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  1. VATSIM has a new president

    Kyle Ramsay has ended his two year term as President of VATSIM, and Gunnar Lindahl has been voted in as his replacement. https://forums.vatsim.net/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=74589
  2. Resignation from Division Director

    Good evening, It is with deep sadness that I need to announce the resignation of Greg Barber from the role of Director of the Australia Pacific Division. Greg has been part of the leadership of VATPAC for a number of years and his contributions have been nothing short of exemplary. He was a pioneer of many processes from ATC Training to documentation and policy. Going forward I would like to welcome Tracy Shiffman as Acting Divisional Director for 12 months. Tracy has been with the network for a considerable time and will continue the forward vision of the Divison.
  3. NOTAM 26OCT16 - Changes to VATPAC Airspace

    Hello, Thank you to Eoin and Ryan for finding a duplicate frequency with YMMM_FSS and ML-GEL_CTR. On reviewing the POF and real world charts, ML-GEL_CTR will use the frequency 121.200. The above post have been amended.
  4. Following the resignation of Peter Story as Deputy Director Aeronautical Information, VATSIM Australia Pacific Division, applications are now sought from members of VATSIM for this position. Deputy Director Aeronautical Information Responsible to: • Director Operations, VATSIM Australia Pacific Division Direct Reports: • Assistant Deputy Director Aeronautical Information (Pacific) • Chief Information Officer Duties: • Facilitates and manages AIRAC update processes. • Advises members, and briefs VATPAC Board on technical information regarding Australian and other areas airspace as managed by VATPAC. • Is the subject matter expert on sector files for Euroscope and VRC. • Develops relationships with community members to stay abreast of real world developments and changes. • Manages subordinates and allocates work priorities. • Participates in Operations Portfolio meetings with Director Operations and Deputy Director Policy. • Liases with Events Portfolio staff for the provision of specialised sector files if needed. • In the absence of the Director Operations, will draft and release NOTAMs to members of VATPAC as needed. • Maintains the good running and morale of the network in VATPAC and encourages an open and inclusive culture. • Maintains an minimum online presence of 2 hours per month on the VATSIM network as VATPAC22. Selection Criteria: • Have the knowledge and skills to code sector files for Euroscope and VRC, or demonstrate the ability to acquire this knowledge quickly. • Be fluent in English both written and verbal and have good communication skills. • Have experience managing goal orientated people, particularly in a voluntary organisation. • Demonstrate resilience and dedication to achieve set tasks, with time management skills. Mandatory or Recommended Attributes: • Be a member of VATSIM for a period of at least 12 months, with at least the last 12 months of this in good standing on the network. • Must have good working knowledge of Visual Basic and ATC Clients like Euroscope and VRC. • While not mandatory, a S3 ATC rating or above will be highly regarded. Members interested in being considered for the role should send your CV (resume) and a cover letter, maximum of 2 pages, addressing the selection criteria listed above via email to [email protected] APPLICATIONS IN STRICTEST CONFIDENCE CLOSE AT 23:59 hours AEST on Sunday 30th April 2017.
  5. Cross the Ditch - 11 Dec 2016

    Good morning all, Please note that Cross The Ditch is on Sunday 11 Dec 2016. The event will be done in waves back forth from New Zealand. For more information including the ATC applications go to the event website http://crosstheditch.net/summer2016 Cheers Joel
  6. Resignation of DDAIS and AIS going forward

