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Just a discussion a few of us in Vancouver were having this evening while looking over separation requirements for parallel ILS approaches, do you consider any simultaneous ILS approaches as dependent or independent on VATSIM? For example, at CYVR, we meet all requirements for simultaneous independent ILS approaches, except for the fact that we never have an NTZ Monitor Controller, nor do we have the NTZ depicted on our scopes.

The majority of us came to the conclusion that this would require us to treat all simultaneous ILS approaches as dependent, however, I'm curious to hear others opinions on this subject :)

News / Thank You - VATCAN5 Resignation
« on: June 02, 2018, 11:05:39 PM »

Today will be my last day as Communications and Events Director (VATCAN5) with VATCAN.

I have many projects and real-world obligations that I would like to be able to give my full attention and effort to.

You've all made my time here as Communication and Events Director so rewarding! How could I have gotten through division event coordination without the tremendous work from FIR staff and controllers?

It's been a pleasure working with each and every one of you and I hope to see you all on the scopes and in the air!

Thanks again for an amazing year as Communications and Events Director with VATCAN.

All the best,


News / VATCAN has a new Division Director!
« on: May 29, 2018, 11:09:44 PM »
Please help me congratulate Nathan Power as the next VATCAN Division Director! Nathan currently serves as the Director of Oceanic Operations. Nathan joined the network in 2012 and has been building an extremely impressive skill set since. Nathan brings lots of ideas and as well as enthusiasm and a new outlook to the table. We look forward to seeing the direction and growth of the future VATCAN!

We'd also like to thank Matthew Cianfarani for his years of service to the division including the rebuilding of the division and bringing the division's training, technology and policies into the 21st century. It wasn't an easy task, but he sure made it look like it was!

Thank you, Matthew, and congratulations Nathan!

News / Important News from VATSIM
« on: May 20, 2018, 11:14:08 PM »
Important News from VATSIM

VATSIM is updating our Privacy Policy in preparation for the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into effect on 25th May 2018.

Although these changes are spurred by European law, we take the privacy of our membership seriously and therefore these changes will apply to everyone, no matter where you're located or whether you’re an EU citizen.

Here's a quick summary:

    We aren't asking to collect more data or use your personal data differently — instead, we're being more specific on how we use the information we collect, how long we keep that data, and the rights you have regarding it.
    As part of that, we're also adding information about how you can control the usage of your personal data and download the data that you've provided to us.
    Finally, we're providing more clarity around the legal basis we use to process your information, including providing the service to you, complying with the law, improving our services, fighting abuse on the system, and developing new features for you.

We’d like you to visit to read the headline changes to our policies – this is the quickest and easiest way to get up to speed on how things are changing. This link includes an opportunity for you to indicate whether you would like to receive occasional news from VATSIM. After these changes effect, if you haven’t opted in to this, you’ll no longer receive emails from VATSIM, except to give you important information about your account (password reminders, rating upgrades and suspensions notifications, for example) and critical operational notifications from the network.

You can also review our updated Privacy Policy at It takes effect May 25th, 2018. In coming weeks, you may be asked to login to the VATSIM SSO facility to agree to this new policy.

By using VATSIM, any approved ATC or Pilot client, logging into the website or logging into any VATSIM service via the VATSIM Single Sign On (SSO) facility on or after that date, you'll be agreeing to the changes. If you don’t agree, you’ll need to contact us at privacy[at] to discuss your options.

In addition to the updated Privacy Policy, VATSIM has also introduced a Data Protection and Handling Policy which can be found at

If you have questions about these changes, feel free to contact us at privacy[at]

Mark Richards
Vice President, Operations (VATGOV2)

News / TeamSpeak Server Maintenance Notice
« on: May 16, 2018, 06:43:41 PM »

Tonight, around 9ET (0100z), we will be conducting maintenance on the VATCAN TeamSpeak server. This will be SERVICE IMPACTING and the server may be unavailable for an hour or two.

We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause and we thank you for your cooperation.


