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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 there will be even more exciting stuff next year. Now is also an excellent time to reflect on all our involvement in the community and have a think about how we can be better, to strengthen our very small little world of virtual aviation. It always annoys me when I hear of silly grievances that could be resolved with a reasonable discussion turning into something bigger than it needs to be, affecting many people. We have such a tiny community here of only a few thousand members so let's all do our part and make the effort of working together as best we can! You will hear from me again in the New Year as the changes to the staffing structure are implemented. I will also be excited to see the Senior Controller requirements become cemented and clear for any of our members to look forward to. Once again, have a safe and happy time. Stay away from the fire, the floods and the virus! Cheers, -- Zach Biesse-Fitton Acting Director of Division VATSIM Australia Pacific
  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 rating upgrades, more than two times the number we awarded last year. There are too many names to list, but I would like to congratulate everyone who undertook training this year, and I hope you’ve enjoyed being able to control on the network. For those of you with your C1s who are looking for another challenge, I encourage you to keep your ears open early next year as we’re introducing a new Senior Controller Policy with more clarity about how you can work toward your C3. In 2021, we will continue to work on improving the VATPAC ATC training experience. This will include an update of our training materials to include examples from the new vatSys client, as well as the rollout of the next phase of our new ATC Training Admin system. With some changes in the department’s leadership team as well, I’m sure there will be many more developments that you will want to keep your eyes on. Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year. -- Will Smart Acting Director of ATC Training and Standards Department VATSIM Australia Pacific
  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 seeing the capabilities that he will be able to bring to the department. We are calling for expressions of interest for the Development Manager role. If you are interested, please email [email protected] with a brief description of skills, experience and why you suit the position. We are also looking for IT developers, if you are interested please send an expression of interest to [email protected] Move to AWS A large number of the VATPAC services have been transferred to AWS with only a few services remaining. The remaining services are planned to be transferred over the holiday period. VATPAC Core v2 We have been looking into upgrades to our web services for VATPAC Core v2, expecting to use Amazon’s Web Services (AWS). Core v2 will be the backend of VATPAC’s services, and it will be the one place for all management and permissions. By using AWS, we are able to have: - Lower management costs, as we are paying by usage rather than a fixed fee - Greater security and privacy, with Amazon’s own dedicated issues management team and superior storage of confidential data by AWS - Serverless Architecture, meaning Amazon finds the best available server to serve the requested content - Greater efficiency, with faster response times from AWS servers and negligible downtime - Easier management, as AWS services are all managed by one simple control panel, as well as the ability to dynamically change server requirements. At the moment, we are looking to move VATPAC Core onto AWS services which will allow for a trial of AWS. This also removes some workload off the Vultr server, and may allow for a downgrade in Vultr to save costs. VATPAC Core v2 will also allow for better interactivity with the community and better extensibility for third parties and API access. Pilot Assist and vatSys We are currently developing the new Pilot Assist and ensuring Vatpac's IT infrastructure will support the new vatSys Client! Unfortunately due the voluntary nature of VATPAC staff, progress on pilot assist has significantly slowed. We are looking to further push the project capabilities with the beginning of the year. We are also working with the members of the vatSys team to ensure it is fully supported by the IT Department and Operations Department for full release. VATPAX VATPAX is under redevelopment! We are looking for more developers to dedicate time on this project. If you are interested please send an expression of interest email to Tom Grozev on [email protected] Cheers, -- Tom Grozev Director of Technology VATSIM Australia Pacific
  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 it takes to help manage the Airspace over the VATPAC sky, send an email to [email protected]; we would love to have you on board! Projects last 3 months - Worldflight updates, including adding radar sites, updating sector files, and reviewing frequencies. - Pacific region SID/STAR & Airspace review. - AIRAC 2013 released with minor updates to Australian RNAV points. Ongoing projects (next 1 – 2 months) - YBBN & YMML Local Instruction review being completed as a priority with an expectation of release late January. - Controller Position & Rating Policy under review with changes being proposed to make clearer the non-standard position guidelines. Future Projects (next 3 months) - vMATS annual review to be carried out, making use of the real-world MATS provided by ASA. - Controller Position and Frequency audit to better align with real world procedures. Cheers, -- Ryan McDonald Acting Director of Airspace and Publications VATSIM Australia Pacific
  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 all of the events that we conduct. Please contact us via https://feedback.vatpac.org/ or email the Director of Events via [email protected] Thank you all for being apart of the VATPAC Division. I look forward to serving this community into 2021 and am hoping for a successful 2021 within the Events Department! Cheers, Josh Micallef Director of Events VATSIM Australia Pacific Staff Changes There has only been one staff change within the Events Department since the last edition of the scope. 10SEP20 | Cameron Wilbraham appointed as Deputy Director of Events (VATPAC15) As of the 1JAN21, Cameron's role name will change to "Events Manager" as per the organisational structure changes outlined here. Upcoming Major Events You can see all the upcoming events for 2021 in our 2021 Events Calendar - https://forums.vatpac.org/topic/18457-major-events-list-2021/ We will post information about our events at minimum one month before the scheduled event date, you can find a full list of our upcoming announced events here - https://forums.vatpac.org/forum/57-event-announcements/ Future Projects There have been a few little projects running around the office of the Events Department over the past few months - We are looking to improve the process of rostering systems and policies surrounding rostering into 2021, stay tuned!
