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The PRP is Becoming Wings Over New England: Help Design the New Program

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In the July Logan Informer, we announced that the Pilot Ratings Program will become Wings Over New England on September 1. As part of the new WINGS program, pilots will get a great tour of the New England region while getting an incredible series of training-oriented challenges designed to help teach flying within the ATC system on VATSIM. 

 

We're asking members to share their feedback on the existing program and identify anything they would like to see changed when Wings Over New England launches in September. More than just a name change, the release on September 1 will also include a full review of existing content, an improved depiction of pilot certificates, four new IFR flights, and changes to the current flight to align with recent real-world navigation aid changes.

 

For more information on the changes and to share your feedback and input: 

 


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Evan Reiter

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The VATSIM Pilot Training Department has announced they are advancing the timeline for the removal of our status as an Authorized Training Organization (ATO). As of 0000z on August 18, the Pilot Ratings Program will no longer be considered an active ATO and VATSIM pilot certifications will no longer be issued. It is likely the change in timeline is designed to align the PTD changes with the upcoming launch of Microsoft Flight Simulator.

 

Reminder, as part of the re-alignment, existing P-ratings will be grandfathered as follows: 

  • Existing P1 ratings will be revoked
  • Existing P2 and P3 ratings will become P1 ratings
  • Existing P4 and P5 ratings will become P2 ratings 
  • Pilots have the option of completing additional training to receive the new P3, P4, and P5 ratings

So, if you're looking to get your P2 in the new system, you have just under a month to complete the requisite PRP flights (VFR 1-6, IFR 1-5). Make sure you complete them at least a few days before the deadline so we have time to process your rating before the changes come into effect.

 

Meanwhile, we are continuing to build Wings Over New England, which is on track to replace the PRP on August 18. For more information on WINGS: 

 


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Evan Reiter

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We have just been informed by the VATSIM Pilot Training Department that the last day for BVA members to obtain VATSIM P-ratings will be August 11 at 0000z. For those in North America, that time is 8pm ET on August 10. Accordingly, any members who are currently completing PRP flights with the intention to obtain a VATSIM P-rating will need to complete the requisite flights by that time. (To allow us some processing time, we would suggest that Saturday, August 8 is the last day to reliably complete a qualifying PRP flight and still receive the corresponding P-rating.)

 

As in previous announcements, including when the go live date was pushed up from September 1 to August 18, BVA was not provided with an opportunity to comment or have input on this change.

 

A segment of the message from the VATSIM Pilot Training Department, which was received today, is below:

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The new system is slated to go live August 18th 0000z. I have discovered web development and our department will need unobstructed access to the pilot rating system before the 18th to conduct beta testing of new automation features with the new website, test the new sign up process, and to be able to run pilot rating conversions. I have decided to terminate the existing pilot rating system August 11th in order for these important tasks to be completed without interference with ample time to fix any issues. Please do not utilize any pilot rating promotions after August 11th 0000z. In effect the P1-P5 pilot rating system will also go dead and all training programs under the old system will be nullified on this day also. If you currently have students who are almost completed with a current course please let them know that they must be completed and pilot rating promotion submitted by this date and time. As a reminder the current P1, P3, and P5 are going to roll back to a P0, P1, or P2 in the next system.

We are excited about the launch of Wings Over New England, which remains scheduled for August 16. Until the release of Wings Over New England, BVA members will be able to continue flying Pilot Ratings Program flights, though they will no longer qualify for VATSIM Pilot Ratings. 


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Evan Reiter

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