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Items that are struck out will not be in effect at Invite-Only Beta release.

TERMS DEFINITIONS
AFE Above Field Elevation
Aircraft Any fixed-wing, rotor, or lighter than air ship.
Airport Advisory Charts Charts that are produced by an ATC Sub-Division that give the pilot information on the local procedures for a particular airport.
ATC Air Traffic Control
ATCT Air Traffic Control Tower
ATS Air Traffic Service

Controlled Airfield

Any airfield that is:

  • Controlled by ATC in the real world; and
  • The current time falls within normal airfield/airspace operating times; and
  • POSCON ATC is online to handle the flight.
Controlled Airspace Airspace that is staffed by POSCON ATC.
CPDLC Controller Pilot Data-Link Communications
CTAF Common Traffic Advisory Frequency
D-ATIS Digital Automated Terminal Information Service
EOBT Estimated Off-Block Time (i.e. pushback time)
Feedback A method of leaving positive or negative comments about another POSCON member's conduct or performance on the network.
FPM Feet Per Minute in regards to vertical speed.
FPS Frames Per Second
Ghost Mode A connected server mode that allows a user to be an inactive participant. In this mode, a user is invisible and muted to other users, but can still see and hear everyone else in the Live Mode.
Guard Frequency VHF 121.500 MHz or UHF 243.0 MHz
Live Mode A connected server mode that allows a user to be an active participant. In this mode, a user is visible and unmuted to all other users.
Moderator A member of the POSCON Staff that serves as a "judge" of feedback cases and mediator for member disputes. A POSCON Moderator is well versed in aviation regulations, procedures, and best practices. Moderators are also able to provide immediate non-technical support requests on official POSCON platforms.
Movement Area A runway, taxiway, or helipad.
Non-Movement Area A ramp, tarmac, or apron.
Pilot Booking An advance entry into the POSCON Flight Data System that reserves a callsign (>2 hours prior to EOBT). This can be accomplished by filing a flight plan up to 5 days in advance of the EOBT or creating a reservation through a 3rd party source, such as a Virtual Airline. You are considered "on time" if you pushback between EOBT minus 10 minutes to EOBT plus 15 minutes.
Shared Cockpit When one user connects in the Live Mode while another connects in the Shared Cockpit Mode in order to simulate a two-crew flight operation.
Shared Cockpit Mode A connected server mode that allows a user to be an active participant with restrictions. In this mode, a user is invisible to other users, but can still see and talk to everyone else in the Live Mode.
Supersonic Faster than the speed of sound (Mach 1.0).
Terminal Environment The area surrounding an airport that is inclusive of both ATCT and TRACON airspace.
Touchdown Zone First one-third or 3,000' of a runway, whichever is less.
TRACON Terminal Radar Approach Control (i.e. Approach and Departure controllers).

Uncontrolled Airfield

Any airfield that is:

  • Not controlled by ATC in the real world; or
  • Controlled by ATC in the real world, but the current time falls outside of normal airfield/airspace operating times; or
  • Controlled by ATC in the real world, but POSCON ATC is offline.
Uncontrolled Airspace Airspace that is unstaffed by POSCON ATC.


Items that are struck out will not be in effect at Invite-Only Beta release.


Any point deduction can be appealed by going to your user profile and clicking on the “appeal” button next to the associated point loss. A word of warning though – you must have a valid reason to appeal a point deduction such as landing at a special airport (e.g. Paro Bhutan) that required a higher than normal descent rate in order to clear obstacles. If your reason is determined to be invalid, Moderators have the ability to deduct additional points as a punitive measure to discourage unwarranted appeals in the future.

PRE-FLIGHT POLICIES

POLICY DESCRIPTION


APPLIES TO MODE(S)

POINT GAIN

ENFORCED BY POINT LOSS

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.

Live & Ghost Modes

None

Server; prevents connection until completed. None

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.

Live & Ghost Modes None
Server; prevents connection until completed. None

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.

If you receive negative feedback that resulted in a point loss, you can earn those points back by taking additional training modules for extra credit.

Live Mode

+200 points per additional module completed.
Server; prevents connection until completed. None

If you create a Pilot Booking, you must show up or cancel that booking.

Pilot Bookings can be made for as early as 5 days before the EOBT; this allows ATC to preplan their activities around traffic demand. If you show up and are ready on time, you will be rewarded.

Live & Ghost Modes

+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.

Server; deducts points automatically.

-10 points if booked 2-24 hours in advance.

-25 points if booked 1-2 days in advance.

-50 points if booked 3-5 days in advance.

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.

Live Mode

+5 points per any activated flight plan.
Server; validates entries. None

TIME OF CONNECTION & PERSISTENT POLICIES

POLICY DESCRIPTION

APPLIES TO MODE(S)

POINT GAIN
ENFORCED BY POINT LOSS

You must only use globally recognized registration numbers or ICAO approved airline telephony/designators while connected to POSCON in the Live Mode.

Exceptions include fake callsigns that have been pre-approved by POSCON for use on the network.

Live Mode None

Flight Plans: Server; validates entries.

