SVATC Community Policy

Version A - Effective June 1st, 2016

List of Recent Changes

Date

Topic

Description of change

05/29/2016

Edits / Release

Draft version of policy undergoes final edits, and becomes the new official community policy

07/12/2016

Definitions

Added a short description of the purpose of this section.

07/12/2016

Member Expectations

Added a section regarding the promotion of software, groups, networks, or events not affiliated with SVATC.

Table of Contents

SVATC Community Policy

List of Recent Changes

Table of Contents

Definitions

Abbreviations

General Rules and Policy

Chapter 1: Member Expectations

Section 1: Registration

Section 2: Professionalism

Section 3: Interpersonal Relationships

Section 4: Outside Promotion

Chapter 2: Administrative Expectations

Section 1: Position Duties

Section 2: Administrative Actions

Section 3: Coordination

Chapter 3: Staff / Other Members

Section 1: Pilot Instructors

Section 2: ATC Instructors

Section 3: Events Team

Section 4: Publicists

Chapter 4: Pilots

Section 1: Realism and Professionalism Standards

Section 2: Flight Plans

Section 3: Uncontrolled Operations

Section 4: Controlled Operations

Section 5: Safety Management System

Chapter 5: Air Traffic Control

Section 1: Training and Coordination

Section 2: Realism and Professionalism Standards

Section 3: Administrative Tasks

Section 4: Currency

Section 5: Safety Management System

Chapter 6: Other Events (gaming, streaming, music)

Section 1: Non Flight games on SVATC Servers

Section 2: Recording and Live Streaming SVATC Activities

Section 3: Music and Playback on SVATC Servers

Chapter 7: Privacy and Terms of Use

Section 1: Privacy Policy

Section 2: General Usage Terms

Section 3: Donations

Section 4: Post Administrative Action

Definitions

These definitions are included because we felt that these words needed extra clarification. For any questions or suggested edits, please contact us via email or teamspeak.

Air Traffic Control - The system, or services provided by a controller, in which the safe, orderly, and expeditious flow of air traffic is maintained. The SVATC ATC system is a key component in the realism and professionalism in the community, and assists in the administration of the server.

        Checkout - When used in conjunction with ATC service, is the process in which a controller receives training at the close of a Leave Of Absence to ensure that the controller is appropriately competent on their rated positions.

Competent or Competency - When used in conjunction with ATC service, describes a controller’s ability to maintain the safe, orderly, and expeditious flow of air traffic in a given scenario, and to do so with a high level of realism and professionalism. This term is used to permit the certification of a controller onto a position, and approved to work a position without instructor supervision.

        Fluent or Fluency - When used in conjunction with ATC service, describes a controller’s competence level, and is used to determine when a controller is at the skill, experience, and knowledge level of their current rated positions to advance to training on the next highest position.

Law - A written form of policy published by an official government entity such as a country, state, territory, or city, or a subportion of that government, such as the FAA being an entity of the USA. This also includes international law, such as by ICAO

Member - A user of SVATC who has met the requirements under section 1.1 of this document. A summary includes meeting the age restriction and registration on the website. This does NOT include a regular, unregistered user of the server.

Policy - A written document describing rules, regulation, operating procedure, or other information incidental to an organization, but may not be officially notarized and is not a form of law.

Re-certification Training - When used in conjunction with ATC service, is the process in which a controller receives training after forfeiting their ratings per this document, and ensures the controller regains competency in all levels of the training curriculum up until their previously rated position, or a position which the trainee wishes to postpone or stop re-certification training. Re-certification training may be completed position by position, or in multiple positions simultaneously depending upon competency of the trainee and discretion of the instructor.

Re-currency Training - When used in conjunction with ATC service, is the process in which a controller receives training after being designated as “Inactive” per this document in order to regain a minimum competency level prior to being designated as “Active” and approved for return to ATC service.

