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  1. 11 points
    Please join me in congratulating Will Smart who has been appointed as the Deputy Director, ATC Administration on the ATC Training Department. Will brings a significant amount of administrative experience and leadership knowledge gained from the real world which he brings into this crucial position on the team. Will has also been a Mentor on the Training Team for a while now and his knowledge of controlling will certainly help him in this role. For those who are requesting Exams or asking us questions, he will be on the other end of the training email responding to all your emails. On behalf of the entire training team, we look forward to working with Will even more in the future and hope that he will help our community and training department grow.
  2. 6 points
    Hello all, Please join me in congratulating @Elliot Parker, @Jamie Ashton, and @Peter Story who have just join the IT Development team. Each of these individuals possesses unique skills that they bring that will prove invaluable to the team.
  3. 4 points
    Over the past few days, the VATSIM Australia server had been experiencing issues and was intermittently unavailable. After a few modifications to how both the server and the VATPAC web server are managed, we believe to have resolved the issues. More specifically, the connection drops were purely to do with the connection between the server and the outside world. The bandwidth pipe had seemed to be overloaded by other traffic and in an effort to reduce the network traffic, the VATPAC TeamSpeak server is no longer running on the same server as the VATSIM Australia FSD server. Instead, the TeamSpeak server is running independently to these services. In regards to the future of TeamSpeak, the board is meeting in the near future to discuss VATPAC's voice communication services, including the results of the survey. Currently, the TeamSpeak is fully operational and all services are back to normal with a few quality and assurance additions in the background. If you continue to experience any issues, the rw2.vatpac.org voice server is the designated backup and will remain so in the case of any future mishaps. If you have any questions or are still having issues, please contact me at [email protected]
  4. 3 points
    On Monday 22 April 2019, VATPAC received a report that a publicly-accessible part of our Moodle system ("The Academy") displayed the email addresses of registered users. These email addresses were sourced from VATSIM when a user first logged in with VATSIM SSO (Single Sign-On). Upon receiving this report, VATPAC staff immediately disabled our Moodle until the issue could be rectified. The affected parts of Moodle have been permanently disabled and service has since been restored. Am I affected? You are affected by this incident if you have an account with our Moodle system and have logged in with VATSIM SSO. Note that upgrades to our Moodle have taken place over the years and some of these upgrades reset the user database. If you have never logged into Moodle with VATSIM SSO, you are not affected. What are the impacts? If you were affected by this incident, your email address may have been displayed on a publicly-accessible page on our Moodle and visible to all Moodle users. This was an obscure page and there is no evidence to suggest that more than a few people accessed it. The page has been publicly-accessible for an unknown period of time, likely since July 2017. There is a low probability that email addresses on this page were collected by marketing agencies. There is no evidence to suggest that this occurred. However, in this event, affected persons may receive spam or other malicious emails. If you receive any suspicious emails, you are recommended to avoid opening it or any attachments or links and either delete the email or use your email providers "report spam" function. What did VATPAC do in response? VATPAC took the following actions in response to this incident: disabled the Moodle system immediately to prevent immediate access to the affected page changed Moodle settings to prevent access to the affected page restored service to Moodle undertook an investigation into the circumstances that led to the incident What is VATPAC doing to prevent this from happening again? VATPAC has implemented the following measures to prevent similar incidents: changed Moodle settings to prevent access to the affected page reviewed other systems to ensure that they are configured correctly reported the incident to VATSIM Who can I contact with further concerns? Tom Grozev, Director IT - it at vatpac dot org
  5. 2 points
    Today I received Tristan Doncombe's resignation from the role of Event Coordinator. Tristan's time has proved invaluable to the events department since he was first appointed back in August 2017, contributing to many of the events that have run over the last year and a half. We thank you for your work Tristan and wish you the best for the future.
