VATUSA Announces Training Academy
Upon joining VATUSA as a controller, students will be automatically enrolled in the academy. While at the academy students will learn the basics of air traffic control, and receive an introduction to the tools they will use while on the job. Once familiar with these concepts, students will then receive hands-on instruction with Delivery, Ground, and Tower Control leading to their first over the shoulder (OTS) exam while at the academy. This hands-on controlling experience in a closed environment will provide students with the practical skills they need prior to joining an Air Traffic Control Center (ARTCC). Once a student has graduated they will select an ARTCC to join, where they will continue their training with localized instruction of the procedures for the specific area.
"The concept of the training academy is a giant step forward for this region", stated VATUSA Director Jeff Turner. "With the time students put forth at the academy they will transition to their selected ARTCC with a high level of experience, in addition to having their voice endorsement. I am proud of my staff and all of the individuals at the ARTCC level who have contributed in getting this program set-up in the past six months."
The complete rollout of the Training Academy is scheduled for the first quarter of 2006. Additional details, including instructor staffing will be provided prior to the official opening of the VATUSA Training Academy.
About VATUSAVATUSA is the governing body within the United States for the Virtual Air Traffic Simulation Network (VATSIM). Overseeing the Air Traffic Control and working as a liaison with Virtual Airlines, VATUSA strives to promote the United States as a flight simulation destination.
The United States consists of 22 Air Traffic Control Centers within four different regions. For detailed information about VATUSA, visit www.vatusa.org