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  1. Applications Open: Event Coordinator

    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.
  2. 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!
  3. Pacific Link NVVV - NWWW

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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 neighboring divisions. Each month you can expect to fly routes across Melanesia, Polynesia, Micronesia and many other islands across Oceania. This event for the most part will fall on the first Saturday of each month from 0800z - 1100z and you can expect flight times any where from 1.5 hours to 3 hours. This Week (03/08/2019) from 0800z - 1000z: Explore the beautiful islands of the south pacific in this short hop from Vanuatu to New Caledonia. In this flight we will be traveling form Bauerfield Int'l (Port Vila) to La Tontouta Int'l (Noumea). The Route: NVVV - NWWW DCT VLI B590 LTO DCT Aircraft Type: The recommended aircraft type for this route is DH8D/AT72 up to B738/A320 or equivalent. Charts: Charts for NVVV can be found here Charts for NWWW can be found here 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. NVVV_TWR......................................................118.300 NVVV_CTR.......................................................120.700 NWWW_APP....................................................128.300 NWWW_TWR...................................................118.100 Scenery: NVVV, Cami De Bellis, X-Plane10/11 (FREEWARE) NWWW, FSX-Downloads, FSX (FREEWARE) If you have any questions or feedback, please email [email protected] as we would be happy to hear any feedback you have!
  4. Applications Open: Deputy Director Special Events

    Applications for this position have now closed. Thank you to all who displayed interest and to those who have applied, you have been emailed. If you did not receive an email please contact me via PM or via email <[email protected]> Cheers.
  5. projectFLY Group Flight & Giveaway

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    On Friday 12th July 2019, projectFLY along with ORBX will be running a GA group flight event along our East Coast from 1200z to 2000z, featuring airports YSTW, YPQM, YCNK, YWOL, YSCB. This event is focused at VFR and GA traffic and is likely to gain a lot of traffic from our international VATSIM users. It is requested that we can fill the ATC positions for the flight. These positions include: TW_GND TW_TWR SY_APP CB_APP CB_TWR CB_GND BN-MDE_CTR ML-WOL_CTR While the time is late for alot of us Aussie controllers this will not go unrewarded. For ATC and pilots alike there will be giveaways and prizes to be won from ORBX. For more information as well as T&C off the giveaway please visit https://mettarsim.com/2019/07/05/projectfly-group-flight-july-2019/ Thankyou and I hope to see you all there.
  6. Cross the Ditch: Winter 2019

    For anyone yet to make their way to the ATC roster, you can find the sheet here.
  7. The VATPAC events team is now welcoming applications for the vacant position, Deputy Director Special Events. Responsible to: Director of Events Direct Reports: Event Coordinator(‘s) Duties: Responsible for the management, promotion and execution of and all major official VATPAC events. Provides oversight and organisation of event coordinators. Develops relationships with other divisions' and organisations' event staff to arrange support for VATPAC events as well as provide support for their events. Liaises with Director Operations for coordination of online ATC support of VATPAC events. Works with the Director Operations to ensure that VATPAC event information is promulgated to Partner Virtual Airlines. Acts in a lead role to ensure all tasks required in planning of events are completed to high standard and on deadline. Responsible for the Maintenance of the VATPAC Events webpage(s). Responsible for the promotion of VATPAC events to social media sites (such as VATSIM Forums, Vroute events, VATTASTIC Event, VATPAC, VATOCE and VATSIM Facebook pages) as required. Maintains an online presence of 5-10 hours per month on the VATSIM network. Essential Criteria: Be a member of the VATPAC Division of VATSIM for a period of at least 12 months. Be a member of good standing in VATSIM for at least 12 months at the time of application. Must have at least an S3 rating. Be able to work well with other board members and the VATPAC community. Have ability to maintain focus and organisation over the long run. Be able to work well within a voluntary organisation. Be able to work as a Team Player 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 Tuesday July 9th 2019.
  8. Resignation: Event Coordinator

    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.
  9. Cross the Ditch: Winter 2019

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    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. 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.
  11. Saturday Australia Tour YTNK - YPDN

