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Cathal Boyce

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  1. Hi Kean, Our training programmes follow the usual procedures whereby you express interest in becoming a controller with us on our website (as shown below), and once a place becomes available, you are contacted by the Training Department. You need to assign yourself to VATéir at this link. This process will take a day or two as it involves a Region transfer from the USA to EMEA. We are inside VATEUD (European Division), which is a Division of EMEA - one of VATSIM's 3 regions. Once you have been moved to VATéir, click on the section shown below: When you click on that, it will prompt you to put an expression of interest in for training. There is a waiting time of several months because of the amount of interest from candidates but it does move by much quicker than you think. The quickest way to pass the time is to get involved in the vACC by joining the Discord server and getting to know everybody, as well as flying around to get used to procedures as you have been doing. Please reach out to training@vateir.org if you require further information or have any issues with the process outlined above. Cathal
  2. Best of luck to the new kids on the block
  3. Hi Kean! Thanks for the message and for the kind words. Hopefully you enjoyed flying in the last evening. I will PM you a link to our Discord in the meantime where you can get to know more people in the community
  4. Hi all, Thanks for coming tonight, slides are attached - leave any questions below! Military Procedures _ Controller Information Evening (3).pdf
  5. We're holding an info night for controlling Regional Airfields this Sunday 22nd at 1900z. It will last for one hour. The main aim is to offer some familiarisation to S3/C1 rated controllers and introduce S1/S2 rated controllers to the concept, or to further their current understanding. All VATéir controllers with S1 ratings or above can attend. We will have a presentation and information slides followed by questions. Feel free to read the Donegal/Knock COMs available on the website and come with any questions. See you then!
  6. Hi, Please email training@vateir.org and they will give you a hand with answering some questions. Thanks
  7. Hi all, It's been about a year and a half since our last donation drive. The cost of servers for VCCS, our site, other programmes and various other tech projects does add up and as such we are looking for donations for 2021/22. I've attached our Donations Agreement - this must be read before donating. You can donate here. Only donate if you are able to do so, and there is no need to put in a large amount. It's best to get a lot of smaller donations to keep us ticking over for the foreseeable. Thanks to all in advance! VATéir Donations Agreement.pdf
  8. Hi all, Mattia Torti has posted a survey as of this morning for people to fill out based on Eurocontrol. Post is below. We are lately experiencing various cases (positive and negative) with Eurocontrol, and are have now decided to start a "Potential Project" in order to determine the future of Eurocontrol. In order to do such we need your feedback! Please follow this survey link and fill it out (will take 5-10 minutes of your time): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XD3NZJD NOTE: This survey will NOT determine the immediate future of Eurocontrol, it will give us an idea of which direction to point our work to.
  9. Hi all, A quick update that Saulius is stepping down from his Staff position as Membership Director (IRL6). Due to time commitments we decided that this would be the best thing to do. Thanks Saulius for your efforts. As of now we will not be looking to fill the position. All the best
  10. Got this in my recommended this morning: Featuring Continental, Aer Arann, Malev, BMI
  11. Thanks Paul for this, incredible numbers. One thing though, there are only 365 days in the year, right @Ciaran Breen?
  12. Hi James, You can join at this link: https://discord.gg/byT42cTJ
  13. It’s that time of year again… Too much food, probably too much drink and definitely some awkward conversations with the relatives about the weather and the County Council. Anyways, as we come to the end of another year, it is difficult to see the positives - everybody has probably had some disappointment this year, some more than others. Many of us haven’t seen relatives since last year or ventured far outside our own county for far too long - no doubt this has taken a toll on a lot of us. I know a lot of people here have been affected with their jobs, studies abroad and plans for the future - it is crazy to think that this time last year 2020 looked set to be one of the best for many of us! Nonetheless, VATSIM continues to be a place where we can (hopefully) spend some time each week to take our mind off whatever is happening in the “real world” and do what we all enjoy doing. We have seen a fantastic year for the vACC, continuing to build on our growth from the last few years. We recently had our Town Hall which was a massive success, many events and we have all gotten to make a few new friends which is what the network is all about. For those of you that are new this year - welcome! I hope that next year we see the same growth again thanks to the commitment every member of the vACC has put in. A huge thank you to the Mentors, Staff team, Training Managers, Examiners, Controllers and Pilots for keeping Ireland lit up throughout the year, and for making our hobby more enjoyable everyday. As 2020 comes to a close, it is exciting to see what 2021 will bring for the vACC. As you know, we have a lot planned to continue to make this one of the best vACCs on the network. As everybody naturally takes some time off, training and staff duties will wind down before the holidays. Hopefully life returns to some level of normality in 2021, but who knows. In the meantime, Nollaig Shona gach duine and I hope that you have a nice few weeks with your family. Do make an effort to spend time with them - I think this year has shown that you never know what could happen. If we don’t speak before the end of the year, Bliain nua faoi mhaise dhaoibh go léir - Happy New Year everybody.
