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  1. 17 points
    Hello Everyone, Firstly, I would like to take the time to thank David Zhong who has maintained a stable community for our members to enjoy. Without his continued efforts I’m sure the division and the community would not be in the place it is today. Today David and I met to discuss current affairs of VATPAC and what current projects are underway after which I was given the responsibility of Division Director. As an introduction to those of you who don’t not know me, my name is Callum Strawbridge. I’ve worked in the Aviation industry for over 5 years and have been involved in Aviation far longer. My VATSIM Journey began in January 2011 where I’ve held positions within VATSIM Australia Pacific (ATC Training, Operations & Events), VATSIM South East Asia (Training) and VATSIM (Social Media). In the preceding years that followed my appointment, the VATPAC community has been subjected to some difficult times. With this in mind came my motive to apply for the Director Of Division position as I have first hand experience and knowledge on the events which have occurred and from that have a vision in mind to ensure the future growth and stability of the division. I want you to know that I have been through all of the recent events with you, I understand what went wrong, what didn’t work and what we can do better. It’s important to note though that I cannot achieve this overnight and cannot achieve it alone. The decision to apply for Director Of Division is something that I and the people who applied as well as the selection committee doesn’t take lightly and I would personally like to thank all who applied and those who took the time to Interview and select. So, What is going to happen from here? As I mentioned above, as a community, we have been through some turbulent times over the past few years. This has lead to plenty of questions about the leadership of VATPAC, VATOCE and even VATSIM. I have been involved in a lot of these events and can safely say, they are over. I have full confidence in the team at VATSIM and VATSIM Oceania, having seen many of the changes happening behind the scenes. I am also excited to work with Alan and the VATPAC Board to bring the division back to the friendly, helpful, energetic and professional community it used to be. I will be working with the VATPAC Board to ensure each department has a plan for the next 12 months. This will ensure we stay on target to give the community the best service we can. We will be filling the recently announced resignations as quickly as possible to ensure each department has strong leadership. If you are interested in applying for these positions, once they open, please put your hand up. I would love to see some people putting their hands up who haven’t before or perhaps people who used to hold roles at VATPAC. I also believe one of the best things we can do to show you that we care is being more transparent. I would like to start by bringing back the VATPAC Newsletter. Once a month, we will publish the newsletter to the mailing list (available on the VATPAC Homepage) and forums which will include an update on what your Divisional team is working on. It is also an opportunity for us to get out information and changes from VATSIM and VATSIM Oceania in a more interactive format. I will be working with the VATPAC Board and will update you with more information on the newsletter in the future. In the next couple of months, we will also be publishing a survey for all previous, current and potential future members. The goal of this survey will be to create a plan for the future that is in touch with the community. I'll publish further information on the survey soon and hope we can get as many responses as possible from the membership, the results of which will be published. Where do I see the community? I've changed quite a lot over the years. I started out with a pretty big ego (a common trait). I’m not going to deny I didn’t cause some trouble in my early days but having grown up, I have changed into the easy going, laid back person I am today. I live life as it comes and treat everyone equally. I want to see this community return to the way it was when I started, supportive and forgiving. I feel there is a word that keeps popping into my mind that sums up how I believe the VATPAC community should be. Mateship. Defined: “Mateship is an Australian cultural idiom that embodies equality, loyalty and friendship.” I know that we have lots of people in the community of different ages, backgrounds, languages and maturity levels. It costs nothing to be kind to everyone. Something that popped into my head while on holiday (I’m currently in Hawaii) was how you can go anywhere around the world, and spot an Aussie. You can say G’day, have a chat, and instantly, that sense of mateship is there. I would love for VATPAC to get back to a place where that is the case. That relies on everyone working together, being friendly, offering to share knowledge and help each other out. Finally, I know everyone says this, but I genuinely want you to know. My door will always be open for everyone, regardless of who you are. I look forward to working with each and every person of this community we love to make VATPAC the great place it once was, again. Sincerely, Callum
  2. 16 points
    I am happy to report that the application process to appoint VATPAC's new Director Of Division has been completed. It was a hard fought contest with 2 candidates nearly impossible to separate. It gives me great pleasure to announce that the new DD is Callum Strawbridge, I wish him well in his new appointment and I am sure the community will get behind him and support him as he works with the Board to improve VATPAC for all it's members. I must also thank the selection panel for the work they did in trying to find the best possible candidate. Thanks must also go to David for stepping in at a time of crisis in an acting role. He settled the Division down and has brought plenty of new structure and confidence to the board, I personally am very grateful to David for this and it will also set up Callum in a good position for moving forward. I would like to wish David well in his future endeavors. There will now be a short transition period where David can hand over to Callum. Thanks Alan
  3. 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.
  4. 10 points
    Everyone please join me in congratulating Joshua Micallef on his appointment to Deputy Director, Special Events. Joshua has been a member of VATPAC since joining VATSIM back in November 2015 and has since climbed the ranks and currently obtains an I1 rating as an instructor for the VATPAC training department. In January 2019 Joshua joined the Events department as an Event Coordinator and has proven his worth through his high quality, consistent, hard work in everything he publishes. Joshua’s persistence and work ethic will greatly assist the department as he steps into his new role. I look forward to working with him in all events soon to come. Once again congratulations Joshua!
