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  1. NOTAM: AIRAC 1911

    NOTAM - AIRAC1911 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 the introduction of Audio for VATSIM, the Operations department has decided to release a sector file and euroscope installer update to better facilitate Audio for VATSIM. If you have any questions or queries, please email me at [email protected] or post within the Audio for VATSIM forum. I also would like to thank Peter Story, he's gone above and beyond to ensure VATPAC is ready for AFV. Cheers to you Peter! 2 DETAILS Sector file differences: When using ES, you may place a tick in the SCT2 box in OTHERSET/Display Settings/Freetext. Using VRC, you can click menu View/Static Text. Provided you are using the new sector files you will now see the frequency next to en route sector names on the scope. En-route controllers should update their sector files to ease the process of transferring pilots to cross-coupled, adjacent sector frequencies which are NOT displayed in pilot clients. Voice file: Due to the changes implemented in AFV, when connecting a primary frequency, controllers should NOT be activating a primary frequency with a previously-live voice server. Updating you VOICE.txt will remove all the rw1.vatpac.org links from the voice communication setup. Therefore, anyone who does NOT use the Euroscope Package Installer should manually update this file in /Documents/Euroscope. VATPAC Euroscope Package Installer: The package installer incorporates the new sector files and the new VOICE.txt file. In addition, it also is set's the .asr files to automatically display the adjacent sector frequencies for en route profiles. Remember, delete the /Document/Euroscope/VATPAC folder before running the AIRAC 1911 installer. VRC Users should manually update their profiles and replace the VOX Server: rw1.vatpac.org with noserver to ensure there is no conflict with the live network. 3 DOWNLOAD LINKS Whilst the web pages are being updated, links to the updated files are; VRC: VRC Sector Files and VRC POF Euroscope: VATPAC Euroscope Package and ES Sector Files ES Voice File: Attached to Post 4 AUTHORITY Director Operations - [email protected] 5 CANCELLATION This NOTAM will cancel at 6 NOV 19 - 23:59UTC. VOICE.txt
  2. NOTAM: Policy Updates

    NOTAM: Policy Updates 1. INTRODUCTION The VATPAC Operations Department has updated that VATPAC Controller Positions and Ratings Policy and the VATPAC Controller Information and ATIS Policy. These updates have been to facilitate the implementation of Audio for VATSIM (AFV). 2. DETAILS Controller Positions and Ratings Policy Changes Summary A controller providing top-down coverage from either an Approach/Tower/Surface Movement Control position shall do so using only the primary frequency designated to their logged-in position. Use of multiple frequencies (Other than an ATIS) is not permitted. A controller providing top-down coverage from an Enroute position shall do so using only the primary frequency designated to the overlying sector. Use of additional aerodrome and/or TMA frequencies (other than an ATIS) for the purpose of top-down control is not permitted. En route controllers providing extended coverage shall configure their client software to transmit and receive on the primary frequency assumed by the sector. En route controllers shall cross-couple all frequencies assumed by the controller. En route controllers shall remain aware of sector boundaries and frequency ranges, instructing pilots to switch to the most appropriate frequency when leaving/entering adjacent sectors. Controller Information and ATIS Policy Changes Summary En route, non-FSS or oceanic controllers shall include the three (3) letter sector identifier and frequency of any standard control position to which extended coverage is being provided, and the four (4) letter ICAO identifier of any aerodrome to which a top-down Tower or Approach service is being provided in their controller ATIS information. Aerodromes which are not specified in the controller information may be assumed to operate as uncontrolled aerodromes. For Example ML-SNO_CTR: “Ext WOL 125.0, TBD 125.3, Top-Down YMML, YSCB, YSSY, YPAD.” Controller information MUST NOT include: controller's name & rating and meteorological information. 3. AUTHORITY VATPAC Director Operations 4. CANCELLATION This NOTAM shall remain current unless notification is provided in the NOTAM forum.
  3. 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 TIndal. 1.2 Training period begins on the 27th September 2019 and will self-cancel on 9th November 2019 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 Tindal. 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 Tindal (YPTN), and will be activated by NOTAM: a. YPTN/R249 CONDITIONAL STATUS: RA1 (Primary) MILITARY FLYING LATERAL LIMITS: Limits are Setout by airspace outline in Appendix VERTICAL LIMITS: 10000-NOTAM HOURS OF ACTIVITY: NOTAM CONTROLLING AUTHORITY: VATPAC b. YPTN/R225 (A, B, C, D, & F) CONDITIONAL STATUS: RA2 (Primary) MILITARY FLYING LATERAL LIMITS: Limits are Setout by airspace outline in Appendix VERTICAL LIMITS: 9500 – F600 HOURS OF ACTIVITY: NOTAM CONTROLLING AUTHORITY: VATPAC c. YPTN/R226 (A & B) CONDITIONAL STATUS: RA2 (Transit) MILITARY FLYING LATERAL LIMITS: Limits are Setout by airspace outline in Appendix VERTICAL LIMITS: 9500 – NOTAM HOURS OF ACTIVITY: NOTAM CONTROLLING AUTHORITY: VATPAC d. YPTN/R264 CONDITIONAL STATUS: RA2 (Primary/AAR/AWACS) MILITARY FLYING LATERAL LIMITS: Limits are Setout by airspace outline in Appendix VERTICAL LIMITS: NOTAM- NOTAM HOURS OF ACTIVITY: 5000-F400 CONTROLLING AUTHORITY: VATPAC d. YPDN/R230 CONDITIONAL STATUS: RA2 (Transit) MILITARY FLYING LATERAL LIMITS: Limits are Setout by airspace outline in Appendix VERTICAL LIMITS: 5000 – F400 HOURS OF ACTIVITY: NOTAM CONTROLLING AUTHORITY: VATPAC 3. AIRSPACE ACTIVATION TIMING. 3.1 Training Sorties are planned to take place as set out in 1.2 of this NOTAM 4. FLIGHT PLANNING AND ROUTE LIMITATIONS. 4.1 All waypoints inside exercise lateral boundaries will be available above FL400 during the exercise. 4.2 Upper limits are set out in section 2.0 of this NOTAM 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-TRT_CTR active: contact Brisbane Centre on 133.200 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-TRT_CTR not active: contact the Range Controller (via private message). 5.1.2 Range Controller: 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 Tindal (YPTN) will operate on the appropriate CTAF channels when ATC is not online. 6.3 Aircraft operating out if Darwin(YPDN) will operate on the appropriate Freq if ATC is online Otherwise aircraft to monitor UNICOM. 6.4 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 5.4) 6.5 Regardless of the phase of flight, military aircraft will endeavour to monitor UNICOM text (122.800) for mutual separation when ATC is offline. 6.6 The below list outlines the civil frequencies that military aircraft will operate on when outside of restricted airspace. Location Frequency YPTN TWR: 119.700 YPTN APP: 120.950 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 the date set out in 1.2 9. DISTRIBUTION 9.1 VATPAC Forums/Website 9.2 RAAFvirtual Forums/Website 10. CONTACTS 10.1 VATPAC Operations 10.2 vAVM Ashley Carlson - RAAFv – [email protected] Appendix Exercise Area –
  4. NOTAM: Letter of Agreement - RAAFv

