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  1. 18 points
    Thanks, all! As Claus said, I am now officially in office. Unfortunately it's very poorly timed as I leave for Italy tomorrow and will have limited internet access until next Friday (July 1). I look forward to getting properly settled in the role upon my return, until then please direct any questions or queries to my e-mail address and I will endeavour to answer them as promptly as Italian Wi-Fi speeds will let me. I also want to thank Claus for the work he's done in the Training Department, not only as Training Director but also as Training Assistant Denmark. I certainly have big shoes to fill! Let's leave the shambolic mess that's occurred over the last couple of weeks behind us, thankfully our vACC is not to blame for it and we have nothing to be ashamed of. There are brighter times ahead!
  2. 16 points
    What an effort, thanks to everyone! Magnus List of everyone above 100 hours service during 2016 attached! Top controllers 2016.xlsx
  3. 15 points
    Hello all members of VATSIM Scandinavia! This is my formal notification that I have taken over Director position of VATSIM Scandinavia. We all thank @Magnus Gustafsson of his time as Director for the last two years. I am reachable on daily bases by email and of course on our TeamSpeak server when I am online. I am looking forward to work with all of you. -Julius Mannermaa, Director
  4. 15 points
    Peter, I hope the meeting will be productive. I have great respect for you personally but I agree with Loxbo's statements: you do have a good point but this is the wrong time to bring it up. Or alternatively, this is the wrong way to bring it up. You have to see how extraordinary it is for a VATSIM Governor to step in to the local community and annul a vote with very little reasoning and open an investigation into a constitution which has been approved through the chain of command many times over. I do not see how the Training Director - or any of the FIR Director positions - is different to the vACC Director, for whom we are allowed to hold valid elections. They are all executive positions in the constitution. Imagine if a VATSIM Founder suddenly read the minutes of a BoG meeting, and turned around to annul all the decisions and request a review of the BoG. It would cause an uproar. Hvis det er lettere å forstå på et nordisk språk: det må være mer diplomati. Vi har ikke gjørt noe annerledes enn tidligere. Det er ikke en nødsituasjon i Skandinavia. Å gå inn og oppheve prosessen - offentlig - mens den fortsatt er i gang er ekstraordinære og utrolig. Det kan skade vårt samfunnet mer enn valgresultatet kunne har gjørt... noen gang. Jeg håper at møtet blir produktivt og at løsningen skal finnes. Igjen, jeg respekterer deg og jobben du gjør globalt. Men jeg synes at beslutningen her er feil. Those are my thoughts and I hope you will consider them in the meeting. I will not add further to this discussion.
  5. 12 points
    Short time lapse video of yesterday's event as seen from Norway Control
  6. 12 points
    Just have to come here and congratulate you all on the event. I've been unable to join the event since I joined VATSIM so this was the first event for and I can just say WOW. What a night. Re-routings, airspace closed, holds I think I had 5 planes circling beneath me at one point. Really really well done. A couple of close calls with break break climb now. Sadly I also heard a lot of people whine over the holds on the radio, for me all of them were expected as a single runway airport can only handle so much traffic. Once again, thank you so so much for organizing something of this scale in the Nordics and getting such an amount of controllers to spend their free time to handle the traffic. Pat yourselves on the back, this was amazing. Merry Christmas and I'll talk to you in the skies again!
  7. 12 points
    Hæ allir! As you might have seen already, there is now a new staff team in Iceland. Miska Jokinen will take up the challenge of FIR Director, while Oliver Hayes will take up the position Training Assistant. Til hamingju Many of you will be aware that my time has been limited since last year, and when I am online I am usually also doing other work So I am glad that there are some new hands in the cockpit to guide the plane to new lands! Takk fyrir to all the people who have got involved in Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands since November 2013 when I first started. I cannot mention you all by name, but you know who you are. We have built up a nice little community on VATSIM and I am sure that Miska and Oliver will take it further with their own exciting ideas. I will stick around as a casual mentor, and if Miska wants, as an adviser to help out with document writing etc... For now, please say hi to the new team and wish them well! Gangi ykkur vel!
  8. 11 points
    @Kristian Kling has been appointed by unanimous decision by VATSIM Scandinavia board. Kristian was the only applicant for the position. During an transition Arvid Hansson and Kristian will share duties and will internally decide tasks, this to have as smooth transition as possible. Also there need to be some time for Kristian to ge credentials to platforms needed to perform his duties. With this announcement I also thank @Arvid Hansson for his work during his time in office. Magnus Director
  9. 11 points
    Hi all, I've spent some time reviewing our team of ATC Instructors and I'm happy to announce that Mikkel Lindgren, Martin Tornberg, Kristian Kling and Joonatan Porkkala will be joining VATSIM Scandinavia's team of skilled and dedicated Instructors. They all dedicate significant amounts of their time to ATC Training and their new I1 ratings are receipts of their dedication, knowledge, and excellence in what they do.
