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Joseph Jucha 1343412

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  1. Orjan, believe me there are loads of us , given the time, that love helping people get a solid start. When you set up at an airport look at your client to make sure there is no controller online before you taxi/take off. If there is call them, don't wait for a call me now, you will get your clearance and instructions. That is on the ground. In the air it's a bit trickier, Take a look at the vatsim pilot's resource page for help on when to call and what information they will be looking for. Have fun and enjoy the learning!
  2. VFR doesn't bother me at all! Texters that don't need to be texters, well...that's another story. I wish we (controllers) could follow real world a bit closer. There is an airport in my artcc that IRW puts pattern work off to a far runway. They let you do 3 or 4 circuits and then shoo you off because it does cause issues with the primary dep rwy. In vatsim it's all good, normally not enough traffic to worry about.
  3. Somehow increase Supervisor coverage. So many Sups, but they seem to run in packs. I know they have minimums to make each quarter, so the hours shouldn't be a problem. We really need them during the fringe times. I just had a guy with 3k hrs that didn't know to sq mode C. Nor how to follow instructions, but that could just be he didn't want to.
  4. This is a fairly common problem. As has been noted in a few other threads, FSX is stock to 2006 at best. I won't even guess on FS9. Bright and shiny P3Dv4 is the same as FSX. What we do in most cases for fields that have had extensive remodeling, we have overlays on our scope. Old taxiways and runways will be a different color than the current. And we just do our best. At KCMH if you don't tell us, we might put you on a taxiway instead of a runway..we have to coordinate you with others using the field. One of my favorites is KIND. There the taxiway changes are minor, but in 2008 the opened
  5. I see the next challenge will be to allocate freqs so we don't have crosstalk between stations within and outside the various artccs. Will Centers have to have multiple freqs based on geography? No need to answer, it's just the same problems as in the real world.
  6. Same to the OP, and don't forget Festivus! For the Rest of Us! Ya'll have fun!
  7. Thanks Magnus..and I bounce between KIND and KSDF. Since I generally work TWR , it is a no brainer to just add a line in my personal atis about when I am expecting my wife to demand my attention. I want to point out the 'personal atis' in the world of vATIS. The information that is in VRC ATIS Maker *still* is sent out. even if you don't have it on a voice channel. That is where we can point out to customers that we plan to close at XXX time. As well as any other authorized information. ARTCC website/feedback location and whatever else your artcc authorizes. No one has an issue with the
  8. As low level controller I would like to mention that I agree with Randy and For the vast majority, Don. I see your posts here on a regular basis and would like to remind you of one small overlooked item. The entire continent is the size of two US east coast artccs, I can easily understand how you generate the traffic to keep controllers busy. I am, again, quite low level, but I bounce between two airports for the most part, NEVER under 1hr, as that is the expected standard at my ARTCC. Day before yesterday I went 4hrs without so much as a flyby. As of this writhing I have been onli
  9. I think you are getting close. It isn't a vatsim thing so much as the law of where that controller is physically living says it is illegal to speak of N routes to foreigners. As a former military person, I understand it, but I don't agree with it. The problem is there IS a person under that jurisdiction involved and that person is at risk of disciplinary action. My only plea is lets help him out so we have SOME ATC in the area. As to the implications of vatsim using forbidden routes, in this instance it isn't USING or FILING the route that is the problem, it is the individual in that j
  10. I re-read the opening post and it isn't you at risk. Yibo is in the country whose laws HE would be violating by discussing the routes in question. So it isn't what you are doing so much as putting him in legal jeapordy for even acknowledging the route. By extension the action is unlawful in the country, bringing the CoC into play. Are you really willing to risk others because you have access to, what is in their country, contraband materials? Consider just pretending to be hijacked by applying the correct transponder code gets you automatically dumped from the network. This is a real worl
  11. So does anyone have a direct answer? I too would be intrested in seeing a video on using twr trainer on Sweatbox (does that satisfy you nit pickers?) This may come as a shock, but some places aren't very well staffed.
  12. Just to throw more gas on the fire. Consider opening vPilot as an Administrator.
  13. Oh, you've seen me fly into Memphis! Folks, there is a REASON I don't fly much on the network and it's got nothing to do with dealing with ATC.