  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 aerodrome. This event is designed to provide pilots with the opportunity to explore the country from three different locations, travel across the country, and arrive into one concentrated arrival aerodrome. Controllers get the chance to control new and exciting locations with larger levels of traffic and create a sequence inbound to the arrival aerodrome. Departure Window: For each of the departure aerodromes, a 2-hour controller block has been rostered to provide ATC services to departure aircraft. You are recommended to depart during this time to arrive in Sydney with ATC Services. The rostered time for all aerodromes is below: Broome: 0300z - 0500z Alice Springs: 0430z - 0630z Adelaide: 0530z - 0730z The planned arrival time into Sydney is between 0730-0930z however ATC will be online between 0630z-1030z . Routes: BRM-SYD | 4.5 Hour Flight: ROUTE: BRM CESCI T11 AS A576 PKS H319 TARAL Y59 RIVET TESAT ASP-SYD | 3 Hour Flight: ROUTE: AS KALUG A576 PKS RIVET TESAT ADL-SYD | 2 Hour Flight: ROUTE: AD PANKI H247 CULIN Y59 RIVET TESAT ATC Positions: Controllers interested in controlling the event are encouraged to submit their ATC Applications here - Applications will remain open until 4 Days before the event date, of which the roster will be compiled on the website. Non-standard positions will be rostered depending on the number of ATC Applications recieved. A non-standard position is denoted with an (*) beside the callsign. Login Callsign Frequency AD_DEL Adelaide Delivery 126.100 AD_GND Adelaide Ground 121.700 AD_TWR Adelaide Tower 120.500 AD_APP Adelaide Approach 124.200 BRM_GND Broome Ground 121.700 BRM_TWR Broome Tower 126.000 AS_TWR Alice Tower 118.300 SY_APP Sydney Approach 124.400 SY-D_APP* Sydney Director 126.100 SY_GND Sydney Ground 126.500 SY_TWR Sydney Tower 120.500 BN-TRT_CTR Brisbane Centre 133.200 ML-ASP_CTR Melbourne Centre 131.800 ML-BKE_CTR Melbourne Centre 128.200 ML-TBD_CTR Melbourne Centre 125.300 ML-WOL_CTR Melbourne Centre 125.000 ML-GTH_CTR* Melbourne Centre 122.750 Scenery: YSSY - Sydney International Airport: Payware - FlyTampa v2 (FSX/P3D) Freeware - AVSIM (FSX/P3D) Freeware - ISDG (xPlane) YPAD - Adelaide: Payware - AUSCENE 2 (FSX/P3D) Freeware - AusFS(FSX/P3D) Freeware - TGD (xPlane) YBAS - Alice Springs Payware - ORBX (FSX/P3D) Freeware - Flightsim (FSX) Freeware - Xplane.org (Xplane) YBRM - Broome International Airport Payware - ORBX (FSX/P3D) Freeware - Kym Burton (FSX/P3D) Freeware - Xplane Gateway (Xplane) Should you have any questions, queries or suggestions, please contact the events department via the VATPAC forums or by emailing [email protected] or via feedback.vatpac.org. We Look forward to seeing you at our first event for 2021!