  10. 11 points
    VATSIM Scandinavia board appoint Arvid Hansson as Training Director. During appointment process for Training Director, board received withdrawal of application for Training Director by Kristian Kling. VATSIM Scandinavia board reassembled and reached unanimous decision according to VATSIM Scandinavia constitution to appoint @Arvid Hansson to our new Training Director. @Arvid Hansson and @Claus Hemberg Joergensen will share responsibilities for Training Director during an short transition period, as there is an demanding position with much information and processes to be handled. Note: Neither Kristian Kling nor Arvid Hansson were interested in position as Deputy Training Director that have been mentioned in some other threads in this forum. Please join me in welcoming Arvid Hansson to the demanding position as Training Director and at the same time thank @Claus Hemberg Joergensen for the time as Training Director. Magnus Gustafsson Director
  11. 10 points
    Hello everyone! The forum have been upgraded with some small changes, so if you got problems with some functions on the forum, please remove site-cache and it will be solved. The update applied were a very big update, but with minor changed notable to a normal user. Regards, Peter Web Services Director
  12. 10 points
    The NEFRA project is taking another step forward allowing flights to take cross border directs between the different blocks when flights are cruising above FL285. Therefore in future flights can plan direct from Finland-Russia Border Straight to Denmark-UK border as long as the flight path stays inside the NEFRA area and the flight is flying above FL285. Flights below FL285 has to follow the rules of different blocks still and file a waypoint between the block borders. This is going to be implemented on 25.5.2017 and I recon should be used also on VATSIM. On controller side most noticeable change will be longer directs and "ghost" COPX points because there is no more waypoint filed for example between Sweden and Finland on flights using the FRA. Local rules do still apply with departure and exit points etc. So for example from Helsinki, you have to follow the departure procedure to the FRA entry point before you can take a direct. Most problems as a controller will probably raise when checking the validity of flight plan. It's good the have general idea for example of the main Scandinavian airport FRA entry and exit points. Especially for your own country but preferably for other big airports as well, so you can give better service helping pilots with flight planning. Maybe we could also make up some kind of controller FRA guide which would have all the procedures needed for quick access to check if the waypoints and procedures the pilot has filed are valid. Other than that FRA should not be that big of a problem to control because the traffic levels on Vatsim are rather low. During events it might be good to remind pilots to use the ATS system though as it eases the controller workload. Here are now some links with great information any controller can have a look if they are interested. I really recommend you to have at least a quick look on these Free route Airspace in general (by eurocontrol) http://www.eurocontrol.int/articles/free-route-airspace AIP Finland AIP AIC A 6 / 2017 https://www.ais.fi/ais/aica/A/A2017/EF_CIRC_A_2017_006_en.pdf (Free route airspace operations between NEFAB FRA and DK-SE FRA from 25 MAY 2017, document can be also found from your local AIC A section in either English, local language or both.) AIP Finland ENR 3.5 Other Routes - https://www.ais.fi/ais/aip/pdf/enr/EF_ENR_3_5_EN.pdf (mandatory routings in/out of EFHK) AIP Sweden ENR 3.5 Other Routes - https://aro.lfv.se/Editorial/View/2598/ES_ENR_3_5_en (mandatory routings in/out of Stockholm TMA, Östgöta TMA, Köpenhamn/Malmö/Halmstad TMA, Göteborg TMA & Oslo/Farris TMA) AIP Norway ENR 3.5 FRA Transition Routes - https://ais.avinor.no/no/AIP/View/8/aip/EN_ENR_3_5_en.pdf#page=3 (mandatory routing for arrivals in/out ENGM, ENRY/ENTO, ENBR, ENZV & ENVA) AIP Denmark ENR 3.5 Other Routes - http://aim.naviair.dk/media/files/kgj2qu0er4c/EK_ENR_3_5_en.pdf (Same info basically as in AIP Sweden ENR 3.5 Other Routes but also arrival transition points to EKBI, EKKA and EKYT. AIP Estonia ENR 3.5 Other Routes - http://eaip.eans.ee/2017-04-27/html/eAIP/EE-ENR-3.5-en-GB.html#ENR-3.5 (mandatory routings in/out EFHK to/from Tallinn FIR)
  13. 10 points
    Hi all, As the title might have led you to believe, I am writing to let you all know that after some careful consideration I have sent Magnus my letter of resignation and intend to step down from the Training Director position. Lately I've found it increasingly difficult to find the motivation needed to give the role the time and attention it deserves. There are a few reasons behind this, the main one being that I've found the combination of VACCSCA's shape and size, and VATEUD and all that it brings incredibly unrewarding to work with. I don't feel it's necessary to go into more detail in this message, but I think it's right that at least some light be shone upon the real reason behind my departure. For the organisation to function well, It's fundamentally important that the person in the TD seat does not see the situation from the point of view I do. I therefore strongly believe it's best for VATSIM Scandinavia that some fresh blood is brought into the Training Director's office. I want to