Web UI Entries: Moderators; only if reported by other members.

Users; through bad feedback.

None; if server validates.

Subjective; if a Moderator is involved or users leave bad feedback.

Dependent on previous offenses.

Connecting on or repositioning to a Movement Area is prohibited.

Live Mode

None

Runways: Server; forces Ghost Mode automatically.

Taxiways: Moderator; only if reported by other members.

Users; through bad feedback.

None; if server forces Ghost Mode.

Subjective; if a Moderator is involved or users leave bad feedback.

Dependent on previous offenses.

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.

Live Mode

None

Server; forces Ghost Mode automatically.

Moderator; only if reported by other members.

Users; through bad feedback.

Subjective; if a Moderator is involved or users leave bad feedback.

Dependent on previous offenses.

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 envoke a pause event.

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

Live Mode

None
Server; forces Ghost Mode automatically. None
X-Plane users must maintain an average framerate above 20 FPS over a pre-determined period of time. Live Mode None

Server; forces Ghost Mode automatically.

None

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

The server will not allow you to connect in the Live Mode until you descend your aircraft below 10,000' AFE.

Live Mode

None

Server; forces Ghost Mode automatically.

Moderator; only if reported by other members.

Users; through bad feedback.

Subjective; if a Moderator is involved or users leave bad feedback.

Dependent on previous offenses.

Connecting 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.

Live Mode

None
Server; forces Ghost Mode automatically. None

Connecting as a military aircraft is restricted to members certified by the Military Division.

Live Mode

None
Server; prevents connection. None

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.

Live Mode

None

Server; prevents connection.

Users; through bad feedback.

Subjective; if users leave bad feedback.

Dependent on previous offenses.

Callsigns of major hijackings and crashes may not be used.

This includes, but is not limited to the following:

AAL11, AAL77, MAS17, MAS370, UAL93, UAL175, AWE1549, JAL123, AAL191, IRA655, SVA163, AIC182, THY981, KLM4805, PAA1736, CJC3407, LNI610, ETH961

Live & Ghost Modes

None
Server; prevents connection. None

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.

Live Mode

None

Moderator; only if reported by other members.

Users; through bad feedback.

Subjective; if a Moderator is involved or users leave bad feedback.

Dependent on previous offenses.

Users conducting Shared Cockpit operations must connect in the following configuration: 1 user in Live Mode; 1 user in Shared Cockpit Mode.

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

Live Mode None
Server; ensures compliance through system logic. None

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.


Live Mode None

ATC; through compliance timer.

Moderator; only if reported by other members.

Users; through bad feedback.

Subjective; if a Moderator is involved or users leave bad feedback.

Dependent on previous offenses.

Dependent on the circumstances.

Squawking 7500 for more than 15 seconds is not permitted. Live & Ghost Modes None
Server; suspends user. -200 points.

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.


Live Mode None

Server; disables both users' engines.

Moderator; only if reported by other members.

Users; through bad feedback.

Subjective; if a Moderator is involved or users leave bad feedback.

Dependent on previous offenses.

Dependent on the circumstances.

COMMUNICATION POLICIES

ALL OPERATIONS
POLICY DESCRIPTION

APPLIES TO MODE(S)

POINT GAIN
ENFORCED BY POINT LOSS

All pilots must be proficient in the English language. Any communication initiated in English must elicit a response in English.

Local languages may be used so long as both the communicator and the receiver mutually agree to such exchanges.

Live Mode None

Moderator; only if reported by other members.

Users; through bad feedback.

Subjective; if a Moderator is involved or users leave bad feedback.

Dependent on previous offenses.

A working microphone is required and all pilots must be prepared to talk on frequency in the Terminal Environment.

If you are new to POSCON or you don't feel comfortable talking on the radio, connect in the Ghost Mode first in order to become familiar with ATC phraseology and procedures.

If you are unable to comply with this rule for any reason, you need to arrange for a specific exemption before connecting to POSCON. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Live Mode

None

Moderators; only if reported by other members.

Users; through bad feedback.

Subjective; if a Moderator is involved or users leave bad feedback.

Dependent on previous offenses.

Pilots must monitor Guard frequency on Comm #2 unless unable due to operational reasons (e.g. listening to ATIS or aircraft is only equipped with one radio).

ATC will use Guard to hail you to their frequency. If you do not respond, they will send you a message through CPDLC that requires compliance in 3 minutes. If you fail to comply, you are automatically Ghosted.

Live Mode

None

Moderators; only if reported by other members.

Users; through bad feedback.

Subjective; if a Moderator is involved or users leave bad feedback.

Dependent on previous offenses.

Pilots shall only use Guard frequency to locate the proper ATC frequency to be on and to speak to Moderators.

Conversations, animal noises, or any other unrelated chatter is strictly prohibited on Guard.

Live Mode

None

Moderators; only if reported by other members.

Users; through bad feedback.

Subjective; if a Moderator is involved or users leave bad feedback.

Dependent on previous offenses.

Keep unnecessary chatter on all frequencies (except VHF 123.450) to a minimum. Any form of trolling on any communication method is strictly prohibited.

