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Josh Brown

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  1. I had no idea this topic would spin so far out of control or take the negative turns it has, and for that I apologize. Also, as I stated before, I have all the respect in the world for those who put their time into this hobby to make it work. Constructive criticism is not downplaying the sacrifices those people make. I understand a bit more about the Academy now, but I will leave that by saying that what I was lead to expect and what I actually left with were two different things. That does NOT mean I did not learn anything or it was a waste of time or that the instructors did a bad job
  2. I didn't mean to question the whole system, however I do agree that this is a hobby and there should be a better balance between professionalism and having fun. I suppose all the people who put their free time into VATSIM to keep things governed and organized know that this is probably the hardest thing to do. I am very grateful for their hard work. I guess I will have to look at the Academy as a place to get started and not as a place to exit with certification. That must be where I went wrong- I expected to exit the Academy, take a few short local writtens, and be controlling (at least
  3. Hmm, well. Tests aren't a bad thing. I just have a hard time seeing the benefit of multiple tests covering the same topic or tests without the right study material.
  4. I've been in contact with controllers from several other ARTCC's, and all I've heard is m[Mod - Happy Thoughts] confusion. I've also heard a few cases of students overstepping their boundaries, but that's not what I'm concerned with since it's not me. From what I've been told the "re-certification" procedure is the same everywhere else, so my original question stands. Is the Academt merely to introduce students to the world of ATC? And the ARTCC is still responsible for training?
  5. I just graduated last week after completing the whole Academy in one week. I was very excited about the whole experience since I tried to complete the ATC training program over a year ago, but was unable to find someone to train me during my online availability. Up until a few days ago, I was under the clear impression (as the instructors kept saying to us) that upon graduation, I would be certified to control TWR and below. However, I was not surprised to learn near the end that a written test would be required from my chosen ARTCC to being me up to speed with local procedures. This make
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