emphasise that the views and opinions behind this decision are completely my personal thoughts. VATSIM Scandinavia has a good relationship with VATEUD and I've never had any issues working with their guys, it simply isn't right for me. Finally, I want to say that it's been great working with you in Scandinavia again. Despite the fact that my stint as TD ended up being shorter and less productive than I wanted it to be I have had a great time being here and I feel that I'm handing the department over in a good state. That is, however, far from solely my achievement. I'd like to thank the TAs I've worked with for the time they've spent working for the department, they truly are fundamental pieces of the organisation and there's no doubt the Training Department wouldn't function without them. Magnus will start the application process for my successor in the upcoming days, I shall continue with the TD duties until one has been appointed. Take care, I'll see you all around.
  14. 10 points
    Application for the position is received by board and decision process has been conducted! Present executive staff (board) have unanimously voted "yes" to appoint @Miska Jokinen to the position as Director of Iceland FIR. There will be an transition time, where Miska and @Wygene Chong will share position. Magnus Director
  15. 10 points
    I have every intention to stay in office for the second year of my period as Director! Magnus
  16. 9 points
    The teamspeak server has been moved to our database server which is a bit faster The new address to our teamspeak server is: TS.VATSIM-SCANDINAVIA.ORG (or ts.vatsca.org if you want a shorter one )
  17. 9 points
    IRL there are slot times and minimum staffing levels, so you would never see a situation like this. We don't have the ability to stop aircraft coming into our airspace, unless there is full ATC coverage for the whole route, then you could theoretically ask the previous sector to hold traffic all the way down to the departure TWR. From my point of view the two major challenges were: 1. We had the bare minimum amount of controllers to pull this off at all. We had to choose between staffing up the TMA to ensure there was a final director available, or put extra resources on the ACC level to be able to manage the holding. You see the dilemma? No DIR = even more holding. 2. I tried very hard to make sure that the first aircraft entering the hold would also be the first aircraft to leave the hold. We do not really have a fair way of dealing with this across the different TMA entry points though. We only have the capacity to work out the sequence for each holding point, at least when it's this busy. I think I did a reasonable job with this, until several pilots started coming into my sector descending without clearance. This means that they are heading straight for the hold and instead of applying the "first in the hold is at the lowest level" principle, I just had to find available levels for these aircraft. Now I would really like to "punish" these offenders, but instead I have to descend them in the hold just to keep levels in the hold free, and send them off to APP. There's simply no spare capacity to handle it in a different way. I also have a general observation that the number of text pilots is increasing, and even worse the amount of pilots who don't know the basic protocols of VATSIM communication, which is: Choose one mode of communication! There are three to choose from for pilots: Text only, Voice receive, and full Voice. Don't mix! There is no "text receive, talk on voice" (this totally screws up the voice comms for the controller, as the pilot will suddenly start talking, without hearing other transmissions). There is no "I'll use voice when I feel like it and text when I feel like it" or "I'll use voice but immediately ask on text or ask the controller to use text if I don't understand". All these "mix modes" of communication can increase controller workload tremendously, as you don't know where to find the pilot, text or voice? Does he hear me or not? Is he not replying on voice because he didn't hear, or because he suddenly decided to reply via text, so I'm waiting for him to type a short story in the chat box? Finally, file your mode of communication in the flight plan! (/T/ or /R/ or /V/ in the remarks section, or select the correct mode in the pilot client) We see a big yellow "t" to indicate text pilots. If it turns out a /V/ pilot is using text, again it gets very confusing. We all know text comms is a fact of VATSIM life, but if you are not a nervous newbie, or have hearing problems, in my opinion it's simply rude to use text only online. Don't have a decent mic? Use voice receive! (I had one "receive" pilot who was so quick replying on text that he sent his readback before I had even stopped talking! ) Don't want to wake up the kids/wife/husband/parents/dog/cat/goldfish? Get a headset for 20 bucks! Have another excuse like, "I don't want to use voice because I'm Skyping at the same time." Get outta here! (And I mean that literally! Either pay attention or log off. Period.) So @Per Kristian Jensen, it's easy to criticize ATC for not being perfect, but if all the pilots could just follow basic guidelines such as NOT descending without clearance, using text or voice as appropriate, and actually monitoring the frequency to be ready to act on instructions when given by ATC, this event would have gone MUCH more smoothly. Those are my two cents!