  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 aerodrome. This event is designed to provide pilots with the opportunity to explore the country from three different locations, travel across the country, and arrive into one concentrated arrival aerodrome. Controllers get the chance to control new and exciting locations with larger levels of traffic and create a sequence inbound to the arrival aerodrome. Departure Window: For each of the departure aerodromes, a 2-hour controller block has been rostered to provide ATC services to departure aircraft. You are recommended to depart during this time to arrive in Sydney with ATC Services. The rostered time for all aerodromes is below: Broome: 0300z - 0500z Alice Springs: 0430z - 0630z Adelaide: 0530z - 0730z The planned arrival time into Sydney is between 0730-0930z however ATC will be online between 0630z-1030z . Routes: BRM-SYD | 4.5 Hour Flight: ROUTE: BRM CESCI T11 AS A576 PKS H319 TARAL Y59 RIVET TESAT ASP-SYD | 3 Hour Flight: ROUTE: AS KALUG A576 PKS RIVET TESAT ADL-SYD | 2 Hour Flight: ROUTE: AD PANKI H247 CULIN Y59 RIVET TESAT ATC Positions: Controllers interested in controlling the event are encouraged to submit their ATC Applications here - Applications will remain open until 4 Days before the event date, of which the roster will be compiled on the website. Non-standard positions will be rostered depending on the number of ATC Applications recieved. A non-standard position is denoted with an (*) beside the callsign. Login Callsign Frequency AD_DEL Adelaide Delivery 126.100 AD_GND Adelaide Ground 121.700 AD_TWR Adelaide Tower 120.500 AD_APP Adelaide Approach 124.200 BRM_GND Broome Ground 121.700 BRM_TWR Broome Tower 126.000 AS_TWR Alice Tower 118.300 SY_APP Sydney Approach 124.400 SY-D_APP* Sydney Director 126.100 SY_GND Sydney Ground 126.500 SY_TWR Sydney Tower 120.500 BN-TRT_CTR Brisbane Centre 133.200 ML-ASP_CTR Melbourne Centre 131.800 ML-BKE_CTR Melbourne Centre 128.200 ML-TBD_CTR Melbourne Centre 125.300 ML-WOL_CTR Melbourne Centre 125.000 ML-GTH_CTR* Melbourne Centre 122.750 Scenery: YSSY - Sydney International Airport: Payware - FlyTampa v2 (FSX/P3D) Freeware - AVSIM (FSX/P3D) Freeware - ISDG (xPlane) YPAD - Adelaide: Payware - AUSCENE 2 (FSX/P3D) Freeware - AusFS(FSX/P3D) Freeware - TGD (xPlane) YBAS - Alice Springs Payware - ORBX (FSX/P3D) Freeware - Flightsim (FSX) Freeware - Xplane.org (Xplane) YBRM - Broome International Airport Payware - ORBX (FSX/P3D) Freeware - Kym Burton (FSX/P3D) Freeware - Xplane Gateway (Xplane) Should you have any questions, queries or suggestions, please contact the events department via the VATPAC forums or by emailing [email protected] or via feedback.vatpac.org. We Look forward to seeing you at our first event for 2021!
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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 Jandakot or Busselton enjoy the stunning coastal WA views. Whether you want to fly via the route or break off to do VFR city orbits on arrival the choice is all yours. Routes: YPPH-YBLN: PH MANDU W20 BLN (0:50 Flight Time) YPJT-YBLN: JT YMUL YBUN (1:00 Flight Time) YBLN-YPPH: BLN W20 MANDU DCT PH (1:00 Flight Time) YBLN-YPPH: BLN DCT MANDU DCT JT (0:55 Flight Time) ATC: Login Callsign Frequency JT_TWR Jandakot Tower 118.100 JT_GND Jandakot Ground 124.300 PH_APP Perth Approach 123.600 PH_TWR Perth Tower 127.400 PH_GND Perth Ground 121.700 PH_DEL Perth Delivery 118.550 ML-ESP_CTR Melbourne Centre 123.950 Scenery: YPPH - Perth MFSG - Payware (P3D/FSX) Axon - Payware (X-Plane 11) Rasho - Freeware (X-Plane) YPJT - Perth Jandakot ORBX - Payware (P3D/FSX) 'fschutzman' - Freeware (X-Plane) YBLN - Busselton ORBX - Freeware (P3D/FSX) TBTX - Freeware (X-Plane) MISC - Miscellaneous Items: Payware - AUSv2 (FSX/P3D)
