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Boston Virtual ARTCC is proud to announce the return of Ground School: focused, 1-hour training seminars designed to offer discussion around common virtual aviation topics. The sessions, which will take place via Google Meet, are open to all VATSIM members. 

Ground School topics include VFR Procedures, Weather, RNAV, Radio Communications, Holds, and much more! The sessions will be hosted by real-world flight instructors and VATSIM controllers Alec Liberman and Krikor Hajian. Each is designed to offer new pilots and experienced VATSIM members learning opportunities about flying within the air traffic control system.

Sessions continue weekly on Mondays and Wednesdays as per the schedule below. Recordings of each session will also be published on BVA's YouTube channel for those who are unable to participate in the live discussion. 

2020 Ground School Topics and Dates
Schedule Subject to Change

The Google Meet link for each seminar will be posted below approximately 15-30 minutes prior to each session. 

  1. Radio Communications - Wednesday, July 15, 8:30pm ET (view recording)
  2. Weather - Wednesday, July 22, 8:30pm ET (view recording)
  3. VFR Procedures - Wednesday, July 29, 8:30pm ET (view recording)
  4. IFR Clearances - Monday, August 10, 8:30pm ET (view recording)
  5. Oceanic Procedures - Monday, August 17, 8:30pm ET (view recording)
  6. Holds - Monday, August 24, 8:30pm ET (view seminar)
  7. Instrument Approach Procedures (Part 1 of 2) - Monday, August 31, 8:30pm ET (view recording)
  8. Instrument Approach Procedure (Part 2 of 2) - Monday, September 7, 8:30pm ET (view recording)
  9. RNAV Procedures - Monday, September 14, 8:30pm ET (view recording)

This topic was posted with the approval of the VP of Pilot Training.

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I'm sure this said "VATSIM USA" members only earlier on today, but now it says "VATSIM members". Is it OK for us "aliens" to listen in? (from England, Mars or wherever?)

Sounds an amazing series of seminars!

Cheers, Gez

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Yes, all VATSIM members, from anywhere on or off the planet, are welcome to participate! 

I don't believe the original post ever distinguished or included "USA" but if it did, that was not intentional. We have also cross-posted this invitation to the VATUSA forums because that's the division BVA/ZBW is part of. However, everyone from VATSIM is welcome to participate in the Google Meet-hosted seminars.

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Friendly reminder: the first session (Radio Communications) is scheduled for 8:30pm ET tomorrow (July 15). The Google Meet link for any VATSIM member to join/participate will be shared on this thread about 10 minutes prior to the session.

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The first session of Ground School, covering Radio Communications, will begin in approximately 15 minutes. All VATSIM members are welcome to join using the link below. When joining, please ensure your mic and video (camera) are muted (off).

Please note that the session will be recorded for a future upload to YouTube.

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When it is legal to fly VFR? How do you decode a METAR? How can you improve the weather depiction in your simulator? Join CFIs Alec and Krikor in Ground School as we discuss Weather. The session begins in about 15 minutes and all VATSIM members are welcome to join using the link below. When joining, please ensure your mic and video (camera) are muted (off).

Please note that the session will be recorded for a future upload to YouTube.

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In tonight's Ground School, we'll have a detailed look at VFR patterns, arrivals, and departures, both for fixed-wing and helicopter aircraft. The session begins in about 5 minutes and all VATSIM members are welcome to join using the link below. When joining, please ensure your mic and video (camera) are muted (off).

Please note that the session will be recorded for a future upload to YouTube.

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In tonight's Ground School, we check out IFR clearances: SIDs, routes, and clearances. The session begins in about 5 minutes and all VATSIM members are welcome to join using the link below. When joining, please ensure your mic and video (camera) are muted (off).

Please note that the session will be recorded for a future upload to YouTube.

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We're covering Oceanic Procedures tonight! All VATSIM members are welcome to join the session using the link below. When joining, pelase ensure your mic and video (camera) are muted (off).

Please note that the session will be recorded for a future upload to YouTube.

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If you start thinking "which entry should I fly" when someone answers the phone with "please hold", tonight's Ground School is for you! Join Boston Virtual ARTCC's Alec Liberman for an in-depth discussion on flying Holds. All VATSIM members are welcome to join the session using the link below. When joining, pelase ensure your mic and video (camera) are muted (off).

Please note that the session will be recorded for a future upload to YouTube.

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Tonight is the first of a two-part series on Instrument Approach Procedures. We'll discuss types of approaches, minima, landing variations, course reversals, missed approaches, and more! Then, on September 7, the second half of the series will look at some of the considerations that appear when flying different approaches.

Please note that the session will be recorded for a future upload to YouTube.

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This training is wonderful! thank you so much! I am just starting the training but I was wondering is there any sort of "checklist" for atc contact. For instance I we have checklist for each stage of flight that tells us what to do with the aircraft. Would be awesome if there was something similar like:
Pre-Taxi

Contact ATC ground for IFR Clearance................check

Contact ATC Ground for Taxi Clearance..............check

Etc.
Thanks again for this great info!

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We don't have anything quite like that, but our "Radio Communications" seminar does go through the standard communications you would expect for VFR and IFR flights, both at towered and non-towered airports.

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Does "descend via" cancel a previously-issued speed restriction? If VNAV tells you to descend, do you have to ask ATC for lower first? Do you have to meet an "expect" crossing restriction? These questions and many more are the subject of BVA's last 2020 Ground School seminar on RNAV Procedures.

Please note that the session will be recorded for a future upload to YouTube.

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We wrapped up our 2020 edition of Ground School with a discussion on RNAV Procedures last night. (Read: I will stop spamming the forums with updates on this thread, finally.)

For those who joined us live or who have been following along on YouTube, thanks for the support! A huge thank you to CFIs Alec Liberman and Krikor Hajian. In addition to busy college schedules and teaching students, Alec and Krikor were excellent hosts throughout this series of pilot-focused discussions.

Boston Virtual ARTCC hosts Ground School live about once every two years. Until the next one, you can find recordings from each of this edition's seminars on BVA's YouTube!

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I have been working through your ground school videos and they are great! As I have been going through them I decided to try to put together a ATC checklist myself as it will really help me with my communication so I wanted to share it here and get any feedback on any changes that should be made and I figure other beginners may benefit from it too.

ATC IFR Checklist.pdf

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