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Please read the replies already given to you. I'll repeat my earlier answer here:

 

In the meantime, start up VRC or ASRC, login with your VATSIM CID and p[Mod - Happy Thoughts]word and start observing. I don't know about the USA, but VATSIM UK has a walkthrough on getting set up to observe. You'll find both the ASRC and VRC versions at http://www.vatsim-uk.org/training/index.php - look for the Observers Guides

 

this will tell you about using sector files,and anything else you need to know about starting observing

 

Ruth

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ok,thanks.I only read parts of the asrc guide.

 

now you know why you need to read it right through!

 

Ruth

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Oh, dear. I'm afraid I have a similar question to others here, but the answers that have been given previously have not helped me... I am, perhaps, blind.

 

I find aviation fascinating, though I am a complete novice. I wanted to log in and observe some of the ATC folks at work, but I just don't seem to be able to do it. I've gotten everything done, except I simply cannot, for the life of me, locate the sector files for the US region. Your guide was very helpful, Ruth, and I was able to log into the software, but without the sector files I think I am dead in the water. I've registered with my division, but I've got "up to 12 hours" before I can even progress any further there... Is there some easier way I can just... observe? Listen?

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Holly,

 

You can connect right now - no need to wait for another moment!

 

You say you are looking for sector files for the US Region - anywhere in particular you would like to look at?

 

The best place to start is www.vatusa.net where you will see a list of ARTCC websites down the right side. Click the relevant one and I am sure you will find the download you need.

 

If not, please don't hesitate to ask!

Norman

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Hi Holly, I'm not showing you on the roster for any ARTCC in the US, or I would be able to direct you to an exact page. We have no universal database for sector files, so to find them, you have to look at each ARTCC's website. On the right side of the vatusa.net homepage are links to all the ARTCC websites.

 

For instance, ZLA's website can be found at laartcc.org. Our sector files are under "For Controllers:", then "ATC Downloads". Each website will obviously be different, but hopefully that'll at least get you pointed in the right direction.

Bryan Wollenberg

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I am new to this simulation. I have downloaded all the programs, and now FSX will not work. I can find nothing to start my training as a controller. I am a retired ATC controller from Atlanta Center. 31 years experience. I can not get on either of my sims...help

 

Hi Chris,

 

I take it you want to control within the US. Or are you looking at another facility in the world?

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I am new to this simulation. I have downloaded all the programs, and now FSX will not work. I can find nothing to start my training as a controller. I am a retired ATC controller from Atlanta Center. 31 years experience. I can not get on either of my sims...help

 

Chris

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Hi Chris and welcome to VATSIM. Since you are a retired Controller and are posting in the Controller forum, I'm going to take a wild stab and guess that you are interested in controlling on VATSIM?

 

If that's the case, then you have to understand that there are two sides to the VATSIM community...the pilot side and the ATC side. Both pilots and ATC need respective client software to connect to the VATSIM network. I've created links to these client programs which you can go to simply by clicking their names (I know you said you have downloaded everything but just in case you haven't....).

 

FSX is a flight simulator (there are several other versions of MS Flight Simulator as well as X-Plane which are compatible with the VATSIM network) which is primarily used by pilots. In order to connect onto the network, pilots use one of two client software (SquawkBox (aka SB, SB3 or SB4) and FSInn). These clients must be used in conjunction with a flight simulator to get onto the network.

 

On the ATC side, we use standalone clients (i.e. you can use these programs by themselves with nothing else, unlike the pilot side). There are several of these available for you to try out and see if you like them. There is the Virtual Radar Client ("VRC"), its predecessor the Advanced Simulated Radar Client ("ASRC") [Note: You have to be a registered member of AVSIM to download this file - it's free to join] and finally, Euroscope.

 

These ATC clients all come with extensive docomeentation which explains how they work and their various functions. When you launch them, however, you will see a blank screen because each requires special files which "plug in" to the clients and allow you to see the airspace you are interested in controlling. These are called "sector files" and are typically created by members of local staff. For example, if you are interested in ZTL, the staff of that virtual ARTCC has created sector files for just about any airspace you wish to control (including center, approach, tower, ground, etc.) within Atlanta Center. To get these sector files, simply go to the website of the virtual ARTCC you are interested in and look for the download (typically in the "Controller" section of the website).

 

Again, I'm going to [Mod - Happy Thoughts]ume you are interested in the US so the place to go is the VATUSA website which is located here:

 

http://vatusa.net/html/index.php

 

Just click on the links to the virtual ARTCCs on the right side. I hope this gets you started on the right path so that you can get online and enjoy the network. Once again, welcome to VATSIM!

George S. Marinakis

VATSIM6, co-Founder, VATSIM

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Hi, Im Eric

 

Im am very new to this, and i wanna really know how to become an atc... i tink i need to take an exam i have te software, where is te exam is it on te atc site?

 

thanks

 

What ATC site are you talking about?

 

To get started, you need to join a division. In your case, you joined VATUSA. So here's the process you need to go through to get controlling in the United States (VATUSA). Just read the instructions and you'll be fine.

 

Good luck with your career!

Romano Lara
vACC Philippines, Manager - Training & Standards
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