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  • Overview

    If you enjoy being online then you may want to consider becoming ATC. Becoming ATC will open up new online opportunities for you, and increase your online participation and online satisfaction. As ATC you provide a service to others so it is much better if you already have experienced online as a Pilot/Observer before undertaking this more demanding role.

    Time online as a pilot is valuable since it helps you to understand the needs of pilots, and prepares you for when you eventually take on the ATC role.

    As a general guideline, if you are new to the online environment and have no real-world aviation qualification then before applying for assessment.:

    • you must have a minimum of 50 hours total on-line as a Pilot/Observer; and
    • you must have a minimum of 20 hours online meaningfully observing ATC.

    You can study for the Tower Rating assessment while you are flying online and familiarizing yourself with the online aviation environment. The amount of pre-assessment study required is typically only a few hours but will depend on your current knowledge and previous experience.

    If you demonstrate an ability to learn and progress rapidly then you may well complete certain levels in fewer hours than is normally recommended.

    Progression through the ratings is driven largely at your own pace and you should typically spend at least 50 hours consolidating your knowledge at each level. This means the entire process to obtain your Tower, TMA & Enroute ratings can be completed in about 6 months. 

    In all instances, the emphasis during the assessment will be on your demonstrated knowledge and skill rather than hours spent online.It is better to take your time and be well-prepared, there is no need to rush.
     

    Connecting to VATSIM as an observer using VATSys

    VATSys is the reccommended controller client for observing and controlling within VATPAC Airspace.  Information on how to connect and setup VATSys for observing can be found here.
     

    Studying for the Tower rating

    Moodle is a training system designed to assist you in preparing for your Tower rating. It guides you through each step of the process; from understanding each assessment competency to explaining key aviation concepts and providing small research tasks to help you consolidate your learning.

    Its modular design means that you can work at your own pace and study small sections at a time to avoid information overload. Along the way you will find diagrams, links to real-world documentation and even audio samples so you can familiarise yourself with " ATC speak".

    All the information you need is contained in or linked to Moodle. It is a one-stop shop for training that saves you from wasting valuable time scouring the internet for information!

    Access the ATC Academy Here
     

    Assessment

    The purpose of the assessment is to evaluate your competency against the minimum requirements of the Tower rating. These requirements are set by VATSIM and everyone is assessed against the same criteria to ensure consistency and fairness in the assessment process. 

    You will be assessed using two methods. The first is a multiple-choice/short-answer quiz, which covers the theoretical aspects of the Tower rating. It is marked automatically so you will know your result as soon as you finish. Once you have passed the quiz you will take a short practical checkride using a simulated session on the VATSIM training server. 

    The purpose of the checkride is two-fold. It gives you the chance to put into practice some of the skills you have learnt during your preparation and build up your confidence in operating an ATC position without the pressure of real pilots waiting on your instructions. At the same time, it allows your assessor to ensure that you are competent in a practical environment before they sign you off. 

    The assessment is not designed to trick you or catch you out, so there is no need to worry. You will only be assessed on the competencies specified by VATSIM, so if you follow the study guide you will be well prepared for success!

    For more information, please contact the training department by email.

  • Procedural Tower Overview

    Welcome to the Procedural Tower module. This module is an optional course that will give you an insight into the procedures associated with the role of a procedural tower controller.

    The VATSIM Global Ratings Policy now requires a Tower Controller to demonstrate competencies additional to those associated with the Tower Rating, prior to controlling at a Procedural Tower. Procedural Towers are listed in the Airspace section of the VATPAC website.  

    • Tower (S2) Controllers are not authorised to control these specially listed positions until they have demonstrated competency in this module.  
    • TMA (S3) Controllers or above may control these positions at any time, however, it is highly recommended to complete this module to enable you to provide the best possible service to pilots. This course provides the training and assessment necessary to obtain a Procedural Tower endorsement as a Tower (S2) Controller.
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    Towers located at regional airports including Albury, Alice Springs, Broome, Coffs Harbour, Hamilton Island, Hobart, Karratha, Launceston, Mackay, Rockhampton, Sunshine Coast and Tamworth own a significant amount of airspace. Although some are fitted with a radar display, this is not approved for separation. Instead, traffic must be processed using procedural methods.

    Studying for the Procedural Tower endorsements

    Moodle is a training system designed to assist you in preparing for your Procedural Tower endorsements. It guides you through each step of the process; from understanding each assessment competency to explaining key aviation concepts and providing small research tasks to help you consolidate your learning.

    Its modular design means that you can work at your own pace and study small sections at a time to avoid information overload. Along the way you will find diagrams, links to real-world documentation and even audio samples so you can familiarise yourself with " ATC speak".

    All the information you need is contained in or linked to Moodle. It is a one-stop shop for training that saves you from wasting valuable time scouring the internet for information!

    Access the ATC Academy Here
     

    Assessment

    There is no practical assessment. All assessments are done through the moodle and are theory-based. 

    For more information, please contact the training department by email.

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