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  1. Expression of Interest: I.T Developer

    The VATPAC I.T team has a long road ahead with various updates to current systems and new implementations planned. Due to the amount of work planned, we're seeking interest from potential candidates within the community to join the team as an I.T Developer. Becoming a member of the VATPAC I.T team allows you to expand your skill set with the opportunity to work on a diverse range of projects in varying areas of the community. Reports to As an I.T Developer you'll report directly to the VATPAC Director, I.T. Duties Include Assist in the development of web, desktop and back-end based applications that will ultimately enhance the VATPAC I.T infrastructure Liaise with the Director, I.T and/or Deputy Director, I.T to set and meet deadlines and targets for assigned project Ensure all projects are compliant with GDPR, VATPAC Data Handling Policy and VATPAC Privacy Policy requirements Work closely in a team to deliver new projects to the VATPAC community Maintain VATPAC's I.T systems as required by the Director, I.T Assist other departments with I.T related queries and projects Assist in maintaining the VATPAC I.T Helpdesk Essential Criteria Include Be a member of good standing Be able to work well in a team in a voluntary organisation Have good problem-solving skills and are able to 'think outside the box' A candidate applying for this position will preferably Be a general member of VATPAC for six months at the time of application. Be able to provide an example/portfolio of previous work. Have good knowledge in one or more of the following Web (HTML, CSS, JS) Backend (PHP, Ruby On Rails, NodeJS, Python) Angular CLI Window Applications (C++, C#, etc.) Support/Administration How to Apply Members who'd like to submit their interest for the role can do so by outlining any experience and suitability with links to any previous work. Expressions of interest should be sent via email to [email protected] APPLICATIONS ARE IN STRICTEST CONFIDENCE. Applications Close 23:59z, September 20th, 2019.
  2. Appointment: VATPAC Director, Operations

    It's with great pleasure that I announce Harrison Scott has been appointed by the VATPAC Board as Director, Operations. Harrison has been a member of staff at VATPAC for some time now holding roles in the ATC Training, Operations and I.T departments. During his time on the Board as the I.T Director, Harrison gained an important insight into the day to day operations of VATPAC which, alongside his recent work in Operations, has adequately prepared him to take on a role in the Operations Department. He'll be working closely with Peter Story while a transition occurs. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Peter Story for stepping in as Acting Director. Peter not only kept his own work progressing but also took on the workload of the Operations Director and saw through several projects over the last couple of months including Local Instructions updates, AIRAC1907 + 1909 and work on the Euroscope controller client updater. Peter will stay on-board the team as Deputy Director, AIS, supporting the team as we continue to update and bring new content to the community. Congratulations and welcome to the team Harrison.
  3. Applications Open: VATPAC Director, Operations

    A reminder that applications close for Director, Operations this weekend.
  4. Appointment: VATPAC Director, ATC Training

    It's with great pleasure that I announce Cam Tyson has been appointed as Director, ATC Training. Cam has been a member of the VATPAC and VATNZ training teams over the past 3 years, holding roles as Mentor, Instructor and most recently, Deputy Director, ATC Administration. Throughout his time in ATC Training, he's helped many students achieve their ratings and has always been committed to sharing his knowledge and passion of ATC. Cam has great ambitions for the department which I'm sure he'll discuss in the near future. Daniel Martin is leaving the training department and VATPAC Board due to real world commitments. I'd like to take a moment to thank Daniel, on behalf of the VATPAC Board and community, for all of his hard work. Without the hundreds of hours he dedicated to ensuring all members got quick responses to emails, ensuring all the administrative documentation was filed correctly and for creating and maintaining such a fantastic team of staff, the ATC Training Department would not be as successful as it is now. Welcome to the team Cam!
  5. Update to VATSIM Code of Conduct

    Hi All, Please see the following announcement from the VATSIM Board of Governors. On Monday July 15,2019 at 00:00z an updated version of the VATSIM Code of Conduct will come into effect. This update has been under development for several months. The updates modernize the Code of Conduct to reflect the many years of change on the network. The general intent remains unchanged - members are expected behave in a manner that is respectful and tolerant of others while enjoying their time on VATSIM. The New Code of Conduct can be found at While many of the items in the Code of Conduct have been tweaked or reworded for clarity, most of them are rules that you already know and abide by. Every member should read though the new code of conduct as everyone will be held to it, but here are some of the biggest changes. Members are required to register for VATSIM using their full real names, but now may connect to VATSIM using their full real name, a common shortening of their real name, their given name only, or their VATSIM Certificate ID number VATSIM Members may stream content utilizing VATSIM and persons who intentionally disrupt a stream are subject to immediate suspension. Pilots will be required to be able to comply with hold short instructions, and flying a speed, altitude and heading assigned by Air Traffic Controllers A specific set of restricted callsigns as well as limitations on recreating flights or organizing events recognizing real world disasters or tragedies While Air Traffic Control positions are generally “first come, first served;” a division may set policy for booking a position ahead of time within reasonable limits Please visit the VATSIM General Discussion Forums to ask any questions you might have about any part of the new Code of Conduct. Thank you for your continued participation in VATSIM and we look forward to many more improvements within the coming months! Best Regards, VATSIM’s Board of Governors
  6. Q2 Board Meeting Minutes & Quarterly Report