  14. Hello everyone, Since early this year, we have been looking at re-instating the position of Membership Director within the vACC. Our vACC has continued to grow and there are increased demands on the rest of the Staff team to deal with general Membership-related tasks. This is especially true as we head into what is traditionally a portion of the year where people are focused on exams, work deadlines or school work. In late July, we received several very strong applications, something I was really happy to see. @Saulius Baltramonaitis will be taking on the role of ACCIRL6 for the next while. We have decided that we will review it in 3 months to see how the role is doing, what it becomes, and to confirm whether or not it is a necessity. Saulius has been doing great work over the past week getting up to speed, and I'm excited to see how the role turns out in the future. Speak to you all tomorrow for the Town Hall and congratulations Saul!!
  15. Hello everyone! We are excited to host our vACC's first Town Hall meeting (ever?!) on Wednesday 9th of December at 2000z in our Discord Server. We have seen a fantastic year for the vACC, albeit not so much in all of our real lives... Nonetheless, we have wanted to do this for quite some time to get everyone together to hear what the future holds for the vACC! On the night, we will have: A brief overview and presentation from each department on how the year has gone and our future plans. A Questions & Answers session where everybody can submit questions and take the floor! Hopefully this is an opportunity for everybody to see what our and your plans are for the vACC and the chance to ask a few questions! We'll give further details next week as needed. If you cannot attend, let us know and we will be able to provide a summary of the meeting. All the best.
  16. Following @Federico Handl's suggestion, I will do my best to outline some tips & guidelines and to explain how Supervisors on the network are there to be utilised by every member. I will speak from my own experience as a SUP on the network to give everyone a better understanding of how things are done and some general advice. A VATSIM Network Supervisor's roles include: Helping pilots with any kind of issue they may face when flying. Helping controllers if they have any difficulty with pilots not following instructions, pilots who may need help, or for some reason need a SUP to assist them in ATC matters. Enforcing the VATSIM Code of Conduct and responding to every user's request for assistance. We have a habit in the community of not calling SUPs I would say. Remember, SUPs are there to help in anyway at all and if calling one will make your session or adjacent ATC & pilots' sessions more enjoyable, you should consider calling one. First things first, the way that we call a Supervisor for assistance is by using the .wallop command. By typing ".wallop Hello, EIN123 at EIDW is not following instructions and is taxiing without speaking to ATC", you will broadcast that message to every SUP that is online where one of them will respond. The "ideal" response time is 2 minutes maximum, so rest assured that if there are SUPs online, you will almost always get a fast response. The do's and dont's: What you should do: Call a SUP if you have a pilot who is blatantly ignoring instructions or disrupting the network in any way. Be precise and clear in your wallop message. Messages like "help ! 😧 " are going to delay an answer, because the SUP has to message you and get a callsign, then read your issue. Always give: A callsign. A place (EIDW, EISN airspace, etc.) A short description of what is happening. Collect any evidence in the form of screenshots, recordings if applicable. Email supervisors@vatsim.net if you get no response from a supervisor (or an unsatisfactory response), or if there are no SUPs online and you feel your issue needs to be looked at. Wallop pilots who are showing consistent signs of not following instructions or being unable to follow instructions. (No, being a "new pilot" is not an excuse for making 3 wrong turns in a row whilst being vectored for the approach!). What you should not do: Get panicked if someone is not following instructions. Remember, you are only going to stress yourself out. Get into the habit of instantly walloping pilots for everything they do wrong. We all make mistakes (gets flashbacks to runway incursion at Chicago FNO). Do not exaggerate what happened to the SUP or fabricate some parts of the story. A quick breakdown of the Code of Conduct and dispelling some myths... Pilots are not permitted to be unresponsive inside controlled airspace. If a pilot is unresponsive, they are in violation of the VATSIM CoC Section B3(a). However, there are some conditions/exceptions: If you have just logged on, there is usually a "grace period" offered (this can be up to 10 minutes) to the pilot, which is understandable. If the aircraft is not in conflict (for example at cruise) then SUPs will be more lenient as there is no "immediate" danger. It is always better to send a contact me, and if the pilot has not answered after 20+ minutes, provide a SUP with a screenshot of this and ask them kindly to remove the pilot from your airspace. Pilots must follow ATC instructions, specifically: Flying a heading Flying an assigned speed Climbing/Descending to a certain altitude Holding position when asked to do so on the ground. CoC Section B8. You can always deny an emergency for any reason, as per CoC Section B6. If a pilot insists or denies your request, call a SUP. Pilots can sim rate in your airspace if you approve it. They obviously cannot do this is you have not permitted it. CoC Section B9. Pilots must file a flight plan if flying IFR, however if flying VFR they are not required to do so (but are encouraged to). Pilots cannot connect on a runway or taxiway unless there are exceptional circumstances (some pilots with disabilities must do this and we should always do our best to accommodate this). CoC Section B1. There are some sections which often override all of these cases, and where controllers should be particularly careful, as it is easy to become frustrated and lose patience: CoC A1 - Members