- Wed Oct 16, 2019 1:59 pm
I think most of us can agree on the following:
1.) It's just a hobby/game/simulation....choose your preferred descriptor.
2.) Without volunteer controllers, VATSIM does not exist.
3.) Now that the voice codec is fixed, the number one pilot complaint will be lack of controllers online when they want to fly.
With that said, instead of a hard and fast recurrency training rule for returning controllers, maybe an informal voluntary request that the controller just meet for a few minutes with a mentor/instructor would be a better option. The more hurdles you put in place during initial training, or for a returning qualified controller, the more people you will exclude.
I think that with any hobby, it's up to the individual to put into it whatever they want to get out of it. Minimal currency requirements are fairly meaningless. Many people drift into and out of a hobby in a cyclical manner. They are fired up about something for a few months, then tire of it, and move on. Then after a few months, they miss it, and come back to it. Any roadblocks for the return back only means fewer overall controllers, and the VATSIM system then ends up with an endless supply of new controllers then never become old controllers.
And initial training....well....that's a whole 'nother topic. I think VATSIM is going to get a big wakeup call soon, when Brand P comes online with their initial training model.