VATSIM - VATSIM EUROPE - PORTUGAL VACC
CODE OF REGULATIONS
[Edition VII, Amendment 0112 - 18 May 2012]
Article 1. Members
1.2 Rights and duties
1.3 Training and instruction
Article 2. Staff
2.1. Board of Directors
Article 3. Controllers
3.4. Position Occupancy rules
3.6. Airport Classification and Requirements
Article 4. Amendments
Article 1. Members
1.1.1. All persons who have completed thirteen (13) years of age on the date of enrolment may be members of Portugal vACC. (CoR A1 §1.01 A)
1.1.2. Members must agree with the VATSIM Code of Conduct, VATSIM Code of Regulations and the VATSIM User Agreement. (CoR A1 §1.01 E)
1.1.3. Active ATCs enrolled in Portugal vACC shall make available at least ten (10) hours per period of two (2) months for service in Virtual Air Traffic Control.
1.1.4. Enrolment in Portugal vACC implies agreement with the rating upgrade procedure imposed by VATSIM. (CoR A1 §1.01 G)
1.1.5. Written and spoken fluency in Portuguese and English.
1.2. Rights and Duties
1.2.1. All ATCs enrolled in Portugal vACC shall accept and control in one of the 10 ATC Units available which have a vacancy, considering the restrictions imposed by paragraph 1.4 of this Article.
1.2.2. The ATC shall cooperate in the operation and maintenance of the airspace, completing the shifts to which he/she has agreed upon. Controllers that do not staff positions regularly shall be removed from the active controller roster.
1.2.3. Respect the rules for composition of the sector indicators, as explained in Article 3 of this Code of Regulations.
1.2.4. Maintain composure and civility under any circumstance that may occur. (CoR A1 §1.01 F) (CoC A 1)
1.2.5. All ATCs shall ALWAYS make voice ATC communications available, notwithstanding written communications which are optional. (CoC C)
1.2.6. Upon the occurrence of a situation of violation of the VATSIM Code of Conduct, VATSIM Code of Regulations, VATSIM User Agreement, VATSIM-EUR Region Policy and/or VATSIM-EUR Division Policy, the ATC shall deal with the situation as soon as possible and, if required, call a Supervisor.
1.2.7. If a ATC observes an illegal situation involving another member of Portugal vACC or a pilot within Portuguese airspace, he/she shall inform the respective FIR Director, including the following data in the report: user ID of party; callsign, time/date, description of occurrence, measures taken, other observations (Supervisor contacted, etc)
1.2.8. All ATCs shall comply with Operational Orders and NOTAMs published in the Portugal vACC website.
1.3. Training and Instruction
1.3.1. Training sessions shall be made available by Training Department, where the ATCs shall participate in order to familiarise themselves with the ATC environment.
1.3.2. The ATC Training Department may, at any time, consider necessary that a ATC undergoes a training session.
1.3.3. All ATCs shall obtain approval in the form of a written and/or practical test, for the rating that they intend to achieve.
126.96.36.199. Rating certifications can be issued by vACC Director or ATC Training Director.
188.8.131.52. Exception made for LPPS and LPCS
aerodromes, which are designated Minor Aerodromes. All other aerodromes are
designated Major Aerodromes.
1.3.4. The following members are qualified by VATEUD as examiners and may supervise a CPT up to Senior Controller Level: Daniel Gomes (810882 Instructor/Supervisor); Miguel Frias (1107190 Instructor/Supervisor); arco Gonçalves (884178 Senior Controller/Supervisor); Pedro Azevedo (983333 Senior Controller); André Silva (881829 Senior Controller).
1.3.5. Mentors are volunteers, that help other less experienced controllers in whatever they need, as long as duly accepted and certified by the respective FIR Director, ATC Training Director or General
1.4.1. By imposition of VATSIM-EUR, ATCs with Tower Controller rating may not enroll and control in CTR or FSS Lisboa ACC (LPPC) and Santa Maria OACC (LPPO).