User - A person who accesses any portion of the SVATC server, or utilizes any services provided by the SVATC community. They may or may not qualify as a member.

Abbreviations

ATC - Air Traffic Control

FAA - Federal Aviation Administration (US Government entity)

SVATC - Seattle Virtual ATC - This is the abbreviated name of the community and multiplayer servers that this document refers to.

TS3 - TeamSpeak 3 - A voice communication platform used by SVATC

US or USA - United States of America

General Rules and Policy

        The following documentation shall be used to govern the SVATC community, servers, and computer systems. Note that due to an international audience, there is a great possibility for conflict between this policy, and a user’s local governing body. If this occurs, the laws of an official government body shall override any SVATC policy. In the event conflict exists between multiple government laws, the laws of the United States of America, and/or the laws for the government where the physical location of the applicable portion of SVATC server or services provided will apply unless circumstances require the use of another law, then that other law shall be adhered to. This policy may also be subject to change without advance notice if required to comply with the law. As with the formation of any document, interpretation may vary based on users, and human error may result in grammatical or syntax issues. In the event of these occurrences, the underlying meaning of a sentence or paragraph shall be used, rather than the actual words presented. Any confusion may be resolved by contacting an SVATC administrator and requesting verification

Chapter 1: Member Expectations

Section 1: Registration

  1. All members shall register on the seattlevirtualatc.org website prior to being granted normal access permissions on any portion of the SVATC server, including but not limited to website, teamspeak, and flight server.
  1. Members do not have to be “Approved” on the website, but must provide their website username to the administrator who is granting privileges under section 2-3 of this document.
  1. Users shall provide a current, valid email address and should use the same username on other SVATC services, such as Teamspeak and the flight server.
  1. Some SVATC services require more information for identification purposes covered under section 7-1 of this document.
  1. A user must indicate to the administration that they are of 14 years of age or greater to be approved as a member of SVATC.
  2. Any person who provides what is believed to be false information, or fails to provide or maintain current information may have their membership privileges suspended or revoked, possibly including ejection from, or permanent bans from the the associated servers
  3. SVATC reserves the right to deny membership privileges to any person, and to restrict access to any server information except as required by law.

Section 2: Professionalism

  1. All members should act in a professional manner while logged into the flight simulation server, especially while operating with ATC services or near controlled airspace.
  1. If you are going to operate an aircraft in a very unrealistic manner (you should know what we’re referring to), do it outside of controlled airspace and well clear of any nonparticipating traffic.
  1. In all instances, if requested to discontinue unrealistic, malicious, reckless, or otherwise “goofy” behavior on the SVATC servers, the member shall abide by the request, or risk administrative action against them.
  2. SVATC strives for providing a realistic and professional environment for both pilots and controllers, and use flight simulation primarily as a training aid, not a game. Please keep these core principles in mind while utilizing our servers.
  3. Keep the language “PG-13” please, and minimize any vulgar or offensive language.
  4. Remember that anybody logged into SVATC servers may be interpreted by the public as being a representative of the community, so it is important that all our members act professional, especially around prospective members and potential media.

Section 3: Interpersonal Relationships

  1. First and foremost, treat others as you would like to be treated. This shouldn’t need to be written down, however a surprising number of administrative issues revolve around this, so it must be restated. The “golden rule” is an important one.
  2. We’re all friends on here, and a core benefit of SVATC is the networking you can have with both aviation enthusiasts and real world aviation professionals. Let’s keep it that way!
  1. If issues arise between you and another member, and you can’t fix it by yourself, ask an administrator for help. They will act according to chapter 2 of this document.
  2. Please keep in your consideration that SVATC is run by volunteers, and there is no guarantee of satisfactory conflict resolution despite our many efforts towards fairness and timeliness of conflict investigation.

Section 4: Outside Promotion

Members of SVATC are of great value to us. We as a community thrive on the ability to gain new members, and share experience and knowledge with them, and to select organizations outside of SVATC. By promoting other organizations, particularly those in direct competition to us, we run the risk of not growing as a growing community. If you want to connect to other servers, that’s okay, but don’t harm us in doing so.

