Under the circumstances that is currently happening within VATNZ i would like to address some of the things that i think needs to change but also list some of the problems that we are facing within VATNZ.
Please read before considering to delete it. By deleting it shows who have no interest in improving VATNZ and dont care to what your members think. Think of this as a feedback type topic
Before i get into this i would like to send my apologies to the people who arn't apart of this matter as i would of send this as a private email to the Division Staff but us members are finding it hard so keep in contact with the Division at points as they are not actively responding to emails, social media is not the correct service to state the matter so therefore it leaves me with no choice but to post it on this forum where it'll be cleared viewed by VATNZ Staff.
Teamspeak, As we all know there has been a major problem with teamspeak which has led into a giant WALL between VATNZ Members and VATNZ Staff, as this has been going on for so long i dont even remember when it started as it has been going on for far too long and it is ripping the Division apart. I dont understand the problem or even if there is a problem. Well there is a problem because it is like Staff vs Members and it dosent look pretty when a new member joins and sees all the crap that goes on. I am not afraid to mention that each day everyone in the General Rooms are breaching the Teamspeak Policy in someway whether it is harassment, recording someone in the teamspeak without permission, playing a 3 minute song, using teamspeak voice changer or even relating someone to real-world tragic event that has happened in the past. Everyone on the teamspeak has been the victim and the suspect in the teamspeak whether it is open or closed doors but it actually needs to stop. The only way it is going to stop is to actually do the job that is required by enforcing the rules set within the Policy itself. Outta all the VATSIM Division teamspeak ive joined to including those for my Visiting Controlling i'd have to say VATNZ is far by the worse. You dont see VATPAC's staff members having a giant wall and not communicate with its members for 90% of the week and only talk to members in regards to training matters etc. By changing this and actually doing the right thing youd lead VATNZ to be an enjoyable place for members to be able to communicate with its staff members and maybe get those face that have left us due to the disturbance of what VATNZ is like now on its teamspeak server. I myself and not afraid to amit that i have been in the wrong harassed and bullied members before and talked behind peoples backs only to keep myself positive with the other members but honestly its time for a change a change that we have been wishing for, for a very long time and i cant do this on my own is no one else is going to participate and try to change from whats wrong to whats right.
As we all know this is where we get into major arguments over events and goes very off topic as experienced in the past in previous topics somewhere in the VATNZ Forums. Well first i would like to thank Eric for his hard work he has done to provide us with the Events that he has done since being sworn in for the job. Events are the heart of a Division vACC ARTCC it provides members from all over VATSIM to experience the life of ATC from that particular place but also to connect with others and to enjoy themselves on the Network. The key thing here is that VATNZ doesn't care about its events there always something that has an effect on each events whether it is low ATC participation, logging offline early, repetative events in a row or event low pilot participation. I remember back in 2015 even early 2016 the Events we have we very repetative but had high ATC participation from start to finish and high aircraft participation for each event but since then it has gradually decreased til the point where sometimes we only have 1 controller on for the whole event. The only way we are going to increase aircraft levels is if we commit to the hours required for each event 7pm-10pm on a Wednesday 7pm to 11pm on Saturdays. Pilots arnt interested if they are going to expect ATC to log offline during the middle of the event at 9pm it is hard and fustrating for everyone. For example Auckland to Niue. Auckland Radio comes online at 6pm then needs to log offline at 9pm which Aircraft will most likely 1/2 way between Auckland to Niue. Its hard for Pilots because if they dont get another NZZO_FSS Online then it puts a lot of weight onto NSFA_CTR and NIUE_TWR because theres not FSS to maintain separation and its hard when CTR only has about 80nm of room to sort out 10+ aircraft. So the point here is we need to maintain our online presences during events to show VATSIM that we are keen to receive traffic and we arnt the ones who are like only 4 aircraft stuff this lets talk on teamspeak and screw the event because all it is doing is putting VATNZ in a deeper hole for someone to try and dig it up later when it is 20ft below surface. I know that i havent been around much to control events due to the fact i do have work roughly 6 nights a week from 5pm to 9pm which sadly covers Wed and Sat but i will try my best do jump on around 930pm which i guess everyone minute is a effort and theres no harm even to help out for 20 or so mins at the end of the event but yet again this needs to be a group participation not a solo. Now yet another point in events which is kinda aimed for Events Dept. how long are we going to wait for another major event to rise up because i do recall in a closed for discussion back when i was a mentor that VATNZ had some good events lined up in the up coming future with other division not just VATPAC i dont want to release more detials but when are we expected to see these events because i understand that these take time but surely not 6+ months because the last major event i recall was Auckland Real Ops back in August/September which has organised but VATNZ excl Worldflight in Nov which was organised but a separate organisation and also what happened to this as mention by the event director on Posted: Sat May 07, 2016 11:19 am
Like surely its been well over 2 monthsHello Everyone
Congratulations to Cathay Pacific Virtual that won the virtual ops last night. Having the most aircraft movements per gate.