1.4.2. ATCs may only control in the airports and ratings for which they are certified, unless for training purposes, if supervised by a Mentor, FIR Director or ATC Training Director.
1.4.3. In the case of an Event, shift or other system which reserves an ATC position for a controller, such position shall be left or made open as soon as the ATC enters for service.
1.5.1. Visiting ATCs are considered to be those who, belonging to another Region, Division or vACC, request authorisation for control in Portuguese airspace.
1.5.2. After the request is received, the Training Department shall convene with the appropriate mentor and only then will a decision for approval be made.
1.5.3. All Visiting ATCs shall be bound by the rules in force of this Code of Regulations, VATSIM Code of Conduct, VATSIM Code of Regulations, VATSIM User Agreement, VATSIM-EUR Region Policy and VATEUD Divisional Policy.
1.5.4. Portugal vACC reserves the right to admit only S3 or higher rated ATCs. The purpose for visiting controlling is that of using the previously achieved rating to perform ATC functions. Portugal vACC will merely ensure local procedures are enforced and passed on to the controller.
1.6.1. Pilots may register as active members of Portugal vACC, as long as in
good status of membership of VATSIM complying with paragraph 1 of this article.
1.6.2. Pilots shall not be involved in Portugal vACC management, or be able to vote under any circumstances.
Article 2. Staff
2.1. Board of Directors
2.1.1. The Board of Directors is composed of ATCs with valid enrolment in VATSIM and duly registered in Portugal vACC, with rating higher or equal to TMA Controller; members may accumulate responsibilities.
184.108.40.206. At least one member from each Flight Information Region (FIR) must be part of the Board of Directors.
220.127.116.11. Each FIR Director must be a member of the Board of Directors.
2.1.2. Each Department is maintained by at least one Director. If a member accumulates two positions, he/she shall use the lowest callsign.
2.1.3. The Board shall convene at least once every two months, with the content of said meetings being open for distribution. The Board shall convene with the Hierarchy at least once every six months. In these meetings a sufficient number of Directors shall be present to make up a majority over the total number of members that make up the Board.
2.1.4. The Board of Directors may nominate committees composed of other elements enrolled in Portugal vACC, with predefined duties and validity which represent and work in the interests of the Board.
2.1.5. The Board is composed of the following departments and members:
18.104.22.168. General Director; Coordinates all functions of Portugal vACC, including management, coordination and conflict resolution of members; Has callsign ACCPT1.
22.214.171.124. ATC Training Director; Instructs and maintains updated the ATCs' knowledge level; Has callsign ACCPT2.
126.96.36.199. Pilot Training Director; Instructs pilots; Has callsign ACCPT3;
188.8.131.52. Events and Public Relations Director; Responsible for public relations, communication and coordination of events. Has callsign ACCPT4.
184.108.40.206. Lisboa FIR Director (FIRLIS); Responsible for administration of Lisboa FIR, as well as all airports within, maintaining and coordinating the required operations; Has callsign ACCPT5.
220.127.116.11. Santa Maria FIR Director (FIRSMA); Responsible for administration of Santa Maria FIR, as well as airports within, maintaining and coordinating the required operations; Has callsign ACCPT6.
18.104.22.168. Webmaster; Responsible for maintaing the website
and technological services running under
terms specified by each staff member.; Has callsign ACCPT7.
2.2.1. The Hierarchy of Portugal vACC is made up of collaborators, Directors and General Director.
2.2.2. It is the duty of the Hierarchy, to maintain, coordinate and assist the ATCs.
2.2.3. The Unit Chiefs of Staff are ATCs nominated by the Board who accept these duties and have a rating of TMA Controller or above.
2.2.4. Any mentor or controller shall, whenever necessary, report any problem, idea or suggestion firstly to the FIR Director and only then to the respective Director to which the case pertains.
2.2.5. The ATC Training Director shall monitor his/her ATCs, controlling the requirements of Portugal vACC for example, regarding the minimum hours controlled.