  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 Jandakot or Busselton enjoy the stunning coastal WA views. Whether you want to fly via the route or break off to do VFR city orbits on arrival the choice is all yours. Routes: YPPH-YBLN: PH MANDU W20 BLN (0:50 Flight Time) YPJT-YBLN: JT YMUL YBUN (1:00 Flight Time) YBLN-YPPH: BLN W20 MANDU DCT PH (1:00 Flight Time) YBLN-YPPH: BLN DCT MANDU DCT JT (0:55 Flight Time) ATC: Login Callsign Frequency JT_TWR Jandakot Tower 118.100 JT_GND Jandakot Ground 124.300 PH_APP Perth Approach 123.600 PH_TWR Perth Tower 127.400 PH_GND Perth Ground 121.700 PH_DEL Perth Delivery 118.550 ML-ESP_CTR Melbourne Centre 123.950 Scenery: YPPH - Perth MFSG - Payware (P3D/FSX) Axon - Payware (X-Plane 11) Rasho - Freeware (X-Plane) YPJT - Perth Jandakot ORBX - Payware (P3D/FSX) 'fschutzman' - Freeware (X-Plane) YBLN - Busselton ORBX - Freeware (P3D/FSX) TBTX - Freeware (X-Plane) MISC - Miscellaneous Items: Payware - AUSv2 (FSX/P3D)
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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: Payware - AUSCENE 2 (FSX/P3D) Freeware - AusFS(FSX/P3D) Freeware - TGD (xPlane) YBHI - Broken Hill: Freeware - OZX (FSX/P3D) MISC - Miscellaneous Items: Payware - AUSv2 (FSX/P3D) *Required by ORBX Airports* Routes: YBHI - YPAD: BHI DCT PRICE V395 BLACK DCT AD YPAD - YBHI: AD W325 BHI
  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: Payware - AUSCENE 2 (FSX/P3D) Freeware - AusFS(FSX/P3D) Freeware - TGD (xPlane) YBHI - Broken Hill: Freeware - OZX (FSX/P3D) MISC - Miscellaneous Items: Payware - AUSv2 (FSX/P3D) *Required by ORBX Airports* Routes: YBHI - YPAD: BHI DCT PRICE V395 BLACK DCT AD YPAD - YBHI: AD W325 BHI
  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 capacity and is continuing to grow along with the rest of VATSIM (who I believe will be shortly announcing 100,000 active members for the first time!) It's an exciting time. As most of you know, I have been working closely with Jake for the past year with vatSys and the testing program. I am pleased to say that vatSys has been released. You can download it today from http://virtualairtrafficsystem.com/. I cannot wait to be able to coordinate with everyone properly! This is certainly a troubling time for everyone, but it's great to know that we can still log in to our favorite hobby and fly or control, and put our worries aside. It's great to see a number of members from the past, showing their faces and becoming active in the community again. I have noticed a significant increase in ATC coverage in the past few weeks and last nights milk run was busy from 7pm until 11pm (I was sweating, at least ... ) We have lots to look forward to for the remainder of the year. Worldflight in it's 20th year will be huge, no doubt and I'm sure we will have some great events with our Kiwi counterparts too. I encourage anyone who hasn't been around for some time to find their way back online to enjoy the new toys that are around the place (AFV, vatSys, myVATSIM, etc) I look forward to seeing a number of your names applying to be apart of our VATPAC leadership team in the coming months as we will be looking to permanently fill the Director of Operations, Director of ATC Training and Division Director positions. Ready your resumes! Cheers. Zach Biesse-Fitton, Interim Division Director, Vatsim Australia Pacific.
