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  1. Recently, Sam Wilson informed me that due to outside commitments he has decided to step down from the role of Technology Systems and Support Manager. I thank him for his time in the role and wish him luck in the future. I am quite happy to say that Adam Hammond has been appointed the role of Systems and Support manager. Adam brings extensive experience from industry and will be able to really excel in the role. He will be looking at managing some of the systems as well as implementing some new platforms. Please join me in congratulating Adam on his new role.
  2. The long awaited transfer of resources to AWS has now been completed. All VATPAC services are now fully running on AWS services. While there were a lot of moving parts involved and a significant amount of changes occurred behind the scenes, a brief overview of the important and noteworthy changes are mentioned in this post. What the changes bring The move to AWS improves the security, privacy and reliability of VATPAC's services. Services have been observed to perform better than before and after a trail with some services, it was deemed that the remaining services will be moved.
  3. It comes with great pleasure that today I announce the appointment of a new member to the IT team. Sam Wilson will be joining the IT team in the newly created role of Systems and Support manager. I have no doubt that his previous experience and enthusiasm for the VATPAC community will serve him well in his new role. Sam will be taking on the role of helping me in managing the VATPAC systems and creating a new structure within the VATPAC IT department (soon to be announced). Sam will also be the key guy for providing support to the community on any IT related issues. Until such time that h
  4. Due to a discord server outage many discord servers are not available at the moment. The VATPAC discord is unfortunately one of them and may be unavailable for the next few hours. We will keep you updated as the situation develops. UPDATE: This seems to be resolved now.
  5. As we endeavor to improve the IT systems at VATPAC, we are upgrading a number of the systems. Although to achieve this, VATPAX needs to be taken offline while we upgrade some systems. VATPAX has been a system that was developed a few years ago now and has had band-aid fix after band-aid fix. It has come to a point where it uses substantial resources and only a few members of the community are using it regularly. This is not the end of VATPAX however, it will be redeveloped to serve the community in a better way overall. VATPAX will be taken offline on Sunday the 23rd of August.
  6. For the upcoming AIRAC2005, the brand new Auto Updater Client will be used. The client is developed by Peter Story and you can check out the details and download it from his post below in anticipation for the upcoming AIRAC.
  7. Recently I received a resignation letter from Liesel Downes from the role of IT Developer. Liesel is leaving the team due to personal commitments and through out the course of being an IT Developer, Liesel has made an enormous contribution to the team on various projects. We wish Liesel well with future endeavors and thank you for your service to VATPAC IT.
  8. One of the goals of the IT Department is to improve transparency in the platforms being developed and what and how personal data is stored. With this in mind, we are announcing the VATPAC profile. This page will be where you can go to find the data stored and used by VATPAC. Generally, this will generally be data sourced from VATSIM SSO but will expand in the future. https://profile.vatpac.org/ NOTE: This does not include forums or academy data. It is solely personal data from the core. If you would like to contribute, the code can be found on the VATPAC GitHub htt
  9. At the request of Dick Tucker VATOCE3: https://www.vatoce.net/documents/2019/Q1/VATOCE_Q1_Report.pdf
  10. The VATPAC IT team is hard at work on numerous projects and in an effort to increase transparency and community engagement we are opening up our projects to the community. This GitHub account houses various projects that are developed for the VATPAC community. We invite you to collaborate, make pull requests and raise issues to improve the quality of the systems on VATPAC. You can run the projects on your local machine with a connection to the Core for the time being but API keys will be implemented in the future to be able to access the Core locally outside VATPAC servers.
  11. Over the past few days, the VATSIM Australia server had been experiencing issues and was intermittently unavailable. After a few modifications to how both the server and the VATPAC web server are managed, we believe to have resolved the issues. More specifically, the connection drops were purely to do with the connection between the server and the outside world. The bandwidth pipe had seemed to be overloaded by other traffic and in an effort to reduce the network traffic, the VATPAC TeamSpeak server is no longer running on the same server as the VATSIM Australia FSD server. Instead
  12. **Update** If you are having issues with the voice servers please try connecting to rw2.vatpac.org.
  13. Over the past few days, VATSIM's Australia based server has been experiencing connection drops. These losses in connection are temporary and only last for about 10 or so seconds before regaining connection. Loss of connection only seems to be occurring once or twice per day at irregular intervals. We are aware of the cause of the issue but due to various constraints, we are forced to look into various alternative solutions. The services affected are as follows: VATSIM Australia Service (both pilot clients and controller clients) VATPAC voice servers (rw1.vatpac.org &
  14. Hello all, Please join me in congratulating @Elliot Parker, @Jamie Ashton, and @Peter Story who have just join the IT Development team. Each of these individuals possesses unique skills that they bring that will prove invaluable to the team.
  15. The VATPAC IT team has a long road ahead with various updates to current systems and new implementations planned. Due to the amount of work we are seeking interest from the community to join the IT team. Being apart of the VATPAC IT team allows you to expand your skill set with the opportunity to work on a diverse range of projects in varying areas in the interest of the betterment of the VATPAC IT systems. Reports to You will report directly to the VATPAC Director IT. Duties Include Assist in the development of web, desktop and back-end based applications that
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