    NOTAM: Letter of Agreement Between RAAFv and VATSIM Australia Pacific 1. INTRODUCTION RAAFv and VATSIM Australia Pacific have ratified a Letter of Agreement that defines the release of restricted airspace within VATPAC to RAAFv during operational periods. This letter of agreement is supplementary to VATSIM and Regional documents and does not replace or override VATSIM Policy. Document: RAAFv VATPAC LOA 2. DETAILS Background RAAFv conducts operations that utilise restricted airspace within the designated airspace assigned to VATPAC by the CoR. In the past, the release of this airspace has not been formally documented and has been at the discretion of the Director Operations. Additionally, procedures pertaining to the responsibilities of AEWAC pilots, civil aircraft and civil controllers has not been documented during the activation of RA's. Document Summary Provides definition to restricted airspace and it states, these include Activated, Active and Inactive. Defines who an AEWAC pilot is and how pilots can identify them. Defines the release of controlling authority from VATPAC controllers to AEWAC Controllers. Provides operational procedures and requirements of controllers for handling aircraft travelling into and out of RA's Area's of Potential Confusion AEWAC Pilots are NOT controllers, they are aircraft which are connected to the network via a pilot client and maybe utilising a radar scope which is proxied. RA's are not entirely restricted to military aircraft. There are different categories of restricted areas which determine whether civilian aircraft can transit. To find the category of an active RA, consult the NOTAM pertaining to the operation. See this post for clarification: here When an RA is active and an AEWAC pilot is within its boundaries, pilots shall contact the AEWAC pilot. If a pilot is unaware of the active RA, the AEWAC pilot shall make contact with the civilian pilot. In addition to this, AEWAC pilots may give aircraft and alternate route/level which avoids the active RA. However, aircraft may deem this operationally unviable in which the AEWAC pilot shall manage military traffic around the civilian aircraft. ATC may be unaware of this LOA. In the event that a civilian controller is unaware, the AEWAC pilot shall provide a link to the LOA and the civilian controller shall comply with the details set out within the document. In the event the controller continues to be non-compliant, use the .wallop command to call a supervisor and cite the link to this post and the LOA. 3. AUTHORITY VATPAC Board of Directors 4. CANCELLATION This LOA shall remain active unless notification is provided in the NOTAM forum.
  5. Sydney Harbour Scenic Pilot Guide

