This document contains important policies, procedures and regulations that are common to all Albuquerque ARTCC controllers, staff and visiting controllers. Failure to abide by any material contained in this document could be grounds for disciplinary action. This document is goverened by VATUSA Division General Policy DP001 B.1-2.
This document shall be maintained, revised, updated or cancelled by the Air Traffic Manager (ATM). Should any part of this document conflict with a VATUSA, VATNA or VATSIM policy, those policies shall supersede this document.
This document is intended for use by any individual who is a member of the Albuquerque ARTCC, and shall serve as a reference for said members. This document is also intended for use by the staff members of the Albuquerque ARTCC in maintaining an entertaining, friendly and fun environment consistent with the goals and visions of VATSIM (Aviate. Educate. Communicate.) All members should be familiar with this document (and all ZAB policies), and should exercise their best judgement when encountering situations not covered by these policies.
Every position within the Albuquerque ARTCC is open on a "first come, first served" basis. If the position a controller wishes to control is already occupied, then another position should be found. Controllers should ahere to the following guidelines regarding position staffing.
Once logged into an active controlling position, it is strongly encouraged that a controller spends at least 30 minutes (but preferrably an hour) signed in.
Controllers wishing to observe network activity shall log in to the network with ZAB_XX_OBS as their callsign, where XX is the operating initials assigned to the controller (listed on the controller roster). Staff members are authorized to log in with the special callsigns below.
The events department at the Albuquerque ARTCC shall periodically plan events which generate an additional level of traffic to and from the ARTCC. Controllers are highly encouraged (but not required) to attend these events. This is often a chance for controllers to advance their controlling skills and be a testament to the abilities of the ARTCC.
Our neighboring ARTCCs appreciate the support of their events by our staffing of relevant positions. Often, Virtual Airlines have fly-ins that they wish to have staffed. The EC shall notify all controllers of neighboring ARTCC or VA events through the ZAB website, forums or Discord. Depending on the size and expected pilot turnout the EC/ATM/DATM may, at their discretion, post a sign-up sheet for these events.
Controllers are expected to ahere to the following items regarding events.
Staff Members are expected to ahere to the following items regarding events.
In order to maintain an active and concise roster of controllers who are experienced and practiced, it is required that all controllers, including visitors, control on a Primary Position (listed below) on the live VATSIM network for no less than 120 minutes combined in a rolling 60 day time period.
The following positions are considered Primary Positions for the purposes of enforcing the above policy:
Controllers with an OBS rating are required to attend at least 1 training session within 60 days of receiving their welcome letter upon joining the ARTCC.
Controllers who fail to meet the above critera will be removed from the ARTCC without prior warning or notification. If the controller was a home controller, they will be placed on an inactive status with VATUSA, and will need to request transfer back into ZAB to be reinstated. If the controller was a visiting controller, they will need to follow the current visitor application process for visiting controlling rights to be reinstated.
Controllers desiring to transfer from inactive or from another ARTCC shall request a transfer to Albuquerque via the VATUSA website. Once accepted, controllers will be required to complete a competency check prior to being given certification to control any major facility within the Albuquerque ARTCC. The ATM or DATM shall have 7 days to accept or deny all requests. Passing exam scores, for the purpose of this section, shall remain valid for a period of ninety (90) days from the date of examination.
Controllers wishing to visit at ZAB shall follow the application process outlined on the ZAB Visitor Application. ZAB does not wish to place undue burden on controllers wishing to visit, and therefore does not have any extraneous requirements to become a visitor.
It is not the desire of the ZAB senior staff to police the members of ZAB. However it is necessary to outline disciplinary processes and procedures so that, should an issue arise, it can be dealt with in a swift manner.
Item A1 in the VATSIM Code of Conduct states "Members should, at all times, be courteous and respectful to one another." This code shall and will be adhered to at all times in all forms of communication at ZAB. Any ZAB member who knowingly harasses another known member for any reason through any form of communication (e.g. forums, email, Skype, Teamspeak, Discord, telephone, chat, telegraph, carrier pidgeon, etc.) will not be tolerated at Albuquerque. Offenders will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the VATSIM CoR, Section VI.
Those who feel they have become victim to any abusive behavior by another VATSIM member should record or log all evidence of such behavior and immediately contact the ATM or DATM. They should not retaliate in any way or they could face the same consequences as the offender.
Members who foster a hostile or disruptive environment through actions and/or words may be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the VATSIM Code of Regulations and Code of Conduct.
Failure to adhere to any of the policies contained herein or any VATUSA/VATSIM policies could result in disciplinary action as follows.
Remember, the goal of VATSIM is to educate and provide realistic simulation of air traffic procedures to pilots and controllers and, most importantly, to provide a fun environment for everyone to enjoy. This is a free service to everyone, and should be respected as such. Your membership is a privilege and not a right.
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