  5. 10 points
    It's with great pleasure that I announce Cam Tyson has been appointed as Director, ATC Training. Cam has been a member of the VATPAC and VATNZ training teams over the past 3 years, holding roles as Mentor, Instructor and most recently, Deputy Director, ATC Administration. Throughout his time in ATC Training, he's helped many students achieve their ratings and has always been committed to sharing his knowledge and passion of ATC. Cam has great ambitions for the department which I'm sure he'll discuss in the near future. Daniel Martin is leaving the training department and VATPAC Board due to real world commitments. I'd like to take a moment to thank Daniel, on behalf of the VATPAC Board and community, for all of his hard work. Without the hundreds of hours he dedicated to ensuring all members got quick responses to emails, ensuring all the administrative documentation was filed correctly and for creating and maintaining such a fantastic team of staff, the ATC Training Department would not be as successful as it is now. Welcome to the team Cam!
  6. 6 points
    It's with great pleasure that I announce Harrison Scott has been appointed by the VATPAC Board as Director, Operations. Harrison has been a member of staff at VATPAC for some time now holding roles in the ATC Training, Operations and I.T departments. During his time on the Board as the I.T Director, Harrison gained an important insight into the day to day operations of VATPAC which, alongside his recent work in Operations, has adequately prepared him to take on a role in the Operations Department. He'll be working closely with Peter Story while a transition occurs. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Peter Story for stepping in as Acting Director. Peter not only kept his own work progressing but also took on the workload of the Operations Director and saw through several projects over the last couple of months including Local Instructions updates, AIRAC1907 + 1909 and work on the Euroscope controller client updater. Peter will stay on-board the team as Deputy Director, AIS, supporting the team as we continue to update and bring new content to the community. Congratulations and welcome to the team Harrison.
  7. 6 points
    Hello, A huge congratulations is in order to Cristian who has successfully completed the Oceanic endorsement and now had the ability to control any position within the Pacific Oceanic Agreement! I look forward to seeing him controlling the oceanic sectors in the near future. Well Done Cristian!
  8. 6 points
    Hi All, Please see the following announcement from the VATSIM Board of Governors. On Monday July 15,2019 at 00:00z an updated version of the VATSIM Code of Conduct will come into effect. This update has been under development for several months. The updates modernize the Code of Conduct to reflect the many years of change on the network. The general intent remains unchanged - members are expected behave in a manner that is respectful and tolerant of others while enjoying their time on VATSIM. The New Code of Conduct can be found at http://vats.im/coc While many of the items in the Code of Conduct have been tweaked or reworded for clarity, most of them are rules that you already know and abide by. Every member should read though the new code of conduct as everyone will be held to it, but here are some of the biggest changes. Members are required to register for VATSIM using their full real names, but now may connect to VATSIM using their full real name, a common shortening of their real name, their given name only, or their VATSIM Certificate ID number VATSIM Members may stream content utilizing VATSIM and persons who intentionally disrupt a stream are subject to immediate suspension. Pilots will be required to be able to comply with hold short instructions, and flying a speed, altitude and heading assigned by Air Traffic Controllers A specific set of restricted callsigns as well as limitations on recreating flights or organizing events recognizing real world disasters or tragedies While Air Traffic Control positions are generally “first come, first served;” a division may set policy for booking a position ahead of time within reasonable limits Please visit the VATSIM General Discussion Forums to ask any questions you might have about any part of the new Code of Conduct. Thank you for your continued participation in VATSIM and we look forward to many more improvements within the coming months! Best Regards, VATSIM’s Board of Governors
  9. 6 points
    Congratulations to Angus McKenzie (1314768) who became competent for the VATSIM S2 Rating on Sunday. Congrats!
  10. 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.
  11. 5 points
    NOTAM - AIRAC1909 Sector File and Client Installer Downloads 1 INTRODUCTION The VATPAC sector file updates are normally issued by the operations department every 3 months. The version released today is AIRAC 1909, effective on the 15th of August 2019. The sector files provided support both the Virtual Radar Client and the Euroscope Client. 2 DETAILS SIDs and STARs updated IFR and VFR fixes updated CTR Lower Levels for YBAS, YMAY, YMHB, YMLT and YSTW updated to 4,500 in Euroscope and Procedural Diagrams updated (see separate NOTAM) Euroscope Sector Definitions and VRC highlighted regions updated for new YBAS, YMAY, YMHB, YMLT and YSTW CTR boundaries Euroscope LL labels added for Darwin and updated for Cairns and Adelaide Removed Woomera and Gin Gin ATIS. Updated YSRI ATIS to 126.3, YWLM ATIS to 134.45, YBAS ATIS to 123.0 Euroscope Package Alias.txt updated for climb via SID and descend via STAR Euroscope Package Controller ATIS line4 line changed to "ATC Feedback - feedback.vatpac.org" Euroscope Package Readme.prf updated to explain the optional use of Navigraph for more accurate Flight plan and Route Probe information 3 DOWNLOAD LINKS Whilst the web pages are being updated, links to the updated files are; VRC: VRC Sector Files and POF file Euroscope: VATPAC Euroscope Package If you don't use the Euroscope package, you will need the updated Euroscope Sector Files and will need to manually update the voice file and any profiles with the new comms frequencies and ATIS line4. 4 AUTHORITY Director, Operations – [email protected] 5 CANCELLATION This NOTAM will cancel at 6 Nov 19 - 23:59UTC.
