VATME Events - Open Airspace Exceptions Policy

Category: Events | Middle East Division Policy


In an effort to increase activity, the VATME Division Director (VATME1) has created this policy to allow exceptions to certain controllers ("visiting ATC") to control in an area within the VATME division without having formal approvals for the area. This policy takes effect only during events affecting the VATME division and during no other times.

For the purposes of this policy, the term "visiting ATC" differs from the general definition of a "visiting ATC" used in other parts of VATSIM. A "visiting ATC" is any member in the VATME division, resident or visitor, controlling an area that they do not formally have approvals for (i.e. does not have approvals for that vACC on their VATME HQ profile page).



Only members rated C1 (Controller) or higher in the VATME division (resident or visitor) are considered "visiting ATC" if they do not have approvals for the area they wish to control.



Visiting ATC meeting the eligibility requirements above are given exceptions in the VATME division to provide ATC services during events for areas that the majority of event traffic will fly through, provided...

  • Approval only during event time (must log off within 30mins after the event ends)
  • Local ATC have priority over any visiting ATC
  • If Local ATC comes online or is available, the visiting ATC must log off


Event Notification

Any events in VATME should involve ALL vACCs that the event will affect (the origin, destination, and any vACCs the traffic will fly through) from the start of planning. The vACC event staff in VATME should make sure to contact any other vACCs in VATME that aircraft will be flying through at least 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE at the latest! The affected vACCs will need to email and let their members know about the event so that local ATC will have a chance to come online.



Example 1

An event is occuring between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) vACC and with Greece vACC. Majority of the traffic will be flying through Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and UAE vACCs. If any of the 4 vACCs (Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, or UAE) does not have enough controllers to provide full service ATC on any positions, then a visiting ATC may control the position without requiring any approvals or permissions from any other persons.

Example 2

An event is occuring between India vACC to Jordan vACC. The majority of the traffic is expected to fly through Oman, Iran, UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Jordan vACCs in VATME. If any of the vACCS in VATME are short on controllers for any of their overflying CTRs then any visiting ATC in VATME may go online on the CTR positions in Oman, Iran, UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait vACCs OR any position that is needed in Jordan vACC.

Example 3

An event is occuring between Egypt and Bahrain. The majority of the traffic will be flying through Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain vACC. A visiting ATC has taken CTR for Saudi Arabia vACC and is currently controlling the position. However, in the middle of the event an ATC that is approved on the HQ for CTR in Saudi Arabia vACC is available. The visiting ATC must coordinate and release control of the CTR position to the approved CTR ATC. The visiting ATC must then find a different position in the event to take.



A few considerations must be taken for this policy to be effective, organized, and civil...

  • Be kind and courteous to fellow members at all times. Any issues should be referred to this policy or the VATME Division Director.
  • ALWAYS review the proper resources (charts, sector files, and SOPs) for the area that you wish/will be controlling prior to logging online at the position. The vACC websites can be found at
  • ALWAYS coordinate before logging on or off a position with any other position that may be affected. NEVER log on directly onto a position. Log on as an observer on the network and first observe the traffic in the area and coordinate with any other ATC in the area over Teamspeak or private chat.
  • VATSIM GRP 4.4.1: "Graduated controller ratings are essential within the VATSIM on-line environment since on-line ATC shall provide a 'top-down' service and whenever traffic load permits cover for any missing control positions beneath them; this applies to all control positions from CTR down". Hence if you are controlling CTR and have heavy traffic load, however, an aircraft comes online at the ground level, priority should be given to traffic at the CTR level.



Any queries regarding this policy should be directed to the VATME Division Director or their designee(s) by submitting a support ticket to the VATME Division Staff at