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VATUSA Staffs Up Every Night of the Week!


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Hey Folks,

A groundbreaking announcement - well at least I think so, but maybe I'm biased - VATUSA is preliminarily going to staff up every night of the week in a certain region or ARTCC. This means that every night, starting at 0000Z and going until the controllers fall asleep, somewhere in VATUSA is guaranteed to be staffed. This layout will be run on a trial basis for the next few weeks based on input from pilots and controllers alike but the response so far from ARTCCs has been pretty encouraging so here goes. Schedule is as follows (and posted on the calendar):

 

SATURDAY - HONOLULU SPOTLIGHT

SUNDAY - ANCHORAGE SPOTLIGHT

MONDAY - EASTERN REGIONALS

TUESDAY - SOUTHERN REGIONALS

WEDNESDAY - CENTRAL REGIONALS

THURSDAY - WESTERN REGIONALS

FRIDAY - VATUSA "FRIDAY NIGHT FRENZY" where ALL of VATUSA's ARTCCs are encouraged to staff up

 

All times for each night are preliminarily 0000Z for simplicity's sake. This means a little early for some West Coast folks and maybe a little late for some East Colks folks but overall I think it, at least for now, works out better than having a time gradient across different regions' nights. Heck even that sentence confused me.

 

Anyway, we'll give this a spin; always welcome to feedback, hopefully most pilots and controllers will like the idea!

Christian Renne

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Sure. Obviously HNL and ANC's nights are self-explanatory, as is the Friday Night Frenzy.

 

Eastern (also referred to as Northeastern): BOSTON, CLEVELAND, INDIANAPOLIS, NEW YORK, D.C.

Southern: ATLANTA, FORT WORTH, HOUSTON, JACKSONVILLE, MEMPHIS, MIAMI

Central: ALBUQUERQUE, CHICAGO, DENVER, KANSAS CITY, MINNEAPOLIS

Western: LOS ANGELES, OAKLAND, SALT LAKE CITY, SEATTLE

 

Hope this helps!

Christian Renne

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I thought ZJX (Jacksonville) used to be part of the Eastern Regional night?? The old Regionals I thought we were.

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Heh yeah Fred I definitely rememnber being in the midst of them a year or so ago - what I think is new, however, about this program is the fact that every night of the week there will be somewhere in VATUSA that is guaranteed to be staffed; on non-regional nights, pilots will find HNL (Saturdays), Anchorage (Sundays) or anywhere in VATUSA (Friday Night Frenzy) staffed which I think is pretty....sweet. We shall see!

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Nice job Chris, I look forward to it, but remember regional nights aren't exactly groundbreaking We've had them before.

 

So!???

 

I thought the best regional night was the old N.E. when it was on Thursdays. They used to pick different airports and you flew the round-robin. It was always busy busy busy and fun fun fun!

Thank you,

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Nice job Chris, I look forward to it, but remember regional nights aren't exactly groundbreaking We've had them before.

 

So!???

 

I thought the best regional night was the old N.E. when it was on Thursdays. They used to pick different airports and you flew the round-robin. It was always busy busy busy and fun fun fun!

 

I always had fun when Denver hosted Western Region nights Fred, maybe it was you? LOL...

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Jeff, I have an idea for this event. Since i know everyone cant make there night and some nights are a lot more dull than others it might be a good idea to rotate the days. Keep friday how it is and have each week you move up a day. or every other week.. So tonight is central staff up night but next week we would have thursdays and keep it going like that. This way we can have controllers that cant make it this week maybe make it next. This also give each region a chance to work weekends or busy night at least once a month. I just think its a little more fair than just saying here is your night and hope you get traffic. The only hard part i can see from this is when to make the switch of day. but i am sure someone can come up with an idea on how to do it.

 

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Very interesting idea, Kevin. I guess whether or not we did something like this would come down to weighing its pros and the cons. Is the benefit of rotating the nights equal to or greater than the possible confusion or traffic incconsistencies it might cause for pilots? Something to consider. If you guys think rotating nights like this is the best course of action, let me know and maybe we can post a formal poll or something. Feedback appreciated!

Christian Renne

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