  12. 4 points
    VATPAC is seeking potential candidates to join the Events team as Event Coordinator(s). Title: Event Coordinator Responsible to: Director of Events Deputy Director of Events Deputy Director Special Events Duties: Work within a team to organize, promote and execute VATPAC Events. Develops relationships with other divisions' and organizations' event staff to arrange support for VATPAC events as well as provide support for their events. Liaises with operations staff for coordination of online ATC support of VATPAC events. Assist with Maintenance of the VATPAC Events webpage(s). Assist with promotion of VATPAC events to social media sites such as VATSIM Forums, Vroute events, VATTASTIC Event, VATPAC, VATOCE and VATPAC social media pages. Maintains an online presence of minimum 10 hours per month on the VATSIM network. Allows ~5 hours dedicated to staff duties each month. Criteria: Be a member of the VATPAC Division of VATSIM for a period of at least 6 months. Be a member of good standing in VATSIM/VATPAC for at least 12 months at the time of application. ATC experience is helpful, but not mandatory in organizing and facilitating events. Be able to work well with other VATPAC Staff members as a whole. Have the ability to maintain focus and organization over the long run. Be able to work well within a voluntary organization. Where to apply? Members interested in being considered for the role should send your application, addressing the selection criteria listed above, via email to [email protected] APPLICATIONS IN STRICTEST CONFIDENCE CLOSE AT 23:59 hours AEST on Saturday 31st August 2019.
  13. 4 points
    Updated Local Instructions (Perth, Brisbane, Cairns and Sydney) DETAILS The Perth Local Instructions have been updated with new formatting and the key changes noted below; Navaids, SIDs and STARs, 2,400m reduced separation, removal of LAHSO operations, JT VFR fixes, Pearce airpsace administration and TCU Airspace Diagrams Minor updates have also been made to Brisbane: Updated the reference to VATPAC Controller Positions and Ratings Policy Cairns: Updated index formatting Sydney: Runway assignment under PROPS (Para and BK Coordination (para DOWNLOAD LINKS Whilst the web page is being updated, links to the updated diagrams are below; Perth Brisbane Cairns Sydney ACKNOWLEDGEMENT I would like to thank Tristan Garratt for his work in updating the Perth local instructions An update for the Melbourne Local Instructions will be available shortly
  14. 4 points
    Recently I received a resignation letter from Liesel Downes from the role of IT Developer. Liesel is leaving the team due to personal commitments and through out the course of being an IT Developer, Liesel has made an enormous contribution to the team on various projects. We wish Liesel well with future endeavors and thank you for your service to VATPAC IT.
  15. 4 points
    Massive congratulations to Romel Gutierrez - 1296631 who showed competency in the VATPAC S2 Course last night through an astounding display of his knowledge, putting himself to the test and showing true knowledge about the course. Great job Romel!
  16. 4 points
    Biggest of congratulations to Tristan Garrett - 1412849 who attained the VATSIM S3 rating after a marvelous display of his controller capabilities yesterday. Enjoy your new shiny S3 Mr Garratt! A well deserved treat for your hard efforts.
  17. 4 points
    Big Congratulations to Sam Keast - 1445607 who showed superior knowledge and skill of the VATPAC S3 Course tonight. Enjoy your rating!
  18. 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]
  19. 3 points
    Congratulations to Louie on successfully attaining his S2. Well done mate, welcome to the VATPAC ATC ranks
  20. 3 points
    A hearty well done to Pheonix who sailed through his S2 assessment like he's been doing it for years. Reward for effort, congratulations Pheonix!
