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8g.1 - Pre-Flight
Revision: 07 Mar 2022

The following policies apply to every time a pilot intends to fly on POSCON.

8g.1.1   You must review all posted global and local operational bulletins prior to connecting to POSCON.

The POSCON HQ will force you to review these bulletins on the next attempt to access the website or Launcher Client after a bulletin is posted.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode
  • Ghost Mode

Enforced By:

  • Server; prevents connections until completed

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: None

8g.1.2   You must have the latest version of any POSCON software you wish to use.

The Launcher Client will download any software updates to your computer automatically.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode
  • Ghost Mode

Enforced By:

  • Server; prevents connections until completed

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: None

8g.1.3   You must review recent negative feedback and take any Moderator assigned training prior to connecting to POSCON.

You are able to access the Ghost Mode without completing any required training.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode

Enforced By:

  • Server; prevents connections until completed

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: +50 Quality Points per additional module completed that is not required
  • Loss: None

8g.1.4   If you create a Pilot Booking, you must show up or cancel that booking. (Not currently implemented)

Pilot

+100 points if booked 3-5 days in advance.

+50 points if booked 1-2 days in advance.

+25 points if booked 2-24 hours in advance.

s ATC to preplan their activities around traffic demand. If you show up and are ready on time, you will be rewarded.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode
  • Ghost Mode

Enforced By:

  • Server; deducts points automatically

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain:
    • +100 Reliability Points if booked 3-5 days in advance
    • +50 Reliability Points if booked 1-2 days in advance
    • +25 Reliability Points if booked 2-24 hours in advance
  • Loss: None
    • -10 Reliability Points if booked 2-24 hours in advance

    • -25 Reliability Points if booked 1-2 days in advance

    • -50 Reliability Points if booked 3-5 days in advance

8g.1.5   Flight plans must follow ICAO 2012 format.

While it is not required to file a flight plan if you are VFR, you will be rewarded if you do.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode

Enforced By:

  • Server; validates entries

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: +5 Reliability Points per any activated flight plan
  • Loss: None
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8g.2 - Connection & Persistent
Revision: 07 Mar 2022

The following policies apply at the time of connection and/or during all times while connected to the Positive Control Network.

8g.2.1   Pilots may only use globally recognized registration numbers or ICAO approved airline telephony/designators while connected to POSCON in the Live Mode (expand for exceptions).

This policy includes what is used in the "Aircraft Identification" and "Other information, REG/" sections on the ICAO Flight Plan form and for the ADS-B callsign. Exceptions to this policy include fake callsigns that have been pre-approved by POSCON for use on the network (e.g. approved Virtual Operators). Under no circumstances may a callsign contain derogatory or offensive words or connotations in ANY connection mode.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode
  • Ghost Mode

Enforced By:

  • Server; validates entries (ICAO Flight Plan form)
  • Moderators; only if reported by other users (ADS-B callsign)
  • Users; through bad Feedback

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss:
    • None; if server validates
    • Subjective; depends on previous offences

8g.2.2   Connecting on or repositioning to a Movement Area is prohibited.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode

Enforced By:

  • Server; forces Ghost Mode automatically (runways)
  • Moderators; only if reported by other users (taxiways)
  • Users; through bad Feedback

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss:
    • None; if server forces Ghost Mode
    • Subjective; if a Moderator is involved and depends on previous offences

8g.2.3   Connecting or repositioning to an occupied gate on the ground or in close proximity to other aircraft in the air is prohibited.

"Close proximity" in the air is defined as within 5 nautical miles (lateral) and 2,000 feet (vertical). Check the Live Map to see if there is another aircraft in close proximity to your aircraft's position before connecting. The best practice is to connect in the Ghost Mode first, then connect in the Live Mode.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode

Enforced By:

  • Server; forces Ghost Mode automatically (on the ground)
  • Moderators; only if reported by other users (in the air)
  • Users; through bad Feedback

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: Subjective; if a Moderator is involved and depends on previous offences

8g.2.4   Connecting or operating using an advanced simulation rate, slew mode, replay mode, or in paused mode is prohibited.