  18. 9 points
    I am pleased to announce that @Oskar Sunnanhagen will be taking on the post of Training Assistant Sweden and @Martin Stockzell will be assisting him as Deputy Training Assistant. Best of luck to you! Kristian Kling, TD
  19. 9 points
    10 December from 17-23z it's time to visit Santa Claus again, as usual Vatsim-Scandinavia will staff Rovaniemi (EFRO), Luleå (ESPA) and Tromsø (ENTC) throughout the evening. Since this event attracts a fair amount of pilots we highly recommend to bring a lot of holding fuel. And it doesn't hurt to bring your favorite bevarage and candy onboard since it will most likely be a long night for you. Visit our Santa web for pilot briefing, charts and scenery suggestion to make your visit to the north as enjoyable as possible. Vatsim-Scandinavia hope you will enjoy this year's Fly and See Santa. Santa web Merry Christmas!
  20. 8 points
    Hi all, I would just like to inform that I have applied for Oslo-Gardermoen for Cross The Pond Eastbound 2017. This will be the only application for airfields within VATSIM-Scandinavia since we have better chance to get chosen if we focus on one airfield during the voting process.
  21. 8 points
    Here is a very informative video on a phenomenon called Controller Blind Spot, which means overlooking a close-by aircraft when scanning for conflicts. https://www.skybrary.aero/index.php/Controller_Blind_Spot_(SKYclip) More info: https://www.skybrary.aero/index.php/Blind_Spots_–_Inefficient_conflict_detection_with_closest_aircraft
  22. 8 points
    Thank you Magnus, and thank you members of the Board for your confidence. Lately I have put a lot of energy into the the training organisation in Sweden as a Training Assistant and as a Mentor. I find it highly rewarding to be a part of the training of new ATC members and therefore I am now delighted to get this opportunity to share my enthusiasm with all of Vatsim Scandinavia. I believe that the mentors are the engine of the training department and the quality of most services across the whole vACC resides with them. I will make it my mission during my term in office to make the mentor's work as streamlined and enjoyable as possible! As for this moment I remain Training Assistant Sweden, but I am happy to announce that my successor will be made official within the next few days. Finally I would like to thank @Arvid Hansson for his service as Training Director and I hope that his expertise and commitment will remain within Vatsim Scandinavia in the future. Kristian Kling
  23. 8 points
    Hi all, Yesterday I received a letter of resignation from Reidar, he will be stepping down from his Training Assistant Norway position in the upcoming days due to personal reasons. Håvard will step up from the Training Assistant Gardemoen position and take over responsibility for all ATC Training in Norway with immediate effect. Him and I will be looking into redeveloping the TA ENGM position and an appointment process will be started in the near future. I've had the pleasure of working alongside Håvard for some time now and I am confident he will do great as TA Norway. Best of luck in your new role! Reidar, thanks for the time you spent working for the Training Department. Don't be a stranger!
  24. 8 points
    Hi all, I am happy to announce that Mikkel Lindgren has been appointed Training Assistant Denmark. Mikkel has been an integral member of the Danish VATSIM community for many years, he has several years of mentoring experience as well as a history of having held various staff positions in the past. He has some good ideas about how to improve training in Denmark and I look forward to working alongside him as he makes his ideas happen. Claus is in the process of handing the position over to Mikkel, expect him to be up and running within a few days. Please join me in welcoming him to the staff team and wishing him the best of luck in his new role!