  1. Unless they are listed on our website as being a partnered organization, or our administration is in direct communication with the organization for the purposes of an event or other happening, the promotion of other flight simulation communities or multiplayer networks should be kept to a minimum.
  1. Solicitation of members to join other networks/organizations or to participate in their events is prohibited.
  2. Repeated offenses may result in administrative action, including “kicks” and “bans”
  1. Promotion of addon developers including aircraft, scenery, or similar products is permitted, provided the promotion of that addon is intended to promote member experience, and will not affect the community / administration negatively.
  2. Promotion of other games is permitted. However we ask that you keep in mind that we are a flight simulation community first, and to participate in group flights or the ATC environment when possible, and not to disrupt these activities in favor of an unrelated video game (there’s a channel in teamspeak designated for this purpose).
  3. Promotion of illegal content, including but not limited to pirated software/downloads or other illegal activity is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated.

As a brief summary, promotion of simulator addons is permitted, but do not solicit members to join other organizations/networks, including advertising group flights, their training material, or your presence on a rival network.

Chapter 2: Administrative Expectations

Section 1: Position Duties

  1. ATC Staff Members
  1. Support the day-to-day operations of the server.
  1. Eject unruly players from the server per section 2-2 of this document.
  2. Ensure professionalism in the server.
  1. Assist new members in registering on the website, and answer questions about the community.
  2. Assist in other administrative tasks as assigned.

        Note - controllers who abuse their administrative privileges may also be subject to loss of certification/ratings.

  1. Moderator
  1. Ban and eject unruly players from the server per section 2-2 of this document.
  2. Handle administrative tasks unable to be completed by ATC Staff members.
  1. Moderators should be the second step in conflict resolution.
  2. Ask another admin/moderator for assistance if required.
  1. Audit file transfer systems, ensure no unauthorized file transfers take place on SVATC servers, including private administrative documents, and illegal activity such as pirating.

Note - Moderators are the lower of the two primary administrative staff positions, and their privileges extend throughout the community, not just on the flight server.

  1. Admin
  1. Fulfil duties of Moderator.
  2. Support long term operations of the server.
  3. Handle administrative tasks unable to be completed by a Moderator.
  1. Admins should not need to handle interpersonal conflicts, as they should be solved prior to or at the Moderator level. however if necessary, Admins will act as a supreme judge regarding these conflict resolutions.
  2. Any reports of illegal activity shall be reported to an Admin in a timely manner.

Note - Admins are the core group of people in charge of running the SVATC servers and community. Admins are the higher of the two primary administrative staff positions.

Section 2: Administrative Actions

  1. Kicks / Ejections
  1. Administrative members may eject / “kick” a user of the SVATC servers under the following conditions
  1. Disorderly / unsatisfactory conduct (eg. vulgar language, multiple annoyance complaints, non compliance with ATC instructions).
  2. Reckless behavior (eg. unauthorized aerobatics in controlled airspace, intentionally colliding with other aircraft, spamming chat windows, acting in contrast to community policies, or inhibiting a positive, enjoyable atmosphere).
  3. Other circumstances with reasonable justification.
  1. Bans
  1. Administrators may ban a user of the SVATC servers under the following conditions:
  1. After at least 2 ejections from the flight server within 1 hour.
  2. After at least one warning about unruly behavior.
  3. Other circumstances with reasonable justification.
  4. Record username, UID, and IP, and a short description of the ban in an administrative spreadsheet / log files.
  1. Length of bans shall be per the following:
  1. ATC staff may suggest to a moderator or admin that a ban be placed on a user, however they do not have the authority to ban people themselves.
  2. Moderators may administer a ban according to paragraph 2-2-2 (a) of this document for a length not to exceed one week. Moderators may suggest a longer ban to an Administrator per section 2-3 of this document.
  3. Admins may administer a ban of infinite length, according to paragraph 2-2-2 (a) of this document.
  4. In all instances, good judgement shall be used in determining the length of administrative action. Ban length may be amended without notification of the user in question. Any such instances shall be logged in an appropriate administrative spreadsheet or log file.

