Jump to content

Visiting and Transferring Controllers

Visiting Controllers

VATSIM controllers who are interested in visiting status at Boston Virtual ARTCC (BVA) should email [email protected] with the information specified in the 'Visiting Controllers' section of the General SOP. Visiting controllers are expected to be competent to the level commensurate with their rating as per the VATSIM Global Ratings Policy.

Visiting controller applicants must wait 90 days after any rating change (promotion) and from any previous ARTCC transfer, before being considered for visiting status. Additionally, controllers must consolidate their current rating by satisfactorily performing online for at least 50 hours at their current rating, and in the ARTCC where the rating was granted.

Visiting controllers who are added to our roster also become members of BVA's integrated community of pilots and air traffic controllers.

In accordance with VATSIM's Visiting and Transferring Controller Policy, at no time will any authorization/certification applied at BVA supersede controllers' current ratings or certifications at their home ARTCC, and controllers may not proceed further than their rating or certification level at their home ARTCC.

Transferring Controllers

Controllers wishing to apply for a transfer to BVA shall apply through VATUSA. Once logged in, click "Transfer Request" under "My VATUSA".

Once the OTS evaluation has been passed, and if the controller wishes to do so, the controller may pursue additional certifications by entering the BVA training program.

Transferred controllers will be subject to the ATC certification/position restriction standards. No facility certifications earned at other ARTCCs will be honored upon transfer. However, certified BVA visiting controllers who transfer-in shall retain all facility ratings earned at BVA.

Transferred controllers holding an instructor rating shall surrender the instructor rating and return to the last held grade, unless a specific arrangement to transfer an instructor into the BVA Instructor Staff is made with the Training Administrator, and approved by the ATM and the VATUSA Training Department.

Important Notes for both Visiting and Transferring Controllers

Any controller requesting to visit at or transfer to the Boston ARTCC will be subject to a background/history check. Requests may be declined on the basis of disciplinary matters (at the VATSIM, VATUSA, or local levels), inactivity, training issues, a poor or invalid reason for the request, and any other reason determined reasonable by the Air Traffic Manager and/or Deputy Air Traffic Manager. 

Upon acceptance of the request to visit or transfer (whichever is applicable), the controller will complete all applicable exams, and will then schedule any training or evaluation that may be required, within the currency limits specified in the General SOP. 

BVA operates in accordance with the VATSIM Executive Committee Policy Transfer and Visiting Controller Global Policy, VATSIM Northern American Region Visiting and Transferring Controller Policy (NARP-03-005), and VATUSA Visiting Controller Policy 09/06.

Initial Certification Flows

The following certification flows describe how a visiting or transferring controller's training will be processed up to the applicable Class C facility. Once your visiting or transferring application is approved, request the appropriate exam and training as outlined below.

  • Controllers Holding An S1 Rating:
    1. SOP exam
    2. DEL/GND exam
    3. S1 OTS evaluation
  • Controllers Holding An S2 Rating:
    1. SOP exam
    2. Local Control exam
    3. S2 OTS evaluation
  • Controllers Holding An S3, C1, or Higher Rating:
    1. SOP exam
    2. Local Control exam
    3. Approach Control exam
    4. S2/S3 OTS evaluation (generally two separate evaluations, but may be given in one sitting)


  • Visiting S2 controllers gaining their S3 rating at their home ARTCC shall take the BVA Approach control exam and must pass an S3 OTS evaluation before being granted certification at Class C approach positions.
  • Visiting controllers and transferees coming from outside of the VATUSA division shall take the DEL/GND exam between the SOP exam and the Local Control exam, as there are enough pertinent differences in DEL/GND procedures to warrant study and examination.
  • Controllers who visit ZBW are required to proceed like any other student at KBOS. The full process required to obtain certifications at KBOS for visiting and transferring controllers is available in the General SOP.