    INTRODUCTION OF THE SYDNEY HARBOUR SCENIC PILOT GUIDE The VATPAC Operations Department has created a Sydney Harbour Scenic Pilot Guide to supplement information available in the Sydney Area Local Instructions. Additionally, this document is for the combined use of pilots and controllers. DETAILS This Document Covers. Background to why the scenic routes are required, required charts, ERSA pages and the requirements of the airspace. Clearance Requests: The process of requesting, providing and receiving a Harbour Scenic One/Two Route: Descriptive route of the Harbour Scenic One/Two and a visual diagram of the route. DOCUMENT LINK Sydney Harbour Scenic Pilot Guide ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS I would like to acknowledge Tristan Garratt, Peter Story and Greg Barber for their efforts in putting this together.
  6. Updated Local Instructions

    Please note there has been a minor amendment to Section 2.8.2 of the Sydney Area Local Instructions. See version 6.4: here
  7. NOTAM: ATC Assist

    Hi Everyone, VATPAC IT is proud to present the latest edition of ATC Assist. It has a more user friendly design with a reliable backend that will provide accurate SID's and STAR's. It also features a Route Finder, Chart Search and a metar tool. ATC Assist has also moved from assist.vatpac.org to atc.vatpac.org. This is part of an ongoing plan which will also see the return of a dedicated pilot assist tool. I would like to thank Jacob Holmes especially for his efforts with this application. If anyone has any recommendations or errors with the application, I invite you to submit a feedback form or email me directly at [email protected] Enjoy!
  8. Appointment: Deputy Director IT

    Please join me in congratulating Jacob Holmes on his appointment to the position of VATPAC Deputy Director IT. Jacob has been working in the IT department since November 2016 alongside myself. He has contributed to the department greatly over his time, especially with the upcoming ATC Assist. Jacob joins us from his position of Deputy Director ATC Training where he has proven himself as a responsible and mature staff member. Daniel and the Board wishes to thank Jacob for his efforts in the position of Deputy Director ATC Training and wish him all the best for his new position.
  9. NOTAM: Scheduled Outage Notice

    This NOTAM Self Cancels at 1000 AEDT on the 17/03/2018.
  10. NOTAM: Scheduled Outage Notice

    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
  11. Applications Open: VATPAC IT Developer

    Applications are now open to all members with ranging levels of experience for a position as a Developer on the VATPAC IT team. Being a developer at VATPAC allows you to expand your skill set with the opportunity to work on a diverse range of projects to enhance the VATPAC infrastructure. Reports to: VATPAC Director IT Duties: Assist in developing web and locally based applications that enhance the VATPAC infrastructure. Liaise with the Director IT and/or Deputy Director IT with regards to current and future projects. Ensure that any project and information not available to the general membership is held in strict confidence. Essential Criteria: Be a member of good standing in VATSIM Be able to work well in a voluntary organisation Have a good IT knowledge including but not limited to HTML, CSS... A candidate apply for this position will preferably: Hold an ATC rating Be able to provide an example/portfolio of his/her work How to Apply: Members interested in being considered for the role should apply by outlining their experience and suitability. Applications should be sent via email to it at vatpac.org APPLICATIONS IN STRICTEST CONFIDENCE. APPLICATIONS ARE ONGOING UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
  12. Applications Open: VATPAC Deputy Director - IT Systems

    Applications are now closed. Thanks to all those who applied.
  13. Applications Open: VATPAC Deputy Director - IT Systems

    Applications for this position have been extended. Applications now close 13th February 2018 at 23:59 hours AEDT.
  14. Applications are now open to suitably experienced VATPAC members for the position of VATPAC Deputy Director - IT Systems (VATPAC14). The Deputy Director - IT Systems role is tasked to assist with the daily upkeep of the main VATPAC IT services and the daily administrative work of the IT department. This includes; teamspeak, VATPAC main site and subsequent vatpac.org services. Reports to: VATPAC Director IT Direct Reports: None Duties: Assist in managing the Information Technology for use in the VATPAC airspace Ensure that the Division's website's information is relevant, recent, current and appropriate Assist the development team in creating applications to positively enhance the Divisions Infrastructure Collaborate with the development team to develop applications to improve services provided by VATPAC controllers Maintain an online presence of greater than 5 hours per month on the VATSIM network Essential Criteria: Consistently active participation in the greater VATPAC community for the last 12 months Be a member of good standing in VATSIM for more than one year at the time of application Have a good rapport with VATPAC and VATSIM and maintain this rapport throughout their tenure 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 Be coherent with Cpanel and WHM Have good knowledge of Information Technology, including (but not limited to) html, php, CSS, Javascript, Python, xml, CMS, etc. Have notable previous IT experience 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 that do not address each of the criteria will not be considered. Applications should be sent via email to it at vatpac.org APPLICATIONS IN STRICTEST CONFIDENCE CLOSE AT 23:59 hours AEDT on Tuesday 13th February, 2018.