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Mike Willey

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  1. And special recognition to anyone who does the RNAV (GPS) RWY 3 approach to minimums at good old KOWK... Virtual beer will be served at my old virtual hangar there afterwards.
  2. Great Job SR its always great working with you and now your doing the TOTAL top down..!!
  3. Hopefully the first of many CERTS, Congrats..
  4. As we sit here in the midst of record high VATSIM traffic, thankful for the virtual world that we are able to use to move ourselves through the global pandemic, I keep thinking of one of our long time members who has contributed SO much to our online simulation success. What we would we do without VRC, vSTARS, vERAM, VatSpy and many other things that ROSS CARLSON has contributed. To have people like Ross willing to share his expertise in these software clients is an incredibly great benefit to our hobby and I would like to take this opportunity to post this huge thank you to you CN. Thank you very much.
  5. RT Use whatever you want, modify or add as needed.. I had an epiphany during early coffee today and that is what came out ;)
  6. The current significant increase in VATSIM traffic has been terrific. However, it has motivated me to reiterate some reminders that we should be using all the time but certainly more important than ever now. This is my personal request and I am not pronouncing any general direction or policy of VATSIM, BVARTCC or any other organization, but these do make sense and I hope you will help by following them. As a Center Controller and very active Pilot I would like to emphasize the proper way to communicate on frequency especially when there are a lot of pilots and the center controller (or others) are working top down. The one thing to remember when operating in this mode, (much different than in the real world with multiple sectors and many more controllers) is that the one thing that the controller does not enough of, is time on frequency to adequately control all of the aircraft in his/her space. Given that that is the problem you can follow the following guidelines to help: LISTEN FOR 30 SECONDS once you switch to the controller frequency before you transmit. You will get a lay of the land of what is going on and NOT interrupt an ongoing conversation or required readback. Make one call and wait some time before repeating your call. Your call may have required coordination / communication with other controllers or some searching of the scopes to understand your call. Do not immediately assume that the controller has not heard you as your subsequent calls will only jam up the frequency and contribute to the problem. Most communications from the controller to an aircraft requires readback. DO NOT call between the controller’s instruction and the aircraft readback. This, again, just adds to the problem. LISTEN and respond to the controller when called. Making multiple calls to pilots when there is not enough time in the first place is another contributor to the problem. When a controller asks aircraft to “STANDBY”, do not respond with “STANDING BY” or other communication. The reason for the request is to silence the frequency for other traffic. These are simple rules that will help everybody. The purpose here is not to blame or shame anyone. I also need to remember these items when I am flying as your perspective as a pilot is much different than the controllers and you want to get the attention and response to allow you to fly in the system. If we ALL remember these items in these busy days of high volume VATSIM traffic we will all be much more satisfied with the results.
  7. Saludos RZ Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Gongrats RG.. Its great to see all of the new certs coming on board...
  9. Great job. KY Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Tower Cab filling up around here.. Way to go WG
  11. Nice going for a Mainiac!!! Congrats BI
  12. Congratulations CY, its good to get back on scopes with all of the new "faces" while the 737 simulator is in the shop for the C Check teardown.
  13. Matt, I presume those approved will receive emails telling them that ?? I was late requesting (Tuesday morning) but still would like to be part of the test and fly in the test tonight.. MIke (WY)

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