    Hi All, VATPAC recently held the Q2 Board Meeting on Sunday 7th July. The minutes are now available for review via the VATPAC website here. The Divisional Quarterly report has also been compiled and is available via the same page on the VATPAC website. Thanks for a great quarter everyone! Everyone including pilots, controllers and staff have contributed greatly to the Division over the past 3 months and I look forward to seeing further growth over the next Quarter See you in the skies!
  7. Applications Open: VATPAC Director, Operations

    Applications are now invited from suitably experienced members of the VATPAC division for the position of VATPAC Director, Operations (VATPAC2). Responsible to: VATPAC Director, Division Direct Reports: Deputy Director, Operations AIS Officer AIS Officer, Pacific Area Virtual Airlines Liaison Officer Operations Advisors Duties: Attends periodic VATPAC Board meetings to report on pilot-related issues to act as a liaison between pilots and the VATPAC Board bringing pilot and controller views, complaints, ideas, and proposals to the appropriate Division and Board meetings in order to consistently improve the effectiveness of communications, suitability of new procedures, and overall satisfaction of pilots with ATS provided Assists the Events Director where required in the coordination of Events, Fly-Ins and Group flights in the VATPAC airspace Reports quarterly on activity within the division Liaises with Virtual Airlines for anything they may need from the Division (events, contact information) Maintains an online register of all VATPAC affiliated Virtual Airlines Acts as the Division's Point-of-contact for VATSIM's main VA Coordinator Stay abreast of real world issues which may involve VATPAC airspace Coordinates the personnel and activities of the VATPAC AIS Team Monitors VATPAC policy change proposals as they affect pilots Liaises closely with the Director, ATC Training on operational matters affecting pilots and controllers Stays abreast of current issues and contributes to discussions and dissemination of information within the VATPAC and VATSIM community as they affect pilots Monitor facilities and accuracy of the ATC Clients to the TAAATS specification. Maintains an online presence of 10-15 hours per month on the VATSIM Network Essential Criteria: Consistently active participation in the greater VATPAC community for the last 2 years Be a member of good standing in VATSIM for more than one year at the time of application Have a good rapport with VATSIM pilots and maintain this rapport throughout their tenure Be rated on VATSIM to no less than Enroute Controller Level (C1) Have good knowledge of the VATSIM Code of Conduct and Code of Regulations Have proven ability in the management of a small group of people Be able to work well within a voluntary organisation Have proven ability with the use of Flight Simulation, VATSIM Approved Pilot and ATC Client Software How to Apply: Members interested in being considered for the role should apply by outlining their experience and suitability, addressing each of the essential criteria listed above. Applications should be sent via email to director(at) APPLICATIONS IN STRICTEST CONFIDENCE CLOSE AT 23:59 hours AEST on Sunday 28th July 2019.
  8. Applications Open: VATPAC Director, ATC Training

    A reminder that applications for this position close this weekend. If you're interested in stepping up to help your Division, apply now!
  9. Applications Open: VATPAC Director, ATC Training

    Applications are now invited from suitably experienced members of the VATPAC Division for the position of VATPAC Director, ATC Training (VATPAC3). Reports to: VATPAC Director, Division Direct Reports: Deputy Director, ATC Administration Deputy Director, ATC Standards ATC Instructors ATC Mentors Duties: Responsible for delivering an efficient and effective ATC training program that meets VATSIM policies Attend periodic VATPAC Board meetings to report on training activities and issues and to stay abreast of issues which may involve VATPAC Training Maintains training pages on the VATPAC Website and VATPAC Moodle Training System Ensure that ATC training programs are planned, conducted, assessed, and improved on a continuous basis Report quarterly on ATC Training activity and development within the division Establish periodic VATPAC Training Department meetings, reports and newsletters where required Recruit, train and retain mentors and instructors who deliver the training and assessment of controllers. Considers and raises complaints, ideas and proposals to the Board in order to consistently improve the effectiveness of VATPAC Monitor the performance and activity of instructors and mentors Maintain an online presence of 10-15 hours per month on the VATSIM Network Essential Criteria: Active participation in the greater VATPAC community for the past 12 months. Be a member of good standing in VATSIM for more than one year at the time of application Be rated on VATSIM to no less than an Enroute Controller level (C1) Have demonstrated strong understanding and VATSIM experience in all types of ATC positions Have demonstrated good knowledge of the VATSIM Code of Conduct , Code of Regulations and Global Rating Policy (GRP) Have proven ability in the management of a small group of people Demonstrated ability to work well within a voluntary organisation Have proven ability with the use of VATSIM Approved Controller Client Software Have experience on an ATC Training Team within VATSIM (Preferable) Understand and support the concepts and principles of competency based training and assessment Have some experience in teaching, instructing, or consistently helping others to achieve their goals (in any level and in area of knowledge) Have an attitude that will inspire others to teach and to learn, while creating a friendly environment for the learning process to take place How to Apply: Members interested in being considered for the role should apply by outlining their experience and suitability, addressing each of the essential criteria listed above. Applications that do not address each of the criteria will not be considered. Applications should be sent via email to director (at) APPLICATIONS IN STRICTEST CONFIDENCE CLOSE AT 23:59 hours AEST on Sunday 30th June, 2019.
  10. Aloha from VATPAC1