  25. 8 points
    Even after taking some time to think about it, I'm still puzzled as to what exactly it was in this situation that caused so much concern in VATSIM staff that they pushed the panic button. It is unfortunate that the board were unable to reach an unanimous decision on the matter, but rather than continuing to spend their valuable time with a deadlock situation, presenting the two qualified candidates for a vote as per our constitution just makes sense (qualified being the key word there, as either of them would - as I understand it - have been chosen had their application been the only one). Like Aleksander above, I'm also curious as to which document or documents - and which specific part/s of it - prohibit a vote like this? Listing some years (at least 2003 and 2004 have been mentioned) and various VATSIM related documents without any clarification just strikes me as odd. You probably know the documents better than most members here, and perhaps even the reasoning behind the text, so a bit more effort in trying to explain your actions and the rules behind them would probably be appreciated by many of our members. If a deputy TD position is decided to be added (I have no idea if we need one or if the position can attract applicants, it all depends on the job description), it may be best to halt the whole process until new job descriptions for both the TD and the deputy TD have been drafted. After that a new application period for both positions, and hopefully there will be applicants... If all else fails, here's my proposal to get things moving again: We go ahead and vote. The vote, instead of deciding who is chosen, is a consultative one. Once the voting ends, the board meets. They review the candidates again, taking into consideration possible new information since their last vote (such as the consultative member vote, if they so choose). Then they vote again, hopefully reaching a decision for us. If not, well, then it's time to think of a new plan.
  26. 8 points
    Hi Florian, First of all thanks for thoroughly explaining your decision. What I want to talk here anyways is the VATSIM Scandinavia constitution and the way we may change it. So first of all I think we need to agree on two main things: Firstly we need to agree that the current VATSIM Scandinavia constitution was approved by VATSIM authorities and secondly we need to agree on the very basic rule of the law in general, which is latin 'Lex retro non agit ' or in other words 'A law does not apply retroactively'. Since the first thing doesn't really requite much discussion I will focus on the second point only. So let's start with an easy example, so we're sure we're all on the same page here. Let's assume a situation that in a given country in a year 2014 legal approved alcohol content in blood for a car driver was 0,5‰, but then at the beginning of a year 2015 it was lowered to 0,2‰. The driver was stopped by a police on 31st Dec 2014 and the alcohol test reveled an alcohol content in drivers blood was 0,4‰. So can he be hold guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol ? I wouldn't say so, because at that very moment it was still legal. Moving from previous example to the situation we are having over here I must say we have working and approved constitution, that is set of our laws that we have to adhere to. If the constitution says that if the board haven't reached unanimous decision then the election must be held then they indeed must be held. And since it all happened before VATEUD decided to get involved then the election must be held, the same way you can't sentence the driver in the example above. If we think that the law is not sensible we ought to change it, but only in a way that is allowed by regulations. We can't say that from now on we'll ignore part of the constitution just because we don't like it. In the constitution point 7.4 it's clearly stated how any amendments to the constitution shall be handled: What I'm saying here is that the law quoted above is made in order to prevent anyone from making any valid changes that may affect our community, without the community's approval. The proper way of changing constitution is to 1) propose a change, 2) propose amendment to the constitution, 3) amend the constitution 4) adhere to the new law that is in force. Although I can't say that the decision made by VATEUD is harmful to the community or the training system, I must say that the situation was handled with no regards to the VATSIM Scandinavia constitution approved by VATSIM authorities and this is the thing that I do not like to see. Allowing any changes to the VATSIM Scandinavia constitution in this way may threaten the integrity of our community in the future. We all have the constitution, rules and laws to follow, and by 'we all' I also mean VATSIM highest authorities. If you set or approve rules then be sure to follow them too as any other VATSIM member.
  27. 8 points
    Peter, as you know very well our constitution requires us to have a public vote in these circumstances. VATEUD has had no objection to the constitution, so for you to come on here and criticise the election is quite extraordinary. As you also know we are very open to input from higher levels of VATSIM government, and amendments to our constitution can always be discussed and practices revised, but interfering with this process when it's already been put in motion just strikes me as unprofessional and not constructive.
  28. 8 points
    Hi all, Like 3 weeks ago (ESSA Real time event), thanks a lot for the excellent planning and guidance during EKCH Real Time! Normally I avoid big fly-ins because most of the time they result in long holdings and delayed departures. 15-20 min holdings are fine, 30+ gets annoying very rapidly, at least for me. But the real time ESSA/EKCH flyins were just great, because of great ATC and also because of the real time schedule used. This regulates the traffic to/from the airport very efficiently. Yesterday I arrived around 19:00 CET and I was in a string of 7 for approach on 04L. No holdings just excellent controlling. I think we all landed with 5nm separation, I could see actually the aircraft in front of my turning of the runway, it was just a great experience. Egbert Scandinavian VA
  29. 8 points
    It was about time to get this done. Thanks for everyone controlling and flying for the event. It was once again very successful! Enjoy! / Jouka
  30. 7 points
    The only Scandinavian airport this year is Stockholm, Arlanda. Please give our swedish friends a vote! http://ctp.vatsim.net/voting/
  31. 7 points
    Having 4 Finnish controllers on the top 10 list seems amazing from FIR director point of view. Thanks a lot to all Finnish controllers in 2016 for helping to get Finland more and more active. Still remember when I started and Finland was opensky and did not have that many controllers. Those times are now behind and we can look into brighter future! Also thanks to everyone else contributing their free time on controlling on Vatsim Scandinavia positions last year. Lets try to make 2017 even more active in each country!
