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  1. The VATSIM Special Operations Administration (VSOA) is seeking applications for the position of VSOA Director of Public Relations. Responsibilities Assisting the Director and/or Deputy Director of Special Operations in developing a VSOA public relations plan. Assisting the Director and/or Deputy Director of Special Operations with VSOA development via means of consultation, working groups, regional discussions, VSOA discussions concerning planned events, training, simple A to B fly-ins, etc. Creating photo and/or video content for all VATSIM social media channels and platforms Developing new and engaging advertising campaigns and VSOA event calendars for all VATSIM VSOA organizations Any other tasks assigned by the Director of Special Operations Responsible to Director of Special Operations Deputy Director Special Operations Position Requirements Be 18 years of age or older, without exception Be a member of good standing in VATSIM for more than two years at the time of application. Reasonable availability to attend all scheduled meetings for the duration of the meeting and engage daily in email and voice communications with other VSO Organizations. Have knowledge and experience in VATSIM Special Operations. Be fluent in English and have excellent verbal and written communication skills Have experience with platforms such as Discord, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok Have knowledge of Photoshop and Premiere Pro (or other photo and video editing software) Application Process Applications should be sent to s.peterson(at)vatsim.net Applications should include: Detailed and evidence-based examples of experience attributable to the position requirements and desirable attributes if appropriate. A personal testimony of why you want to join the VSO Team in this role. Incomplete or delayed applications cannot be considered. Applications will remain open until 2359Z 15th December 2022
  2. For a few years now, VATSIM has held a very strict and regimented rule regarding VSO Operations. I understand this is mostly to prevent people who are unskilled and untrained from conducting operations they're unfamiliar with (or potentially harassing others on the network), thus degrading the general experience for everyone. With that in mind, I'm not sure if that's the reason VATSIM has never actively pursued compatibility with DCS, but it seems like it would be the easy button to prevent misuse and abusive activity. Nowadays, DCS is getting more and more mature, and Eagle Dynamics is adopting the use of more 2nd party development to support the maturity of the DCS platform. Rumors are spreading that they intend on simulating the entire world (rather than limited regions at a time à la Caucasus). With that in mind, we're expecting to see a lot of: Huge maps (possibly worldwide) Very mature military aircraft C-130's with very significant capabilities A maturing and expanding fanbase Especially nowadays, VATSIM has matured to a point where AFV and VATSIM Velocity allow for more realistic communication protocols as well as better performance of aircraft position updates. My layman view is that VATSIM is capable of handling DCS data (excluding live/training ordnance). To satisfy their ops, some VSOs have to split their time between DCS and civilian sims, which is great except VATSIM effectively sees only a portion of the VSO's operational reality. One could argue that having those operations may add a bit more flavor and diversity in VATSIM, so I would like to ask if the VATSIM Board or the Operational team has considered the possibility of making VATSIM tools compatible with DCS in the long-run. As I said, there are multiple benefits, particularly if users are skilled enough to be in a VSO and use DCS appropriately, it can add an interesting dynamic to the VATSIM ecology for Air Traffic Controllers and for Pilots alike. Sure civilian sims can host "fighter planes", but the functions in a civilian sim can be quite anorexic compared to what DCS offers today, let alone what it's promising over the next few years. I'd like to see what other people's perspectives are.
  3. Hello Special Operations Community, It gives me great pleasure to announce that after careful consideration and a very competitive application process the successful applicant for the position of Chief Flight Instructor Special Operations ATO is: Don Woolem Don bring extensive knowledge of the Special Operations community and flight sim community with extensive knowledge of training and development requirements both from within the simulation world and externally, Dons first point of focus will be the final development and rollout of the Special Operations Training Organisation and the framework of the Military Pilot Ratings. I hope you will joining the Nathan Noble (Director), James Pheibush (Deputy Director) & Roger Curtiss (VATGOV12) in congratulating Don on his new position.
  4. As its name suggests, this forum is for posting of anything VA related, comments, questions, suggestions, etc, and civil consideration and reply to the topics so presented. The emphasis is on 'civil'. Anyone posting to this forum will be expected to be respectful toward the views, opinions and ideas presented by others. The forum will be closely monitored and moderated. Deviations from the expected civil discourse will not be tolerated and will be removed and persons submitting such postings will be subsequently banned from this forum.
  5. Welcome to the SOA News Forum. This forum is open to all VATSIM members who wish to view news items, press releases, promotion announcements, partnerships, and other news items of interest to the VATSIM pilot and VSOA community at large. Post's & Replies must all adhere to the VATSIM CoR and other terms of service regarding the kinds of content that is not allowed, such as commercial sites and artwork, unauthorized use of copywrite material (airliners.net photos w/o permission, etc.), or content not directly related to VATSIM online flying and Virtual Flying Organizations. Unauthorized postings may be removed without notice by the moderators.
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