Section 3: Coordination

  1. It is the responsibility of all administrators to remain current in the activities on the server
  2. All teamspeak kicks should have a description
  3. All teamspeak bans shall have a short description in addition to Username, UID, and IP.
  4. Administrators should maintain a current spreadsheet of complaints and bans.
  5. When assisting new members registering with the community, forward their username and/or email to a website administrator for approval.

Chapter 3: Staff / Other Members

Section 1: Pilot Instructors

  1. Help lesser experienced pilots gain knowledge of aviation and improve piloting abilities.
  2. Represent SVATC in a positive manner.
  3. Perform administrative tasks as assigned.
  4. To become a pilot instructor:
  1. Must be a member with good standing in the SVATC community.
  2. Must hold a real world FAA private pilot certificate with an instrument rating, or the equivalent certification by another government agency. Applicants without the above minimum qualification must be waived by the chief pilot instructor.
  3. Must demonstrate proficiency and competency to the Chief Pilot Instructor.

Section 2: ATC Instructors

  1. Train controllers up to but not greater than the rating currently held by the instructor per chapter 5 of this document.
  2. Represent SVATC in a positive manner.
  3. Perform administrative tasks as assigned.
  4. To become an ATC Instructor:
  1. Must be a member with good standing in the SVATC community
  2. Must be at least rated as an approach controller on the SVATC community unless otherwise approved by the Director of Air Traffic Control.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency and competency to the Director of Air Traffic Control.

Section 3: Events Team

  1. Coordinate the details of official SVATC events.
  2. Promote Events, and coordinate with administration for advertisement.
  3. Put forth an effort to participate in, and support the progress of said events.
  4. To become a member of the events team:
  1. Must be a member with good standing in the SVATC community.
  2. Be approved by the head of the Events Team.

Section 4: Publicists

  1. Publicists include social media content creators, partnered live streamers, website editors, et-cetera.
  2. Promote the SVATC server, our events, and inform the public of our operations.
  3. Represent SVATC in a positive manner.
  4. To become a Publicist:
  1. Must be a member with good standing in the SVATC community.
  2. Be approved by a Administrator.

Chapter 4: Pilots

Section 1: Realism and Professionalism Standards

  1. Pilots should follow all applicable real world aviation regulations regarding aircraft operation and general flight rules. (especially the applicable portions of FAR part 91 when flying within the United States airspaces).
  2. Pilots are expected to act in a professional manner when flying on the SVATC server. ATC and Unicom / CTAF frequencies should be used for operation of flight purposes only. SVATC has designated a “chit chat” frequency of 136.97 for air-to-air conversation. for those who do not wish to use teamspeak for communication.

Section 2: Flight Plans

  1. All pilots shall file a flight plan for flights operating under Instrument Flight Rules.
  2. All pilots should file a flight plan for any flight.
  3. Flight plans must allow controllers to identify:
  1. Flight Rules, Aircraft Call Sign, Aircraft Type, Departure Airport, Requested Cruise Altitude, Route of Flight, Destination Airport, Pilot’s Username

Section 3: Uncontrolled Operations

  1. Uncontrolled Airspace on SVATC is defined as any class G airspace, and class E, D, C, and B airspace when ATC is offline.
  2. Pilots should monitor the server Common Traffic Advisory Frequency (CTAF) of 122.80 when operating in uncontrolled airspace.
  3. Pilots should announce their position to other pilots on the CTAF as necessary. Follow real world guidelines for position reports and message format.