    Good afternoon everyone, I wish it was under happier circumstances that I was posting today. It is with a great loss I need to reluctantly announce the resignation of Peter Story as Deputy Director Aeronautical Information. Peter has been in this role now for over two years and has pushed VATPAC from one strength to another. He has kept us all updated on airspace and has implemented huge improvements to the way we handle AIRAC updates, ATC Assist, VATSPY and ServInfo. Peter's departure is going to leave a huge hole in the AIS Team with big shoes for the replacement to fill. On behalf of the VATPAC Staff and members I would like to thank Peter for his hard work and counsel during his time in the role. We also owe him a great debt for the work he has recently done in over seeing the biggest change in VATPAC airspace for nearly 10 years. Over the next month, Eoin Motherway will step up as Acting Deputy Director Aeronautical Information. I would also like to announce that Sean Harrison is taking a more senior role as the Assistant Deputy Director Aeronautical Information - Pacific. Sean is going to be critical in furthering the work of sector files and information for the Pacific Islands. This area has been long over looked and from this hopefully some events on the islands would be in the winds. Over the next few days I will advertise the vacancy of the permanent DDAIS. Peter has agreed to be around for the handover of this role when the permanent replacement is found. Once again, thank you Peter and I hope to see you flying soon with your spare time.
  7. NOTAM 02NOV16 - RESERVED POSITIONS FOR WORLDFLIGHT 2016 1. INTRODUCTION This NOTAM is detailed in accordance with Part 4 Division 1 Paragraph 25 (1)-(3) of the Controller Positions and Ratings Policy 2015. This is for the purpose of WorldFlight 2016 and will be for the times as listed below. 2. DEPARTURE LEG The following positions will be reserved between 0800-1100 AEST 06 November 2016: (a) Sydney Delivery (b) Sydney SMC & SMC East © Sydney Tower & Tower East (d) Sydney Approach & Departure (e) Melbourne Centre BIK (f) Brisbane Centre ARM (g) Brisbane Radio 3. ARRIVAL LEG The following positions will be reserved between 0300-2000 AEST 12 November 2016: (a) Brisbane Centre TRT (b) Brisbane Centre ASP © Alice Springs Tower (d) Melbourne Centre BKE (e) Melbourne Centre MUN (f) Melbourne Centre YWE (g) Melbourne Approach & Departure (h) Melbourne Tower (i) Melbourne SMC (j) Melbourne Delivery (k) Melbourne Centre WON (l) Melbourne Centre TAS (m) Hobart Tower (n) Hobart SMC (o) Melbourne Centre SNO (p) Melbourne Centre HUM (q) Canberra Approach ® Canberra Tower (s) Canberra SMC (t) Melbourne Centre BIK (u) Melbourne Centre WOL (v) Sydney Approach & Departure (w) Sydney Director (x) Sydney Tower & Tower East (y) Sydney SMC & SMC East (z) Sydney Delivery 4. SPECIAL POSITIONS In addition to these positions, the non-standard special purpose positions are approved: (a) Alice Springs Director - 126.10 - 40nm radius on YBAS SFC-FL120 (b) Hobart Director - 126.10 - 40nm radius on YMHB SFC-FL120 5. CONTACT For operational matters, contact [email protected] 6. DISTRIBUTION This NOTAM is issued by VATSIM Australia Pacific (VATPAC) and shall be distributed via: (a) VATPAC Forums © WorldFlight Forums 7. CANCELLATION This NOTAM self-cancels at 12 November 2016 2359 AEST.
  8. NOTAM 26OCT16 - Changes to VATPAC Airspace