shall always be respectful and courteous to one another CoC A10 - Members shall exercise patience and tolerance towards other members, especially where a member is less familiar with an area, or learning new skills. Some common scenarios: A pilot has made a wrong turn on their taxi routing, and has stopped when asked to do so. If you can, offer them some help with navigating the taxiways. There is no need to wallop here. You are controlling APP and a pilot has made a second wrong turn, you should probably send out a wallop, as the pilot does not seem to be able to fly their aircraft. A pilot has sim-rated into your airspace, but stopped when asked. As there is no longer an "offence", there is no need to wallop. A pilot is blocking the frequency and has not fixed the issue - wallop immediately giving the place and frequency (ie. EIDW_TWR). If a pilot is being rude or disrespectful towards you or any other member, you should always call a SUP. A pilot is inbound to EIDW and has not answered your contact me in the last few minutes, and will need to descend soon. We should call a SUP as they could conflict with TMA traffic. Hopefully that offers a bit of an insight into how you should handle SUPs as a controller on the network. Remember that they are there to assist and often will enjoy working an issue rather than having nothing to do! That doesn't mean that we should be walloping left right and center - use your judgement. Is the pilot disrupting other members of the network or impacting somebody else's enjoyment? (your own is just as important!) If the answer is no, you may want to hesitate before sending a wallop. If you have any more questions you can post them below or PM me. Thanks again @Federico Handl for bringing this idea and issue up.
  17. As a reminder, we are still taking applications for this position to give all members a chance. We don't want to rush it and as such will be holding all applications and processing them on an ongoing basis.
  18. Hi Brian, This guy has been streaming Ireland for the past 2 days and you can watch his stream from yesterday too - looks very very good overall https://www.twitch.tv/twotonemurphy
  19. Evening all, This week, Ben Bermingham will sadly be resigning from his role of Technical Director for the vACC due to real-life commitments. Ben has played one of the biggest roles in bringing the vACC to where it is today. Without the forums/website/training system we have today we would not be in the same place that we are. Ben and Ciarán took over the Technical Department in 2018 and have spent countless hours developing the systems we all use on a daily basis to make the the experience better for all of us. Phil will be stepping up to take over full responsibility of the Tech side of things for now, leaving ACCIRL7 Vacant which is something we will look into filling in the future. From all of the community, a massive thanks to Ben for the work you put into everything and good luck Phil.
  20. Hello everyone, I hope you're all keeping well. I am excited to announce a new Staff position and department to expand the team as the vACC continues to show promising growth. The VATéir Membership Director is a staff position with full voting rights in charge of the Membership Department. Candidates should be willing to commit at least 1 year to the role (or other staff positions in the vACC). The Membership Director's main responsibilities are as follows: Be the first point of contact for any new member joining, transferring or visiting the vACC. Implement and revise member retention activities/plans. Be the first port of call for any conflict resolution matters. Liaise with the Training Director for any issues arising with member's training and helping returning controllers. Deal with all general vACC Support Tickets. Look at improving the joining and induction experience for new members in the vACC. The minimum requirements to apply are: Minimum rating of an S2. Candidate must be a home member of VATéir. Candidate must be in good standing with VATSIM. A good knowledge of the VATSIM CoC/CoR. And finally, the ideal candidate will...: Have a good relationship with members of the vACC and VATSIM in general. Be approachable and able to deal with general issues in the vACC. Have a level-headed, tactful personality and be able to deal with a wide range of people. Have a good amount of experience on the network and in the vACC. Be motivated to improving the vACC and continuing its growth and success. If you think this sounds like you, please submit an application to director(at)vateir.org detailing your reasons for applying, any relevant past experience and why you think you would be the ideal candidate for this role. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis, successful applicants will be invited for a short interview. Following on from this we will announce the chosen candidate on our forums and Discord. Thanks for your interest and all the best! Cathal
  21. Hello everybody, As per the previous post I made, and the continued effort of @Ben Bermingham in building the new website and other upcoming tech projects, I'd like to welcome @Phil Hutchinson as our new VATéir Deputy Technical Director - ACCIRL7. Phil has been helping out for the past few months with the sectorfile, docs, website related things, and was chosen because of this help, and vast knowledge of all things tech! He is a much welcome (and needed) new member of the team. Thanks to the others who applied, and remember there will be other positions becoming available in the coming weeks in the Training and Membership Departments. We decided to change it from "Technical Assistant" as this role is more clear and easier to manage down the line. Phil will be helping out with the new website, other subdomain projects (realops, vIAC etc.) down the line, and general technical help for the vACC back-end. Well done Phil and welcome to the team, and thanks for the work you've put in so far. As I said - keep an eye out for more roles coming soon once we get settled in with the new website and training system etc., and in the meantime enjoy the many events we have lined up and your training/controlling! All the best.