Here are the top 3 airlines:
Cathay Pacific Virtual: 14 Movements / 2 Gates = 7 points
Air New Zealand Virtual: 13 Movements / 2 Gates = 6.5points
Millennium Air Virtual: 13 Movements / 2 Gates = 6.5 points
QVirtual: 5 Movements / 2 Gates = 2.5points
FedEx: 6 Movements / 3 Gates = 2points
Thank you to all airlines and controllers that participated.
We will be running another event in 2 months time approximately. Cathay will be able to select the next event location and challenge. We look forward to more airlines participating for the next event.
VATNZ Events Director
The problem i have is VATNZ says but dosent delivery which is hard for us members to understand why is this happening like have you forgotten or just dont really care about the Division i dont actually know.
First off this is probably the least if have doubts with but i would congratulate Duncan for his work up keep VATNZ updated every month this the most detailed sectorfiles if seen from any Division at VATSIM for +1 for Duncan and VATNZ.
The only point i think that we should consider in the near future is trying to focus VATNZ within other regions in our Division such as the South pacific and the Deep South Ice Cap. Like what VATPAC has done in the past example last week and the week before going outta the box and doing a focus week on a different area of course this would require up to date airspace material for the region in conjunction for the Events and ATC Training department to supply us with a Event and some local phaseology to help new controller in the area to understand the local procedures which will also make it an extra +1 for VATNZ being the 1st Division in a very long time or event in VATSIM History to actually focus within the Pacific as VATPAC has none nothing with Fiji and Tahiti Areas or VATSA (South America) with Easter Island FIR
Nothing much to say here as i have done training but maybe try to give us old rated controllers the inside story to when certain phaseology is changed or updated
Example - ANZ123 DESCEND VIA THE STAR PROFILE TO 3000FT EXPECT THE ILS/DME APP 23L AUCKLAND QNH 1013
Example - ANZ123 DESCEND VIA THE STAR PROFILE TO 3000FT AUCKLAND QNH 1013
Example - ANZ123 DESCEND VIA THE STAR PROFILE TO 3000FT NORTHLAND QNH 1013
Things change but we dont know its changed until we hear new controller using slightly different phaseology and just old controllers get pulled a side because we are doing it wrong. Im sorry but a little heads up would be nice like a notification in the forums saying. Hi Guys something has changed please look it up. Like i understand that we are the ones who need to to the research but im sure some of us can agree that we dont wont to be spending each day going through training material to see whats been updated and not. This is led to the lack of communication between staff and members which i do believe that needs to change. Also i cant speak on behalf of other people but i have heard many things that has impacted the students in VATNZ with there training which wasnt like this back in early 2016 when i was a VATNZ Mentor.
Lack of Communication
Im sure that many of us have been effected by this and i do believe that this is improving but at a very slow speed. Communication and a key thing to have in a division and VATNZ doesnt have that this goes back to the teamspeak discussion but also a lack of communication between controllers eg. members to vatnz staff like whos covering what sectors but also the lack in response via emails. Example i tried to apply for SUP it asked for a recomindation i asked Ray from Regional at Acting Director he couldnt as he was the processing team for SUP's so my next option was down to the VATNZ1 sent a email no respond what so ever i dont understand why but it doesnt matter now but i'd still like to no the answer why i didnt receive any email from VATNZ1
Below are some few questions that should be answered by VATNZ Staff.
Is it possible for VATNZ to have a townhall meeting to discuss things in regards to the Division
Are we expected to see any change in terms of advertising VATNZ to make ourselves more noticable
Have there been any changes to ATC Material such as phaseology since the start of 2017
Are there going to be any updates / changes in terms of VA within VATNZ instead of having some who havent contributed to VATNZ for a while
Anyway i hope that you can understand where abouts i am coming from VATNZ STAFF i would like to see this division change into and enjoyable and inviting division and ill do every bit i can to contribute to help this division become what it needs to be but it'll only for if everyone contributes starting with staff and communication. I want to see VATNZ rise up to get dig more holes into VATSIM