  21. 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
  22. 2 points
    Ever get sick and tired of flying in a B737 at 35,000ft not exploring all that amazing scenery that is hidden below the clouds? VATPAC Invites members of the VATSIM Community to try something different, flights in and around the beautiful South East Queensland Fly from either Sunshine Coast Airport (YBSU/YBMC,) Archerfield Airport (YBAF) or the marvelous Gold Coast Airport (YBCG) in your favourite prop aircraft, with Full ATC Services from 0600z - 1000z Event Info: GA Madness focuses on the smaller side of aviation. It's designed to test a controller’s limits with high workload into small airports, with VFR and IFR aircraft. GA Madness focuses on class D airports and this time we’ll be focusing on the sunny Sunshine Coast, Archerfield and the gateway airport to the sprawling beaches and sands of Queensland... the Gold Coast. What can I do? These airports are some of the busiest airports in Australia however, under appreciated in VATPAC. You are welcome to conduct circuits, local area flights or even instrument operations. You may also want to fly a scenic route over the CBD! For those who are looking for longer flights, you could fly to and from Toowoomba or fly from Ballina-Byron. Bring plenty of fuel and some charts as our controllers assist you to navigate through one of the busiest TMA's in the country. Routes: If you are planning to fly via airways (Mainly IFR,) VATPAC recommends the following routes to assist in Traffic Flow - Charts for all 3 aerodromes can be found here; Gold Coast (YBCG) -> Archerfield (YBAF) ROUTE: LAGOB W371 AMB Y195 GLENN Gold Coast (YBCG) -> Sunshine Coast (YBSU/YBMC) ROUTE: CG H185 BN V134 SU Archerfield (YBAF) -> Gold Coast (YBCG) ROUTE: LAGOB OOLNC OOLNI OOLNF CG Archerfield (YBAF) -> Sunshine Coast (YBSU/YBMC) ROUTE: BN V134 SU Sunshine Coast (YBSU/YBMC) -> Archerfield (YBAF) ROUTE: BN MOOLO CORAL Sunshine Coast (YBSU/YBMC) -> Gold Coast (YBCG) ROUTE: SU V217 GAYLA VIMOL W192 CG ATC: Controllers interested in controlling the event are encouraged to submit their ATC Applications here - Applications will remain open until 2 days before the event (13th September,) with a roster will be released one week before the event (8th September) Dependent on the number of ATC Applications will ultimately persuade the number of controller positions that are eventually published and rostered. Positions that are planned to be rostered are below. Name: Login Identifier: Radio Callsign: Frequency: Sunshine Coast Tower SU_TWR Sunshine Coast Tower 124.400 Sunshine Coast SMC SU_GND Sunshine Coast Ground 121.100 Archerfield Tower AF_TWR Archerfield Tower 118.100 Archerfield SMC AF_GND Archerfield Ground 119.900 Gold Coast Tower CG_TWR Gold Coast Tower 118.700 Gold Coast SMC CG_GND Gold Coast Ground 121.800 Gold Coast Approach CG_APP Gold Coast Approach 123.500 Brisbane Approach BN_APP Brisbane Approach 124.700 Brisbane Centre (Downs) BN-DOS_CTR Brisbane Centre 135.600 Note: Bold positions will only be rostered if sufficient ATC Applications are received. Scenery: YBSU/YMBC - Sunshine Coast Airport: Freeware - AVSIM 'Flukey' (FSX/P3D) *Requires OZX Libraries* Freeware - FlightSim (FSX) YBAF - Archerfield Airport: Freeware - Flightsim (FSX) Freeware - Fly Away Simulation (FSX) YBCG - Gold Coast International Airport: Payware - ORBX Simulations Systems (FSX/P3D) Freeware - AVSIM (FSX) Freeware - Gateway (XPlane) MISC - Miscellaneous Requirements/Scenery: Payware - AUSv2 (FSX/P3D) *Required by ORBX Airports* Payware - Brisbane International Airport (FSX/P3D) Payware - CityScene Gold Coast Freeware - OZx Libraries (P3Dv4 ONLY) Should you have any questions, queries or suggestions, please contact the events department via the VATPAC forums or by emailing [email protected] We Look forward to seeing you at our GA Madness event!
  23. 2 points
    1 INTRODUCTION With the improved surveillance coverage available from ADSB and the mandatory requirement for aircraft transponders, the en route surveillance services at some regional Class D airports has been increased. 2 DETAILS The responsibility for administering airspace between A085 and A045 has changed from tower positions to en route positions at Tamworth, Alice Springs, Albury, Launceston and Hobart. When the Hobart and Launceston Towers are closed, en-route surveillance Class D services are provided between 1,500 and 4,500 ft. Further details can be found in the ERSA FAC pages and the procedural tower diagrams below. 3 DOWNLOAD LINKS Whilst the Documentation web page is being updated, links to the updated diagrams are below; Albury Alice Springs Hobart Launceston Tamworth 4 AUTHORITY Director, Operations – [email protected]
  24. 2 points
