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Alan Cooke

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  1. Apos thank you for your service to the Europe Region and also your commitment to the EC.

    I wish you well for the future. Please don’t be a stranger.

    Indeed Andreas! WTH is going on!?


    Thanks for all your work the past years Apos


    Hi guys just to put your mind at ease there is nothing going on. These resignations are nothing more than an unfortunate coincidence. They are in no way linked.

  2. with particular interest to the steady decline in numbers of pilots who are utilising the ATO to train for their P1 & P2 Ratings


    The Q2 VATOCE ATO report reported that there was a 91% increase in pilot ratings given compared to Q1. How is this a steady decline?


    Hi Greg, there was indeed a 91% increase in P1 ratings. The ATO has very little to do with P1 as it is only a theory exam. The same rating can be gained at the VATSIM academy by doing a theory exam only. The real work for the ATO was training members for their P2 as this required lessons and a check flight exam.

    Putting the numbers into perspective the P2 increased by 50%. That doesn't sound too bad until you look at the actual figures. It increased from 2 to 3 pilots. In Q4 2018 there were 10 pilots who took the P2 course and exam, so this is where the decline has come.


    The current CFI as I am sure you know has resigned and while I was on a LOA due to ill health my deputy ran a recruitment process to replace him. There was very little interest shown in this and a minimal amount of applications.

    The extraordinary meeting was called to discuss the future of the ATO. It was very well attended by the full regional team plus the 2 Divisional Directors and they discussed all possible solutions, to which I listened to everyone giving their thoughts. I will disclose that the decision to close was a unanimous decision.


    I hope this puts things into perspective for you but as always you know where I am should you wish to ask anything further.





  3. I am happy to report that the application process to appoint VATPAC's new Director Of Division has been completed. It was a hard fought contest with 2 candidates nearly impossible to separate.


    It gives me great pleasure to announce that the new DD is Callum Strawbridge, I wish him well in his new appointment and I am sure the community will get behind him and support him as he works with the Board to improve VATPAC for all it's members. 


    I must also thank the selection panel for the work they did in trying to find the best possible candidate. 


    Thanks must also go to David for stepping in at a time of crisis in an acting role. He settled the Division down and has brought plenty of new structure and confidence to the board, I personally am very grateful to David for this and it will also set up Callum in a good position for moving forward. I would like to wish David well in his future endeavors.


    There will now be a short transition period where David can hand over to Callum.

  4. VATSIM OCEANIA REGION invites applications for the position of Divisional Director Australia VATPAC1.

    Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.



    The Division Director is an important link between the "front line" of the network and VATSIM Oceania Region.

    The duties below are intended for further delegation in part but ultimate responsibility lies with the Division Director.


    Reports to:


    VATSIM Oceania Regional Director


    Direct Reports:


    Director, ATC Training

    Director, Operations

    Director, Events & Communications

    Director, IT






    Responsible for overall smooth operation of the VATPAC Division of VATSIM

    Establishes and publishes VATPAC policies and duties of VATPAC Board of Directors

    Conducts and chairs periodic meetings with VATPAC Board of Directors

    Oversees the continued growth and maintenance of VATPAC information systems

    Works directly with other Division Directors to foster international cooperation and the exchange of ideas

    Communication to VATPAC Board of Directors and members

    Monitor progress of ongoing procedures (Training, Membership, Events, IT, etc)

    Monitor ATC ID Upgrades

    Maintains an on line presence on the VATSIM Network

    Produces a quarterly report to the VATSIM Oceania Regional Director

    Attends quarterly conference with VATNZ Divisional Director and VATSIM Oceania Regional Director




    Position Holder Attributes and Requirements:


    Be a member of the OCEANIA Region of VATSIM for a period longer than 12 months (prerequisite)

    Be a member of good standing in VATSIM for more than two years at the time of application (prerequisite)

    Be rated on VATSIM to no less than Controller Level (prerequisite)

    Have good knowledge of the VATSIM Code of Conduct and Code of Regulations

    Have proven ability in the management of a small group of people

    Be able to work well within a voluntary organisation

    Have proven ability with the use of VATSIM Approved Controller Client Software

    Have proven ability with the use of Flight Simulation and VATSIM Approved Pilot Client Software




    Members interested in being considered for the role should apply by outlining their experience and suitability for the role and providing information addressing each of the Position Holder Attributes and Requirements listed above via email with "Application for VATPAC1" in the subject line to [email protected]


    APPLICATIONS IN STRICTEST CONFIDENCE CLOSE AT 23:59 hours AEST on Sunday 28th April 2019.

  5. I am pleased to announce that Harrison Scott has been appointed as VATOCE4 Director Web Services. Harrison has a wealth of experience and already has plans to update and modernise the Regional Web site and ATO web structure.

    He will be a great [Mod - Happy Thoughts]et to the Regional team and will also be available to [Mod - Happy Thoughts]ist the Divisional IT teams should they require.

    Welcome aboard Harrison.


    Thanks must also go to Jacob Holmes who has been in an acting role up until Harrison's Appointment.

  6. It gives me great pleasure to announce that Mr Dick Tucker has been appointed as VATOCE3 Regional Membership Manager. Dick is very experienced in real life management and will be a great [Mod - Happy Thoughts]et to the Regional Team. Congratulations on your appointment and I look forward to working along side you.