  22. Hi Seán, If you log into the website at www.vateir.org in the top right, and go to the Discord section, you can link your discord account to it there and it gives you instructions on how to do so. All the best
  23. Hello everybody, A big announcement to be made! As we all know, Ciarán Breen has been heading the task of keeping the Operations Department running for the past few years. Ciarán has brought us a lot resources for Ops in his time as Staff. Whether it was bringing TopSky into the vACC, completely redesigning the Shannon UAC airspace to mirror real life or updating AIRAC Data in the sectorfile, and even designing our Cross the Pond airspace at 4am while he got up for work with our dodgy diagrams, he did it ! 😂 Ciarán also worked continuously to fix bugs, implement procedures and setup the Beta Tester team to contribute to the sectorfile and find bugs. I want to extend a massive thanks to Ciarán for his work over the years in his Staff Role - we very simply would not be in the place we are today without all the work he put in to bring us up to basically mirroring real-life with our sectorfile and procedures! With this, we of course need someone to step into those shoes. Having spoken with Ciarán I've decided to split his role going forward, in anticipation for things like the New Runway in Dublin, redesign of the Dublin Airspace and in general, more traffic for Ireland and the wider VATSIM Community. The "Operations Team" role previously fulfilled by Ciarán will be split into two roles: Operations Director: In charge of new procedures, implementing new airspace projects or any temporary procedures for events etc. Technical Assistant (Deputy Technical Director): This role is essentially half Technical and half Operations. The role of the Technical Assistant will be the upkeep of the sectorfile: fixing bugs, adding new requests, and continued upkeep of it with new AIRAC Data and procedures. They will also take a hands-on approach to new Tech projects from an Operations point of view. This could be new plugins, new euroscope tools, slot systems etc. With this all in mind, thankfully Paul McDyer has taken up my offer to take the role of Operations Director, replacing Ciarán's previous role. Paul is an obvious choice to make as having already fulfilled this role, he has a wide knowledge of procedures and controlling for the FIR and will head up all new Procedures and the implementation of them. I am opening applications for the role of Technical Assistant, with the following basic requirements: The member be an active resident controller of VATéir with a minimum of an S2 rating. The member must be in good standing with VATSIM. The member should have previous knowledge/experience in helping with the sectorfile and/or any technical projects relative to that. Any person that wants to put themselves forward for it can let me know and I will assess people on a case-by-case basis. I will be taking applications up until Friday next week at 1900z.
  24. Welcome to our new forum!! I am very excited for us to finally have a state-of-the-art forum. First of all, big thanks to @Ben Bermingham @Phil Hutchinsonfor getting it up and running. If you notice any issues (there are some known ones) please drop Ben or Phil a message on the forum or Discord. We're lucky to also have Discord as a vACC, but it's difficult to have discussions, keep track of procedures/events etc. because once something is posted, it pushes everything else up and away. Make yourselves at home! Post anything you want to fill it up. We've been populating it today with some things. What will now be moved here from Discord? All procedures/operations updates. ATC-Tips. Documenation. Sectorfile updates, issues etc. ATC Requests & Events. General Discussion about Training, VATSIM, Real life (😛) and whatever else. It would be great to get the forum active and to be somewhere where we can all discuss things, throw ideas around etc. As I said, feel free to populate it with some nostalgiac posts or whatever you feel like posting!! Take care & welcome to our new home!!
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