    NOTAM: Reserved ATC Positions for Transcon Panic Stations Perth 1 INTRODUCTION The following positions are reserved under reference to section 4.1 of the VATPAC Controller Positions and Ratings Policy. This NOTAM is the reservation of positions for the purpose of Transcon Panic Stations Perth 2 RESERVED POSITIONS The following positions are reserved during the Indicated Times below Saturday 17th September: 0300z - 0600z ML-WOL_CTR, ML-SNO_CTR, ML-TBD_CTR, ML-ASP_CTR, SY_APP, ML_APP, SY_TWR, SY_GND, SY_DEL, ML_TWR, ML_GND, ML_DEL, AS_TWR Saturday 17th September: 0600z - 1000z ML-ASP_CTR, ML-ESP_CTR, ML-FOR_CTR, ML-HYD_CTR, AS_TWR, PH_APP, PH_TWR, PH_GND 3 POSITION JURISDICTION During Transcon Panic Stations Perth, the following non-standard positions will assume additional airspace to accommodate the traffic flow. Positions not mentioned here retain their default controlling authority. ML-HYD_CTR - Controls HYD and PIY sector 4 AUTHORITY This NOTAM is under the Authority of the following; Sam Hall - Director of Events and Communications (events[at]vatpac.org) Joshua Micallef - Deputy Director of Special Events (j.micallef[at]vatpac.org) 5 CONTACT The following people are contactable throughout the duration of the event. Sam Hall - Director of Events and Communications - VATPAC5 (events[at]vatpac.org) Joshua Micallef - Deputy Director of Special Events - VATPAC25 (j.micallef[at]vatpac.org) Nicholas Naumovski - Events Coordinator (n.naumovski[at]vatpac.org) 5 CANCELLATION This NOTAM self cancels at 1000z on Saturday 17th August 2019
  25. 2 points
    Backed by popular demand, the Events Department invite you to a spinoff of the popular acclaimed VATPAC Panic Stations Event, this time, it's Trans-Continental! Whether you like flying a B717, B737 or even DH8Ds, this event is for you! Depart Alice Springs Airport (YBAS,) Melbourne International Airport (YMML,) or Sydney International Airport (YSSY) bound for Perth International Airport (YPPH) with the expectation of full ATC services for 7 Hours from 0300z - 1000z. Event Details: Panic Stations is a simple, yet quite challenging event. Get as many aircraft flying to the destination airport as possible, with only one objective. Arrive at or after the target time to enjoy bragging rights... Well, until the next panic stations event that is! VATPAC is putting a spin on the traditional Panic Stations Event - Instead of only providing ATC Services for the arrival airfields, VATPAC is providing services for Alice Springs Airport (YBAS,) Melbourne International Airport (YMML,) or Sydney International Airport (YSSY) as possible departure points. Additionally, we are going Transcontinental! Depart in the east, enjoy the slow sun setting as you wiz your way towards the West coast along with a large number of other pilots, all with the same goal as you! Pilots can expect full ATC Services from 0300z - 1000z at all 4 Airfields, and expect full ENR Coverage across the continent! This time, we have two different titles for people to win, these being; JET & NON-JET Winner (From either YBAS/YMML/YSSY) JET/NON-JET Winner (Anywhere other than the departure points.) This has been done in order to create more of a challenge, we invite pilots to fly from Flukeys FIFO airports and WA Airport packs to take out the second title. Touch Down Time for this event is 0900z However, expect heavy delays as we try and accommodate everyone whilst maintaining separation standards! We look forward to seeing you all there! Routes: VATPAC recommends the following routes and departure times for you to arrive into Perth at approximately 0900z - Charts sourced here; Photo of the routes (Click to Enlarge) YSSY -> YPPH | Departures - 0340z: ROUTE: KADOM H44 BORLI Q32 KAMBI Q32 GRABL Q10 HAMTN Q158 BEVLY SID: KADOM1, DEENA7 STAR: BEVLY5A (03/06), BEVLY5A (21/24) YMML -> YPPH | Departures - 0430z: ROUTE: CRENA Q158 BEVLY SID: CRENA7 STAR: BEVLY5A (03/06), BEVLY5A (21/24) YBAS -> YPPH | Departures - 0600: ROUTE: AS J64 AYE Q41 HAMTN Q158 BEVLY SID: ANGUS5, ARNTU4 STAR: BEVLY5A (03/06), BEVLY5A (21/24) ATC: Controllers interested in controlling the event are encouraged to submit their ATC Applications here - Applications will remain open until 7 Days before the event date (10th August) and a roster will be provided on this day. Dependant on the number of ATC Applications will ultimately persuade the number of controller positions that are eventually published and rostered. Positions that are planned to be rostered are below. Name: Login Identifier: Radio Callsign: Frequency: Sydney Approach North SY_APP Sydney Approach 124.400 Sydney Tower SY_TWR Sydney Tower 120.500 Sydney SMC SY_GND Sydney Ground 126.500 Sydney Clearance Delivery SY_DEL Sydney Delivery 133.800 Melbourne Approach (East) ML_APP Melbourne Approach 132.000 Melbourne Tower ML_TWR Melbourne Tower 120.500 Melbourne SMC ML_GND Melbourne Ground 121.700 Melbourne Clearance Delivery ML_DEL Melbourne Delivery 127.200 Alice Springs Tower AS_TWR Alice Tower 118.300 Perth Approach PH_APP Perth Approach 123.600 Perth Tower PH_TWR Perth Tower 127.400 Perth SMC PH_GND Perth Ground 121.700 Melbourne Centre (Alice Springs) ML-ASP_CTR Melbourne Centre 131.800 Melbourne Centre (Esperance) ML-ESP_CTR Melbourne Centre 123.950 Melbourne Centre (Snowy) ML-SNO_CTR Melbourne Centre 124.000 Melbourne Centre (Tailem Bend) ML-TBD_CTR Melbourne Centre 125.300 Melbourne Centre (Wollongong) ML-WOL_CTR Melbourne Centre 125.000 In the event a large number of ATC Applications are received, the following additional rostered positions will be considered. Name: Login Identifier: Radio Callsign: Frequency: Melbourne Centre (Forest) ML-FOR_CTR Melbourne Centre 132.700 Melbourne Centre (Hyden) ML-HYD_CTR Melbourne Centre 118.200 Previous Winners: In the previous