2.2.6. The Hierarchy may nominate committees made up of other elements enrolled in Portugal vACC with predefined duties and validity, which represent and work in the interests of the Hierarchy.
2.2.7. The members, positions, relations and callsigns are published on the website.
2.2.8. The Pilot Training Department will help pilots in whatever they need. Members of the Pilot Training Department are published on the website (http://ptd.portugal-vacc.org).
2.3.1. The Founders are a group of Portugal vACC members who by their experience and service apply for a special status. They serve most as advisors for the Board of Governors, keeping the vACC on the course they believe it is the most correct.
2.3.2. Members of the Founders group may also be members of the current Board of Governors.
2.3.3. A Portuguese vACC member may only get the Founder status after the founders themselves approve it, and under appointment by the Board of Governors.
2.3.4. Founders are not obligated to get involved in the daily operations of the vACC, but the Board of Governors must keep them updated of the current vACC status and projects.
2.3.5. The Founders have the power to impose a set of actions to the Board of Governors after the majority of the Founders voted for it.
Article 3. Controllers
3.1.1. For more efficient management and greater realism of Portugal vACC, the various control positions are grouped in strategically placed ATC Units. They are Lisboa ACC, Lisboa, Porto, Faro, Madeira, Santa Maria OACC, Santa Maria, Ponta Delgada, Lajes, Horta and Training.
3.1.2. Each ATC Unit is constituted by a group of ATCs who, being certified for control in the positions of the Unit, are enrolled in that same ATC Unit.
3.1.3. Visiting ATCs are those who, not being enrolled in the Unit, are nevertheless certified in said Unit.
3.2.1. All ATCs enrolled in Portugal vACC may enrol in the ATC Units provided they have obtained approval in the written and theoretical test for the Unit they have applied.
3.2.2. ATCs may control in any other Unit besides their own provided they are duly certified for such.
3.2.3. The theoretical test shall be carried out by the Unit Chief of Staff, and the practical test conducted by the Unit Chief of Staff and/or the Training Director.
3.2.4. Beginner ATCs shall be conducted in control only in the Training Unit, until their abilities are considered sufficient for enrolment in an ATC Unit.
3.3. Operational Callsigns
3.3.1. For the purpose of control, only the callsigns presented in the form <ICAO>_<position suffix> shall be considered valid.
3.3.2. The following position suffixes are valid for Portugal: DEL (Clearance), GND (Ground), TWR (Tower), APP (Approach), CTR (Center) e FSS (Oceanic).
3.3.3. The following callsigns are valid for control in Portugal: LPPC_CTR, LPPT_DEL, LPPT_GND, LPPT_TWR, LPPT_APP, LPPT_CTR, LPPR_TWR, LPPR_APP, LPFR_TWR, LPFR_APP, LPMA_TWR, LPMA_APP, LPPS_TWR, LPPO_FSS, LPPO_CTR, LPAZ_TWR, LPAZ_APP, LPPD_TWR, LPPD_APP, LPLA_APP, LPLA_TWR, LPLA_GND, LPHR_APP, LPHR_TWR, LPFL_TWR, LPCS_CTR, LPAM_CTR.
3.3.4. Remaining aerodromes which do not belong to and ATC Unit and which only provide information services (AFIS) shall use callsigns of the type LPXX_TWR. Any controller may occupy one of these positions.
3.3.5. Military aerodromes may be controlled by the nearest enclosing area.
3.3.6. Sectors can be split up with the following rule, subject to traffic level requirements:
LPPC_CTR: LPPC_W_CTR + LPPC_E_CTR
LPPT_APP: LPPT_APP (Departure/Approach) + LPPT_CTR (Lisbon TMA)
3.4. Position staffing rules
3.4.1. Due to it being impossible to maintain all sectors of the ATC Units regularly occupied and active, a rule shall exist to allow various active sectors with a minimum of ATCs online. As such, the following sequence of activation of the various sectors of each ATC Unit should be respected:
22.214.171.124. In ATC Units (Porto, Faro, Santa Maria, Lajes, Ponta Delgada and Horta) which only have Approach and Tower sectors, the Approach sector will be activated first and then the Tower.
