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  1. I’m a real world controller™. I was a VATSIM controller long before I got into the FAA. Do I agree with top down being flawed? Only partially. The top down model is borne out of necessity otherwise you’d have a bunch of center only guys staffed treating every core 30 field as one in, one out. Where’s there any semblance of enjoyment in that for the pilots? FAA/ICAO/insert Aviation governing authority here-isms absolutely have their place on VATSIM, but the reality is that the staffing and aircraft density doesn’t lend itself well to treating the entire vNAS as “terminal facilities ar
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  2. for bonus points, identify yourself as "solo student" in the call. "Melbourne Centre, DZE C172 solo student, request clearance to YMML"
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  3. Another tip is to jump in with just the ATC callsign followed by your callsign, and wait for the controller to respond. That way, in case you did step on someone, at least it was for a 2-second transmission instead of a 10-second request for clearance.
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  4. Glad you had a good experience. For other new pilots reading, I generally recommend NOT choosing the largest, busiest airports on the network to make your first flights from. But with some patience and willingness to learn, VATSIM is a game-changing addition to your sim flying. Hope to see and hear you in the skies!
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  5. Yep, AFV was designed for exactly the purpose of making the radio sound and behave more like how it does in the real world, and it's one of my very favorite changes that was made on VATSIM. Of course that introduced the issue you just described. The technique I have usually found to be the most effective, from the pilot's perspective, is to try and time your transmission after your best estimate of another pilot's readback. That is, if a controller says, "AAL1022, descend and maintain FL360," silently read back the clearance, then chime in after you've finished. It's certainly not perfec
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  6. 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
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  7. Probably already mentioned by others, but having a working knowledge of local language phraseology makes perfect sence. We as atc controllers should be able to service local non-english speaking members as well as English. The only reason I see to have an English-only speaking atc in a non-English speaking community is in areas, where local atc is non-existing. To help to establish a local VATSIM ARTCC unit might only be done in this way. Visiting controllers - well, they are nice to have, but not essential. So if a person really - I mean really WANT to control in a foreign place - he/she
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  8. 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
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  9. Hello all, For use in my local VACC I have made a simple euroscope plugin to add some timers to use to apply wake turbulence separation between starting aircraft. After releasing and testing it locally within the Dutch VACC I think it's good to go to share with everybody. These timers are drawn inside your euroscope screen, it includes timers for 1, 2 and 3 minutes. Left mouse button will start or restart any of the timers independently. Right mouse button will reset any of the timers. A sound will be played and the relevant timer will be shown in red when a timer has finished.
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  10. New sector file like Jeppesen's charts, Venezuela.
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