Kuwait vACC PolicyCategory: vACC Policy | Kuwait vACC Policy
vACC Policy v1.0
Note: KWvACC is not in anyway affiliated with the real Kuwait FIR or do the real Kuwaiti authorities endorse it. This document and any further mentioned information is intended for virtual usage on the VATSIM network ONLY. This document is NOT to be used for any real world procedures and/or operations.
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Kuwait vACC (KWvACC) is the Kuwaiti representation on the VATSIM network. KWvACC has the aim of providing high quality ATC services throughout the Kuwaiti Airspace within the VATSIM Network, offering crucial information and help for virtual air traffic. KWvACC also provides optional training for its pilots and obligatory training for its controllers. KWvACC and its services are NOT affiliated with the actual Kuwait FIR or any governing aviation body.
1.2 Type and Ownership (legal-wise)
KWvACC is a non-monetary organization with no financial income. Membership is free at all times. KWvACC is owned jointly by its active ATC members, under the operational responsibility of its active director. It is in no way affiliated with ANY real-life organization.
1.3 Type and Ownership (VATSIM-wise)
KWvACC is a vACC under VATME (VATSIM Middle-East Division), which lies under the VATAME (VATSIM Africa & Middle East) Region.
1.4 Material Copyrights
All materials (documents, images, files, programs or similar) produced specifically for KWvACC, become the ownership of KWvACC unless specifically noted at the time the material is made available. The person providing the material shall inform KWvACC of any possible problems regarding copyright at the time the material is provided to KWvACC or as soon as this is discovered.
KWvACC shall maintain the following positions to ensure the proper operations of the division. Only full division members may be appointed as Kuwait vACC staff. A member of staff that leaves the division is automatically removed from their staff role(s). Division Staff shall participate in the decision-making process and development of Kuwait vACC.
ACCKW1 vACC Director
ACCKW2 vACC Deputy Director
ACCKW1: Director Office (represented by ACCKW1) The KWvACC Director office represents KWvACC internally and externally. When a new director is to be hired, a suitable candidate for ACCKW1 should be elected by the staff and presented to the division director to agree upon. ACCKW1 handles all of the day-to-day operations of the vACC.
ACCKW2: Deputy Director Office (represented by ACCKW2) The deputy director responsibility is to help ACCKW1 in his duties and to represent ACCKW1 when on leave or unavailable. ACCKW2 has all the authorities, rights and obligations of ACCKW1, when ACCKW1 is on leave or unavailable.
3.1 Membership levels
KWvACC recognizes the following membership levels:
3.2 Definition of the different membership levels
Members classified as pilots are members who have Kuwait as their home division on the VATSIM CERT System, and who would like to be KWvACC members.
3.2.2 Home Controllers
Members classified as Home Controllers are members who have Kuwait as their home division on the VATSIM CERT System, and who would like to control in the Kuwaiti Airspace. Members with talent and the desire to become Air Traffic Controllers are eligible for training in accordance with VATSIM rules and regulations. Controllers wishing to control in Kuwait are required to submit a request to the KWvACC staff. It is the department’s responsibility to update the Member status to a Home Controller.
3.2.3 Visiting Controllers
KWvACC allows controllers from other divisions to control in the Kuwaiti Airspace. Controllers wishing to control in Kuwait are required to submit a request to the KWvACC staff. Visiting Controller may not conduct any ATC examination for rating upgrades. Visiting Controllers do not have the right to vote, in vACC wide polls.
3.3 Start of Membership
KWvACC membership begins with a member’s enrolment KWvACC upon own request. Application emails should be sent to the appropriate department (controllers/pilot). An application must include all related information and in particular, an applicant must state his complete name and VATSIM ID, the applicant must also indicate which type of membership (Home Controller, Visiting Controller or Pilot) he is applying to. Enrolment may only be denied with a valid reason, which should be presented to the KWvACC staff by the denying organ, yet the denying organ do not need to explain the reason to the applicant.