Section 4: Controlled Operations

  1. Controlled Airspace on SVATC is defined as class A airspace regardless of ATC presence, class B, C, D, and E airspace when ATC is online,
  2. Pilots must follow ATC instructions when operating in controlled airspace and with ATC service, except in the case of an emergency, as set-forth under real world regulation.
  3. PIlots shall establish two way voice communication via the designated medium prior to entering class D, C, B, or A airspace when ATC is online, or within 5 minutes of ATC status changing from offline to online.
  4. ATC will usually make their presence known to pilots operating uncontrolled approaching their control jurisdiction on the Multicom / Unicom frequency, however it is recommended that pilots check the status of ATC availability regularly during cruise and prior to critical phases of flight to insure compliance with this section.
  5. It is requested that pilots fly within controlled airspace when ATC is online. This helps to encourage controllers to remain active, which encourages other pilots to log into the server, and generally increases realism with higher density traffic flow.

Section 5: Safety Management System

  1. SVATC is the first known multiplayer flight simulation community to have implemented a formal Safety Management System (SMS). This is to help improve the realism of our server and the flight simulation industry, assist with administrative tasks, and to promote the value and use of flight simulation as a training aid.
  2. Pilots are encouraged to submit an anonymous safety reporting form any time an event occurs which may jeopardize the safety and or realism of a flight.
  1. Examples of incidents that should be submitted
  1. Airspace / runway incursion
  2. ATC separation errors
  3. Deviation from ATC clearance
  4. Emergencies
  5. Reckless / inappropriate behavior on the server
  1. ***Coming Soon*** - With the implementation of custom made Flight simulation software, a server wide Flight Data Recorder mechanism will be implemented. Data will be compiled on an occasional basis to analyse trends of flights and ATC actions in the server, and will be used to increase realism, increase our educational benefit, and decrease safety incidents on the server.
  1. Analysis will be performed on both pilot action and ATC operations.
  2. All data will be kept anonymous, and will generally only be used to analyze trends in a pool of data, with the following exception:
  1. Individual flight tracks may be looked at in the event of a catastrophic event (aircraft crash), or if required for administrative purposes (pilot continuously flying in reckless manner, violating policy, etc).

Chapter 5: Air Traffic Control

Section 1: Training and Coordination

  1. Training proceeds in a “ground to air” process, in the following order: Clearance Delivery, Ground, Local (Tower), Approach/Departure, Center.
  1. SVATC also offers Flight Service Station training, which is a separate rating from the ATC curriculum, but housed within the ATC training department.
  1. Official training may only be completed by appropriately rated ATC Instructors. Instructors may not provide training on positions higher than their own rating.
  2. All controllers must be appropriately rated and current prior to beginning ATC service. Controllers must not provide ATC service outside their jurisdiction.
  3. Coordination shall be maintained between ATC Instructors regarding a member’s training progress

Section 2: Realism and Professionalism Standards

  1. Controllers are trained primarily based off of FAA JO 7110.65 and other real world and publicly accessible documentation.
  2. Controllers must be familiar with all of the topics listed under the appropriate ATC Training course prior to working a position under instructor supervision. Controllers must be competent in a position prior to receiving certification. Controllers must be fluent in a position prior to receiving training on the next highest position.
  3. Controllers are a major factor in the realism of the community, therefore is expected that they provide ATC service with a high standard of realism and professionalism.

Section 3: Administrative Tasks

  1. Controllers may perform and assist with limited administrative tasks, as described in this document.
  2. Controllers may occasionally be asked to perform various administrative tasks as assigned.
  3. Controllers must report any system abnormalities, inappropriate member behavior, or other negative occurrences to a moderator or admin.

