Become a Visiting Controller

General

West Africa is a major aviation hub within the Africa region, and West Africa FIRs is frequented by a large number of regional and international air traffic. The West Africa VACC is always pleased when members from other divisions show a keen interest in performing ATC responsibilities in our airspace. Visiting controllers may leverage their ratings to control at the respective positions within West Africa FIRs, including the famous Accra Kotoka Int’l Airport (DGAA), Murtala Mohammed Int’l Airport (DNMM) and more

However all applicants should follow all the local procedures and pass a practical exam provided by an Instructor in West Africa VACC. Also visiting controllers should comply VATSIM GRP unless otherwise stated.

Details

Any member who wants to control in the West Africa VACC has to apply for approval.

The following requirements apply for an approval :

  • Applicant should respect and follow local procedures
  • Applicant must be an S2 or higher to be able to apply to visit
  • Applicant should review all related charts, documents and training manuals.
  • Applicant should complete a written exam designed specifically for visiting controllers.
  • Applicant should have a good english proficiency as it is the only language used for ATC communication. (French language skills is not required at West Africa VACC)
  • Applicant should follow VATSIM GRP unless otherwise stated.
  • Applicant shall be willing to comply with the required online hours requirement in exchange for receiving training at West Africa VACC. (IMPORTANT)

How to become a Visiting Controller?

***IMPORTANT NOTICE: DUE TO MULTIPLE CONTROLLERS WHO BECAME INACTIVE SOON AFTER THEIR TRAINING AND SOME DROPPING OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF THEIR TRAINING, NEW VISITING CONTROLLER APPLICANTS MUST CONFIRM THAT THEY ARE WILLING TO COMMIT TO AT LEAST 6 MONTHS OF ACTIVE ATC SERVICE DEFINED BY THE WEST AFRICA VACC FACILITY GENERAL POLICY (WAFVACC-P001). THIS IS TO AVOID WASTING TRAINING RESOURCES WHICH OTHERWISE COULD BE USED TO TRAIN OTHER CONTROLLERS***

  1. Visiting Controller should contact us by either of the following methods:
    • Creating a support ticket on HQ System (existing members within VATSEA or VATAME)
    • Email training@westafricavacc.org (Members who have no access to the HQ System)
  2. The following details must be mentioned in the ticket/email:
    1. VATSIM ID
    2. Your email address
    3. Country (for identifying time-zone for training)
    4. Name of the visiting controller
    5. Original Division
    6. Present ATC Rating
    7. A brief reason for controlling in West Africa airspace
    8. Stating that applicant is willing to comply with visiting controller online hours requirements and other rules as listed in WAFVACC Facility General Policy (“ Upon the completion of my visiting controller training, I agree to comply with the visiting controller online hours requirement and rules  and maintain an active presence for the next 6 months defined Facility General Policy“)
  3.  EFFECTIVE 25 October 2016: Once the application is submitted, please request a brief recommendation letter from your VACC/ARTCC/Division director or your Training Manager stating you are in good standing within your home facility. The letter is to be directly sent to training@westafricavacc.org

The West Africa VACC staff will strive to respond to all requests within 48 hours.

We are always looking for motivated and enthusiastic ATC who respect local procedure to provide professional control services to our pilots.