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  1. One thing we've always had, at least back in the early VATSIM and SATCO days, is that any real-world controller automagically received the rating of C1 here on the network. That would allow them to bypass all of the training to get to that particular level. Now, what happens for the particular sector/FIR they would control in is a different issue, but globally on the network, all real-world controllers started here as a C1 ranked controller. BL.
  2. I can't stress this site enough. This is the Pilot Resource Center (the PRC) that VATSIM has had for, oh... the past 15 years. This plethora of information has been updated over that period of time, and contains all the information that a new pilot needs. I would definitely look at this, and then when it comes to phraseology for aviation communications, check out the section that is broken down for your particular region, as they are relevant to the part of the world you intend to fly in. It is definitely worth it. Should you try it? Absolutely! I mean, who knows? Not only could you sharp
  3. I agree, but not necessarily offtopic. The issue with visiting controllers is that they want to go to the major airports where the traffic is at, which is creating the congestion for resources that the staff at that particular facility has. However, when they have their choice of other airports, they can do what FH willingly did, and generate traffic that way. He had others that followed in his footsteps and did the same thing, regardless of in their home facility, as a visiting controller at KZLA, or otherwise. That recipe can be repeated throughout the network, using what he did as a templat
  4. I'm gonna tell you guys a little story about a guy named Don Fiveash. Some of you who have been around here a long time may remember the name, but for those that haven't, it's a good story, especially when it relates to the perception of "more busy and popular airports". Posted from the ATM at the time in ZLA, in 2006: https://forums.laartcc.org/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=5624 Don (FH) Fiveash was a great friend to ZLA who passed away over the weekend of May 13, 2006. His contribution to the Los Angeles ARTCC in the areas of pilot training, controller training, and VFR awareness was
  5. Quickly revisiting this. @Ross Carlson, do you remember off the top of your head if the latest version of VRC was compiled against the 32bit or 64bit C++ libraries? I ask, because with the announcements today from M$, Windows 11's minimum requirements are soon going to start to force our hand. For those not in the know, Windows 11 minimum requirements are: a 64bit CPU (or SoC), 4GB RAM, and 64GB of disk space. This means that while Windows 11 will not run on 32bit hardware, it still will run 32bit software. So VRC is safe for now if it were compiled agai
  6. These would be more referred to as CVFPs (Charted Visual Flight Procedures), where you are following a chart that has visual references for you to point out for your approach to a given runway. KSFO has those, with the Quiet Bridge and Tipp Toe Visual approaches to 28L/R, or the Four Stacks Visual Approach into 15 at KBUR: https://aeronav.faa.gov/d-tpp/2105/00067FOURSTACKS_VIS15.PDF https://aeronav.faa.gov/d-tpp/2105/00375QUIETBRIDGE_VIS28LR.PDF https://aeronav.faa.gov/d-tpp/2105/00375TIPPTOE_VIS28LR.PDF They've been called these (at my guess) to differentiate those type of
  7. Very interesting indeed! Yu, are you using WINE for both EuroScope and AFV? I ask because while I have VRC running natively on the mac via CrossOver, I haven't tried AFV yet. I went the CrossOver route because of space limitations at the time (I'm currently on a mid-2011 MBA, but plan to upgrade when the next Macbook Pros are released). I may be able to get a full install of WINE running and try it that way as well. If you could let us know if you're using WINE on the mac, I'll give that a shot. Thanks! BL.
  8. With some workarounds, I am able to control with VRC on a Mac. Now granted that I am working on what will be a 10-year old Mac (I'm holding out for the next M-series), it's stil a Mac and works. Initially to get back into them, I built a Hackintosh out of old leftover parts I had from tearing down my Linux box (I had been on a Linux box for all personal work and a separate Windows box for ATC/simming for a good 10 years prior to doing this) just to try it out, then went all in and bought a Macbook Air. While Bootcamp works, if I wanted to dual boot a full copy of Windows, I'd have just b
  9. I think it is safe to say that the standard here is REALISM. However, as you have mentioned before, that realism is variable to each person on the network. But for the sake of the argument, let's break it down into three different areas: Pilots. Yes, we have our varying degrees of pilots, from those who may think it is as simple as starting a car and watching it go (for anyone who owns a newer model car, that's as simple as pushing a button) to those with their own yoke and pedals, to a fully blown simulator. There are those who go from wanting to simulate the barrel roll that was done o
  10. If that happened, I think we'd have a number of people fighting to get to the front of the line to secretly replace someone's Pepsi stash with caramel-colored pickle juice. 😈 BL.
  11. No disrespect intended here, but this is a little bit disingenuous here, as it really cheapens the value of what controllers who have been here a long while have to offer, especially without having a good frame of reference of the clients we've had here over the past 20 years. I mean, while a lot of people haven't been here long (read: over 10 years), they do not know of the days when VATSIM had things real easy with ProController. If you want ease with a ton of bugs, that was what we had and was the only controller client we could use (as well as one port, kProController, which was a rewrite
  12. Dotcom is an actual callsign for those using fltplan.com to file their flightplans. It isn't just for those filing anonymously across the board. For example, those using FlightAware to file their flightplans won't use Dotcom as their callsign.. As for the callsign for BBJ aircraft, why not do what other GAs do? Either full tail number, or Boeing XXXX, as you'd be using the aircraft manufacturer... BL.
  13. This is good to know. So there should be nothing restricting someone from departing a military airport, flying from one end of that military airspace, turning back around, and landing at the same airport they departed. If that's the case, I think that is what Jason is looking for. BL.
  14. You bring up some good questions here. First, I don't think it's right that one has to be certified by a VSO to fly out of a civilian airport that may lie within any SUA. That would essentially mean that every airport I mentioned would require certification by a VSO to fly into or out of, even if it is a public (read: not military) field. I'll check our SOPs to see if we have anything regarding that. Second, this brings up a much broader question. Does VSO's requirements for a pilot trump the SOPs/LOAs for a given area in relation to a non-military airport in any SUA? Granted this is
  15. Think about it this way. There are still some civilian airports that lie within that airspace. For example, NV65, L92, and 1L1 are in the NTTR. NV65 is about 15 miles east of KINS, while L92 and 1L1 are way up in the desert. You could also fly from KTPH to KTNX, and go from outside the NTTR to inside it. Or fly one of the EG&G (read: Just Another Non-Existent Airline) flights from KLAS to the NTTR. As for other airspaces, we have the fun-loving R-2508, where KEDW is, KTSP, KIYK, and KMHV are there, and open to the public. So you could end up with civilian flights in restricted airspa
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