  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: Controller Handovers What is the goal of an ATC position handover briefing? The goal of a position handover briefing is to ensure minimal disruption to pilots, and the highest possible situational awareness for the incoming controller. A position handover should be done with both controllers looking at the scope, in an environment free of distractions (for example, Discord co-ordination rooms, or the VSCS function of your controller client). What does an ATC position handover briefing look like? An ATC briefing should use the checklist “RAWFNTO”. • Runways – what runways are in use? • Airspace – what is the current airspace config in use? Are there any runways released to SMC.? • Weather – any diversions due weather? Any cells worth mentioning? TEMPOS, SIGMETS, ect. • Facilities – is everything working? • Navaids – anything unserviceable? • Traffic – provide any relevant traffic information – is anyone on a vector? What is your sequence? Who is taxing? • Outstanding actions – What are the outstanding actions for the aircraft? Is there any coord required? Do you need to give an aircraft an onwards clearance? Does an aircraft require landing clearance? An example of the following situation could be: “G’day, Runway 19L, runway 19R available upon request, weather is good but expecting a change to easterlies on the hour, everything is working, ILS for 19R unserviceable and has false indications reported so we have been assigning runway 19L. Traffic, RBA1352 at BENBO is cleared the ILS runway left. UAE401 descends via the STAR to 5000. ZOD tracks direct the control tower for an overfly and then city orbits, currently with a clearance limit of the control tower, not above 1500. Coordination for ZOD with the tower controller for the overfly and onward clearance and to cancel auto-release is still outstanding. Any questions?” This is by no mean a complete guide on what your handover briefings should consist of, and you should always be ready to adapt to the situation being presented in front of you. Any questions, feel free to ask below and a staff/training member will try to answer as best as possible You can read the PDF version of this by going here https://vatpac.org/controllers/tutorials/controller-handovers/. Remember to always look at the controller tutorials section of the website as things are always being added this sections regularly. If you have any questions email us at [email protected]
  16. IT Department We have been busy developing and researching new services to provide better experiences for members of VATPAC. This includes VATPAC Core v2 - which includes VATPAC’s Web Services, Pilot Assist and support for the new vatSys client. VATPAC Core v2 We have been looking into upgrades to our web services for VATPAC Core v2, expecting to use Amazon’s Web Services (AWS). Core v2 will be the backend of VATPAC’s services, and it will be the one place for all management and permissions. By using AWS, we are able to have: - Lower management costs, as we are paying by usage rather than a fixed fee - Greater security and privacy, with Amazon’s own dedicated issues management team and superior storage of confidential data by AWS - Serverless Architecture, meaning Amazon finds the best available server to serve the requested content - Greater efficiency, with faster response times from AWS servers and negligible downtime - Easier management, as AWS services are all managed by one simple control panel, as well as the ability to dynamically change server requirements. At the moment, we are looking to move VATPAC Core onto AWS services which will allow for a trial of AWS. This also removes some workload off the Vultr server, and may allow for a downgrade in Vultr to save costs. VATPAC Core v2 will also allow for better interactivity with the community and better extensibility for third parties and API access. Pilot Assist and vatSys We are currently developing the new Pilot Assist and ensuring Vatpac's IT infrastructure will support the new vatSys Client! The development of Pilot Assist is progressing well and nearing an alpha version, and we should expect a beta version by the end of Q3. Fingers crossed! We are also working with the members of the vatSys team to ensure it is fully supported by the IT Department and Operations Department for full release. If you didn’t know, vatSys is a new ATC client aimed at emulating Eurocat/TopSky, and with that, simulating Airservices TAAATS. Some of the features of vatSys are: - Eliminating the need for sector files (previously needed for VRC and Euroscope) - Allowing for controllers to coordinate via the Voice Switching Control System (VSCS) - Maps and windows; controllers are now able to provide top down services with ease using windows such as “Ground View” for specific aerodromes There are many more features included within vatSys and we are excited to release it once we’ve gone through thorough testing, making sure that it will be fully ready for VATSIM ATC! VATPAX VATPAX is under redevelopment! We are looking for more developers to dedicate time on this project. If you are interested please send an expression of interest email to Tom Grozev on [email protected] - Theo Pham