Panic Stations Event - Launceston & Hobart, the following members took out the winning titles for their respective airports and categories; YMLT - Launceston Airport: JET - Alex Diederich (JST753) | 07:03:26z NON-JET - Pheonix Taylor (SHA806) | 07:00:28z YMHB - Hobart Airport: JET - Blair Shaddock (VOZ1328) | 07:01:05z NON-JET - Ben Childs (BAC) | 07:18:55z' Will you be the next person to take out the Panic Stations trophy? Scenery: YSSY - Sydney International Airport Payware - FlyTampa (FSX/P3D) Freeware - AVSIM (FSX) Freeware - AVSIM (P3D) Freeware - ISDG (XPlane) YMML - Melbourne International Airport Payware - ORBX Simulation Systems (FSX/P3D) Freeware - AVSIM (FSX) Freeware - AVSIM (P3D) Freeware - ISDG (XPlane) YBAS - Alice Springs Airport Payware - ORBX Simulation Systems (FSX/P3D) Freeware - AVSIM (FSX) Freeware - Gateway (XPlane) YPPH - Perth International Airport Payware - MFSG (FSX/P3D) Freeware - AVSIM (FSX) MISC - Miscellaneous Requirements Payware - AUSv2 (FSX/P3D) *Required by ORBX Airports* Freeware - Flukeys OZx WA Airports (FSX/P3D) *Requires OZX Original Libraries which are no longer available* Freeware - OZx Libraries (P3Dv4 ONLY) Freeware - Australia and PNG (XPlane) *What is included* Full list of Robert Fluke's scenery available can be found here - Incase you would like to fly in a prop from FIFO or WA Airports Massive thanks to Pheonix Taylor for testing the XPlane Scenery! Should you have any questions, queries or suggestions, please contact the events department via the VATPAC forums or by emailing [email protected] We look forward to seeing you at VATPAC's spinoff Panic Stations event!
  26. 2 points
    The following Local Instructions have been updated with new formatting and the key changes noted below Adelaide: Navaids, STARs, separation requirements for curfew operations and 2400m reduced runway Brisbane: Operation Positions, Navaids, SMC maneuvering area, YBAF aerodrome control, TMA airspace administration Canberra: TMA airspace upper limit amended to FL245. Departure coordination with ENR no longer required. Assignment of a STAR for aircraft departing to Sydney not required. Cairns: Navaids, VFR procedures Sydney: VTC diagrams These updated instructions are available on the documents page Acknowledgement I would like to thank Eoin Motherway, Blake Hendrie, Greg Barber and Tristan Garratt for their great work in updating these local instructions Updates for Perth and Melbourne will be available shortly
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    Applications are now invited from suitably experienced members of the VATPAC division for the position of VATPAC Director, Operations (VATPAC2). Responsible to: VATPAC Director, Division Direct Reports: Deputy Director, Operations AIS Officer AIS Officer, Pacific Area Virtual Airlines Liaison Officer Operations Advisors Duties: Attends periodic VATPAC Board meetings to report on pilot-related issues to act as a liaison between pilots and the VATPAC Board bringing pilot and controller views, complaints, ideas, and proposals to the appropriate Division and Board meetings in order to consistently improve the effectiveness of communications, suitability of new procedures, and overall satisfaction of pilots with ATS provided Assists the Events Director where required in the coordination of Events, Fly-Ins and Group flights in the VATPAC airspace Reports quarterly on activity within the division Liaises with Virtual Airlines for anything they may need from the Division (events, contact information) Maintains an online register of all VATPAC affiliated Virtual Airlines Acts as the Division's Point-of-contact for VATSIM's main VA Coordinator Stay abreast of real world issues which may involve VATPAC airspace Coordinates the personnel and activities of the VATPAC AIS Team Monitors VATPAC policy change proposals as they affect pilots Liaises closely with the Director, ATC Training on operational matters affecting pilots and controllers Stays abreast of current issues and contributes to discussions and dissemination of information within the VATPAC and VATSIM community as they affect pilots Monitor facilities and accuracy of the ATC Clients to the TAAATS specification. Maintains an online presence of 10-15 hours per month on the VATSIM Network Essential Criteria: Consistently active participation in the greater VATPAC community for the last 2 years Be a member of good standing in VATSIM for more than one year at the time of application Have a good rapport with VATSIM pilots and maintain this rapport throughout their tenure Be rated on VATSIM to no less than Enroute Controller Level (C1) Have good knowledge of the VATSIM Code of Conduct and Code of Regulations Have proven ability in the management of a small group of people Be able to work well within a voluntary organisation Have proven ability with the use of Flight Simulation, VATSIM Approved Pilot and ATC Client Software How to Apply: Members interested in being considered for the role should apply by outlining their experience and suitability, addressing each of the essential criteria listed above. Applications should be sent via email to director(at)vatpac.org APPLICATIONS IN STRICTEST CONFIDENCE CLOSE AT 23:59 hours AEST on Sunday 28th July 2019.
