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Ben Stevenson

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  1. This right here. It takes months, sometimes even a year or more to get someone trained up from S1 to C1. Then that person gets visiting status somewhere else and spends all their time there, it's kind of ... insulting? annoying? upsetting? not sure on the exact word/feeling, but it's a bit of a slap in the face to the instructing staff spent all that time training them to work our airspace, just for them to up and go work somewhere else, while doing the bare minimum to remain active in our sector. I don't think it's asking much that they control at least half their time in the
  2. What about going the other way? I've seen controllers who transfer OUT of a facility, get their visiting status at the facility they just left, then still spend a majority of time controlling there instead of where they transferred to. I don't know why you would want to spend all your time in a facility you don't want to be part of but, I have seen this case, on more than one occasion.
  3. Well yeah, OBS rated can't control. Section 3.01 "Any VATSIM member with an Observer Rating may observe Air Traffic Control Operations but may not provide any Air Traffic Services." If they can't provide services, what do they need a solo rating for?
  4. One thing i noticed, was in the old visitor policy it had a bit on visiting controllers about; A controller shall perform the more than half of their controlling in their home Division But i can't see anything similar in the new GCAP. Has this been done away with?
  5. I think one of the problems is "Activity" and "Currency" seem to be used interchangeably or currency really isn't defined from what i can see. 8.02(a) says about the 1 hour per 12 months to remain active, 8.02 talks about removing a controller if they fail to remain current, but there is no definition of what current is, someone could successfully argue that they are active therefore current since the policy doesn't say different. 8.04(c) muddies the waters even a little more; "Completion of a control session on a position which provides top-down service to other endorsed positions s
  6. I agree with the majority here, 1 hour every 12 months is ludicrous, it's a slap in the face to the rest who actually work to stay current. Our policy currently is 5 hours every 60 days, which I don't think is overburdening anyone, if you put in just an hour every week, you'll be more than above currency requirements, even an hour every 2 weeks just about gets you there. If some think that 's too much then Nolan's idea of 3 hours per 90 days would even be better than 1 hour per 12 months. If you're controlling only 1 hour per year, you are not current.
  7. We use solo certs at ZYZ all the time. While someone may be "good enough" to run the airspace on their own, there are situations that we don't see very often while controlling, (VFR, minor fields, uncontrolled airports/airspace). Now obviously we try to get them traffic in those areas while under supervision so we know they can work it before cutting them loose, but solo time gives them the opportunity to work more of that traffic, improve their skills, and gain some confidence/comfort in the position prior to an OTS without having to try to track down an instructor or mentor to supervise th
  8. On the first point, it was decided to keep non-event at FL290 to stay out of the way of event traffic, This way there were no issues with crossing event routes and would be no conflicts, it had nothing to do with the level of traffic on your non-event route. Doubling the slots is not possible, not without almost doubling the length of the event. The work is not done when you are in the air, ATC tracks all the aircraft, watches for conflicts and resolves any issues. Could traffic be increased a little in the current time frame, yeah, maybe, but nowhere close to doubling it.
  9. Speaking as ATC from CYYZ, this was by far the smoothest CTP I think we've ever had. The VATCAN plugin to identify event aircraft was a game changer for us. I don't think we had any delays for event traffic and got everyone out that we could in an orderly way so as not to slam our friends to the east. My only suggestion is around departure times, I did notice a fair number of planes departing about 10 minutes or so later than their scheduled time and I don't think it was due to any control issues but maybe a little ambiguity in the "Departure Time". I feel like some pilots may take that as
  10. No i did not get any interest at the time. The idea kinda died.
  11. And if that doesn't work (it should), and your yoke has programming software, then program the button on your yoke to whatever you want to use on the keyboard as your PTT, and set that key in your client.
  12. How exactly would you like VATSIM to help affected members? This is not a one size fits all problem, they can't just go "or just do this and this and all is fixed". This is a user end problem and up to each individual user to put some effort into find a solution that works for them. VATSIM can't upgrade the users hardware or tweak their settings for them. If they choose not to, to be able to maintain at least 20 fps, then there are consequences for that. Otherwise it ruins the experience for everyone else. As a controller on VATSIM i've seen Cessna's going faster across my scope tha
  13. This is important to note i think. At CYYZ all our SIDs are hybrid SIDs. You are expected to fly a slightly diverging heading (Or runway heading is fine too) until instructed to turn, it's published on the departure charts. I've seen far more pilots than i can count that turn immediately after takeoff then blame their autopilot/fmc. The autopilot and FMC are only doing what they are told to. You deleted the "(vectors)" part in your FMC, either because you didn't know what it was for or didn't care/ didn't bother to look it up. Find the charts and read them. They are easily accessible
  14. This always makes me laugh as a controller. Buddy, if your little 319 can make it up to FL4000, you better contact NASA.
  15. YES! This! It sometimes seems to make a noise. At least the once or twice i've noticed it, doesn't really jump out to me, but that is only if it's running in the background. If i shrink it so it stays on top, no noise is made. It really needs a sound, and something that will make you take notice. The AFV client sometimes frequently disconnects on me. I don't seem to get booted from the network, just the voice disconnects, the client freezes and i have to try restarting it a few times before it will reconnect.
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