Training

General information

In order to become a vATCO in the Greek virtual airspace you will have to be a member of the Hellenic virtual ACC. During sign-in in VATSIM you will be asked to choose a region/division. Choose Europe – Europe (except UK) and then Hellenic vACC/vARTCC.

It should be noted that with your initial rating (“Pilot/Obs”) you will be able to connect as an “observer” and not as an active vATCO. In order to become the latter you will have to enroll in an ATC Class and pass many theoretical and practical tests, during which and taking into account the VATSIM (GRP) and VATEUD policies (VATEUD is the European portion of VATSIM) your rating will upgrade to S1 (Tower Trainee – TWR), S2 (Tower – TWR), S3 (TMA – APP/DEP), C1 (Enroute – CTR) and C3 (Senior Controller). VATEUD provides extensive information concerning ATC training.

vATCO training – Prerequisites

In order to become a vATCO you must have virtual-simulation experience. This has to do primarily with the knowledge of the programs used by vPilots to connect to VATSIM (Squawkbox and FSINN), in order to be able to understand what happens on the “other side” and possibly deal with some simulator-related problems.

Furthermore, because VATSIM is a worldwide organization, knowledge of English is imperative in order to be able to interact with foreign virtual pilots and ATCOs.

Understanding Greek is strongly recommended when controlling in Greece, both in oral and written form (in greek or latin characters), e.g. for the following reasons:

  • Being able to issue ATC instructions
  • Understand pilot requests or readbacks
  • Handle potential emergencies

The ability to understand/follow the Controller discussions on the forum is also advised.

Last of all, as a vATCO you will have to study hard ATC theory and learn extensively one of the programs used for vATC, EuroScope or VRC.

Major airport

HvACC has only one Major Airport (as described in the “Global Ratings Policy”), LGAV – Athens, El. Venizelos.

Any controller wishing to control at LGAV must take an Over-The-Shoulder (OTS) check in the Athens TMA following the procedures set by the HvACC staff.

Training procedure

HvACC organizes vATCO classes, with a duration of 2 months.
HvACC announces the starting dates in the forum in order to receive applications.

Each lesson is usually divided into three parts: ATC theory, on-line practice, and lesson debriefing.
The lessons are carried out in Greek.

Thessaloniki (LGTS) airport has been selected as HvACC ATC Training Airport.