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Messages - Philip Dowling

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News / Re: CERTIFIED: Dario Marnika (C1)
« on: May 21, 2020, 06:57:32 AM »
Congratulations Dario!

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News / A thought for our friends in NS.
« on: April 20, 2020, 06:58:33 PM »
Hi all

Normally this forum is reserved for happy topics.  However today I want to put in a post about a very sad one.

I am sure you have all seen the news about events in Nova Scotia over the last 24 hours.  This is a horrific tragedy and I am sure it has, at some level, touched the lives of many of our controlling and flying friends who live in the area.

Please spare a thought for all of those who are affected both within and without our midst by this tragedy either directly or indirectly.

Of course it goes without saying, any small thing we at VATCAN can do to help or support, we are there for you.

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Winnipeg (CZWG) / Re: Dario Marnika - Mentor Appointment
« on: April 11, 2020, 12:23:55 PM »
Congratulations Dario!

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Toronto (CZYZ) / Re: NOTAMs Coming Up
« on: April 06, 2020, 07:37:53 PM »
Kolby

Having been in the Toronto FIR for some time, I would imagine you might remember the only time we really adhered to NOTAMs like this.  I believe it was the long term closure of one of the taxiway junctions if I recall correctly.

The issue with NOTAMs is there is no definitive and cohesive way to ensure everyone is aware of them and follows the procs associated with them.  Add to that one that is only for 1 day.  It's really not worth the effort involved with letting everyone know.

Now if they were to shut down a taxiway for a month or similar.  Then it would likely be more worth the effort.

Out of interest.....what do you do in Winnipeg in this situation?  I am sure there must be similar NOTAMS there?

We try our best to adhere to all published NOTAMs at all times in Winnipeg. It's a part of our SOPs if I recall correctly.

Hey Kolby.  Even the 1 day ones?  How do you ensure it is communicated to all your controllers?  And adhered to?  Or is it more of an "advisory" honor system?

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News / VATCAN DOES CTP!
« on: April 06, 2020, 06:20:42 PM »
Hellloooooo VATCAN!!!

I wanted to extend my sincere appreciation and congratulations to everyone that was involved in CTP on Saturday.  For many, it was a long, difficult and yet in so many ways, fun day! 

It is always fun to arrange these events and to take part in them.  However, it's also clear, they can be difficult to manage and organise.  Not only for the event organisers but also for each and every FIR that sits between the departure point and the arrival point.  While some seem to enjoy jumping to social media to complain and whine about the rights and wrongs of this, that or the other, the reality is everyone did their very best and put the time and effort to do their best.  Remembering this is a hobby, that is all anyone can ask and THAT is where we must focus.

I look around at the FIRs that were involved.  Moncton, who got quite literally hammered.  Oceanic who was overwhelmed with traffic.  Toronto who got hit hard also with inbounds and overflights.  Winnipeg, Montreal and Edmonton who dealt with a huge number of overflights adroitly and (in Owen's case) panache!  I have to say I am immensely proud of what we all achieved.

I think it is fair to say, there were enough challenges this time that I am certain much thought will go into the next event of this nature and I can assure all that the VATCAN execs will be pushing to be part of those conversations and help assist in improving the next iteration.

Lastly but by no means least. From my perspective, short of one small hiccup, the technical side of the event was flawless.  So I want to extent my admiration and thanks to Matt Cianfarani and his team for keeping the network and infrastructure duct taped together!  Aidan Stevens for holding the various web tools together!  And Gary Oliver and the whole AFV team who have transformed the voice experience for us all!  In my case, I am no longer getting offers of a new Mic.  Now I have elevated to FB posts asking me if I need some honey in my tea for my sore throat!  THAT'S REAL PROGRESS! ;)  J/K Gary, AFV is a wonder and has improved everyone's experience of this fantastic hobby!  These guys and their teams all work in the back room and rarely get to actually control or enjoy these events, so they truly deserve our thanks!

So, to all of you, thank you again for your time, your energy and your efforts.  I am sure we shall see more events in the near future of both a local, North America and global nature and I have confidence each of them will be executed with excellence.  (Panache lessons are available from Owen for a small fee ;)).

Thanks all!

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News / Re: CERTIFIED: Luke Wightman (C1)
« on: April 06, 2020, 06:06:40 PM »
Well done Luke!

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Toronto (CZYZ) / Re: NOTAMs Coming Up
« on: April 06, 2020, 05:59:16 PM »
Kolby

Having been in the Toronto FIR for some time, I would imagine you might remember the only time we really adhered to NOTAMs like this.  I believe it was the long term closure of one of the taxiway junctions if I recall correctly.

The issue with NOTAMs is there is no definitive and cohesive way to ensure everyone is aware of them and follows the procs associated with them.  Add to that one that is only for 1 day.  It's really not worth the effort involved with letting everyone know.

Now if they were to shut down a taxiway for a month or similar.  Then it would likely be more worth the effort.

Out of interest.....what do you do in Winnipeg in this situation?  I am sure there must be similar NOTAMS there?

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Toronto (CZYZ) / Re: CZYZ Events Coordinator
« on: March 22, 2020, 12:15:51 PM »
Even later to the party!

Congratulations Dylan!

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Toronto (CZYZ) / Re: 2019 Golden Mic Awards
« on: March 22, 2020, 12:15:07 PM »
Well done everyone!

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News / VATCAN5 Resignation
« on: March 22, 2020, 11:49:16 AM »
Hi All

It is with great sadness that I announce that I accepted the resignation of Jeff McMillan from the VATCAN5 (VATCAN Communications & Events Director) role. 

Jeff has increasing responsibilities occurring with his job and is finding it difficult to find the time for his VATSIM activities and had the good grace to prioritize the needs of the division by stepping down to allow someone with more time to take the role. 

I would like to thank Jeff for both his tireless work and thoughtful measure of stepping down as his time becomes more restricted.  As always, our jobs and real world priorities must always come first, this is something I always encourage.  So thank you for the time you were able to give us Jeff, it is hugely appreciated by all of VATCAN's members.

Myself and Travis will be looking over this role in the next couple of days after which we will post for applications for this role.

Again please join me in thanking Jeff for his incredible hard work and best wishes for his future endeavours!  I hope we will see Jeff on the network from time to time!!

Thank you

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General Discussion / Re: CTP Westbound!
« on: March 10, 2020, 11:43:07 AM »
Congratulations to Toronto.

Commiserations to Vancouver and any others who applied and didn't get selected.

However, all is not lost.  Those of you with Oceanic Ratings or C1's.  There may well be assistance needed on the east coast if you are up for it!!!

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Toronto (CZYZ) / Re: New Chief Instructor
« on: February 23, 2020, 02:54:02 AM »
Congratulations Ben!!

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Winnipeg (CZWG) / Re: vATIS To Be Used In Winnipeg (CZWG) FIR
« on: January 22, 2020, 01:16:44 PM »
Thanks guys.  You have pointed out an issue that makes it decidedly UN-Canadian :)

Seriously tho....go slow.  With the pending changes to the ATIS used in ES.  I suspect vATIS is going to be a moot point for us north of the US border.

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News / Re: Our Newest C1 Mark Trumble
« on: January 20, 2020, 03:33:46 PM »
Congratulations Mark!

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Winnipeg (CZWG) / Re: Kolby Dunning Appointed Winnipeg Deputy FIR Chief
« on: January 16, 2020, 04:18:31 PM »
Congratulations Kolby!

Best of luck there!

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