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Joe,

 

ACE Team is still around but rarely used. In fact, the last event involving ACE team controllers was the Superbowl Fly-in in February. If you're still interested, I will post the membership procedure below, but don't expect too much action at this point. I will be working on revising this program in the future.

 

Hope this helps.

 

Josh

 

The ACE Team member selection process includes: 1) volunteering for the position 2) broad experience, 3) absence of disciplinary history, 4) recommendation of their ATM and 5) recommendation of their DAT after observing the online controlling skills of each applicant in their region.

 

Send all necessary emails to [email protected].

Josh Rosard

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What's ACE?

 

My best understanding is that its an elite group of experienced air traffic controllers (C3 rating minimum) who help out the VATUSA ARTCC's that need some controllers to staff up for events or if there is an ARTCC that has been dead without much controlling going on in that ARTCC, they go out there and staff it up for a while. The tricky part is learning all of the ARTCC's and airports procedures in a short amount of time.

Davor Kusec

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What's ACE?

 

My best understanding is that its an elite group of experienced air traffic controllers (C3 rating minimum) who help out the VATUSA ARTCC's that need some controllers to staff up for events or if there is an ARTCC that has been dead without much controlling going on in that ARTCC, they go out there and staff it up for a while. The tricky part is learning all of the ARTCC's and airports procedures in a short amount of time.

 

They are not alowed to control a dead ARTCC without the permission of the ATM of that ARTCC no matter what the situation

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Well then technically all of us are part of the ACE team cause if I want to help at the event at some ARTCC I just need to become a visitor there. By the sounds of it the ACE team doesn't do anything different from an ordinary visitor controller.

 

During an event in which the host ARTCC contacts ACE Team requesting support, member controllers can participate without going through the visiting controller process. What I meant is that this is not allowed in normal operations.

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I'm a part of the team... or was a part of it... haven't received any emails recently about events in need of [Mod - Happy Thoughts]istance though. Not sure if this just fell apart or what?

 

 

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The Ace team was put together to help out smaller ARTCC's with big events. The reason for the qualifications is that you will have to learn the airspace in under a week on your own, thus the " expert controller" rating.

I have worked a few events with the ACE Team and found it to be a great time, and hopefully the ARTCC's liked the extra controller onboard.

Karl Kleiber

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