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Gunnar Lindahl

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  1. What an uplifting message to read. Great to have you onboard, Tyler.
  2. It's a really interesting discussion. I remember the days when I would very deliberately plan my flying around events in order to see other traffic and have ATC. The surge in VATSIM membership over the past 14 months has really altered this dynamic in certain locations (not all!). I'm reasonably confident that balance will restore "naturally" over time as we get used to this "new VATSIM normal" and facilities adapt to the change in traffic levels.
  3. 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
  4. Hi Mark, As you know, VATSIM is driven entirely by its community's base. We have structures that allow our network to govern itself - rules, procedures, leadership structures etc, but ultimately our network can only succeed when our communities in local facilities drive growth and activity - as happens all over the world. Our membership base in Africa has always been smaller, but it is nevertheless significant with over 3,000 members. I am very willing to meet with anyone and everyone who has ideas of what tools you guys need, which you feel you aren't currently getting, to drive you
  5. 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
  6. I fondly remember the airshows at Sywell, Bill, and they were excellent. I've probably got some screenshots somewhere! With some formal organisation and a heads up with the relevant people there's no reason why these couldn't be a success.
  7. Dear all, For reference the global release on what changes are coming to FSD servers is here: https://www.vatsim.net/news/current-and-future-changes-vatsim-fsd-servers First of all, I can say confidently that there was no disrespect to anyone intended. Matt and his team have been slowly consolidating our FSD infrastructure over the past 12-18 months including the closure of other servers. Had we known what an emotive subject this would be we would of course had done more to re-assure our friends Down Under and in NZ prior to the change taking place. Most people will know this, but to
  8. A number of facilities offer this feature - VATSIM UK being one. Head to https://www.vatsim.uk/airports, select any airport and scroll down for a list of free stands. I use it for Heathrow all the time
  9. A few points on this thread but particularly Simon on some of your thoughts. First of all it’s important to note that the discussion around this proposed change started as we prepared as an organisation to become compliant with GDPR. The most important component here by far for this particular topic is that VATSIM’s data servers spew out the details you enter in the “name” field and this is visible to literally anyone, and is transmitted across all manner of external online viewing tools. Whether they should do that or not is immaterial, that’s what they did at the time and that’s what th
  10. Just to say that the new forum feels much more modern and is so much easier to read - thanks to all for your efforts in the migration.
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