  14. I do not speak for VATSIM. I only speak for myself and no other entity. You did the right thing. It would have been a violation of your laws. As I recall, one of the items in the CoC(Item 11) is not to do any thing unlawful. In your country, that was unlawful. I may be mistaken in the applicable regulations, but they are no different than trying to squawk hijack. I believe if this had happened to me I would .wallop the individual(s) with the explaination you provided and allowed a SUP to deal with them. Again. I believe you were right. Please p[Mod - Happy Thoughts] on to your friend my
  15. In our ARTCC, you will be approved for a direction of flight and provided with basic information, not truly 'cleared'. That would be evident when you called in asking to taxi. I'll only be asking the direction of flight and acft type. I'll build up your flightstrip and have you squawk VFR in Cl[Mod - Happy Thoughts] C, or give you a code in Cl[Mod - Happy Thoughts] B. I would also 'Clear' you into the Cl[Mod - Happy Thoughts] B airspace. I know that might all be a bit in the weeds, but the short of it I I'm going to ask direction and acft type..For what it's worth, that I will be asking is
  16. Absolutely! Best bet might be to view VAT-SPY/VATTASTIC or some other network viewer and look to see where there are two tower/gnd/app facilities manned within your range. It doesn't mean someone might close or your way, but it is your best 'everyday' bet. Tube or Commuter, makes no difference to me.
  17. I may be asking for trouble but, As a controller I don't experience many actual trolls. The vast majority of my problem people are simply ignorant. They just don't know how to do something. And as Mr.Shearman mentions, we have a bit of a 'police' force. There are a number of really good videos on how to fly correctly in vatsim and I encourage you to jump in keeping these things in mind: 1. Know how to fly your plane. As much as I'd like to help, I just can't run it for you. 2.When you file a flight plan, fly it. 3. Call a controller BEFORE you enter the airspace. Most of the time it won't
  18. Of course not! That would be alcohol abuse and as you may recall from the military, you have to go to special cl[Mod - Happy Thoughts]es for that. Seriously, there will be a few items that won't quite jibe with real world, some steps we need to do by the book every time without shortcuts. After a few clearances you'll understand why. Overall you will fall right back into it.
  19. Welcome Scott. The best part about VATSIM is you can drink while you work! I used to fix consoles and radios, now I get to run them! I I never spill coffee in my workstation.
  20. vPilot , one of the clients for connecting to the network, would show you what controllers and the positions that are in range as you fly along. The downside is even though they are in range, you may not be entering thier airspace. But it is nice that the freq ,if you need it, is right there. Good luck and have fun!
  21. I have to admit, Simon, when I am sitting at a tower and a hesitant/shy pilot shows up, I smile when by the time they are in the air they are back to their normal selves. I don't always suceed but it's a step closer. I have (currently) a HUGE advantage in that I normally have time to help people file correctly and can take the time to speak clearly and slowly so pilots understand what to do. I'm not bragging. Honest, it's one of the highlights of my day when someone new fires up and sees how much there is to do and learn here. I consider my time well spent when a few days,weeks,months, d
  22. I am not staff, nor do I represent the views of the management in ZID. Having said that in our local policy I see a 'currency' requirement. If the controller falls out of that requirment they are subject to monitoring, restrictions, and re-examination on return. I believe having a similar policy in place would cover the scenario you describe. The same policy in our ARTCC covers those under performing among other issues. The policy is in a public area. Perhaphs you may wish to look for ZID 7120.10C at http://www.zidartcc.org/ Under the Operations/Policy Tab at the home page.
  23. Don't sweat it Caspian. It happens to all of us, there are certain old timers that just 'forgot' what it was like. While you are working that postion it is your opportunity to develop 'tolerance' levels and learn what is bare-bones needed. Personally, if I pop on to TWR and there is a guy pushing back, I'm going to do a quik scan of his flight strip. Given no huge mistakes I'll just taxi him/her and launch them. All this [Mod - Happy Thoughts]umes there is no one above me, because hey, THEY should have caught it. What I read in your post was just fine. I have felt just like that...even r
  24. And I'm sure the company appreciates your dedication! Yep, retired.
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