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Kyle Ramsey 810181

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  1. I had the pleasure of working with Bev while developing the PRC and writing a dozen articles or so for it. I later got to serve with him on the BoG and when he retired from the BoG I took over as VP PT and helped fulfill his vision of how the ratings would lay out. The VATSIM Pilot Ratings will remain a big part of his legacy in VATSIM and has touched tens of thousands of members. In the summer of 2008 I was working (was doing consulting) east of where he lived and had to drive to St Louis to catch an airliner the next day early. I stopped by his house and we went out to dinner and ate
  2. The P1 is fully automated, go take it and let me know if you didn't learn something you didn't know. Pilots are used to being evaluated, this is just another one of those, and if you know your stuff it isn't difficult. The P1 is far more about how to be successful on VATSIM than technical flying stuff anyway and I have had multi-year members tell me they learned something they didn't know when they took it. There were plenty of rw pilots who developed the ratings, and plenty of non rated dedicated folks too.
  3. Welcome to VATSIM, Chris. The OP suggested a P1 is all one needs and should be made mandatory; I notice you haven't gotten one yet. I can recommend Rob's organization, VATSTAR as a great place to get that rating and others as well that will put you on track to ne very good at talking to ATC. VATSTAR has both online learning and humans if you need one. you can also get the P1 at the Pilot Training Academy fully automated, and there is a full Pilot Resource Center with numerous articles that are helpful to first time pilots on VATSIM.
  4. The best explanation I can offer is it is an adaptation to our sim software. With the sim transponder in STBY nobody knows if the pilot meant to do that on purpose or if he made a mistake. So that starts ATC to calling SUPs to try to sort it out. If the guy is VFR why is it a problem to just put in a VFR code and be done with it; no ambiguity, no problems. SUPs don't go looking for these, they respond to calls from ATC. If ATC doesn't call then there is no problem; if they do then there might be if the pilot refuses to cooperate when given an instruction to put in a VFR code, because a
  5. You are putting words in my mouth Simon, I never said that. All clients have a transponder. If you are VFR squawk a VFR code then there is no ambiguity and your VFR flight can continue without any disturbance. Its really that simple.
  6. I see the internet lawyers are out in force. The clients all have a transponder and pilots should/shall/must use it. Supervisors aren't going to go hunting for these but when they are brought up by ATC the Supervisor is expected to address the issue as a violation of CoC and so is the pilot. No member, including supervisors, are empowered to decide which CoC/CoR rules they will not enforce today. VATSIM is designed to join ATC members with pilot members and while we do try to emulate many RW situations there are also VATSIM online adaptations that deviate from the RW. This is one o
  7. What if we don't have the human resources to give personal instruction? I mention it because we don't. Should we then just throw up our hands and quit training altogether? When I first join SATCO (pre-VATSIM) all training was by CBT and recorded files (and we didn't have voice comms at all). What evidence does this pilot have that feedback isn't acted on? What happens in the background isn't published. If the quiz answers can't be found in the material that would suggest the material is deficient, not the quiz. In the end a quiz won't ensure proficiency, only practice will do
  8. Text only pilots and controllers is a minority but we're still not going to shove them out of VATSIM because of it. Text has been with VATSIM since before we even had text and veterans know how to use text without difficulty, and even newer members can learn and adapt.
  9. That young man's flying skills can be improved; can your attitude be brought into alignment within VATSIM CoC?
  10. As is so often the case there is more here than is seen in this post. I don't fault the OP, it probably looks that way to him and he uses language in imprecise ways that folks who have been around VATSIM for a while will infer differently. All that happened was this new CID was flagged as a duplicate to an older one. When this occurs and the member says they haven't had an account before we are left with a few options, one is to ask for an official government ID and we do two things there; ask that any personal information beyond the name be hidden, and we don't keep a copy of it. As
  11. Not even a remotely true statement. A pilot that lacks knowledge and becomes disruptive is removed by calling a Sup. Both groups require knowledge. The argument is that some facilities place an undue burden on the knowledge required by a controller at such a high level it becomes difficult to impossible to gain ratings. I hear all the time about how many controllers are leaving the network. Well news flash, they have been leaving since Day 1, except under the current program they aren't replaced faster than they are leaving, so facilities are training themselves out of business. Raising
  12. Unfortunately, very few student controllers have your self-restraint. Or pilots... Yet both of them are bound by the CoC that says they shall be.
  13. The GRP asks to train controllers to competency. Most facilities misinterpret that to mean proficiency, and that proficiency to an insanely high level. That was never the intent of GRP, nor the Founders. Someday we may get a handle on it.
  14. The real judgement call happens in the results of such actions. If you can answer a SUP or ATC call and adjust your flight based on their input such that it is transparent if you are at the keyboard or at the fair on your phone, I don't see much to get excited about. No impact. If all you can do is answer a call but can't respond positively to ATC commands to climb, descend, turn, slow down, etc., and your flight continues to disrupt others and at that point technically ignore ATC commands, then that's a problem and responding to text or voice alone won't save you from being disconnected an
  15. I'm torn on the languages to be honest. As a rw pilot I get English is the main aviation language. Except it isn't so much anymore as in China they are quite OK with nobody speaking English there. That may be a moving target going forward, or it may be in the end we recognize having a single language for all aviation really does promote a higher degree of safety for everyone. On the other hand the model of a hobby in my mind is to meet all new members at their local level. Web sites should be local language, procedures, pilot training, also local. If I go take flying lessons in German
  16. Great, here's a list to get started, but I suspect you're missing a dozen or more other languages too: CoC CoR UA PRC All test questions (which requires making sure the context, not just the words, are correct for that language and location) All P1 material in the Academy Then we need a CERT rewrite to accommodate this new system. And, do keep in mind, this is unlikely to solve the OP's list of issues so get ready to do the same for all the other ratings, not that this will solve the OP either but it would be cool to have all the ratings in 20-30 languages.
  17. Make people go through the Pilot Resource Center and ask them 10 basic questions before issuing them a VATSIM ID. As I said previously there are both technical and cultural reasons that this won't work today. My personal vision is all new folks will have either a P1 or a S1 in hand prior to getting a CID, but we have to wait on the tech to catch up. However, as I also previously said, this will solve a small portion of the 'new pilot' issues, others we need to use our Supervisor staff to help them out and resolve real time issues anyone may be having with a new member.
  18. It is in the welcome email with a link. What else can we do to point it out to people?
  19. A forum poll would represent an extreme minority of VATSIM users and won't move me at all. Pilot training is discussed all the time within the BoG, even making P1's mandatory. Too many other tech and cultural roadblocks remain in place to make it a player at this time. Why don't we start by having everyone already in VATSIM get a P1, and beyond, then when new guys show up it looks odd to not have one. Maybe if the demand is high enough the ATOs will build through those tech and cultural issues. Divya Patel in the last BoG meeting announced we had broken through 10,000 pilot ratin
  20. The Iron Mic Award recognizes a team effort at a facility, it's not an individual award.
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