    Hello Everyone, Firstly, I would like to take the time to thank David Zhong who has maintained a stable community for our members to enjoy. Without his continued efforts I’m sure the division and the community would not be in the place it is today. Today David and I met to discuss current affairs of VATPAC and what current projects are underway after which I was given the responsibility of Division Director. As an introduction to those of you who don’t not know me, my name is Callum Strawbridge. I’ve worked in the Aviation industry for over 5 years and have been involved in Aviation far longer. My VATSIM Journey began in January 2011 where I’ve held positions within VATSIM Australia Pacific (ATC Training, Operations & Events), VATSIM South East Asia (Training) and VATSIM (Social Media). In the preceding years that followed my appointment, the VATPAC community has been subjected to some difficult times. With this in mind came my motive to apply for the Director Of Division position as I have first hand experience and knowledge on the events which have occurred and from that have a vision in mind to ensure the future growth and stability of the division. I want you to know that I have been through all of the recent events with you, I understand what went wrong, what didn’t work and what we can do better. It’s important to note though that I cannot achieve this overnight and cannot achieve it alone. The decision to apply for Director Of Division is something that I and the people who applied as well as the selection committee doesn’t take lightly and I would personally like to thank all who applied and those who took the time to Interview and select. So, What is going to happen from here? As I mentioned above, as a community, we have been through some turbulent times over the past few years. This has lead to plenty of questions about the leadership of VATPAC, VATOCE and even VATSIM. I have been involved in a lot of these events and can safely say, they are over. I have full confidence in the team at VATSIM and VATSIM Oceania, having seen many of the changes happening behind the scenes. I am also excited to work with Alan and the VATPAC Board to bring the division back to the friendly, helpful, energetic and professional community it used to be. I will be working with the VATPAC Board to ensure each department has a plan for the next 12 months. This will ensure we stay on target to give the community the best service we can. We will be filling the recently announced resignations as quickly as possible to ensure each department has strong leadership. If you are interested in applying for these positions, once they open, please put your hand up. I would love to see some people putting their hands up who haven’t before or perhaps people who used to hold roles at VATPAC. I also believe one of the best things we can do to show you that we care is being more transparent. I would like to start by bringing back the VATPAC Newsletter. Once a month, we will publish the newsletter to the mailing list (available on the VATPAC Homepage) and forums which will include an update on what your Divisional team is working on. It is also an opportunity for us to get out information and changes from VATSIM and VATSIM Oceania in a more interactive format. I will be working with the VATPAC Board and will update you with more information on the newsletter in the future. In the next couple of months, we will also be publishing a survey for all previous, current and potential future members. The goal of this survey will be to create a plan for the future that is in touch with the community. I'll publish further information on the survey soon and hope we can get as many responses as possible from the membership, the results of which will be published. Where do I see the community? I've changed quite a lot over the years. I started out with a pretty big ego (a common trait). I’m not going to deny I didn’t cause some trouble in my early days but having grown up, I have changed into the easy going, laid back person I am today. I live life as it comes and treat everyone equally. I want to see this community return to the way it was when I started, supportive and forgiving. I feel there is a word that keeps popping into my mind that sums up how I believe the VATPAC community should be. Mateship. Defined: “Mateship is an Australian cultural idiom that embodies equality, loyalty and friendship.” I know that we have lots of people in the community of different ages, backgrounds, languages and maturity levels. It costs nothing to be kind to everyone. Something that popped into my head while on holiday (I’m currently in Hawaii) was how you can go anywhere around the world, and spot an Aussie. You can say G’day, have a chat, and instantly, that sense of mateship is there. I would love for VATPAC to get back to a place where that is the case. That relies on everyone working together, being friendly, offering to share knowledge and help each other out. Finally, I know everyone says this, but I genuinely want you to know. My door will always be open for everyone, regardless of who you are. I look forward to working with each and every person of this community we love to make VATPAC the great place it once was, again. Sincerely, Callum
  11. ENR Controller - Ashley Carlson

    Congratulations to Ashley Carlson who has successfully completed the Enroute Controller course. Remember, more airspace comes with greater responsibilities
  12. ENR Controller - Ethan Barr

    Congratulations to the latest candidate of the Enroute Controller course, Ethan Barr. He'll have a lot more airspace to hassle you in so be kind!
  13. TWR Controller - Jordan Blackman

    Congratulations to VATPAC's latest Tower Controller - Jordan!
  14. Blair Shaddock - ENR Controller

    Congratulations to Blair Shaddock who has just become the latest graduate of the C1 course! Coming soon to an enroute sector near you!
  15. Sam Litsas - ENR Controller

    Congratulations to Sam Litsas who has just received his early Christmas Present of an Enroute Controller (C1) rating.