Section 4: Currency

  1. In an effort to uphold the realism and professionalism of our controllers, we have implemented minimum currency requirements.
  2. All controllers shall maintain ATC currency to remain designated as an active SVATC controller. This currency is defined as a minimum of three(3) hours of ATC service every 60 days (approximately two months), excluding training sessions. In lieu of minimum currency, controllers may file a leave of absence by sending an email to the ATC Director including the reason for leave, starting date of the leave, and the anticipated date of return to ATC service. During the time of the leave, the said member may not act as ATC on the behalf of this community unless otherwise approved by an ATC Instructor. Upon return from leaves lasting greater than four(4) calendar months, a short "checkout" training session by an SVATC ATC Instructor may be required.
  3. If no leave has been filed, and a controller fails to maintain specified currency, they will be designated as "inactive", and may not act as ATC within this community until a re-currency training session conducted by an SVATC ATC Instructor is completed satisfactorily, at which point, the controller shall be designated as "Active," and may resume ATC Operations.
  4. In the event that a controller has been designated as "inactive" for a period of six(6) calendar months, they forfeit all their ATC ratings, and must undergo recertification training to be designated as “Active”, starting from the beginning of the curriculum, unless an exception has been made by the ATC Director. An exception requires an adequate reason for leave, and a reasonable explanation as to why a leave of absence was not not filed.
  5. It should be noted that just because a controller is “current” does not necessarily mean that they are competent in their certified positions. Instructors may monitor other controllers, including other instructors, provide feedback to the controller, and maintain quality ensurance of the SVATC ATC system.

Section 5: Safety Management System

  1. Controllers are expected to report to the Safety Management System (SMS) for any event that may, will, or has resulted in a reduction of safety or realism. This includes but is not limited to pilot errors, controller errors, ATC system errors, and external factors.
  2. Examples of incidents that should be submitted
  1. Airspace / runway incursion
  2. ATC separation errors
  3. Pilot deviation from ATC clearance or instruction
  4. Emergencies
  5. ATC System issues
  6. Blatant regulation deviations by pilot or controller
  7. Reckless/inappropriate member actions
  1. Failure to have a major incident reported by a controller on duty may result in remedial training.
  2. Controllers should voluntarily report their own name, and the pilot’s name and callsign for tracking purposes. No information submitted to the SMS can be used against the person who made the submission, however the SMS will be used to track repeat offenders.

Chapter 6: Other Events (gaming, streaming, music)

Section 1: Non Flight games on SVATC Servers

  1. Despite the fact that SVATC is a Flight Simulation Community, We often become home to users of other video games. Members are expected to continue to represent the community in a positive, professional manner regardless of the activity in question.
  2. Keep the language PG-13 when logged into SVATC servers.
  3. It is requested that members fly within controlled airspace when ATC is online, as increased traffic volume helps keep the flight server and the community active and healthy.

Section 2: Recording and Live Streaming SVATC Activities

  1. All persons recording or otherwise re-transmitting SVATC activities shall make it known to other members. This is best done by changing your username on Teamspeak and other platforms to reflect your transmission type (eg. “YourLoginName [Streaming]” ).
  2. Simply vocally announcing your recording or transmission does NOT fulfill the requirements of this section.
  3. All persons must stop their recording or stream upon request from a Moderator or Administrator.

Section 3: Music and Playback on SVATC Servers

  1. There is a “Music Room” in teamspeak for a reason. Administrators may create additional channels if the need arises.
  2. When playing back audio on the SVATC server, members shall conduct the playback operation in one of the designated music channels. This is to help create a controlled atmosphere in the remainder of the teamspeak, and for consideration of other member’s interests.
  3. Please keep the music or playback at a reasonable volume, allowing conversations to carry on. A volume of around 15% of the original audio file is usually a good balance.

Chapter 7: Privacy and Terms of Use

Section 1: Privacy Policy

Please note that the Privacy Policy will eventually be transferred to its own separate document. For now, our basic privacy policy is listed below.

