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Announcements / Re: New Instructor on board!
« Last post by Derek Quist on November 03, 2019, 04:40:23 AM »
Thank you Jason and Cole!


Derek Quist
Instructor and food addict
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Announcements / Reality isn't Real! Jaguars Win the Superbowl! Houston hires DATM!
« Last post by Bryan Oates on October 24, 2019, 02:40:11 AM »
Everyone, please help me welcome Marcus Miller as the new DATM. His experience on the network as a former ATM, current supervisor, and real world Houston Center controller will help make ZHU a great facility to control in.
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Announcements / Re: New Instructor on board!
« Last post by Cole Connelly on October 23, 2019, 01:53:35 AM »
Ayyy, congratz!
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Announcements / New Instructor on board!
« Last post by Jason Diket on October 23, 2019, 12:09:55 AM »
We have a new Instructor on board, Derek Quist. Derek has been a mentor since February of this year and has worked long and hard to achieve this rating. Derek, Welcome to the Instructor team. Congratulations 🎉.
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Announcements / Audio For VATSIM Announcement
« Last post by Bryan Oates on October 01, 2019, 09:06:33 PM »
The following message is from Mark Hubbert regarding AFV.

I am sending this notification to inform you of upcoming events that will occur that will affect the operations of every ARTCC in VATUSA.  As you may know, VATSIM has been working on the development of a new audio platform to address issues that have been brought forth by a multitude of people.  After much work and research by several individuals, VATSIM is ready to release the new state of the art Opus based voice codec. This new technology is scheduled to go online on Monday October 14, 2019.
Unfortunately, in order to bring this online, VATSIM will need to go offline for approximately 24 hours.   It is also unfortunate that the timeframe for the shutdown to occur will be at a time when VATUSA is typically most active. VATSIM is scheduled to be offline on Sunday October 13, 2019 beginning at 20:00Z. I am sending this letter to each of you to provide you as much information as I possibly can. 
I anticipate there will be a learning curve that will present some issues once this new program is online. I will certainly do my best to provide you with as much accurate information as I can. I truly appreciate the jobs that each of you do and I am extremely thankful for your continued passion, dedication and in this case understanding and cooperation.  On behalf of VATSIM, I apologize for any inconvenience that these operations will cause you and your team.
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Announcements / Position Postings: DATM, EC, FE, WM
« Last post by Bryan Oates on September 21, 2019, 01:46:31 PM »
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Announcements / New Air Traffic Manager - 16 Sept
« Last post by Matthew Kosmoski on September 13, 2019, 10:10:16 PM »
As most of you are aware, I submitted my resignation as Air Traffic Manager of ZHU last month.  Since then, VATUSA has been working to find a successor.

A selection has been announced today, so please join me in congratulating Bryan Oates on his imminent appointment as the next Air Traffic Manager.  Bryan will be officially appointed on the 16 Sept, and will be appointed as our Deputy Air Traffic Manager in the interim.

Bryan has served as our Events Coordinator since February and has done a fantastic job while in that role.  I'm confident that he'll continue shaping ZHU in to a premier VATSIM ATC community.

Congrats, Bryan!
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Announcements / Position Posting: Houston ARTCC Air Traffic Manager
« Last post by Matthew Kosmoski on August 10, 2019, 04:09:14 PM »
VATUSA Position Vacancy Announcement

Position: Air Traffic Manager
Location: Houston ARTCC (ZHU)
Time Commitment: 4 to 8 hours per week+, and required monthly controller hours to maintain ARTCC membership
Supervisor: Southern Region Air Traffic Director (ATD)
Application Deadline: Closes August 23rd, 2019 at 23:59z

VATUSA is currently seeking qualified candidates to fill the position of Air Traffic Manager at the Houston ARTCC.  This position is not an entry-level position and will require significant time commitments to effectively perform the duties of Air Traffic Manager.

Duties of the ATM:

- Reports to the Southern Region Air Traffic Director and directs the operations and management of the assigned facility
- Must maintain an online presence on the VATSIM network
- Maintains facility website and teamspeak
- Drafts ARTCC SOPs, LOAs and other appropriate documents; seeks ATD approval for the same
- Ensures ARTCC SOPs, LOAs and other appropriate documents are readily available for viewing/download
- Functions as VATUSA staff member and attends meetings as necessary to discuss and stay current with region and division issues, policies, and initiatives
- Manages and defines the duties of ARTCC staff; submits selection of Deputy ATM and Webmaster to the ATD for division confirmation; submits selection of Training Administrator to the Training Director for division confirmation
- Provides guidance and help to assigned controllers; may establish a staff of "Mentors" to assist with training
- Works with or delegates a liaison to work with region/division-level Events Coordinators on events as necessary
- Addresses disciplinary situations with the Southern Region ATD when appropriate

Minimum Requirements:

- Possess a high degree of energy and commitment appropriate to the requirements of the position
- Must have at least a Controller (C1) rating
- Must be an active member of the network in good standing
- Must be able to work in a team environment and function as a team member
- Have no significant disciplinary record, no history of unprofessional behavior

Highly Desired Skills:

- Demonstrates qualities of understanding, patience, and maturity.
- Understands the role of the ARTCC and ARTCC staff within the Southern Region, VATUSA, and VATNA
- Understands the position requires CONSIDERABLE commitment of time
- Prior ARTCC staff experience
- Prior or current Instructor or Mentor experience
- Experience effectively managing others through good leadership practices
- Real world management experience

Only those candidates who understand the requirements and can make the appropriate commitment should apply.  Candidates can expect an initial evaluation of their application after which they may be contacted for a comprehensive interview.  All qualified candidates will be reviewed and considered.  Qualified candidates currently assigned to the ARTCC will be given special consideration.

Applications should include:

- Name, active email address, and CID
- Resume (including any applicable real-world management experience).
- Letter of Intent / Cover-letter.

To Apply:
Submit the required information above to vatusa8@vatusa.net no later than August 23, 2019 23:59Z.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.
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Announcements / HCF Visiting LOA
« Last post by Matthew Kosmoski on August 10, 2019, 04:08:33 PM »
At the request of HCF, the visiting LOA is now cancelled.
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Announcements / Updated Visiting Agreement with vZTL
« Last post by Matthew Kosmoski on August 01, 2019, 02:46:35 PM »
All-

Effective immediately, an updated LOA with vZTL has been implemented.  The new LOA provides visiting status for S2+ rated controllers only (S1s are no longer included) and no longer provides for major/designated airspace equivalency.  Controllers who wish to control ZTL/A80 need to pursue an endorsement with the ZTL training staff.

https://zhuartcc.org/files/LOA_vZHU_vZTL_2019.08.01.pdf
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