Gulf Flight Service Station Policy

Category: Divisional ATC Policy | Middle East Division Policy

SUBJECT: VATSIM Middle East (VATME) - Gulf Flight Service Station [FSS] Policy

EFFECTIVE DATE: 30th of September 2018

SCOPE: Outlines the general policy on the operation of GULF & Requirements for applying.


Contents

  1. Purpose
  2. Roles & Responsibilities
  3. Distribution
  4. GULF Controller Information
    1. Controller Requirements
  5. GULF Operating Standards

Purpose

1.1 This policy defines the general GULF Flight Service Station requirements & Standard Operating Procedures for the general public.


Roles & Responsibilities

2.1. The Office of the Divisional ATC Training Director is in charge of maintaining this Policy. This Policy shall be maintained, revised, updated or terminated by VATME4 - Divisional ATC Training Director. Any suggestions / modifications shall be sent to VATME4 for review.


Distribution

3.1. This Policy is intended for members willing to apply for the GULF_FSS position and already existing members.


GULF Control Requirements

4.1 GULF_FSS, callsign "Gulf Control"  is a Flight Service Station [FSS] established to bring increased coverage over the Middle East for Upper and Lower Information Region areas. GULF will typically cover the following FIRs:

  • ORBB - Iraq
  • OSTT - Syria
  • OLBB - Lebanon
  • OJAC - Jordan
  • OKAC - Kuwait
  • OBBB - Bahrain & Qatar
  • OMAE - United Arab Emirates
  • OIIX - Iran
  • OOMM - Oman
  • OYSC - Yemen
  • OEJD - Saudi Arabia
  • HECC - Egypt

4.2  Before applying for Gulf Control please take a moment to read through the information provided such as our Requirements, Gulf Operations, and Procedures. Applicants are expected to have the thorough knowledge of the way Gulf Control Operates prior to summiting their application via Support ticket.

  • Be either a Resident or Visiting Controller in an ACTIVE vACC within VATSIM Middle East;
  • Hold a permanent rating of Enroute Controller (C1) or above;
  • Qualify for a “Special Endorsement” as specified in the Global Rating Policy (GRP) including a minimum of 50 hours online as a Center controller (XXXX_CTR) holding a Controller (C1) rating on any ACTIVE vACC such as U.A.E, Bahrain, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt. Do note we will not combine hours on two or more different positions, Example 25 Hours on OMAE_CTR + 25 Hours on OBBB_CTR.
  • VATSIM Middle East does not have a training department for GULF_FSS. Applicants are expected to have significant experience on their local CTRs prior applying for GULF_FSS. All Applicants go through an induction session for a small check-ride.

If you meet the above requirements send a support ticket to “Middle East Division Staff” with the following:

  • Your Full Name
  • Your VATSIM ID
  • Your Permanent VATSIM Rating (This doesn't include SUP/ADM)
  • Any Additional Ratings you hold such as I1, I3, SUP or ADM
  • Your previous controlling experience which might be relevant to controlling our FSS position
  • How much time are you able to commit to GULF_FSS?
  • Amount of hours on a single CTR position in the Middle East. Please include the Callsign

NOTE: Do note that VATSIM Middle East reserves the right to remove the Gulf Endorsement if the controller has not controlled at least 6 hours in a Quarter of the year.


GULF Operating Standards

5.1 A controller with a valid Gulf Endorsement will log on GULF_FSS at all times. GULF_W_FSS or GULF_E_FSS may be opened during events and/or if two controllers agree to split operations. GULF_FSS will cover all of the FIRs mentioned above. GULF_W_FSS will cover the following:

  • HECC - Egypt
  • OJAC - Jordan
  • OSTT - Syria
  • OLBB - Lebanon
  • OEJD - Saudi Arabia
  • OYSC - Yemen

Meanwhile, GULF_E_FSS will cover:

  • OIIX - Iran
  • ORBB - Iraq
  • OKAC - Kuwait
  • OBBB - Bahrain & Qatar
  • OMAE - United Arab Emirates
  • OOMM - Oman

When going online you will cover the above mentioned FIRs depending on the position you have logged onto. Typically you will cover anything above FL155, however, the controller may Provide Approach/Departure services if the controller has sufficient knowledge on the FIR meaning if the controller wishes to they do Top-Down ONLY at FIRs they are approved for on their HQ profiles if a controller is caught abusing this rule their endorsement will be removed. If a local CTR position comes online the CTR controller will have full jurisdiction over their FIR and GULF will no longer own it as part of their sector.