The server will not allow you to connect in the Live Mode until you return to a normal simulation rate, stop slewing, or unpause your simulator.

NOTE 1: In some simulators, entering a game menu will invoke a pause event.

NOTE 2: If you are on the ground and not moving, pausing is permitted.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode

Enforced By:

  • Server; forces Ghost Mode automatically

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: None

8g.2.5   X-Plane users must maintain an average framerate above 20 FPS over a pre-determined period of time.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode

Enforced By:

  • Server; forces Ghost Mode automatically

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: None

8g.2.6   Connecting in an abnormal flight condition is prohibited (e.g. If you are 10 NM from your destination at 35,000').

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode

Enforced By:

  • Moderator; only if reported by other users
  • Users; through bad Feedback

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: Subjective; if a Moderator is involved and depends on previous offences

8g.2.7   Connecting airborne in Controlled Airspace must be approved by ATC.

Once forced into Ghost Mode while airborne in Controlled Airspace, attempting an Unghost needs to be approved by ATC.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode

Enforced By:

  • ATC; through compliance timer
  • Moderator; only if reported by other users
  • Users; through bad Feedback

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: None

8g.2.8   Connecting as a military aircraft is restricted to members of a certificated Virtual Military Operator.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode

Enforced By:

  • Server; prevents connection

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: None

8g.2.9   Pilots must use real-world/real-time winds aloft and atmospheric pressure settings.

Pilots can use whatever other weather settings they would like to use as long as using those settings do not interfere with air traffic operations. Pilots are NOT required to use the correct time of day.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode

Enforced By:

  • Server; prevents connection (not currently implemented)
  • Users; through bad Feedback

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: Subjective; if a Moderator is involved and depends on previous offences

8g.2.10   Callsigns of major hijackings and crashes may not be used.

This includes, but is not limited to the following callsigns: AAL11, AAL77, MAS17, MAS370, UAL93, UAL175, AWE1549, JAL123, AAL191, IRA655, SVA163, AIC182, THY981, KLM4805, PAA1736, CJC3407, LNI610, ETH961

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode
  • Ghost Mode

Enforced By:

  • Server; prevents connection in most cases
  • Moderator; only if reported by other users
  • Users; through bad Feedback

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: Subjective; if a Moderator is involved and depends on previous offences

8g.2.11   Connecting with or operating anything other than an "Aircraft" is prohibited.

This means you are not permitted to connect as a follow-me car, trucks, boats, etc.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode

Enforced By:

  • Moderator; only if reported by other users
  • Users; through bad Feedback

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: Subjective; if a Moderator is involved and depends on previous offences

8g.2.12   Users conducting Shared Cockpit operations must connect in the following configuration: 1 user in Live Mode; 1 user in Shared Cockpit Mode. (Not currently implemented)

Any point values are applied equally to both users when linked via Shared Cockpit.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode

Enforced By:

  • Server; ensures compliance through system logic

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: None

8g.2.13   Simulated emergencies are allowed. If in Controlled Airspace, ATC reserves the right, workload permitting, to require the pilot to disconnect or ghost shall the pilot wish to continue the simulated emergency.

In general, even if in Uncontrolled Airspace, pilots should use sound judgment to ensure that their simulated emergency is not overly disruptive to other members.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode

Enforced By:

  • ATC; through compliance timer
  • Moderator; only if reported by other users
  • Users; through bad Feedback

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: Subjective; if a Moderator is involved and depends on previous offences and circumstances

8g.2.14   Squawking 7500 for more than 15 seconds is not permitted.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode
  • Ghost Mode

Enforced By:

  • Server; suspends user

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: -200 Quality points

8g.2.15   Do not intentionally run into other traffic while operating in the air or on the ground.

We understand accidents happen, but don't let it happen often.

Applies to Mode(s):

  • Live Mode

Enforced By:

  • Server; disables both users' engines (not currently implemented)
  • Moderator; only if reported by other users
  • Users; through bad Feedback

Point Adjustments:

  • Gain: None
  • Loss: Subjective; if a Moderator is involved and depends on previous offences and circumstances
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