126.96.36.199. In Lisboa ACC Unit one sector may be activated which can be divided into 2 sectors, West and East, when another ATC of Lisboa ACC Unit is connected.
188.8.131.52. In Lisboa Unit, the activation rule shall respect Approach, Tower and then Ground.
184.108.40.206. In Madeira Unit, after Approach activation, Madeira Tower shall be activated and then Porto Santo Tower.
220.127.116.11. In Santa Maria OACC Unit, the first sole area sector shall be activated, and then the TMA.
3.4.2. Note: The activated sectors within each Unit shall be responsible for providing services otherwise provided by the inactive sectors below. For example, in the Madeira Unit, upon activation of Madeira Approach sector, it shall be responsible for the Madeira Tower and Porto Santo Tower sectors; upon activation of Madeira Tower, Madeira Approach will continue to be responsible for Porto Santo Tower.
3.5.1. All controllers shall contain in the ATIS <voice channel> <position name>, except:
18.104.22.168. LPPT, LPPR, LPFR, LPMA and LPLA Which shall contain <voice channel> <Position name> <information> <active runway> <transition level> <approach type> <other information> < latest decodified METAR>. The ATIS shall be defined by the lowest position (DEL/GND) and only the extreme positions shall have it (APP and DEL/GND). Remaining Positions shall have ATIS the same as other Units.
3.5.2. Voice ATISes are permitted at the following aerodromes: LPPT, LPFR, LPPR, LPMA and LPLA.
22.214.171.124. Lowest position to use Voice ATIS is TWR; which may delegate this function to any other controller.
Airport Classification and requirements
3.6.1. All airports are subject to the minimum requirements of:
126.96.36.199. DEL and GND position subject to minimum Ground Controller rating (S1).
188.8.131.52. TWR position subject to minimum Tower Controller rating (S2).
184.108.40.206. APP position subject to minimum TMA Controller rating (S3).
3.6.2. Exception made for:
220.127.116.11. Flores LPFL TWR position which requires TMA Controller rating.
Article 4. Amendments
Amendment 0106 12th of June 2006 - Revision of the entire document
Amendment 0206 3rd of July 2006 - New paragraph 1.6 of article 1
Amendment 0306 4th of October 2006 - New line 18.104.22.168 of article 1; New line 1.3.5 of article 1; Amended line 1.4.2 of article 1.
Amendment 0406 21st of December 2006 Amended lines 1.2.5 and 1.3.4 or article 1
Amendment 0108 27th of January 2008 New paragraph 2.3
Amendment 0208 2nd of February 2008 Updated rating names; New position added in 3.3.3 LPHR_APP; New paragraph 3.6; New paragraph 2.2.6; New paragraph 22.214.171.124 Amendment 0309 25th arch 2009 Board of Directors list updated to reflect callsign and designation changes - paragraph 2.1; Examiners' list updated - paragraphs 1.3.4 and 1.3.5; ATIS regulations changed to reflect VATSIM's Voice ATIS Policy - paragraph 3.5.2; Changes to reflect Global Ratings Policy: Major and Minor Positions introduced - paragraph 126.96.36.199; Minimum rating of TMA Controller for LPPS TWR position removed - paragraph 188.8.131.52;
Amendment 0112 18th of May 2012 - Updated Board of Directors; Reflected 2009 change in GRP for 3.6; Removed notion of ATC unit which no longer exists.
The reading of this document does not exempt the reading and compliance with the Code of Conduct, Code of Regulations and User Agreement of VATSIM, VATSIM-EUR Region Policy and VATSIM-EUR Division Policy of VATSIM-EUR, as well as other Internal Service Orders and NOTAMs published in the Portugal vACC website - http://www.portugal-vacc.org.
(This CoR is based on the VATSIM Code of Regulations, with adaptation to VATSIM-EUR regulations and inclusion of internal regulations)