. How
    9 points
  41. 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
  42. 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
  43. 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
  44. Hi All, Firstly I'd like to say that GCAP is a big step forward from GRP and brings some exciting new possibilities. I know a policy like this takes a lot of time to create and you will never be able to please anyone - my thanks/thoughts go out to those involved with this project, however I'd like to throw my two cents in regardless. Most of GCAP seems to remove a lot of red tape from GRP which is naturally a good thing since the VATSIM world is extremely varied and a one size fits all approach will never work, however the visiting controllers endorsement does seem a little bit too presc
    8 points
  45. I am delighted to announce that Dave Woodward is the new Sub Sahara Africa Division Director. Dave brings a wealth of experience to the role both from his real world aviation experience and also his time in various staff positions on the network. Dave will spend the coming weeks getting to know the Division members and has some fantastic ideas on how we can grow the potential of the Division. I would like to thank everyone to applied for this role. We had some really great candidates who I know will help Dave in the coming weeks and months.
    8 points
  46. I appreciate the opportunity that /t afforded to those with limited means over the past 20+ years, but with the recent increase in traffic and major technical advances, there's really no reason to keep /t (and some compelling reasons to abandon it). It's time that we abandon /t as an option for pilots, with the rare exception of the hearing disabled (for whom I would be more than pleased to continue /t service). Please note, I am not proposing an abandonment of /r. That mode offers some distinct benefits such as keeping the peace for sleeping family members, voice disabilities, and other
    8 points
  47. 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
  48. 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
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