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  1. VATOCE Q4 2018 Meeting Minutes

    Hi all, VATOCE held its Q4 2018 meeting on the 9th Feb 2019. The minutes of the meeting can be found at
  2. VATOCE Q4 2018 Regional Report

    The VATOCE Regional report Q4 2018 can be viewed at
  3. It gives me great pleasure to announce that Mr Dick Tucker has been appointed as VATOCE3 Regional Membership Manager. Dick is very experienced in real life management and will be a great asset to the Regional Team. Congratulations on your appointment and I look forward to working along side you.
  4. VATOCE is seeking applications for a Regional Membership Manager VATOCE3. This is an important position within the VATOCE Region so applicants should apply themselves to the Duties and Personal Specifications listed in the description before applying. The full job description, closing date and application process to be followed can be viewed at Applications that do not follow this process will not be considered. Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. Below is a a list of Duties and Personal Specifications. REPORTS TO: REGION DIRECTOR, VATSIM OCEANIA RESPONSIBLE FOR: REGIONAL MEMBERSHIP MANAGEMENT AND RELATED AFFAIRS The duties of the Regional Membership Manager are described in short, but not limited to: DUTIES: • Review monthly management information in relation to member’s progression and new/returning members with divisional teams to aid member retention and improve controller coverage within VATSIM Oceania Region (VATOCE). • Monitor trends and raise any issues with the Region Director and relevant Division staff. • Monitor Region Transfer requests, communicating as necessary with receiving/sending Regions/Divisions. • Work with divisions to improve the efficiency of the joining process, including (but not limited to) introduction and possible enhancement of welcome email systems. • Contacting members who register but fail to connect to the network. • Provide the Region Director with Quarterly statistics of member’s retention of the Divisions and ATC rating upgrades. • Maintain a strong online presence. PERSON SPECIFICATION: • Must have a good knowledge of EU GDPR or be prepared to gain the necessary knowledge. • Be a member of the Oceania Region or willing to Transfer to Oceania. • Must show awareness of Air Traffic Control operations. Ideal candidate will hold at least a C1 rating, while ratings such as I1,I3 or SUP will be considered advantageous. • Must show awareness of Pilot operations. Ideal candidate will hold at least a P1 rating. • Must be a member in good standing within the network, no disciplinary actions taken against them for the last 3 years and never had CERT access removed. • Expected to be able to commit at least 2-3 hours per week to this role. • Organized, Respond to emails in a timely manner. • Previous staff roles or other experience/awareness of management aspects desirable. • Ability to communicate clearly through different mediums to different people of different cultures. • Must be at least 18 years of age at time of application.
  5. Q2 2018 Region Report

    Apologies for the report being published late. It can be viewed at 2018 Q2.pdf
  6. Acting Director of Division

    I am now in a position to announce that David Zhong has agreed to step up as acting Director of Division. I would like to personally thank David for agreeing to help VATPAC out in its time of need. I would appeal to the membership to get behind David and support him as he has a very difficult task ahead of him. Welcome on board David. Alan
  7. VATPAC1 Resignation

    Hello all, It saddens me to bring this news but I have received Scott's letter of resignation today. He has a lot of personal reasons for doing this and with respect to his privacy I will not be making them public. He can do this if he feels the need. Interim measures are being discussed at present and as soon as I know and have a concrete plan in place you will all be informed. I would just like to thank Scott and wish him the very best for the future Alan
  8. Division Directors LOA

    I am really pleased to announce that Scott is well on the road to recovery. He plans to return to full duties this Wednesday 29th August 2018. Welcome back Scott.
  9. Ryan Yung - Visiting Controller

    Welcome Ryan
  10. Acting VATOCE4 Web Services Manager

    It gives me great pleasure to announce that Jacob Holmes will be joining the VATOCE Region team as acting VATOCE4. He is on secondment from VATPAC until the vacancy is filled permanently. Thank you for stepping up Jacob to assist VATOCE.
  11. VATPAC are inviting applications for the position of Director of Events VATPAC5. This is a senior position on the VATPAC Board of Directors. Read and apply yourself to the duties and criteria listed below before applying. Responsible to VATPAC Director of Division VATPAC1 Direct Reports Deputy Director Special Events Deputy Director Events Duties Facilitates the smooth operation of all events within the VATPAC airspace. Responsible for the organisation, promotion and execution of regularly occurring and one-off official VATPAC events. Acts as a first point of contact and is responsible for aiding other divisions and organisations wishing to hold events in VATPAC airspace. Develops relationships with other divisions' and organisations' event staff to arrange support for VATPAC events as well as provide support for their events. Reports quarterly on events activity and participation within the division. 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. Identifies and champions potential improvements for the organisation, promotion, and execution of events in VATPAC airspace. 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 as a whole. 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 To have the ability to plan both commercial and military events Be able to plan Social Get Together Events All applications will be treated in confidence and should be submitted by email to director[at] before 23:59 hours AEST Sunday 9th September 2018. Applications received after this date will not be considered. The applicant should include any experience and examples of events they have previously organised along with any experience they have of managing a small team.
  12. Director of Division Absence

    Hi all, I am posting this NOTAM to quell any speculation, keep the membership up to date and to explain why I have been doing all the recent NOTAMS . The Division Director has been suffering from ill health and has asked me for a LOA for a minimum of 2 weeks so that he can fully recover. He has asked me to step in and look after the Division until he returns. His email address has been redirected to mine so that any correspondence can be actioned. I am sure you will all join me in wishing Scott a speedy recovery and I look forward to him returning fully fit to fulfil his duties. Alan
  13. VATOCE CFI Appointed

    Joshua Micallef has been appointed as the new VATOCE ATO CFI. I would like to welcome him to the region team and wish him well on his new appointment.
  14. Events Director Resignation

    Today I received Callum's resignation from the VATPAC Board. Callum has a new position on the VATSIM Marketing team and he would like to concentrate on this. I would like to thank him for his time on the Board and wish him the very best for his role at Marketing. Callum was responsible for many a great event at VATPAC. He will be staying on as an instructor for ATC and Pilot training. Good luck for the future Callum
  15. The minutes from Q2 2018 Regional meeting can be viewed at