  17. Operations - September The operations department has been full-speed over the last two months. The team have been working super hard to prepare the data files for use with the much anticipated VatSYS controller client, as well as releasing some other essential items. AIRAC 2010 has been published, which brings with it a large update to the Aussie database. As usual, many thanks to Peter Story and the rest of the AIS team for getting this one out with minimal delay. The ops team has also welcomed Clem Wu onto the team in the past few weeks. Clem has been busy getting stuck into helping with sector files and ground layouts for VatSYS, and now joins the team to assist with the update of the Brisbane local instructions. If you feel assisting with the updating of local instructions is something that you would be interested in, please feel free to email [email protected]; we would love to have you on board! Installation of vatSys To download and install vatSys please visit http://virtualairtrafficsystem.com/ DOWNLOAD LINKS FOR AIRAC 2010 VRC: Sector Files & POF (please note there are no changes to the VRC POF file, only an updated link for the VATPAC CDN migration) Euroscope: Client Updater & Sector Files VatSYS: Please use the inbuilt updater when prompted. - Ryan McDonald, Acting Director of Operations
  18. From the Director of Events Salutations everyone! Welcome to the Events Department section of The Scope, where we keep you up to date with changes within the Events Department, as well as get you excited for some of our upcoming Major Events for the remainder of the year! So far this year we have had a pretty interesting one, and looking into the future we wish to strengthen the Events Department relationships with the VATPAC and VATSIM community, this is one of my many goals with the Events Department for the next 6-12 months. If you are looking for a place to find all of our upcoming events, why not take a look at our Major Events List 2020 on the Events Announcements. Any changes to planned major events will be posted here so this is a great place to remain up to date! Remember that the Events Team is always open to feedback about all of the events that we conduct. Please contact us via https://feedback.vatpac.org/ or email the Director of Events via [email protected] Are you interested in creating events for the VATPAC Community? Take a look at our Expression of Interest thread here. Regards, Joshua Micallef, Director of Events, VATSIM Australia Pacific Upcoming Major Events There are a number of upcoming Major Events within the next few months which information is now available. Make sure to keep your eye out on the Event Announcement forum for future events Panic Stations is back once again this year! This time we are heading to Alice Springs with a twist. Travel from anywhere across the country inbound to YBAS with touchdown times of 1000z & 1100z. ORBX have provided 3 prizes for those involved throughout the event. 2 prizes for pilots (One for each winner for the nominated touch down times) 1 prizes for a controller nominated by the community. More information can be found here We invite you to fly between Darwin & Cairns in either direction. ATC will be supplied from 0400z - 0800z between the two airfields! More information can be found here Further information will become available about our future events in the future. Keep your eyes peeled here for more details! Staffing Changes There have been a large number of staffing changes to the Events Department over the previous three months. 14JUN20 | Sam Hall resignation as Director of Events (VATPAC5) 25JUL20 | Joshua Micallef appointed as Director of Events (VATPAC5) 29JUL20 | Trent Hopkinson resigns as Deputy Director of Events (VATPAC15) 30JUL20 | Cameron Wilbraham & Luke Maynard appointed as Event Coordinators 10SEP20 | Cameron Wilbraham appointed as Deputy Director of Events 2021 Events Survey The VATPAC Events Department is inviting members of the community to conduct a survey - This survey is for the purpose of Major Events that will be conducted in 2021. Fill out the Survey Here and let us know your ideas! The survey will remain open until 01OCT20 after which the survey will be closed to compile the 2021 Events List We are hoping for a very successful end of 2020 and a very strong start to 2021. The events inbox is always open for your direct feedback ([email protected]) Regards VATSIM Australia Pacific Events Department
  19. After several years, it is finally here! We are sure many of you have heard about the beta release of the new vatSys control client. It is my pleasure to announce that this client is almost upon us. On behalf of the developers, The Operations Team is excited to share three rapid fire features from the client that we believe will enhance your online experience. There are plenty more tutorials for you to discover on the vatSys website, you can more here. Voice Switching and Control System (VSCS) vatSYS will be the first ever client to integrate both the AFV codec, and integrated voice co-ordination. The Voice Switching and Control System (VSCS) is the module for controlling all Air-Ground and Ground-Ground communication. It features a series of easily selectable buttons to allow the selection of frequencies, intercom lines and general setup of audio devices. The design is such that the interface can be used via a touchscreen. Conflict Area Tool Conflict Area Tool determines the area that two flight plan routes are in lateral conflict. The drop down values are defined in the current profile and correspond to the required minimum lateral distance between the two routes. On successful calculation of a conflict area, the area with entry and exit times for both aircraft is displayed. Closest Approach Tool Likewise, the closest approach tool displays the point at which two flight plan trajectories are closest. This is an invaluable tool for enroute controllers using this to determine separation issues hundreds of miles before they even occur. Screenshots Here are a few more screenshots from the client to keep you all drooling over it until the next update. We don’t have a date just yet, but like most FS developers, we can tell you its coming soon... ML-TAS_CTR during the recent Light Up Tasmania Event vatSys' integrated ATIS maker window Flight plan configuration window Aircraft's flight strip