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    1. INTRODUCTION: 1.1 Elements of RAAFvirtual.org (VSOA) and Virtual United States Navy (VSOA)will be conducting a wide range of military/formation flying training in the airspace surrounding RAAFv Base Amberley. 1.2 Training period begins on the 22th July 2019 0000z and will self-cancel on 31st August 2019 2359z as follows: · Airspaces will be active for the duration of the NOTAM period 1.3 The Training will involve F/A18, E737, KC30A, C17A, C130/C30J, C27J, B350, P8, F22, F35 and PC-21 aircraft operating from RAAFv Base Amberley. 2. AIRSPACE ACTIVATION 2.1 For the duration of the NOTAM, activity is anticipated for the entire time period as set out in 1.2. 2.2 The following Temporary Modified Restricted and AAR, AEW&C airspace are established at Amberley (YAMB), and will be activated by NOTAM: a. YAMB/R625D CONDITIONAL STATUS: RA1 (Transit) LATERAL LIMITS: Limits are Setout by airspace outline in Appendix VERTICAL LIMITS: 8500– F210 CONTROLLING AUTHORITY: If online AMB_APP, otherwise Range Control Authority (see below) b. YAMB/R639 (A, B, C &D) CONDITIONAL STATUS: RA2 (Transit) LATERAL LIMITS: Limits are Setout by airspace outline in Appendix VERTICAL LIMITS: 10000 – F280 CONTROLLING AUTHORITY: Range Control Authority (see below) c. YAMB/R637 (A, B, C &D) CONDITIONAL STATUS: RA3 (Primary) LATERAL LIMITS: Limits are Setout by airspace outline in Appendix VERTICAL LIMITS: 5000 – F380 CONTROLLING AUTHORITY: Range Control Authority (see below) d. YAMB/R644 CONDITIONAL STATUS: RA2 (Primary/AAR/AWACS) LATERAL LIMITS: Limits are Setout by airspace outline in Appendix VERTICAL LIMITS: 5000 – F280 CONTROLLING AUTHORITY: Range Control Authority (see below) d. YAMB/R650A & B CONDITIONAL STATUS: RA3 (Primary) LATERAL LIMITS: Limits are Setout by airspace outline in Appendix VERTICAL LIMITS: 5000 – F280 CONTROLLING AUTHORITY: Range Control Authority (see below) 3. AIRSPACE ACTIVATION TIMING. 3.1 Training Sorties are planned to take place throughout the period of activation 4. FLIGHT PLANNING AND ROUTE LIMITATIONS. 4.1 All waypoints inside exercise lateral boundaries will be available at and above FL390 – R637 FL220 – R625 FL290 – R639, R644, R650 4.2 RA Conditional Status Legend RA1: Pilots may flight plan through the restricted area and expect a clearance from ATC RA2: Pilots must not flight plan through a restricted area unless on a route specified in ERSA GEN FPR, however a clearance from ATC is not assured. RA3: Pilots must not flight plan through a restricted area. Clearance is unlikely and will be subject to Military activity. 5. PROCEDURES 5.1 Military pilots are present in the activated Restricted Areas (VSOA in flight plan remarks) 5.1.1 Pilots: If unable to conduct flights without transiting the Restricted Areas at or above the levels in para 4.1 BN-DOS_CTR active: contact Brisbane Centre on 135.6 who will coordinate with the Range Controller to arrange access – note rerouting may be required to avoid an area with RA2 or RA3 Conditional Status. BN-DOS_CTR not active: contact the Range Controller (via private message). 5.1.2 Range Controller Contact: If access is required, contact the Range Controller callsign in the following order: WGTL***, BUCK***, COLT*** 5.2 Military pilots are not present in the activated Restricted Areas 5.2.1 Pilots and ATC: There are no restrictions on accessing the activated Restricted Areas. 6. MILITARY AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS 6.1 High speed military jet & turboprop aircraft will be on random tracks without communications within all exercise airspace. Traffic information will not be provided to or about exercise aircraft operating in exercise area. (Intentions may be handed to ATC by the flight lead on a flight by flight basis) 6.2 Aircraft operating out of Amberley (YAMB) will operate on the appropriate CTAF channels when ATC is not online. 6.3 When outside CTAF areas, military aircraft will tune UNICOM until established within active restricted airspace. Upon entering active restricted airspace military aircraft will be virtually NOCOM. (See para 6.4) 6.4 Regardless of the phase of flight, military aircraft will endeavour to monitor UNICOM text (122.800) for mutual separation when ATC is offline. 6.5 The below list outlines the civil frequencies that military aircraft will operate on when outside of restricted airspace. Location Frequency YAMB TWR: 118.30 YAMB APP: 134.600 All Other (UNICOM) 7. PRIORITIES 7.1 During exercise activity periods, access to the exercise airspace may not be available due to high density/high energy military operations. 7.2 Every endeavour will be made to adjust exercise activities and minimize delays to facilitate transit of civil aircraft. 8. CANCELLATION 8.1 This NOTAM will self-cancel on 31st August 2019 9. DISTRIBUTION 9.1 VATPAC Forums/Website 9.2 RAAFvirtual Forums/Website 10. CONTACTS 10.1 VATPAC Operations 10.2 vAIRMSHL Nathan Noble - RAAFv – [email protected] Appendix Exercise Area –
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    NOTAM - AIRAC1907 Sector File and Client Installer Downloads 1 INTRODUCTION The VATPAC sector files are normally produced and developed by the operations department every 3 months. Due to a mid cycle update, the version released today is AIRAC 1907, effective on the 20th of June 2019. The sector files provided support both the Virtual Radar Client and the Euroscope Client. 2 DETAILS YSSY BOREE Arrival updated ATIS frequencies updated: YMAV ATIS freq 118.2, YSNW ATIS freq 125.65, YBHM ATIS freq 128.35, YPDN ATIS freq 128.25 3 DOWNLOAD LINKS Whilst the web pages are being updated, links to the updated files are; VRC: VRC Sector Files and POF file Euroscope: VATPAC Euroscope Package If you don't use the Euroscope package, you will need the updated Euroscope Sector Files and will need to manually update the voice file and any profiles with the new comms frequencies. 4 AUTHORITY Deputy Director, Operations – [email protected] 5 CANCELLATION This NOTAM will cancel at 14 AUG 19 - 23:59UTC.
