Sometimes it is far quicker, far easier and much more fun to actually speak to someone directly and the VATPAC Discord server may just resolve that for you.
VATPAC hosts a Discord server which is available to members 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is an essential tool for coordinating with adjacent controllers, mentoring sessions, enjoying group flights together or simply having a chat. It is a great resource which is well used by the division. And best of all, like all other VATSIM services, it's completely free.
1. Go to the Discord Website and download the client appropriate for your operating system.
The Teamspeak & Discord policy, located under the About -> Policies section outlines the requirements and expectations of users that are connected to the Discord.
Although our Discord layout may seem a little confusing at first, it's actually laid out in a very simple way. If you follow this simple guide to our different rooms, you will familiarize yourself with the layout very quickly.
All members enter this room when first connecting to the server. If your identity hasn't been verified, you will be unable to move from this channel. This channel is text only.
These rooms can be used for general chat, group flights, controlling sessions and socialising. There are no entry restrictions to these rooms, but please respect the Teamspeak & Discord Policy at all times. The Daily Focus room is used each night for different events that occur such as Milk Run, Australia Online, World Discovery and VFR Operations.
The support channels are for members to either ask for support in text (by using the designated support text channel) or for members to assist each other over voice in the Help Room voice channel.
These rooms are available for coordination only. They are accessible by those with an ATC rating, so don't be alarmed if you can't access them. Push to talk is required in these rooms. Only members controlling a relevant position may enter. No chat or music.
These rooms are for ATC training and are only accessible by the training staff and their students.
The Inactive Channel is for members who have been idle for 30 minutes or more. Discord will automatically move them to this room where voice is disabled.