  32. 7 points
    Do you sometimes struggle to get your FMC to perform the flight as you intend? Well, you are not alone. It happens in reallife too, see below (!)
  33. 7 points
    This announcement written here as John Brander otherwise can´t respond! Times are changing and with that also VATSIM Scandinavia staff structure. For and longer period it has become obvious that Membership Director daily tasks are not there anymore as it was before VATSIM SSO and automatic calculation of online hours for VATSIM Scandinavia members. One of our most long lasting staff members Membership Director @John Brander has left the chair and no one will fill that one. Many are the hours that he has checked new members signing in, in our forum to verify that they are using their real name in VATSIM registers and the right email account are used. Not even think of the manual task to check each VATSIM Scandinavia ATC manually that they provide 10 hours of service / 6 months. With this said, I like to forward to @John Brander a big "thank you" from VATSIM Scandinavia. Side note: The email adress "member@vatsim-scandinavia.org" is still active and are handled by Director. Magnus
  34. 7 points
    Asking a friendly controller directly solves this "problem" I sometimes get those messages and I see them only as a benefit. The outcome is a win-win situation where either I will inform thee pilot I am closing unconditionally at some timeframe, where he/she will not lose time flying an unmanned airspace, or I will consider extending my time online and he/she gets to fly a manned airspace. Really, communication makes the experience much more pleasurable to all sides. Use the rule of thumb : if you don't know, just ask, most of us will not bite
  35. 7 points
    I am a bit torn as to what to think and feel here.... I am also confused as to why it is that an elected "official" can be more compromised over an "official" appointed by a board. I would say the latter has more potential for being compromised as it may not be as transparent why and how that particular individual was elected/appointed. Agreeing completely with Mr. Storma's point about retroactivity, I am wondering why democracy seems to be so scary that members cannot vote for the "officials" representing and working for, with and by them. Above all else, elections are the Scandinavian way of doing things
  36. 7 points
  37. 7 points
    Winter is coming, Christmas is getting closer and it's time for our annual visit to Lappland and Santa Claus again. 12th December from 17-23z, Vatsim-Scandinavia will light up Rovaniemi (EFRO), Luleå-Kallax (ESPA), Tromsø (ENTC) and wants to welcome all pilots to join in for the Christmas spirit. You might be aware that this event attracts quite a few pilots, therefore we highly recommend you to bring plenty of holding fuel, a lot of Christmas candy and your favorite hot beverage. It will be a long night for all of us. http://santa.vatsim-scandinavia.org/ Please take an extra look at our Santa web for briefing, charts and scenery suggestions to make it as smooth as possible. And also make sure you are confident in holding patterns and instructions, because we can guarantee a lot of holdings. Vatsim-Scandinavia hope you will enjoy this year's Fly And See Santa. Merry Christmas!
  38. 6 points
    First day of the convention is now done; here are some pictures as promised. Registration began at 9 o'clock in the morning. The convention location is Holborn Bars, an old Victorian building in Central London and it certainly is an amazing location for an event like this. The main room for the convention with people settling in for the day Welcome kits were handed out, with things like the two days' schedule, name tags and discount codes for the upcoming Aerosoft A330 and CRJ, as well as a JustFlight coupon. Ben Hunwicks giving a part of the welcome speech to the attendees The actual program began with Heathrow ATCO Michael Benson giving us an insight into the operation required to fit as many aircraft in and out of EGLL as has to be done every single day and the challenges related to it. In the picture he's explaining TBS, time based separation that is now used for arrivals to boost the overall arrivals rate. The swift pilot client team gave an update on the progress of the development. Also caused some "heated discussion" on things like the purpose of the project, development speed and features . The Simfest team giving a humour-filled presentation about their 747 simulator, the process of building it and World Flight. One of today's panel discussions, this one regarding creating innovative and novel VATSIM events. @Martin Tornberg as one of the panelists. The conference will continue tomorrow, so some more photos to be expected then .