News / Moncton/Gander has a new FIR Chief!
« on: May 10, 2018, 04:19:12 PM »
Please help me congratulate Jim Allan as the next Moncton/Gander FIR Chief! Jim currently serves as the Chief Instructor at ZQM. Jim joined the network back in 2005 and has been building valuable hours and experience ever since. Jim brings a plethora of ideas and experience to the table and we look forward to seeing great things from Jim and his team!

We'd also like to thank Greg McCormick for his years of service to the FIR and thank him for his work as VATCAN's new DCRM.

Thank you, Greg, and congratulations Jim!

News / VATCAN has a new Division Conflict Resolution Manager!
« on: April 23, 2018, 09:41:55 PM »
It is with great pleasure that VATCAN, alongside VATSIM North America and the Vice President of Conflict Resolution announces the appointment of Greg McCormick to the position of VATCAN Divisional Conflict Resolution Manager (DCRM).

The DCRM is an important position with a very important role to play in the Conflict Resolution process of the Network. This appointment speaks to Greg's strong leadership qualities as well as his ability to look at situations without bias.

VATCAN sends it's best wishes to Greg in his new role as well as a resounding thank you to Richard Dobbs who has held this position for many years.


News / POSITION VACANCY: Canada Division Director, VATCAN1
« on: April 16, 2018, 04:28:18 PM »
POSITION VACANCY: Canada Division Director, VATCAN1

Applications are now being accepted for the position of Division Director for VATCAN.

The Division Director is an important link between the "front line" of the network and the VATSIM North America Region. The duties listed below are intended for further delegation, in part, but ultimate responsibility lies with the Division Director. A Division Director is expected to be able to commit to at least 2 years to the job, and should take this into consideration before applying.

REPORTS TO: VATSIM Regional Director for North America, VATNA1

RESPONSIBLE FOR: Management of the VATCAN Division, including but not limited to the following duties:

- Providing strong leadership, direction and vision to Division staff.
- Monitoring, reviewing, and enhancing all existing division programs, including training and membership.
- Inviting applications and appointing qualified personnel to fill vacant staff positions.
- Work to improve the infrastructure of the Division, including the website and social media .
- Regularly reviewing ATC progression, and ensuring that upgrade recommendations for qualified candidates are acted on promptly.
- Ensuring that an online presence of ATC is maintained which encourages maximum coverage, looking for growth opportunities.
- Establish and maintain partnerships with Virtual Airlines, developing relationships for continued collaboration.
- Ensuring that events are arranged regularly, both within the division and in cooperation with adjacent divisions and regions.
- Compile quarterly Division reports to the Regional Director for North America.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: The successful applicant will meet the following minimum standards:

-A familiarity with Canadian ATC operations and regulations.
-A familiarity with pilot operations.
-Minimum of C1 rating, and be in good standing within the VATSIM Network.
-Demonstrated past experience in staff rolls, or other managerial experience.
-A commitment to maintain a strong online presence throughout their appointment, in addition to a minimum of 5 hours per week working specifically in the role of Division Director.
-The ability to communicate clearly and professionally through various mediums to people of different experience levels and cultures.
-Fluent in the English language. Fluency in French will be considered an asset, but is not a requirement.

Applications will be accepted until 2359Z on 30 April 2018. Any applications received after this deadline will not be considered. All applications shall be e-mailed to n.felini[at]

News / Four Board of Governors Appointments
« on: April 13, 2018, 09:55:24 PM »
Congratulations to all of the new members of the Board of Governors, including VATCAN's own Matt Cianfarani! Cross posting from VATSIM forums:

On behalf of the VATSIM Board of Governors it is with much pleasure that I announce the successful candidates for the four vacant positions on the Board of Governors.

VP Network Systems - VATGOV3 - Jamie Fox (VATUK) - Jamie lives in the United Kingdom and joined SATCO as a pilot in 2000. Jamie has spent the past 18 months working as an Assistant to Kieran Hardern when he was VP Web Services, with responsibility for networks systems. Jamie was on staff at VATUK for some years as London Area RTS Manager and ATC Training Director. Jamie has been working as an Administrator for the VATSIM SSO (Single Sign On) systems since May 2015. He was on the organising committee for the Connexion 2017 and has been working as a member of the Cross the Pond organising committee since March 2017. Jamie brings significant real world network systems experience to the BoG.