  7. VATOCE is seeking applications for a Regional Membership Manager VATOCE3. This is an important position within the VATOCE Region so applicants should apply themselves to the Duties and Personal Specifications listed in the description before applying.


    The full job description, closing date and application process to be followed can be viewed at http://vatoce.net/VATOCE3.docx

    Applications that do not follow this process will not be considered. Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.


    Below is a a list of Duties and Personal Specifications.




    The duties of the Regional Membership Manager are described in short, but not limited to:



    • Review monthly management information in relation to member’s progression and new/returning members with divisional teams to aid member retention and improve controller coverage within VATSIM Oceania Region (VATOCE).

    • Monitor trends and raise any issues with the Region Director and relevant Division staff.

    • Monitor Region Transfer requests, communicating as necessary with receiving/sending Regions/Divisions.

    • Work with divisions to improve the efficiency of the joining process, including (but not limited to) introduction and possible enhancement of welcome email systems.

    • Contacting members who register but fail to connect to the network.

    • Provide the Region Director with Quarterly statistics of member’s retention of the Divisions and ATC rating upgrades.

    • Maintain a strong online presence.





    • Must have a good knowledge of EU GDPR or be prepared to gain the necessary knowledge.

    • Be a member of the Oceania Region or willing to Transfer to Oceania.

    • Must show awareness of Air Traffic Control operations. Ideal candidate will hold at least a C1 rating, while ratings such as I1,I3 or SUP will be considered advantageous.

    • Must show awareness of Pilot operations. Ideal candidate will hold at least a P1 rating.

    • Must be a member in good standing within the network, no disciplinary actions taken against them for the last 3 years and never had CERT access removed.

    • Expected to be able to commit at least 2-3 hours per week to this role.

    • Organized, Respond to emails in a timely manner.

    • Previous staff roles or other experience/awareness of management aspects desirable.

    • Ability to communicate clearly through different mediums to different people of different cultures.

    • Must be at least 18 years of age at time of application.

  8. VATPAC are inviting applications for the position of Director of Events VATPAC5. This is a senior position on the VATPAC Board of Directors. Read and apply yourself to the duties and criteria listed below before applying.


    Responsible to


    VATPAC Director of Division VATPAC1


    Direct Reports


    Deputy Director Special Events

    Deputy Director Events






    • Facilitates the smooth operation of all events within the VATPAC airspace.
    • Responsible for the organisation, promotion and execution of regularly occurring and one-off official VATPAC events.
    • Acts as a first point of contact and is responsible for aiding other divisions and organisations wishing to hold events in VATPAC airspace.
    • Develops relationships with other divisions' and organisations' event staff to arrange support for VATPAC events as well as provide support for their events.
    • Reports quarterly on events activity and participation within the division.
    • Liaises with Director Operations for coordination of online ATC support of VATPAC events.
    • Works with the Director Operations to ensure that VATPAC event information is promulgated to Partner Virtual Airlines.
    • Identifies and champions potential improvements for the organisation, promotion, and execution of events in VATPAC airspace.
    • Responsible for the Maintenance of the VATPAC Events webpage(s).
    • Responsible for the promotion of VATPAC events to social media sites (such as VATSIM Forums, Vroute events, VATTASTIC Event, VATPAC, VATOCE and VATSIM Facebook pages) as required.
    • Maintains an online presence of 5-10 hours per month on the VATSIM network.



    Essential Criteria

    • Be a member of the VATPAC Division of VATSIM for a period of at least 12 months.
    • Be a member of good standing in VATSIM for at least 12 months at the time of application.
    • Must have at least an S3 rating.
    • Be able to work well with other board members and the VATPAC community as a whole.
    • Have ability to maintain focus and organisation over the long run.
    • Be able to work well within a voluntary organisation.
    • Be able to work as a Team Player
    • To have the ability to plan both commercial and military events
    • Be able to plan Social Get Together Events


    All applications will be treated in confidence and should be submitted by email to director[at]vatpac.org before 23:59 hours AEST Sunday 9th September 2018. Applications received after this date will not be considered. The applicant should include any experience and examples of events they have previously organised along with any experience they have of managing a small team.

  9. Today I received Callum's resignation from the VATPAC Board. Callum has a new position on the VATSIM Marketing team and he would like to concentrate on this. I would like to thank him for his time on the Board and wish him the very best for his role at Marketing. Callum was responsible for many a great event at VATPAC. He will be staying on as an instructor for ATC and Pilot training.




    Good luck for the future Callum

  10. VATOCE Region is looking to appoint a Web Services Manager (VATOCE4) for its management team and as such are accepting applications for the position.


    Applications will be accepted until 23:59 hours AEST on Sunday 19th August 2018 by e-mail, addressed to [email protected] with Web Services Manager Application in the subject line. Your application should include examples of previous work.


    Web Services Manager (VATOCE4) areas of responsibility (but not limited to):


    • Overall responsibility for heading up IT infrastructural project design & lead.

    • Reports relevant project updates to the Regional Director.

    • Design and implement web applications for the VATOCE Region and ATO




    • Have extensive knowledge of web building software using CPANEL, PHP and MYSQL

    • Program and implement web applications in line with project desires

    • You should ensure that you can devote the required time to perform your duties.

    • Be available to attend quarterly staff meetings

    • Be at least 16 years of age.

    • Be of good standing within VATSIM and be willing to transfer to VATOCE

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