  6. 2 points
    Congratulations to Elliot Parker who today joins the ranks as an S2 controller! Well done Elliot
  7. 2 points
    What is Pacific Island Link? Pacific Island Link is a monthly event in which we explore the pacific islands within VATPAC and occasionally within our neighbouring divisions. Each month you can expect to fly routes across Melanesia, Polynesia and on occasion Micronesia. This event for the most part will fall on the first Saturday of each month from 0800z - 1100z and you can expect flight times anywhere from 1.5 hours to 3 hours. This Month (04/05/2019) from 0800z - 1100z: Expect a calm flight between Port Villa (NVVV) and Tontuota (Noumea, NWWW) whilst traversing across the two Island nations of New Caledonia and Vanuatu. Flights conducted between the two nations are mostly charter and commercial operators Air Calin and Air Vanuatu The Route: NWWW-NVVV: LTO B590 VLI NVVV-NWWW LEDIT B590 NIPOG LECNA SARAM Aircraft Type: Recommended Aircraft for this event is up to either an A320/B73x(737 series)/B3xM(737 Max series) and Prop liners Charts: Charts for NWWW can be found here Charts for NVVV can be found here (Courtesy of @Bailey Brown) Requested ATC Positions: The below positions are what are recommended to provide pilots with ATC Services - However, if these become full, we welcome you to log onto additional positions to provide even more services. *Please Note Vila Does not have GND or DEL services and Noumea Does not have DEL Services NFFF_FSS (Nadi Radio) 123.600 NVVV_CTR (Vila Control) 120.700 NWWW_APP (Tontuota Approach) 123.500 NVVV_TWR (Vila Tower) 118.300 NWWW_TWR (Tontuota Tower) 118.100 NWWW_GND (Tontuota Ground) 121.700 Scenery: NWWW: Dmitri Kozyrev; P3D: https://library.avsim.net/esearch.php?DLID=208020 - FREEWARE Cami De Bellis; Xplane: https://store.x-plane.org/NWWW-La-Tontouta-Noumea--New-Caledonia_p_909.html - Payware NVVV: Cami De Bellis; Xplane : https://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?/files/file/28054-nvvv-bauerfield-international-airport/ - FREEWARE If you have any questions or feedback, please email [email protected] or [email protected] as we would be happy to hear any feedback you have! Disclaimer, DO NOT Call any of the phone numbers on the NVVV charts as they are linked to the real world NVVV controllers. VATPAC does not condone the miss usage of these charts
  8. 2 points
    Hope you had some good time off with friends and family last week. Now, it's time to collect those folk who took a nice Island Vacation this Autumn, and bring them back to civilization. Head to the Heart of Tassie to transport some folk between Launceston and the Mainland. Routes YMML - YMLT ML H169 IRSOM W105 LT YMLT - YMML LT H215 WAREN W687 ML ATC YMLT_ATIS 134.75 LT_TWR 118.70 ML-TAS_CTR 123.80 ML_APP 132.00 ML_TWR 120.50 ML_GND 121.70 ML_DEL 127.20 ML_ATIS 118.00
  9. 1 point
    Cross the Ditch 16: Winter 2019 The days have grown short and winter has returned to Australasia. From New Zealand's snow-covered South Island to the beaches of Australia's Gold Coast, from wild and windy Wellington to cosmopolitan Melbourne and bustling Sydney, aircraft everywhere are taking to the skies to Cross the Ditch! Check out the official Cross the Ditch website Apply to provide ATC Book your Flights now! View the Event Schedule Check out the Virtual Airline Leaderboard Grab the recommended add-on scenery for each of the event airports What's it all about? For twenty hours this December, the skies over the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand will be filled with aircraft all on a mission to Cross the Ditch. An example of that typical down-under understatement, this "ditch" is over 1100nm wide. The flight routes all range from two-and-a-half to four hours flight time. Throughout the event, the Oceania region's two divisions – VATNZ and VATPAC – will be providing full ATC coverage, in the Southern Hemisphere's premiere oceanic event. This is a great opportunity to experience Oceanic flying without the need to commit to an eight-hour flight! If you're new to Oceanic Flying, our reporting tool makes taking part a breeze. Event Times This twenty hour event is timed to allow pilots from all over the world join the fun: UTC: Saturday 15th June 2019 18:00 - Sunday 16th June 2019 14:00 AEST: Sunday 16th June 2019 04:00 - Monday 17th June 2019 00:00 NZST: Sunday 16th June 2019 06:00 - Monday 17th June 2019 02:00 Waves This season's event is organised in waves. Each airport will have a three-to-four hour departure window, during which time flights will be able to leave for the next destination. As the window closes, the departure window will open at the next destination. Given each of the flights is 2.5 - 4hrs in length, the previous wave's flights will be arriving at the same airport as the next wave departs, maximising the amount of traffic at each airport. NOTE: in order to ensure that you have ATC coverage throughout your flight, you MUST fly the wave route that is active at the time of your departure. The individual routes are designed to ensure as much opposing traffic enroute as possible. Each flight passes from one Oceania division to the other, and the result is six mini-flyins over the course of twenty hours! The Waves for Cross the Ditch 16 - Winter 2019 are: Wave Flight Departure Window UTC AEST NZST 1 Christchurch (NZCH) to Sydney (YSSY) 1800-2030 0400-0630 0600-0830 2 Sydney (YSSY) to Queenstown (NZQN) (B753/A321 and smaller) 2030-0000 0630-1000 0830-1200 2a Sydney (YSSY) to Christchurch (NZCH) (Wide-body aircraft only) 2030-0000 0630-1000 0830-1200 3 Queenstown (NZQN) to Gold Coast (YBCG) (B753/A321 and smaller) 2330-0300 0930-1300 1130-1500 3a Christchurch (NZCH) to Gold Coast (YBCG) (Wide-body aircraft only) 2330-0300 0930-1300 1130-1500 4 Gold Coast (YBCG) to Wellington (NZWN) 0300-0630 1300-1630 1500-1830 5 Wellington (NZWN) to Melbourne (YMML) 0630-1000 1630-2000 1830-2200 Calling all Pilots and Controllers Flight plans are available from the Flight Plans section. Book your flights now from the Flight Bookings page. Bookings made on this site help us plan for the event, and will also show up in vroute. Controllers wanting to get in on the action can also apply now at the event's ATC Applications page.
