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trust me, I am already putting my vote in for there. Atlanta is only 4 hours driving for me, tops.

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I am a conference producer by trade for a global chemical company and I have attended a past VATUSA event. I am not sure if VATUSA warrants it's own event.

 

Instead, I would submit that we organize as exhibitors at a larger event like the annual AVSIM convention. Anyone else second this? I would like to attend the AVSIM event and it would make it more worthwhile if other vatsimers attended and organized at the venue.

 

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As a relatively new member of VATSIM / VATUSA, I have to admit that I have never been to any "sim" convention. I live about 5 hours from Las Vegas and although the convention looked inviting, the cost was prohibitive for me at that time. However, in my 10 months of controlling at ZLC, and nearly two years of flying on VATSIM, I have sadly noticed a decline in activity within the VATUSA airspace, especially among the controlling staff. I know there has been another thread on this subject, but I think one of the biggest problems with getting more pilots and controllers online is the lack of advertising done by VATSIM. If we combined conventions with AVSIM, and had a booth where we were doing online controlling live at the event I'm sure we would garner a huge increase in both traffic and ATC hours.

 

Great idea, Chris, Mark, John, etc. Let's make it worth our time and money to attend a convention that includes the whole aviation sim community.

 

As a host city, Atlanta would be fun, but expensive. i'll have to start planning now to save up for it.

 

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So, sounds like a done deal. AVSIM convention, or FANCON 2008, next year we'll plan on the VATUSA seminar. I think they are voting on the location at AVSIM.COM for the next convention.. go and make your vote count! I voted for Atlanta! http://www.avsim.com/poll/

 

We need someone from VATUSA to coordinate booths, and we also need to inquire about a seperate room in the case there will be some live VATUSA event at the venue. Maybe we could hook up some computers with flight simulator and have FANCON attendees fly around on VATSIM under "guest" registrations to get a feel for the network.

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Hey Joe, shoot me an email of what you have come up with,

the Atlanta idea was being based of Dennis, which the picture has changed on that. Again get in contact with me about the planning if you are willing to set it in ZTL and back it. I have the info and contact information we initially were looking at etc. But again no date has been set and nothing if official at all.

Christopher C. Waldo

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Personally, I like the idea of local events though a larger convention is not out of the question for me. I'm wondering of there are other VATSIM/VATUSA members in Central Florida that would like to get together. TPA? MCO? I live in between the two.

 

Hey Stephen, I'm in your neighborhood and would be interested if anything materialized. At one point in time, some folks from my VA were planning on getting together for a similar, meet and greet, non-VA sanctioned outing, but it never got organized. It's always fun to meet fellow simmers or ATC'ers... and I haven't been to a virtual ATC conference since the first SATCO convention in Kansas City back in '99.

 

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Personally, I like the idea of local events though a larger convention is not out of the question for me. I'm wondering of there are other VATSIM/VATUSA members in Central Florida that would like to get together. TPA? MCO? I live in between the two.

 

Hey Stephen, I'm in your neighborhood and would be interested if anything materialized. At one point in time, some folks from my VA were planning on getting together for a similar, meet and greet, non-VA sanctioned outing, but it never got organized. It's always fun to meet fellow simmers or ATC'ers... and I haven't been to a virtual ATC conference since the first SATCO convention in Kansas City back in '99.

 

TRB

 

I remember the last KC gathering well. That steakhouse was great Hard to believe VATSIM was just rolling out during that time.

Mark Polston

vZTL ARTCC | VATSIM Supervisor

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I remember the last KC gathering well. That steakhouse was great Hard to believe VATSIM was just rolling out during that time.

 

ha, yep! That sure was a blast. Though Mark, I sure hope that this recollection doesn't qualify us for being labeled "old timers"... lol

 

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I think individual ARTCC's should host their own annual get togethers, while also making a good effort to invite/include pilots. It is a model that has worked well for Boston with the Tea Party. In my opinnion, I find it a much more cost effective way to meet fellow Vatsimmers.

 

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I think individual ARTCC's should host their own annual get togethers, while also making a good effort to invite/include pilots. It is a model that has worked well for Boston with the Tea Party. In my opinnion, I find it a much more cost effective way to meet fellow Vatsimmers.

 

Chris Smith

How about per regions...

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He means "areas" within the VATUSA region.

 

The U.S. is divided into areas... Southeast, northeast, central, etc...

 

Instead of one for all of the areas, hold one for each area in specific... which I guess would put the responsibility in the hands of the regional directors in that case.

 

 

 

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How about per regions...

 

Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't this the topic of this entire thread?

 

http://vatusa.net/html/modules.php?op=modload&name=PN_Content&file=index&req=visit&artid=10

 

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The idea would be good, and I guess it would be a little expensive for VATUSA, but theres always a chance of donations!

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