NavCanada recently issued an Aeronautical Information Circular that all controllers should be aware of: AIC 12/21 https://www.navcanada.ca/en/5aic_eng_2021_12.pdf
To summarize, due to operational irregularities that have occurred, controllers cannot create a transition from an open STAR to an RNAV Approach.
(An open STAR is any STAR that does not share a common waypoint with an IFR approach procedure, but usually ends with either a vector or a hold.)
If there is no common waypoint between the approach and the STAR, the controller MUST VECTOR the aircraft towards the final approach course.
As an example, consider an aircraft on the DISCO arrival for CYYJ (Victoria, BC). (All diagrams are posted below.) If the aircraft is planning an ILS to 09, there is no transition point to the ILS 09 that is on the STAR, so the controller MUST vector the airplane to final. Conversely, if the aircraft is planning ILS to 27, LAFFO is on the ILS 27 and thus a controller may clear the aircraft "Cleared ILS Rwy 27, LAFFO transition."
Example of what is not permitted: "After OMINU, direct BRANY, cleared ILS 09." This transition must be made using vectors.
By contrast, many airports are now publishing transitions to the approach, such as CYWG (Winnipeg, MB). If an aircraft is on the BEFAN2 for the ILS 36, note that the waypoint BOTUR is on both procedures, the STAR and the approach. Therefore, a controller can clear an aircraft "Cleared ILS Z Rwy 36, BOTUR transition."
Basically, we cannot create transitions that have not been published.
(Another further aside, and one of the reasons we can't do this, is that turns made at a fix using RNAV cannot exceed 90degrees, whether published or controller made. We cannot issue a direct-to a fix that would require an aircraft to make a greater than 90degree turn to join the next leg of the flight plan or instrument procedure. Published procedure turns and Radius-To-Fix legs are exempt from this limit as they are specifically evaluated for their turn radius.)
I hope I made this explanation fairly clear. please feel free to ask questions if something does not make sense.
Position Vacancy: Vancouver FIR Webmaster
Do you have experience with developing, and maintaining websites? The Vancouver FIR is looking for someone like you! We are currently seeking a webmaster. This job will involve developing, and maintaining the Vancouver FIR's website.
Reports to: CZVR Chief & Deputy Chief
Developing and maintaining the FIRs official website
Maintaining an online presence on the network, and in FIR Discord Channels, VATCAN TeamSpeak, and forum.
Frequently checking and responding to emails as required
Any other duties assigned by the FIR Chief, Deputy Chief, and/or Chief Instructor.
Be an active member of the network, in good standing
Be a member of CZVR, or be willing to transfer
Hold an S1 rating of higher
Experience with Object Orientated Programming (ex: C#, PHP, etc)
Must be proficient with HTML and CSS
Experience working with databases (such as MySQL, MariaDB, MongoDB, etc)
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Willing to attend an interview
Experience working with REST APIs
Experience working with OAuth (OAuth2 preferably)
Experience working with Git
How to apply:
Applications should be submitted to VATCAN7, email@example.com. Please include the following information in your application:
Name, CID, and current FIR
Any examples of previous work (GitHub, GitLab, etc)
Brief summary of your programming experience
Applications will be reviewed by VATCAN7, any applications which pass the initial screening will be contacted for an interview. Candidates will be notified once the position has been filled.
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out via email. The position will remain open until a candidate is found (thread will be updated once the position has been filled).
Note: Don't be afraid to apply! We are not specifically seeking individuals with real-world credentials, and many members in VATCAN, and other divisions on VATSIM in technical roles (such as webmasters) are hobbyists, and enjoy programming on the side.
POSITION VACANCY: Toronto FIR Webmaster
If you have experience with the web, Toronto may be looking for someone like you!
The Toronto FIR is currently seeking a webmaster. This job will mainly involve regular maintenance of the Toronto FIR website, as well as making upgrades when necessary. See further below for more details.
POSITION: Toronto FIR Webmaster
REPORTS TO: Toronto FIR Chief & Deputy FIR Chief
RESPONSIBLE FOR: Managing the Toronto FIR's Web Services, as well as (but not limited to) the following:
- Implementing a new back and front-end structure for the Toronto website
- Maintaining an online presence on the network and in the Toronto Discord, VATCAN TeamSpeak and forum
- Developing, managing and overseeing the Toronto Discord, website and data services
- Responding quickly to website and data system needs
- Developing and implementing policies and procedures for operation and maintenance of the FIR web and data systems.
- Frequently checking and responding to emails in a timely matter
- Selecting assistants as required
- Other duties as assigned by the FIR Chief, Deputy FIR Chief or Chief Instructor
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: The successful applicant should meet the following minimum standards:
- Be an active member of the network in good standing
- Be a member of Toronto, or willing to transfer upon selection
- Hold an S2 rating or higher
- Must be proficient with but not limited to; PHP, HTML, MySQL, CSS, etc.
- Excellent written and communication skills
- Able to attend an interview
- Possession of a high degree of commitment and motivation
- Familiarity with APIs for other applications (Google, Twitter, etc.)
- Leadership, managerial, or supervisory experience
Applications should be submitted to the Toronto FIR Chief, firstname.lastname@example.org Please include the following in your application:
Name, email address and CID
Examples of previous work (ex. GitHub)
Summary of previous experience with PHP, MySQL, or other related projects
Examples of any leadership, managerial, or supervisory experience (if applicable)
Successful candidates will be contacted for an interview. All candidates will be notified if/when a selection is made.
I kindly ask all applications be submitted no later than June 6th 2021 at 2359Z
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