  39. 6 points
    Too far for me to travel, but maybe not for most VATSCA members VATSIM is holding a convention in London on 28th-30th July which will involve socialising and events about ATC and flying all day long. All the details here: https://connexion.vatsim.net/
  40. 6 points
    As of today, version 1.1.2 is the current public release for the Ground Radar plugin. Anyone using version 1.1 or newer should see an update message box when starting EuroScope. The main changes of version 1.1.1 from version 1.1 are: Unique settings for each opened radar screen Possibility to have airport-specific settings pre-defined Stand assignment only possible for assumed and untracked aircraft More options for the APP Window (view rotation, prediction lines, history dots, etc.) Raw primary radar data display Possibility to hide the ground mode track label to simulate a very basic system Version 1.1.2 has just some minor fixes to 1.1.1 As this is the first time the update check feature introduced in version 1.1 is used, here's a short description about it: The update can be either: Recommended: In this case there's no deadline and the user's current version can still be used without any restrictions. Mandatory with a deadline: In this case the message box will show the deadline if it hasn't passed yet. The current version can be used until then, but it's still recommended to update without delay. Mandatory: The current version can not be used and (nearly) all plugin features will be blocked until it is updated. The same happens if a "mandatory with deadline" update is not done before the deadline. Currently the update is just recommended so any previous version can still be used, but it will at some point become mandatory to have only one "official" version around. Easier for controller training and technical support. The current version should eventually make its way to the sector file packages, but until that happens, the updated files are available at the URL specified in the update message box. The update package contains the plugin's current manual set, the plugin itself and those plugin data files that can be used globally. The update procedure is rather simple: Download the update package Copy the included plugin (dll) and data files (txt) to your plugin directory, overwriting the existing files. DO NOT delete any files.
  41. 6 points
    Not a controller myself YET but lets face it, many of us have been on the other side of the mike while the controller had a handful!
  42. 6 points
    The announcement thread seems to be blocked for reply from ordinary members, so I just would like to say: Big thanks to @Magnus Gustafsson for all your efforts as VATSIM Scandinavia Director during these two years! And also warm welcome and congratulations to @Julius Mannermaa . Whish you all the best and good luck in your new role!
  43. 6 points
    Hi All, I'm happy to announce that Mathias Johnsen will be joining the Training Department as the Deputy Training Assistant Norway. This position is similar to what the TA ENGM role used to be, but Mathias will be helping Håvard manage training throughout Norway. Mathias is currently a web services administrator, and having held several staff positions (including Director) in the past he should be a familiar face to most of the community. Training in Norway is already running at an incredible pace and I have no doubts efficiency will increase even further with Mathias joining the team! The training-norway@ e-mail alias is shared between Håvard and Mathias and all enquiries regarding training in Norway shall continue to be sent to that address. Thanks for stepping up, Mathias!
  44. 6 points
    I liked the like button. What's the reasoning for changing it?
  45. 6 points
    I have complied some statistics about our ATC services in VATSIM Scandinavia during 2016 so far! Enjoy! Magnus Statistic excel updated! Position statistics VATSIM Scandinavia 2016 part 1.xlsx
  46. 6 points
    I tip my hat to you @Magnus Gustafsson for explaining things from "our" side. I agree with @Aleksander Storma above that the VATSCA board is NOT to blame for any of this, and I have full confidence in you as our director. BUT... If VATEUD, VATEUR or VATSIM, after reviewing the new constitution several times, during all the changes over the past few years without finding anything wrong, now forces us to change it, or rather invalidate it all together, that should be THEIR problem! This is THEIR head to bear! If this ridicoulus decision forced upon us to implement a completely unnecessary board position, just because they say so, then me and @Oskar Sunnanhagen will resign from our position, effective immedeatly, in pure protest. I have a feeling that a few others from our fantastic swedish training team will most likely follow. Our current TD already has several deputys, and we shouldn't accept to be forced to appoint something not needed, making our TA positions even less worth... It's nothing but a disgraceful behaviour, that has seriously hurt my level of engagement and trust in the organizations above us. Not to mention what this must have done to hurt our two excellent candidates. Two people I now am happy to call my friends, @Kristian Kling and @Arvid Hansson So now I beg of the board of Vatsim Scandinavia to promptly ignore the demands from above, and schedule another meeting to try to find our new TD as soon as possible. If the voting numbers indeed were 6 to 1, I think it shouldn't really be so hard. Afterwards I also strongly encourage the board to amend the constitution so that absolute majority isn't needed in cases like this, so this will never happen again. I understand that a vACC must adhere to the mother organizations, but enough is enough. This is (and excuse my language) pure bullshit and nothing but a form of supression technique.