VP Technical Development - VATGOV5 - Zach Biesse-Fitton (VATPAC) - Zach lives in New South Wales, Australia. He joined the network in 2012 and currently holds a Senior Instructor rating. Zach currently works as a Flight Instructor with a pilot training school: he also runs his own web development company. Zach has a passion for VATSIM and presented the appointments panel with enthusiasm for improving a number of VATSIM systems to enhance the member experience. He has been a member of the VATPAC Board of Directors as the Director of IT.

VP Web Services - VATGOV6 - Matt Cianfarani (VATCAN) - Matt lives in Ontario, Canada. He joined the network in 2006 and is currently the Division Director of VATSIM Canada. Matt has also spent the past 18 months working as an Assistant to Kieran Hardern when he was VP Web Services assisting with Web and Network Services. He has been working as a membership manager with the Membership Team since December 2016. Matt works full time as a Manager of Operations for a large IT company in Canada. He presented the panel with a very clear vision for a short term and long term plan for Web Services with clear priorities.

VP Marketing and Communications - VATGOV10 - Matt Bartels (VATUSA) - Matt lives in Minnesota, USA and joined VATSIM in 2003. He is currently the Events Director at VATUSA. He works as an aircraft dispatcher for a major US airline. Matt has extensive experience with a number of flight sim conventions and traveled to London for Connexion 2017. He also has experience managing VATSIM's attendance at major flight simulator exhibitions in the United States.

This is an exciting time for the Board of Governors with all positions filled for the first time in many years.

The biggest priority for the team in the coming weeks will be to ensure that VATSIM is prepared for the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as there are a number of technical challenges to overcome to achieve compliance.

The technical team are currently completing short, medium and long term strategies for VATSIM to take advantage of new technology advances. The overarching aim is to make VATSIM fit for the future technologically to enhance the experience of our users. Members will be pleased to learn that priority is being given to the delivery of a new voice codec.

We welcome Jamie, Zach, Matt and Matt to the team and look forward to working with them.

Gunnar Lindahl
VATSIM Board of Governors

General Discussion / Week 52 Iron Mic : Toronto does it again!
« on: January 03, 2018, 06:18:23 PM »
Congratulations to all the Toronto FIR controllers for their Iron Mic Award! CYYZ_APP came 1st in the approach category, CZYZ_CTR came 2nd in the center category, and CYYZ_TWR came 3rd in the tower category. Great work on the uptime, Toronto!

Results can be found here:

Division Updates / VATCAN Q3 Staff Meeting Minutes
« on: December 11, 2017, 08:29:09 PM »
Attention all VATCAN members,

The third-quarter VATCAN Staff meeting was held on November 28, 2017. The meeting minutes can be found here. If you have any questions about anything contained in the meeting minutes, feel free to contact your local FIR Chief or any of the VATCAN Executive Staff members.



ATC Controllers Forum / New SID and STAR Phraseology
« on: January 21, 2017, 11:44:07 PM »
Coming this April, ICAO and NAVCANADA will be adopting a more FAA style phraseology when it comes to issuing climbs on a SID, and descents on a STAR. The new phraseology will look like this: CLIMB VIA SID [TO] (altitude) or DESCEND VIA STAR [TO] (altitude).  CLIMB VIA and DESCEND VIA phraseology will indicate that pilots are to follow all charted restrictions on a SID/STAR procedure. This also means that VIA will no longer be used in lateral routing clearances.  The Aeronautical Information Circulars issued by NAVCANADA can be found at this link:

I personally think this is a great change, as it removes the confusion by pilots over the "When a lower altitude is issued, pilots shall descend on the STAR profile" bit at the top of most STAR charts in Canada. What do you guys think of this?

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