  20. On behalf of the Vatpac Board and the Vatpac Marketing Team, we are excited to announce that we are on the search for a new logo and logo designer as part of our re branding efforts. How the selection process will work: Unlike previous designs we are opening the design process up to members of the Vatpac community, if you have any experience with software like Adobe Illustrator we would love your help to design a new logo for Vatpac. Process of Application: Applications for your logo design will be due on the 10th of November at 23:59z via email to [email protected], if you require additional space please share a google drive or similar. It is strongly recommended to use Adobe Illustrator or any similar vector based design software however if you are unable to use such software we can work with you to refine and produce a logo. The Vatpac staff team will work with the designers to refine the logo's and ensure they fit Vatpac's design brief. Vatpac will then present the top logos as decided by the Vatpac staff team for public comment and selection, this feedback will assist Vatpac in selecting it's final logo by the end of 2020. The Design Requirements: To ensure that the new logo works within Vatpac as a whole we have some essential criteria, A full sized logo, like the current logo A small logo for profile pictures, like what can be found on discord If you feel that you have an idea of a logo, however, you are unable to produce it yourself a simple drawing can assist us in creating a logo off your design. We would love to see as many designs as possible so please if you have any questions or concerns email us at [email protected]
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    Welcome back 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 taking you up north to the Gold Coast. Departing from either the Gold Coast or Newcastle 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 or try your luck landing at Southport the choice is all yours. Scenery: YBCG - Gold Coast: Payware - ORBX (FSX/P3D) Freeware - AVSIM (FSX/P3D) Freeware - TGD (xPlane) YWLM - Newcastle's Williamtown Airport: Freeware - Flightsim (FSX/P3D) MISC - Miscellaneous Items: Payware - AUSv2 (FSX/P3D) *Required by ORBX Airports* Payware - Gold Coast CityScape (FSX/P3D)
  22. Welcome back 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 taking you up north to the Gold Coast. Departing from either the Gold Coast or Newcastle 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 or try your luck landing at Southport the choice is all yours. Scenery: YBCG - Gold Coast: Payware - ORBX (FSX/P3D) Freeware - AVSIM (FSX/P3D) Freeware - TGD (xPlane) YWLM - Newcastle's Williamtown Airport: Freeware - Flightsim (FSX/P3D) MISC - Miscellaneous Items: Payware - AUSv2 (FSX/P3D) *Required by ORBX Airports* Payware - Gold Coast CityScape (FSX/P3D)
  23. Congratulations to Bill who recently completed the oceanic course obtaining an /O! Coming to a "read you 2/5" HF radio near you!
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    Welcome to Thursday Therapy Thursday Therapy is a new era in VATPAC events, introducing you to a new series of IFR routes, aircraft and experiences. Welcome to the inaugural Therapy Thursday! To kick the event off we are taking you to perhaps the two most detailed cities in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, Newcastle and Canberra. Whether you want to fly via the route or break off to do VFR city orbits on arrival the choice is all yours. This Week's Ideal Aircraft Type TBM850/900/930 DA40/42/62 C208 Grand Caravan SAAB340 Regional Airliner or Turboprop Aircraft Route and ATC Additional Scenery YSCB - Canberra Airport: Payware - ORBX (FSX/P3D) Freeware - FlyAwaySimulations (FSX/P3D) Freeware - Vamp (xPlane) YWLM - Newcastle's Williamtown Airport: Freeware - Flightsim (FSX/P3D) Freeware - X-Plane [Optional Stopover] YSSY - Sydney International Airport: Payware - FlyTampa (FSX/P3D) Freeware - AVSIM (FSX/P3D) Freeware - ISDG (xPlane) We hope you enjoy the latest weekly event, and if you have feedback email us at [email protected]
  25. Welcome to Thursday Therapy Thursday Therapy is a new era in VATPAC events, introducing you to a new series of IFR routes, aircraft and experiences. Welcome to the inaugural Therapy Thursday! To kick the event off we are taking you to perhaps the two most detailed cities in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, Newcastle and Canberra. Whether you want to fly via the route or break off to do VFR city orbits on arrival the choice is all yours. This Week's Ideal Aircraft Type TBM850/900/930 DA40/42/62 C208 Grand Caravan SAAB340 Regional Airliner or Turboprop Aircraft Route and ATC Additional Scenery YSCB - Canberra Airport: Payware - ORBX (FSX/P3D) Freeware - FlyAwaySimulations (FSX/P3D) Freeware - Vamp (xPlane) YWLM - Newcastle's Williamtown Airport: Freeware - Flightsim (FSX/P3D) Freeware - X-Plane [Optional Stopover] YSSY - Sydney International Airport: Payware - FlyTampa (FSX/P3D) Freeware - AVSIM (FSX/P3D) Freeware - ISDG (xPlane) We hope you enjoy the latest weekly event, and if you have feedback email us at [email protected]
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