  1. User Registration
  1. SVATC may collect some personally identifiable information from its members, such as email and IP address, and legal name. This information may be made available to a select group of administrators and kept in our databases. SVATC will not release this information to any other organization unless approved by the member, or as required by law.
  2. SVATC reserves the right to suspend or revoke member privileges, and take other administrative action such as ejections and bans at any time and without notification or explanation.
  3. Sensitive information such as passwords are encrypted in our databases. However our website does not currently use an SSL certificate, therefore packets sent over the internet are not encrypted. We are not required to have an SSL certificate because we only collect basic identifying data.
  1. Cookies
  1. The SVATC website may use cookies, which are small bits of data stored on your local computer. These cookies allow increased functionality on the website, such as keeping track of your login credentials, primarily to allow you to access “member only” pages.
  2. Most advertising applications, such as Google products use cookies to display ads that may be of higher interest to our members. To view third party privacy policy, you may click on available links associated with the ad. SVATC is not responsible for the privacy or security of any external program/software/website.
  1. Publications, Communications, and Advertisements
  1. SVATC may occasionally send out emails to our members advertising events, informing members of updates to the server, our operations, or products, and to verify member’s account information.
  2. Users may opt out of promotional communications from SVATC by either clicking on an appropriate link at the bottom of an email, or replying to any email with a request to remove the member from our list. Please allow a few days for changes to take effect.
  3. SVATC may contact members in the event of account security issues, other pertinent occurrences, or as required by law despite the status of their communications preference.
  1. Changes
  1. SVATC reserves the right to make amendments to any policy without notification. It is suggested that users check this document periodically to identify any pertinent changes.
  2. Any change made to this document within the three months preceding publication will be reflected at the top of the document, along with the date of the change and other pertinent information.

Section 2: General Usage Terms

  1. All persons using SVATC services, or products are said to agree to and comply with the information contained in this document. If a member has an issue with any of the information contained herein, a per-user amendment to the policy may be negotiated. All changes are at the discretion of the administrative staff.
  2. Use of vulgar, obscene, offensive, or similar language are of minimal tolerance on the SVATC server. Keep it “PG-13”.
  3. Users of SVATC services or products agree to take full responsibility for their individual actions, and shall hold harmless SVATC and its administration and staff for any negative influences of our services or products. Administrators will usually monitor the forums and other communication mediums to remove illegal, offensive, or “bad” content, however this is not always feasible. Users are encouraged to inform an administrator of such content, in which case we may remove it at a practical and convenient time.
  4. All training or instruction given through SVATC shall not be used for real world application. Despite the fact that some of our members are certified flight instructors and hold other real world certification, We do not meet federal requirements as a community to provide real world flight or ground, atc, or other instruction.

Section 3: Donations

  1. SVATC provides numerous services and products free of charge to our members, including a teamspeak communications platform, flight simulation server, air traffic control and pilot training programs, website, events, and much more. You are never required to pay for membership or use of our community.
  2. Your courteous donations are what help pay our bills. All donations are final, and may not be refunded.
  3. All donations received by SVATC go towards server activities only, such as our website, teamspeak, flight server, and advertising/promotion costs.
  4. Our administration staff is made up of a group of volunteers who are not financially compensated for their hard work and dedication put towards SVATC.

Section 4: Post Administrative Action

  1. All administrative action taken by an individual member of the administrative staff shall be final except when:
  1. The administrator / moderator did not comply with the appropriate sections of this document in his/her actions
  2. Overruled by majority of an administrative committee assembled in response to investigate unjust administrative action.
  1. A request to investigate the incident may be made once by the recipient of the administrative action. SVATC reserves the right to deny these requests. If the request is accepted, a committee of admins or moderators may be assembled at a convenient time to discuss the incident. All decisions made by the committee will be final.
  1. Multiple and/or repeated requests for investigation shall result in an automatic denial of the requests.
  1. Administrators may, at their discretion, sort through the ban lists, and gather a committee of moderators or higher do discuss listings that in their opinion do not belong on the list. administrators may remove their own listings, or remove listings made at the request of a Moderator who initiated the said listing. administrators should not remove bans made by other members of the administrative staff.