  47. 6 points
    Andreas: Thank you for your answers. I appreciate that someone involved in this fiasco at least explains to all us not in the know. But to clarify: Vatsim/Vateud has ORDERED Vatsim Scandinavia to implement a new board member in the form of Deputy Training Director? Is that a correct assumption or are the board free to ignore that and just appoint a TD and move on like before (but with smaller adjustments to the constitution)? Because in all reality, I still dont see any reason why we should have two people doing one persons job. One person which, as I mentioned before, already has a bunch of deputys already. Since I'm not "ITK" I wont continue this discussion, but I want to add that this has made me question my role in this organization, if Vatsim/Vateud feels the need to micromanage such a nonsense as the appointment of a local board member. I, as well as a LOT of others are annoyed, disappointed and frankly pissed off that a vACC isn't allowed to handle its own business without having some higherups interfering. Again, I apreciate your work and dedication for our broader community, but this has only stirred things in the completely wrong direction!
  48. 6 points
    An update on the events. Everything is back to business now. The countermeasures to avoid this have been applied and will be monitored a couple of days before satisfied. In short, now when i have the data. www.vatsim-scandinavia.org have been attacked with something that probably wants to exploit the system (hacks) but have failed, therefor we got about 90 million page requests on 24 hour which were more devastating than I expected. In this case there can be created about 8 million files regardless size of the files, which filled up the hard disk this time. So in short the problem is solved and everything is back in service, stronger than before!
  49. 6 points
    Happy New Year! Here is a snapshot of 2015 activity across VATSIM Scandinavia. Share your best experiences from last year here, and what you'd like to see in 2016 ATC All hours rounded to nearest whole number. Norway's data is inaccurate as the NOR_xx_CTR combination was not recognised by the statistics centre Sweden: 6843 hours 2760 CTR | 2036 APP | 1863 TWR | 184 GND | 52 DEL Denmark: 5038 hours 2257 CTR | 1298 APP | 1320 TWR | 163 GND | 66 DEL Norway: 2475 hours 153 CTR | 733 APP | 1500 TWR | 89 GND | 11 DEL Finland: 2270 hours 1021 CTR | 725 APP | 447 TWR | 77 GND | 32 DEL Iceland: 1102 hours 775 CTR | 49 APP | 270 TWR | 7 GND | 3 DEL Greenland: 425 hours 337 CTR | 48 APP | 40 TWR Pilots Movements for top 5 airports in each country Norway Oslo Gardermoen: 17004 Bergen Flesland: 5034 Tromsø Langnes: 2377 Trondheim Værnes: 2362 Stavanger Sola: 2349 Denmark Copenhagen Kastrup: 17374 Billund: 1099 Vágar: 889 (Faroe Islands - Reykjavik FIR) Aalborg: 697 Aarhus: 588 Sweden Stockholm Arlanda: 11603 Göteborg Landvetter: 3319 Malmö: 908 Luleå: 674 Stockholm Bromma: 333 Finland Helsinki Vantaa: 6431 Rovaniemi: 1147 Oulu: 515 Tampere-Pirkkala: 216 Ivalo: 163 Iceland Keflavik International: 4130 Reykjavik: 765 Akureyri: 326 Ísafjörður: 229 Egilsstaðir: 160 Greenland Narsarsuaq: 589 Søndre Strømfjord Kangerlussuaq: 516 Nuuk: 245 Thule Air Base: 140 Kulusuk: 130
  50. 5 points
    @Andreas Dermitzakis, in hindsight I realize that my post might be taken the wrong way, and if I insulted you or your colleagues personally I apologize. I still think the decision to intervene is strange and/or wrong, and the way it was made was extremely bad, and I find it extremely disrespectful that no one involved in the decision making can explain why this decision was made, or even from which rule or constitution it was based. Those questions MUST be answered, if any credability is to be restored! And a reply to @Magnus Gustafssons post above; this IS the nordic way to react. We don't just sit quietly when something is handled badly. We demand answers! If something extraordinary is decided, then it must be justified. And if it is, sources to that justification must be presented right away. Otherwise it will be interpreted as some sort of dictatorship, or even tyranny to be extreme. That just doesn't work in one of the most democratic part of the world... Now I know that a good solution to the acctual TD-situation is near, but that doesn't answer the still unanswered questions asked directly to the persons involved, and the same forementioned persons very indelicate way of presenting the decision. As @Mattias Green pointed out above, the CoC applies even to them... And their behaviour has now caused the swedish training team one of our highest rated mentors... That could have been prevented with straight answers right from the beginning. Again, Vatsim Scandinavia is the victim here, as an organization and as a group of highly motivated, engaged and knowledgeable people. I said earlier that I wouldn't add anything else to this debate, but I felt that if I had hurt anyone personally I should apologize. So to whomever I might have hurt in the process of getting my questions answered, I apologize.
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