    What is Saturday Australia Tour? Australia Tour is a new fortnightly event that aims to tour Australia’s airports and show this country’s beauty. Every fortnight you’ll be starting another leg of the Australia wide flight! The tour will start in Sydney and end in Sydney commencing in January and ending in November! With 23 legs touring every state of the country you’ll experience the many different areas, from the booming southeast to the dusty west, there will be something for everyone! Australia Tour is a fortnightly event that occurs every second Saturday from 0900z – 1200z (6pm-9pm AEDT & 7pm-10pm AEST). This Week (11/05/19) from 0900z - 1200z: This week explore the NT as you fly from outback Tennant Creek to the capital of the state Darwin. The Route: TNK J30 TN Q23 DN Aircraft Type: It is recommended that this event is flown in any aircraft of a size below or equal to a B738/A320 Charts: Charts for YTNK can be found here Charts for YPDN can be found here 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. BN-TRT_CTR........................................................................Frequency 133.200 DN_APP................................................................................Frequency 134.100 DN_TWR...............................................................................Frequency 133.100 Scenery: ORBX Australia (Enroute), FSX/P3D - https://www.orbxdirect.com/product/au (PAYWARE) Flukeys Tennant Creek (YTNK), FSX/P3D - https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1q89kWymZoKiS0Y3MD3-5vzK94wOFReVc (FREEWARE) Flukeys NT Airports (including YPDN), FSX/P3D - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1w7pLNZHfcS7HE350B0r_bxNTRmpbm54Q (FREEWARE) If you have any questions or feedback, please email Joshua Micallef - [email protected] with your feedback, we would be happy to hear any feedback you have!
  12. Saturday Australia Tour (YBMA - YTNK)

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    What is Saturday Australia Tour? Australia Tour is a new fortnightly event that aims to tour Australia’s airports and show this country’s beauty. Every fortnight you’ll be starting another leg of the Australia wide flight! The tour will start in Sydney and end in Sydney commencing in January and ending in November! With 23 legs touring every state of the country you’ll experience the many different areas, from the booming southeast to the dusty west, there will be something for everyone! Australia Tour is a fortnightly event that occurs every second Saturday from 0900z – 1200z (8pm-11pm AEDT & 7pm-10pm AEST). This Week (27/04/2019) from 0900z - 1200z: This week, depart from the regional town of Mount Isa bound for red sands of Tennant Creek. Aircraft as small as light passenger jets up to the size of Dash 8 and possibly even Boeing 717's could be suitable for this flight. The Route: MA W685 TNK Aircraft Type: It is recommended that this event is flown in any aircraft similar to a turboprop, business jet or a small commercial jet (Equivalent to a B712/B738) Charts: Charts for Mount Isa can be found here Charts for Tennant Creek can be found here 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. Scenery: ORBX Australia (Enroute), FSX/P3D - https://www.orbxdirect.com/product/au (PAYWARE) Flukeys Mount Isa (YBMA), FSX/P3D - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1H2412h1wGsmGUhS6TF2EH8NDB8kK1uRE (FREEWARE) P3Dv4 OZx Libraries, P3Dv4 - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DQUv9je5k_PJjlbr1W3jsQCfOQ_AMOSY/view (FREEWARE) Avsim Library (YBMA), FSX/P3D - https://library.avsim.net/download.php?DLID=120183 (FREEWARE) Flukeys Tennant Creek (YTNK), FSX/P3D https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1q89kWymZoKiS0Y3MD3-5vzK94wOFReVc (FREEWARE) If you have any questions or feedback, please email Joshua Micallef - [email protected] with your feedback, we would be happy to hear any feedback you have!
  13. NOTAM: Reserved ATC Positions for VATUSA's FNO Downunder 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 VATUSA's FNO Downunder 2 RESERVED POSITIONS The following positions are reserved from 2330z Friday 19th April 2019 until 0330z Saturday 20th April 2019 BN-DOS_CTR BN-MDE_CTR ML-BKE_CTR ML-TBD_CTR ML-WOL_CTR AD_APP BN_APP BN_DEP SY_APP SY-D_APP SY_DEP AD_TWR BN_TWR SY_TWR SY-E_TWR AD_GND BN_GND BN-S_GND SY_GND SY-E_GND AD_DEL BN_DEL SY_DEL 4 AUTHORITY Sam Hall - Director of Events and Communications [email protected] 5 CANCELATION This NOTAM self cancels at 0330z on Saturday 20th April 2019
  14. ATC ROSTER IS NOW AVAILABLE! We are quite short of controllers so if you'd like to control please do email myself [email protected] to apply. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1OZEBDC0ieKtgUsUKIiwoBsWF57na8cXEOI9WRojsNHM/edit?usp=sharing
  15. ATC application submission date has been extended until further notice. Apply now at https://events.vatpac.org/friday-night-ops-down-under
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