By Richard Jenkins 800012
#58174 VATSIM is proud to announce the deployment of the new SweatBox server. This server in conjunction with the deployment of ACSim will provide a new aspect to student training and testing on VATSIM.

What is the ACSim??
Over the past several years, virtual traffic volume has grown tremendously however it's still very scattered, random and unreliable. To practice ATC efficiently there's no replacement for controlling under the critique of a knowledgeable mentor or instructor, so the members of VATSIM's Boston ARTCC have come up with the idea of having a program simulate traffic. To implement that idea, we have come up with the ACSim.

The ACSim (short for AirCraft Simulator)is a client-side tool that connects to an FSD© server and initializes aircraft situations setup in custom made flight files. Each file provides a different amount, type and arrangement of traffic ranging from a few VFR flights to an "n" number string of IFR and VFR mixed aircraft of any type. Each aircraft connects to the server via its own socket all controlled via user inputs through the ACSim.

With the introduction of the ACSim, instructors and mentors can train or test their students at any time that is convenient: No longer will we have to wait for a busy night to administer and over-the-shoulder. In addition, we feel that students will learn to handle large volumes of traffic with much more efficiency after using the ACSim with a mentor on a regular basis because it develops the most important skills of a constant scan of all aircraft in a controllers sector, planning ahead and learning to get the "big picture."

Instructors will be contacting their students shortly with information regarding the use of the SweatBox server.
By Richard Jenkins 800012
#58188 Yes, they were notified last week that we would be deploying this week and they received download and connection information about 5 hours ago.
By Matthew Horan 901577
#58191
Richard Jenkins 800012 wrote:Yes, they were notified last week that we would be deploying this week and they received download and connection information about 5 hours ago.


OK, sounds good!
By Marek Pola 843115
#58204
Richard Jenkins 800012 wrote:Yes, they were notified last week that we would be deploying this week and they received download and connection information about 5 hours ago.

Please clarify to whom this info has been sent. I'm very interested in this and have asked about this a few months ago, but I haven't received any info or download instructions.
By Richard Jenkins 800012
#58206 Marek,

The information was posted to the VATSIM Staff list. Members from Europe on that list include Martin Georg, Chris Dobison, Kyprianos Biris, and a few others.
By Marek Pola 843115
#58207
Richard Jenkins 800012 wrote:Marek,

The information was posted to the VATSIM Staff list. Members from Europe on that list include Martin Georg, Chris Dobison, Kyprianos Biris, and a few others.

Ok, thanks! Can't wait to use this when training a student. Will definitely speed up training and make it more fun for the student too! :)
By Martin Leat 860888
#58208 I see that there has been an excellent flash site made for the INS to see how to use it etc. Will there be something that will be made to explain to students how they go about it etc and is there a date that we can start using it from or is it live now?
By Richard Jenkins 800012
#58209 Actually there is nothing different for the student to do. The instructor will provide the student with the IP to connect to and they will control normally.

You are free to start using the system right now! No waiting! First come, first served!
By Marek Pola 843115
#58210 Is INS rating required to use the Sweatbox? If this is the case, this is unfortunate. Many VACCs in Europe, including VACCSCA, don't have a Ins rating in the staff.
By Richard Jenkins 800012
#58211 Marek,

You will be able to connect and those that have a legitimate need for ACSim will also be included. Why is the training director of a major ACC not an instructor?
By Alexander Nolting 887789
#58290 Richard,

see the VATEUD mimimum requirements to get an idea, why there are so few instructur ratings available.

http://www.vateud-td.org/manual/atc/Min ... ts.asp#5.5

I only know of one VACC member in my 3 years membership, who got an INS rating. And he didn´t match the requirements fully. But there was a strong promotion by a VATEUDTD member, so he finally got this rating.

That is why most european VACC (e.g. VACC-SAG) are doing a mentorship system on FIR basis, to train student ratings. These mentors are mostly holding also a STU+ rating themselves. So there is an training session issue, where a session is limited to 30 minutes only, because of VATSIM "non active positions" rules.
By Marek Pola 843115
#58313
Richard Jenkins 800012 wrote:Marek,

You will be able to connect and those that have a legitimate need for ACSim will also be included. Why is the training director of a major ACC not an instructor?

I work too much with VACC administration and training to be a really good controller. And I just recently became C3. Maybe one day I'll apply for a Ins rating, but that will have to wait for at least a year. We are not so fast at rating upgrades in Europe. :)
By Andre Koch 852831
#58563
Richard Jenkins 800012 wrote:Why is the training director of a major ACC not an instructor?

Well heck, I´m the Director of Europe´s largest VACC, and I am just holding the Controller rating myself. ;) Most of our mentors are Senior Students (actually the ratio between SS and C1 respectively C3 is pretty much 50:50 within the mentors of the VACC SAG). Therefore it would be much appreciated if this INS restriction would be lifted, so our mentors can use the SweatBox for their training.

If I may ask, what was the reason for implementing this restriction?