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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

Vancouver (CZVR) / Re: CZVR 1802 Sector Files
« on: February 19, 2018, 09:22:33 AM »

These new files are absolutely incredible. You went above and beyond and these new files really do show it.

Thanks for all the time and effort you put into these!

Edmonton (CZEG) / Re: CZEG FIR - Staff Announcement - Assistant FIR Chief
« on: January 30, 2018, 02:22:04 PM »
Congratulations, Matheson!

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.



General Discussion / Re: Vancouver FIR Chief - Brad Crockett
« on: November 28, 2017, 07:24:02 AM »
Congratulations Brad!

Congratulations, Ethan!

General Discussion / Re: Unfair Practices within VATCAN
« on: July 10, 2017, 01:18:54 PM »
It is very clear.. if you want more controllers you need to engage them. Communication is key! Communication makes everyone feel well informed and part of the community. I barely know anyone that checks the VATSIM FORUM.  Send emails to all members when there is news and post on our forum so we can ask questions, post on the VATCAN facebook page. Let's try a newsletter or something. Maybe find a Communication Officer to help improve Communication.

Hi Jeff,

You raise some really interesting points, and I’ll definitely take them into consideration. I appreciate your help!


General Discussion / Re: VATCAN Forums SSL Certificate
« on: July 02, 2017, 01:43:04 PM »

Thanks for bringing this to our attention. The SSL certificate is set up to auto renew, however, it did not for some reason. We have submitted a support ticket with our provider and we are working to get this issue resolved ASAP.


General Discussion / Re: [APRIL FOOLS] Significant Airspace Changes
« on: April 02, 2017, 09:14:31 PM »

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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