ZOB ARTCC FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Constructed 2 FEB.2017


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What does, ZOB and ARTCC stand for?
-ARTCC means (Air Route Traffic Control Center), each ARTCC is responsible for a designated area of airspace within the United States of America. Every ARTCC in the U.S. has an associated 3-letter designator (for domestic use) beginning with the letter "Z" that is used as a code name for that facility. Cleveland ARTCC designator is (ZOB)



Where does ZOB (Cleveland) ARTCC structure fall under?
-ZOB ARTCC falls under VATUSA, VATUSA is a division of VATSIM North America (VATNA) is a region of the VATSIM network. VATNA also includes the following divisions, VATSIM Canada (VATCAN), VATSIM Caribbean (VATCAR), and VATSIM Mexico (VATMEX).


What is VATSIM?
-The Virtual Air Traffic Simulation (VATSIM) network is an online community created for enthusiasts of flight simulation and air traffic control. You can find more info on the VATSIM home page.


What Rules does ZOB ARTCC follow?
-ZOB ARTCC follows rules laid out under the ZOB ARTCC Operations Policies, these rules and policies are required to meet, but may exceed minimum requirements of VATUSA policies. ZOB ARTCC Rules and Policies also fall under and are in accordance with the rules and policies of VATUSA. VATUSA policies govern the day-to-day operations of the United States domestic airspace and associated air traffic facilities. VATUSA rules and policies also fall under and are in accordance with the rules and policies of the VATSIM network. The VATSIM Founders have ownership rights and operational privileges over the VATSIM network. All ZOB initiated policies shall be in compliance with the VATSIM Code of Conduct (CoC), the VATSIM Code of Regulations (CoR), and the VATSIM Global Rating Policy (GRP), these policies can be found on the VATSIM website under the Documents TAB.


Who administrates ZOB ARTCC?
-ZOB ARTCC is managed by three main Staff members, The Air Traffic Manager (ATM), who serves as the senior staff member and is responsible for the oversight and administration of the ARTCC. The Deputy Air Traffic Manager (DATM) who serves as an assistant to the ATM and assists with the oversight and administration. And the Training Administrator (TA) who serves as the lead instructor and is responsible for overseeing the development of Training Procedures and Instructor/Mentor core of the facility.


What are the activity requirements needed to join ZOB ARTCC?
-1. All new controllers must take the ZOB SOP Exam within 30-days of joining the ARTCC and pass with an 80% or better.
2. All new controllers must request training and connect to the network as an OBS within 30-days of joining the ARTCC.
3. The ATM/DATM has discretion to allow extra time (no greater than 15 days) in documented extenuating circumstances.
4. If any of the above conditions are not met, the new controller may be removed from the roster.
5. If the controller does not log onto the network within 30 days of joining ZOB, the controller may be removed from the roster.


What is a Home Controller?
-A Home Controller is defined as being permanently assigned by VATUSA to the ZOB roster and the controller is a controller with a minimum rating of Observer (OBS).


What is the Required Activity to remain a ZOB controller?
-1. All new controllers must take the ZOB SOP Exam within 30-days of joining the ARTCC and pass with an 80% or better.
2. All new controllers must request training and connect to the network as an OBS within 30-days of joining the ARTCC.
3. The ATM/DATM has discretion to allow extra time (no greater than 15 days) in documented extenuating circumstances.
4. If any of the above conditions are not met, the new controller may be removed from the roster.
5. If the controller does not log onto the network within 30 days of joining ZOB, the controller may be be removed from the roster.


Are there any certification requirements?
-Yes, All controllers, including visiting controllers, must have completed all major endorsements before requesting training for a CLE_CTR position in order to be compliant with the VATSIM “top-down” policy.


Does ZOB ARTCC Provide Training to meet requirements?
-Yes, ZOB ARTCC provides training which at the minimum meet or exceed all VATSIM and VATUSA training and (GRP) rating requirements. All training is administered by the approved training staff and overseen by the Training Administrator (TA).


What is the GRP?
-The GRP is the VATSIM (Global Rating Policy), Each Regional Director shall ensure that all training departments and those responsible for rating assessment within their region align their controller ratings to the following Air Traffic Service (ATS) scheme covering the six (6) standard VATSIM controller positions namely; DEL, GND, TWR, APP, DEP and CTR. Further information on the VATSIM GRP can be found on the VATSIM Website under the Documents Tab.