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  1. Hi Everyone, I'd like to take a brief moment to wish everyone a Happy Holiday season and a Happy New Year (finally) - I know some members of our community deserve this in particular, given the circumstances of this year. 2021 for VATPAC looks exciting with a fresh new Board of Directors, looking to be padded out nicely with an extremely wide breadth of experience. It will be great to see some old names/faces around the place again, that's for sure. It's been an exciting few months with the release of MSFS2020 and vatSys, for both our Pilots and Controllers respectively. I'm sure
  2. Well, what a year 2020 has been! It’s been great to hear many new and old voices on the network coming together to enjoy our virtual aviation hobby. I think it’s fair to say that this year would have been one of the training department’s busiest, with many people spending more time at home, we saw a significant increase in the number of students seeking training. Our team of mentors and instructors stepped up to the challenge, helping to ensure ATC training has remained as accessible as ever by maintaining short wait times and delivering high-quality training. This year, VATPAC awarded 95
  3. A lot has been happening in the IT department behind the scenes with a new pathway forward being reached. An announcement at the start of new year is expected to come from the department that establishes a new direction for the department. Department restructure With the restructure of VATPAC, the IT department has been looking inward to how it can improve efficiency and capabilities. Two new positions are created within the department, Development Manager and Systems & Support Manager. The latter of the two has already been filled by Sam Wilson and we are looking forward to seei
  4. The operations department have been working hard on several projects over the last few months, including finalizing vatSys sector files and update integration, alongside updating several documents including Local Instructions, vMATS, and policy changes. On top of this, the Operations team worked hard to build and update the sector files for World-Flight, ensuring that the controller team were able to easily manage the vast amounts of traffic. As always, the operations team is always looking for people who are passionate and would like to assist the team. If you think you have what i
  5. From the Director of Events 2020 is wrapping up fast, so I am very happy to welcome you to the Events Department section of the scope where we intend to update you on changes to the Events Department, as well as tease a few changes coming in 2021! With the 2020 calendar finishing up, we have released the 2021 events calendar detailing 17 thrilling events we will be débuting next year! You can find info on when we will be hosting each of these events here - https://forums.vatpac.org/topic/18457-major-events-list-2021/ Remember that the Events Team is always open to feedback about al
  6. Screenshot Of The Year: Thank you to everyone who sent their photos in for the screenshot of the year award. Winner: Brett Cummings Runner-Up: Bishoy Megally
  7. LAHSO Tutroial An informative video made by VATPAC's Nick Falcione on Land & Hold Short Operations (LAHSO) in Australia.
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    Welcome to our first major event for 2021, Transcon Shuttle Sydney. Fly from either Broome (YBRM), Alice Springs (YBAS) or Adelaide (YPAD) to Sydney (YSSY). Each departure airport has a different departure window based off the flight time. Event Details: Transcon Shuttle is an event designed to provide pilots with the opportunity to receive ATC services as they cross the country from nominated departure locations, inbound chosen arrival aerodrome. This round, we have provided you with three departure airports ranging between 4.5 -> 2hrs in length all inbound one arrival aerodr
  9. Welcome to our first major event for 2021, Transcon Shuttle Sydney. Fly from either Broome (YBRM), Alice Springs (YBAS) or Adelaide (YPAD) to Sydney (YSSY). Each departure airport has a different departure window based off the flight time. Event Details: Transcon Shuttle is an event designed to provide pilots with the opportunity to receive ATC services as they cross the country from nominated departure locations, inbound chosen arrival aerodrome. This round, we have provided you with three departure airports ranging between 4.5 -> 2hrs in length all inbound one arrival aerodr
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    Welcome to Thursday Therapy Thursday Therapy is a new era in VATPAC events, introducing you to a new series of routes, aircraft and experiences. With the new and improved time of 0800z-1100z based on your feedback. Because of the short distance this week we recommend a C172, SR22 or aircraft of similar size. If you want to do multiple flights, we recommend the TBM930 or King Air 350. Be sure to join us on the VATPAC discord. To join, visit here. Welcome back to Therapy Thursday! This week we are jumping across to Western Australia. Departing from either the Perth, Perth Ja
  11. Welcome to Thursday Therapy Thursday Therapy is a new era in VATPAC events, introducing you to a new series of routes, aircraft and experiences. With the new and improved time of 0800z-1100z based on your feedback. Because of the short distance this week we recommend a C172, SR22 or aircraft of similar size. If you want to do multiple flights, we recommend the TBM930 or King Air 350. Be sure to join us on the VATPAC discord. To join, visit here. Welcome back to Therapy Thursday! This week we are jumping across to Western Australia. Departing from either the Perth, Perth Ja
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    Welcome to Thursday Therapy Thursday Therapy is a new era in VATPAC events, introducing you to a new series of routes, aircraft and experiences. Be sure to join us on the VATPAC discord. To join visit here Welcome back to Therapy Thursday! This week we are jumping across to South Australia. Departing from either the Adelaide or Broken Hill fly between another two stunning cities in Microsoft Flight Simulator. Whether you want to fly via the route or break off to do VFR city orbits on arrival the choice is all yours. Scenery: YPAD - Adelaide: Pay
  13. Welcome to Thursday Therapy Thursday Therapy is a new era in VATPAC events, introducing you to a new series of routes, aircraft and experiences. Be sure to join us on the VATPAC discord. To join visit here Welcome back to Therapy Thursday! This week we are jumping across to South Australia. Departing from either the Adelaide or Broken Hill fly between another two stunning cities in Microsoft Flight Simulator. Whether you want to fly via the route or break off to do VFR city orbits on arrival the choice is all yours. Scenery: YPAD - Adelaide: Pay
  14. Hi everyone, I'm super stoked to see "The Scope" back again! It was something we started quite a few years ago and was found to be very popular. Now some 800+ VATPAC members are able to stay up to date with the latest news, every quarter, without needing to go looking for it. Special thanks to Ben and Blair from the Community Engagement team for creating this re imagined version of 'The Scope'. I understand there may have been some concern amongst the membership after a turbulent last month (or so) with regards to staffing changes, but rest assured the division is functioning at full
  15. Bi-Monthly Newsletter: The training department has been busy as always training VATPAC new controllers. Did you know that the VATPAC ATC Training Department releases a bi-monthly newsletter as well? That's correct! You can keep up to date with everything there is to know about the ATC Training Department and what's happening within the department by going to the VATPAC forums and looking under 'ATC Training'. Alternately, you can go to the "ATC Training" forum to read our latest bulletin or click below. This quarter's ATC tip: Contro
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