  10. 1 point
    It is with pleasure that the Board of Governors announces the appointment of Aidan Stevens to the position of VATGOV6, Vice President of Web Services and the formal move of Matt Cianfarani to the position of VATGOV3, Vice President, Network Systems. Aidan has been serving as the Assistant to VP Web for the past 12 months and is the lead tech behind several VATSIM tech projects currently being rolled out. His dedication and proven leadership will make him an excellent addition to the team. We look forward to seeing the continued development of VATSIM Technology over the coming months! [VATSIM BOG]
  11. 1 point
    Congratulations to Michael on satisfying all the requirements to be recognized as an S2 controller. Well done, Michael!
  12. 1 point
    It's been a busy few months for the whole developer community on VATSIM, as we speed towards release of VATSIM's new voice technology. We are also making excellent progress on other modernizations and enhancements which will ensure VATSIM remains the biggest and best online flying network. While we continue to make this progress, we have had some staff changes as well. I'm saddened to announce that Jamie Fox has recently stepped down from his role as Vice President, Network Systems due to personal commitments. Jamie has played a central part over several years in getting VATSIM's server infrastructure in order and in a stable state, as well as contributing to numerous projects across VATSIM in that time also. On behalf of the Board of Governors, I'd like to thank Jamie for his work and wish him the very best for the future. Jamie’s departure gives us an opportunity to reevaluate the needs of technical positions on the Board of Governors. While we complete that evaluation, Matt Cianfarani will execute the responsibilities of Vice President, Network Systems and Vice President, Web Services. These two roles are closely intertwined, and it makes sense that in this critical stage of our delivery of Audio for VATSIM, we have an aligned approach to launching this and other projects in the community. Aidan Stevens has been appointed Director of Web Services to assist Matt with his additional responsibilities. Aidan has been critical in the past year assisting VATSIM development assisting or taking the lead on many of our improvement projects. Thank you to both Matt and Aidan for stepping up. In tandem with this announcement, Zach Biesse-Fitton, our Vice President Technical Development, has published a blog post which gives a more detailed update on Audio for VATSIM amongst other topics. I would urge you to read it here, as it's sure to be of interest! Thank you for being a part of VATSIM. [VATSIM BOG]
  13. 1 point
    The VATPAC IT team is hard at work on numerous projects and in an effort to increase transparency and community engagement we are opening up our projects to the community. This GitHub account houses various projects that are developed for the VATPAC community. We invite you to collaborate, make pull requests and raise issues to improve the quality of the systems on VATPAC. You can run the projects on your local machine with a connection to the Core for the time being but API keys will be implemented in the future to be able to access the Core locally outside VATPAC servers. In regards to security and privacy, only projects that do not involve any sensitive data are being published to the GitHub, i.e. frontend projects that integrate with the VATPAC Core and do not directly deal with any sensitive data. For that reason systems such as the VATPAC Core backend are not published to the public. You can access the VATPAC GitHub at https://github.com/vatpac-it.
  14. 1 point
    Over the past few days, VATSIM's Australia based server has been experiencing connection drops. These losses in connection are temporary and only last for about 10 or so seconds before regaining connection. Loss of connection only seems to be occurring once or twice per day at irregular intervals. We are aware of the cause of the issue but due to various constraints, we are forced to look into various alternative solutions. The services affected are as follows: VATSIM Australia Service (both pilot clients and controller clients) VATPAC voice servers (rw1.vatpac.org & rw3.vatpac.org) VATPAC TeamSpeak For the majority of the time, the Australian server will work just fine, if you are having troubles and are not able to connect please try connecting to rw2.vatpac.org as this should work. If you have any questions about this feel free to contact me at [email protected]
  15. 1 point
    Biggest of congratulations to Ben Cosier (1436187) who is the latest VATPAC Member to show competency for the VATSIM S2 Rating - Enjoy your new Rating!
  16. 1 point
    Congratulations to Tom who recently passed his S3 Assessment. Well done Tom!
  17. 1 point
    Congratulations to Sam Keast 1445607 who is the newest Controller who gained his S2 Badge - Congratulations Sam!
  18. 0 points
    **Update** If you are having issues with the voice servers please try connecting to rw2.vatpac.org.