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  2. Huge Conga Rats being sent your way ME, watch out they bite! Nicely done!
  3. Yesterday
  4. Friendly reminder: VATSIM is asking pilots who do not have a slot to avoid flying transatlantic. Please see this post on the VATSIM forums for more details. If you don't have a slot, Boston will be staffed beginning just after 7:30am, and welcoming all domestic flights within our airspace/ARTCC and in the region. We hope you'll join us on October 30, beginning at 8am ET, whether or not you're planning to make the full trek across the ocean.
  5. Last week
  6. Congrats, Mitch, on the huge achievement! More than deserved!
  7. Congrats Mitch. Much deserved and well earned.
  8. I'm proud to say that fellow Canadian Mitch Monette (ME) has just passed his final OTS and is now BVA's newest Center controller! The culmination of 22 months of training in our community, Mitch's Center certification is the final chapter of instructor-led training in our airspace, and authorizes him to manage our entire airspace on his own. The Boston Center certification usually takes between 18-24 months to achieve, with countless hours spent both on the network and in self-study. Within these last two years, Mitch has put in more than 500 hours as a controller on the network gaining experience and working some of the busiest positions in our largest events. What isn't shown in those statistics are the hours of preparation, exam-taking, and training that happens in the "sweatbox" behind the scenes. As you may know, Mitch joined our community as a visitor from New York Center on January 4, 2020. Do you remember January, 2020? WINGS was called PRP. Going for groceries was a chore, not the only thing you got to do that week. And Mitch was beginning his controlling career here with a 100% score on his SOP Exam, a trend that would continue throughout his training. Comments about being "well prepared" and ready for each session are found throughout his training reports. Fortunately for us, he saw the light and elected to transfer to make Boston his home facility in May, 2020, then joined our training staff as a Mentor on November 29 of the same year. He has steadily progressed through the varied levels of training to achieve this coveted final certification just a few moments ago. Congratulations Mitch - enjoy the license to learn!
  9. Earlier
  10. Glad you didn't CoP out of that pun! Nice job CP. Even if you have the someone else's name and someone else's initials.
  11. Okay, maybe controlling is a loose word for what happens at BVA... Congrats to @Evan Cooper (CP) on earning his Class B Tower Full Certification!
  12. Congratulations Warren Madden (MD) on getting a 100% on the Advanced Delivery/Ground exam!
  13. All pilots flying Cross the Pond: please review our Pilot Brief prior to departure. The brief is attached to this post. As with previous events, VATSIM has asked pilots who were not issued a booking/slot to avoid flying transatlantic. We welcome pilots to fly domestic routes into and out of Boston. We also expect coverage at our satellite airports like Bradley (KBDL). If you were not given a booking, please consider domestic routes to and from any airport that is staffed within Boston Center! You can link other people to this post/page using the URL: www.bvartcc.com/ctp. CTP East 2021 Pilot Brief.pdf
  14. Congratulations, Josh! Well deserved indeed! Enjoy retirement, Jay!
  15. Congrats Josh! We know you will succeed and continue to keep the torch alive! Jay thank you for everything you did as TA and will continue to do as an I1, encouraging others to push themselves further than they thought they could go and helping to create and maintain the best training department in VATUSA!
  16. Congrats Josh! Enjoy the new position. Thanks Jay for everything that you've done over the years.
  17. Position Posting – Deputy Air Traffic Manager Purpose The Boston Virtual ARTCC (BVA) is currently seeking a Deputy Air Traffic Manager (DATM) who will provide effective management and leadership of the BVA ATC roster, training programs, and more. Key Accountabilities ● Reports to BVA Air Traffic Manager ● Assists in management of ARTCC ATC Roster, Forums, etc. ● Assists in development of ARTCC SOPs, LOAs, policies, and more ● Maintain a high online presence ● Other duties as assigned by ATM ● Functions as an Administrator and attends bi-monthly meetings Requirements ● C1 rating or higher ● Must be an active member on the network in good standing with a clean history ● Capable of working well in team-oriented environment ● Strong knowledge of VATSIM/US ATC system ● Strong knowledge of FAA Order 7110.65 ● Must have excellent written and oral communication skills Preferred Skills ● Prior ATC Mentor/Instructor experience ● Teaching/Education experience (on or off VATSIM) ● Leadership, managerial, or supervisory experience ● Real world aviation/pilot experience ● Familiarity with the Boston Virtual ARTCC ATC training program, policies, etc. ● Demonstrates at a minimum the qualities of understanding, patience, maturity, and when necessary, restraint How to Apply Only those who understand the requirements and can make the appropriate commitment should consider applying. Candidates can expect an initial evaluation of their application after which they may be contacted for a comprehensive interview. Applicant must provide a letter of application, a resume, and a letter of recommendation from a current or previous Air Traffic Manager, Deputy Air Traffic Manager, or Training Administrator. The letter of application should summarize the applicant's reasons for wanting to join the BVA Administration Team, compelling evidence to show how the position requirements are met, and how the function will thrive under the applicant's leadership. Please also include your name, CID, current ARTCC, current rating, and any prior experience. Applications should be submitted to Clifton Whitten, Air Traffic Manager ([email protected]). Application deadline is 22 October 2021. ARTCC leadership may choose to close the position opening early should an eminently qualified candidate apply and be selected.
  18. Congratulations Josh! A well deserved appointment, I’m sure you’ll continue to bring new ideas to the BVA training department. Thank you again Jay for your many years of hard work making BVA a better place. You’ve left large shoes to fill. Enjoy retirement!
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