3.4 Termination of Membership
A KWvACC membership is terminated by a member’s resignation or his exclusion from KWvACC. A member’s resignation becomes effective with reception of the member’s notice of resignation by the staff. The declaration has to be made using text form. A member may be excluded from KWvACC by a staff decision, if the member has severely or persistently violated KWvACC or VATSIM rules. VATSIM membership remains unaffected. The affected KWvACC member has the right to appeal against the decision. The appeal can be only approved by a staff decision.
3.5 Rights and Obligations of a Home Controller/Pilot
Membership of KWvACC is a privilege and not a right. KWvACC staff reserves the right to refuse an application if the attitude of the applicant is considered not compatible with KWvACC and/or its division /region or VATSIM regulations. Every KWvACC member has the right to use KWvACC services within the limits of the currently valid VATSIM and KWvACC regulations. All members are obliged to mutual consideration, esteem and respect for each other. Every member has to behave in a way that no other KWvACC or VATSIM member may be precluded or detracted from using VATSIM or KWvACC services. Home controllers must control for at least twenty-five hours, quarterly (per 3 calendar months). Time spent online (Sweatbox server excluded) by KWvACC mentors and/or KWvACC examiners whilst fulfilling mentor or examiner duties also counts as active ATC time. An Observer is not an operational position and thus does not count. In case a controller is inactive or has not completed the minimum controlling hours for four consecutive calendar months, he has to consult the vACC staff in order to regain controller privileges. The member will be warned after the passage of three months of inactivity and will be asked to state his situation. Home Controllers have the right to request a leave for a maximum of two calendar months per request. An approved leave relives the controller from the minimum controlling hours, for the requested leave months. A member may staff an air traffic control position only if he has been rated accordingly in the respective KWvACC database. Restrictions made by VATSIM remain unaffected. A member may be excluded from the use of all or some KWvACC services for a period of up to one month by a staff decision, if the member has violated KWvACC or VATSIM rules. If possible, the affected member shall be heard before the decision is made. The affected KWvACC member has the right to file a complaint against the decision. The cancellation of the temporary exclusion can only be done, by a staff decision. Members are to file any complaints to the staff ONLY, to avoid public argues. Members must accept advice from more experienced members.
3.6 Rights and Obligations of a Visiting Controller
A visiting member must submit to the KWvACC and VATSIM rules, reply to all KWvACC-related mails, and to keep the KWvACC administration aware of any changes made to his email address. A member’s visiting status may be withdrawn partly or completely by staff decision at any time. The decision has to be announced to the member using text form. A visiting member must control for at least sixteen hours, quarterly (per 3 calendar months). An Observer is not an operational position and thus does not count. In case a controller is inactive or has not completed the minimum controlling hours for four consecutive calendar months, he has to consult the vACC staff in order to regain controller privileges. The member will be warned after the passage of three months of inactivity and will be asked to state his situation. Visiting Controllers have the right to request a leave for a maximum of two calendar months per request. An approved leave relives the controller from the minimum controlling hours for the requested leave months. Guest members are to file any complaints to the staff ONLY, to avoid public argues. Members must accept advice from more experienced members.
4. Member Training
Any member wishing to receive ATC training shall contact the vACC staff to arrange for his/her training. ATC training at KWvACC is subject to all relevant rules determined by VATSIM and VATME policies. Training shall be provided to home members only and on a first-come first-served basis.
Training consists of two phases, theoretical and practical and is conducted via the VATME TS server. Upon completing the theoretical phase satisfactorily, the practical phase is carried out using the VATSIM Sweatbox server and/or online with active traffic depending on the skill level of the candidate.
For ATC rating upgrades, the candidate must pass a theoretical exam and a practical exam (CPT). Theoretical exams are to be assigned via the VATME HQ and practical exams are arranged at times suitable to both the candidate and the instructor and is usually in the form of a pre-advertised online event.
At the present time, KWvACC does not provide any pilot training. Members wishing to receive such training are welcome to join any VATSIM ATO to train and obtain pilot ratings.