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Clif Whitten

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  1. I am pleased to announce the appointment of Joshua Nunn (NU) to the position of BVA Deputy Air Traffic Manager, effective June 14th. Josh has been a member of BVA since December 2017. He is currently an ATC Instructor and previously held the position of Events Coordinator. Josh holds a Private Pilot License, is pursuing his Instrument Rating and plans to continue to Commercial and CFI. We will be re-orienting Josh over the next two weeks as he gets ready for his new position. Please join me in welcoming Josh back to the Administration Team!
  2. Position Posting – Deputy Air Traffic Manager Purpose Boston Virtual ARTCC (BVA) is currently seeking a Deputy Air Traffic Manager (DATM) who will provide effective management and leadership of the ATC roster, training programs, and more. Key Responsibilities · Reports to BVA Air Traffic Manager · Assists in management of ATC Roster, permissions and access, forum administration, and other general administrative tasks associated with ATC organization. · Assists in development of ARTCC SOPs, LOAs, policies, and more · Maintains a high online presence · Completes other duties as assigned by ATM · Functions as an Administrator and attends bi-monthly meetings Requirements · C1 rating or higher · Active VATSIM member in good standing and 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 · 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 and resume. Please 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 May 2020. ARTCC leadership may choose to close the position opening early should an eminently qualified candidate apply and be selected.
  3. Deputy Air Traffic Manager Krikor Hajian has submitted his resignation to the Administration Team. Krikor has been a member of BVA since 2015. He was promoted to Events Coordinator in 2017 and to DATM in 2018. Krikor will remain in his position until a successor is named and intends to remain an active member of BVA. Please join me in offering our thanks to Krikor for his contributions as an administrator and wishing him blue skies as he pursues his aviation dreams!
  4. It is with pleasure that I announce the appointment of Nathan Rankin (RI) to the position of Facility Engineer. Nathan first joined the community in August 2017 and currently serves as a Mentor on the ATC Training Staff. As Facility Engineer, Nathan will be responsible for the care and maintenance of BVAs vast library of facility files. Welcome aboard, Nathan! Thank you to everyone who applied for and interviewed in the Facility Engineer selection process. I am always in awe of our community members’ willingness to step up and be involved. This year end brings change to our Events and Social Media Departments. Events Coordinator Josh Nunn has resigned from his position. Exciting changes in Josh’s personal life have left him short on time which led to his decision to step back. On behalf of the Administration Team, I’d like to thank Josh for his many contributions. Josh plans to stay involved in the community, both as a controller and ATC Mentor. After careful consideration on how to best fill the EC position, the team found it operationally appropriate to consolidate the roles of Events Coordinator and Social Media Manager. With that, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Austin Cirulli (RQ) to the position of Events Coordinator, effective today. Austin will continue to oversee our social media as part of his new role.
  5. Team Boston, As we approach the American Thanksgiving holiday, I wanted to pause and offer a moment of thanks to all of you. I am thankful for this vibrant community of pilots, air traffic controllers, volunteers, and administrators. Our continued success as a community is because of your commitment to excellence. I am personally thankful for the friendships that have formed because of BVA; I find it difficult to image how different my life would be without this community. As an organization, we would like to express our thanks to the VATSIM team for continuing to provide a free platform for us to enjoy our hobby and for the significant improvements made to the network this year. As we move through this holiday season, take time to be present with family, friends, and loved ones. Thank those who must spend the holiday away from their loved ones. Remember those who have left us. Be safe, have fun, make smart decisions, and don’t forget the cranberry jelly! Clif
  6. Position Posting – Facility Engineer Purpose The Boston Virtual ARTCC (BVA) is currently seeking a Facility Engineer who will provide effective management and leadership of the BVA Air Traffic Control facility file development program. Key Accountabilities · Report to BVA Air Traffic Manager · Develops, maintains and manages the ARTCCs facilities infrastructure, including sector files, alias files, position files, VRC/vSTARS/vERAM files, vATIS, TowerTrainer and Euroscope facilities files, Audio for VATSIM database etc. · Updates and maintains facilities airports, charts and procedures database / web pages · Must respond quickly to facilities issues and needs · Employs the use of and manages other ARTCC members' efforts to increase bandwidth · Maintain a high online presence · Other duties as assigned · Functions as an Administrator and attends bi-monthly meetings Requirements · S2 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 · Familiar with sector file design methodologies and utilities · Familiar with tools such as VRC, vSTARS, vERAM, Gndmaker, alias files, etc. · Must have excellent written and oral communication skills Preferred Skills · S3 rating or higher · Demonstrated experience developing and/or maintaining facilities/sector files · Leadership, managerial, or supervisory experience · Familiar with TowerTrainer and/or Euroscope · Familiar with ZBW airspace and procedures How to Apply Applicant must provide letter of application, including resume to include examples of previous work, if applicable. 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. Applications should be submitted to Clifton Whitten, Air Traffic Manager ([email protected]). Application deadline is 09 November 2019. ARTCC leadership may choose to close the position opening early should an eminently qualified candidate apply and be selected.
  7. All, Anyone who has been following Christopher "Ginger" Olmstead's aviation journey knows that he has been pouring his heart and soul to training to be Chinook pilot in the U.S. Army. We have no doubt that, given his dedication, Chris will make a top notch Hooker! Between time spent training, the need to relocate, and an upcoming deployment, Chris has made the difficult decision to step down as our Facility Engineer. Serving in that position for nearly three years, Chris has been pivotal in transforming and organizing our facility documents into what they are today. Many of the airport updates that you see, dot commands that you issue as a controller, and ATISs that you make and hear are because of work that Chris put in to creating and maintaining that infrastructure. Ginger, on behalf of the entire Administration Team, we couldn't be prouder of your accomplishments, or more grateful for your service to both our country and this community! Thank you. The Facility Engineer position announcement is pinned at the top of this forum. Applications will be accepted until 09 November 2019. Clif

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