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    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.
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    Congratulations to Elliot Parker who today joins the ranks as an S2 controller! Well done Elliot
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    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
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    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
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    It will be a welcome relief to have a controller in the US I might be able to understand. Rusty
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    Prepar3D update for the NWWW scenery listed above: https://library.avsim.net/esearch.php?DLID=208020 Prepar3D scenery for NVVV, http://www.pterosaur.org.uk/FSX/01_Civil/Vanuatu/Vanuatu.html it is under "Bauerfield International" and the download is "Bauerfield.zip "
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    Oceania VATOCE Regional Minutes Q2 VATOCE - Q2 2019 Reports
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    It's the End of the Month. Time to go somewhere else for a change. This week: Brisbane. Also on the menu: Gold Coast. Brisbane Toowoomba West Wellcamp and the Sunshine Coast! If you're heading to Wellcamp or Sunshine Coast, be sure to check out Flukey's Scenery for FSX and P3D! https://forums.vatpac.org/topic/16741-flukeys-ozx-airport-links/ https://orbxsystems.com/forum/topic/174134-flukeys-airports-auv2/ Recommended Routes YSSY - YBBN TESAT H185 ENTRA Y245 BANDA H185 BN YBBN - YSSY BN H62 CORKY H12 TESAT ATC Just one Approach controller needed in Brisbane, but Multiple Towers (Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Brisbane) would be appreciated SY_DEL.......................................................133.80 SY_GND.......................................................121.70 SY_TWR.......................................................127.40 SY_APP.......................................................123.60 BN-MDE_CTR...................................................133.00 BN-DOS_CTR...................................................135.60 BN_APP.......................................................124.70 BN_TWR.......................................................120.50 BN_GND.......................................................121.70 CG_TWR.......................................................118.70 SU_TWR.......................................................124.40 Scenery ORBX Australia (Enroute) FSX/P3D (PAYWARE) ORBX YBBN Brisbane ORBX YBCG Gold Coast OZx Scenery 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 and FSX libraries OZx Scenery 3.5 and P3D libraries Flukey's Sunshine Coast and Brisbane-West-Wellcamp
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    Hi All, VATPAC recently held the Q2 Board Meeting on Sunday 7th July. The minutes are now available for review via the VATPAC website here. The Divisional Quarterly report has also been compiled and is available via the same page on the VATPAC website. Thanks for a great quarter everyone! Everyone including pilots, controllers and staff have contributed greatly to the Division over the past 3 months and I look forward to seeing further growth over the next Quarter See you in the skies!
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    Congratulations to Ashot Hakobyan - 1307841 who received his S3 rating on the 21st of June after showing superior knowledge of the course! Congrats!
  40. 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.
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    It is with regret that I advise the community that Eoin Motherway and Dan Martin have resigned from their positions citing real world commitments. Both of these gentlemen have made an enormous contribution to our organisation and on behalf of VATPAC I would like to express our gratitude. An announcement regarding a new division director is imminent and the incoming division director will be making the arrangements for the transition period while we find suitable replacements.
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    If I get my ZJX rating back then I will control DAB for you all!
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    Congratulations to Alex Metcalfe (1369259) who is the latest Transfer Controller to join the VATSIM Australia Pacific Division. Congratulations!
  44. 1 point
    Congratulations to Michael on satisfying all the requirements to be recognized as an S2 controller. Well done, Michael!
  45. 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]
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    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]
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    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!
  48. 1 point
    Congratulations to Sam Keast 1445607 who is the newest Controller who gained his S2 Badge - Congratulations Sam!
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    1. Introduction VATPAC will be migrating web servers to an Australian host to increase the quality of service to the community. 2. Effective Immediately 3. Affected Services All VATPAC web services will be affected by this change. Please note: The VATSIM Australia Server and Teamspeak will be unaffected. 4. Authority Director - Information Technology - it [at] vatpac.org 5. Cancellation This NOTAM cancels upon notification from the Director - Information Technology