    NOTAM 26OCT16 - CHANGES TO VATPAC AIRSPACE 1. INTRODUCTION The existing enroute sectors of Australia were developed many years ago and they were loosely based on some real world sectors. Some sectors had names or frequencies that were not associated to any real world links. Through the use of our sector file program and references to real world documentation, we have developed a precisely accurate depiction of Australian Airspace. While it is not possible to exactly replicate real world, we have made a concerted effort to hold the realism to account. This change to airspace will be introduced in the next AIRAC release in early November. 2. EFFECTIVE This change will be effective as of 9 November 2016 1400 UTC. AIRAC1612 will be available to download including an updated Euroscope VATPAC Package Installer from 8 November 2016 0800 UTC on the VATPAC website http://www.vatpac.org. 2. STANDARD SECTORS Standard sectors are those which controllers with a C1 rating may open on a regular occasion. No permission is required to open these. The image below shows these sectors and the associated new callsign and frequencies where appropriate. Extended coverage is possible provided that: (a) You only extend your coverage to sectors that share a common boundry (b) You must be able to cover the whole sector using up to four visibility points with a diameter no larger than 400nm, as this is a radio range limitation set by VATSIM © You must advise pilots via your controller information which standard sectors you are covering i.e. Extending coverage YDOS, YWOL The following are the standard sectors in Australia: BN-ARA_CTR 133.700 Brisbane Centre Arafura * BN-DOS_CTR 135.600 Brisbane Centre Downs * BN-ISA_CTR 125.200 Brisbane Centre Isa * BN-MDE_CTR 133.000 Brisbane Centre Mudgee * BN-TBP_CTR 120.550 Brisbane Centre Tabletop * BN-TRT_CTR 133.200 Brisbane Centre Territory * ML-ASP_CTR 131.800 Melbourne Centre Alice Springs * ML-BKE_CTR 128.200 Melbourne Centre Bourke * ML-ESP_CTR 123.950 Melbourne Centre Esperance * ML-ORE_CTR 127.000 Melbourne Centre Ore * ML-SNO_CTR 124.000 Melbourne Centre Snowy * ML-TAS_CTR 123.800 Melbourne Centre Tasmania * ML-TBD_CTR 125.300 Melbourne Centre Tailem Bend * ML-WOL_CTR 125.000 Melbourne Centre Wollongong * 3. NON-STANDARD SECTORS Non-standard sectors are used for events or period of high traffic volume where the workload of one standard sector controller would be inefficient or detracting from the experience of live ATC. In these circumstances a C3 controller or Deputy Director or above may approve the opening of a non-standard sector. A map showing all the non-standard sectors is attached. The following non-standard sectors will be available when approved: BN-ARM_CTR 130.900 Brisbane Centre Armidale BN-BAR_CTR 123.800 Brisbane Centre Barra BN-BUR_CTR 123.000 Brisbane Centre Burnett BN-CVN_CTR 133.800 Brisbane Centre Carnarvon BN-GRN_CTR 120.300 Brisbane Centre Grafton BN-KEN_CTR 120.150 Brisbane Centre Kennedy BN-KIY_CTR 133.400 Brisbane Centre Kimberley BN-KPL_CTR 125.900 Brisbane Centre Keppel BN-MLD_CTR 132.350 Brisbane Centre Maitland BN-OCN_CTR 128.600 Brisbane Centre Ocean BN-SDY_CTR 134.400 Brisbane Centre Straddy BN-STR_CTR 134.400 Brisbane Centre Sturt BN-SWY_CTR 133.200 Brisbane Centre Swampy BN-WEG_CTR 132.450 Brisbane Centre Warrego ML-AUG_CTR 127.050 Melbourne Centre Augusta ML-BIK_CTR 129.800 Melbourne Centre Bindook ML-BIL_CTR 132.000 Melbourne Centre Billabong ML-CRS_CTR 135.800 Melbourne Centre Cross ML-ELW_CTR 123.750 Melbourne Centre Eildon Weir ML-FOR_CTR 132.700 Melbourne Centre Forrest ML-GEL_CTR 121.200 Melbourne Centre Geraldton ML-GTH_CTR 122.750 Melbourne Centre Griffith ML-GVE_CTR 133.800 Melbourne Centre Grove ML-HUM_CTR 132.200 Melbourne Centre Hume ML-HYD_CTR 118.200 Melbourne Centre Hyden ML-JAR_CTR 133.700 Melbourne Centre Jarrah ML-KAT_CTR 133.500 Melbourne Centre Katoomba ML-LEA_CTR 122.400 Melbourne Centre Leeman ML-MOR_CTR 133.700 Melbourne Centre Morris ML-MUN_CTR 132.600 Melbourne Centre Mungo ML-OXL_CTR 128.500 Melbourne Centre Oxley ML-PIY_CTR 133.900 Melbourne Centre Pingelly ML-TFR_CTR 125.400 Melbourne Centre Telfer ML-WAR_CTR 124.900 Melbourne Centre Warburton ML-WON_CTR 135.300 Melbourne Centre Wonthaggi ML-WRA_CTR 132.800 Melbourne Centre Woomera ML-YWE_CTR 134.320 Melbourne Centre Yarrowee To view a full version of the sector images with all the non-standard sectors, click here: http://www.vatpac.org/operations/files/161026_All_Sectors.jpg 4. CONTACT For operational matters, contact Joel Richters, VATPAC Director Operations, at [email protected] 5. DISTRIBUTION This NOTAM is issued by VATSIM Australia Pacific (VATPAC) and shall be distributed via: (a) VATPAC Forums (b) VATSIM Forums 6. CANCELLATION This NOTAM remains current until otherwise cancelled or superseded.
  9. Forums Updated

    Looks good Zach. I like the mobile responsive theme
  10. Hi all, I would like to thank everyone who has participated and provided feedback to the updated VATPAC Virtual Airline Affiliation Policy. The updated policy can be found below. It will be updated on our website shortly. Please contact either myself of Kurt for copies of the updated Affiliate logo. Kind regards Joel 160716_Virtual_Airline_Policy_v2.pdf
  11. Thank You: Steven Brown

    Thanks Browny. I hope you have many successes. Joel
  12. Thank-you: Tracy Shiffman

    Congrats Tracy. Job well done! 👍
  13. Holiday relief for DDAI

    Good evening all, Peter is taking a much needed holiday. Effective 24 Aug 16, Eoin Motherway will be Acting Deputy Director Aeronautical Information up to 30 Sep 2016. He can be contacted at [email protected] Peter will return from holidays just in time to start work on the next AIRAC release. Be sure to download the most current version from this board. Kind regards Joel Richters Director Operations
  14. Restructure of Operations Department

    Good evening all, I would like to announce some restructure of the operations department. Kurt D'Amico has been Deputy Director, Operations for a significant time and his contributions have been outstanding. Kurt is a pivotal senior staff member and will continue as VATPAC12 in a renamed Deputy Director, Policy. The DDP will continue to be responsible for VA Liaison as well as contributing to document development. Peter Storey was previously the AIS Manager and tonight is elevated to Senior Staff as Deputy Director, Aeronautical Information. Peter's role in researching and developing the AIRAC releases in VATPAC is an essential role for the services we provide. Peter has been allocated VATPAC22. The other team members of AIS are Eoin Motherway (Chief Information Officer), Sean Harrison and Ryan Steffe (Advisers). Everyone please congratulate Peter on his appointment to VATPAC22! Well done everyone and keep up the great work. Joel Richters Director Operations
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