In this context, trolling is defined as screaming, intentionally blocking transmissions, playing music, pretending to be another aircraft or ATC, intentionally leaving your mic open, or anything else deemed as overly disruptive.

Live Mode

None

Moderator; only if reported by other members.

Users; through bad feedback.

Subjective; if a Moderator is involved or users leave bad feedback.

Dependent on previous offenses.

COMMUNICATION POLICIES

CONTROLLED AIRFIELDS & AIRSPACE
POLICY DESCRIPTION

APPLIES TO MODE(S)

ENFORCED BY

POINT GAIN
POINT LOSS

Pilots must always establish and maintain two-way voice radio communications with ATC, except under the following conditions:

  • ATC may grant permission to leave the frequency.
  • En route, voice communication is not required. If voice is not used for en route, the pilot must be available via CPDLC/ACARS.

This is accomplished by looking at real-world charts, tuning to a proper frequency, and establishing two-way radio communications.

Pilots should use the "Ghost" mode when a long break from frequency is required.

Live Mode

None

ATC; through compliance timer.

Users; through bad feedback.

Subjective; if users leave bad feedback.

Dependent on previous offenses.

COMMUNICATION POLICIES

UNCONTROLLED AIRFIELDS & AIRSPACE
POLICY DESCRIPTION

APPLIES TO MODE(S)

POINT GAIN
ENFORCED BY POINT LOSS

All Terminal Environment aircraft movements must be announced on the published real-world CTAF frequency. If there is no real-world CTAF frequency published then:

  1. Check POSCON Airport Advisory charts to see which frequency has been set by the respective ATC Division.
  2. Use 122.950 MHz and announce intentions.

Live Mode

None

Moderator; only if reported by other members.

Users; through bad feedback.

Subjective; if a Moderator is involved or users leave bad feedback.

Dependent on previous offenses.

The following radio calls are required:

  • Departure - Taxi, Runway Crossing (if applicable), Takeoff, and Departing Pattern.
  • Landing - 10 NM, Pattern Entry, Final, Runway Exit, Runway Crossing (if applicable), and Taxi.

When en route, and outside of controlled airspace, you should monitor Air-to-Air frequency on 123.450 MHz on Comm #1.

Live Mode

None

Moderator; only if reported by other members.

Users; through bad feedback.

Subjective; if a Moderator is involved or users leave bad feedback.

Dependent on previous offenses.

GROUND OPERATION POLICIES

ALL OPERATIONS
POLICY DESCRIPTION

APPLIES TO MODE(S)

POINT GAIN
ENFORCED BY POINT LOSS

Pilots must possess and use an airport diagram for navigation.

We recommend you write down all taxi instructions using either a piece of paper or your FMC scratchpad.


Live Mode

None

Moderator; only if reported by other members.

Users; through bad feedback.

Subjective; depends on previous offenses.

Taxi speeds of greater than 30 knots ground speed are prohibited.

Live Mode

None

Server; forces Ghost Mode after 10 seconds.

Moderator; only if reported by other members.

Users; through bad feedback.

-5 points for every 2 seconds over 30 knots.

Subjective; if a Moderator is involved or users leave bad feedback.

Dependent on previous offenses.

Do not purposely block runway exits, especially high-speed exits, while taxiing.

This is particularly important during events at Controlled Airfields and normal operations at Uncontrolled Airfields.

Live Mode

None

Moderator; only if reported by other members.

Users; through bad feedback.

Subjective; if a Moderator is involved or users leave bad feedback.

Dependent on previous offenses.

On landing, ensure that the entire aircraft (including the tail) is clear of a runway and associated hold short lines even if this means positioning the aircraft on a parallel taxiway.


Live Mode

None

Moderator; only if reported by other members.

Users; through bad feedback.

Subjective; if a Moderator is involved or users leave bad feedback.

Dependent on previous offenses.

GROUND OPERATION POLICIES

CONTROLLED AIRFIELDS & AIRSPACE
POLICY DESCRIPTION

APPLIES TO MODE(S)

POINT GAIN
ENFORCED BY POINT LOSS

1.) All pilots must obtain a clearance from ATC in order to conduct any operations on a Movement Area.

2.) Compliance with all ATC instructions is mandatory unless you are unable due to operational or safety reasons.

Live Mode

None

ATC; through compliance timer.

Users; through bad feedback.

Subjective; if users leave bad feedback.

Dependent on previous offenses.

Dependent on the circumstances.

Review all applicable Airport Advisory charts prior to taxiing.



Live Mode

None

Moderator; only if reported by other members.

Users; through bad feedback.

Subjective; if a Moderator is involved or users leave bad feedback.

Dependent on previous offenses.

Dependent on the circumstances.

GROUND OPERATION POLICIES

UNCONTROLLED AIRFIELDS & AIRSPACE
POLICY DESCRIPTION

APPLIES TO MODE(S)

POINT GAIN
ENFORCED BY POINT LOSS

Give way to traffic when necessary; do not intentionally cut other traffic off.

This includes not crossing runways without first ensuring the runway is clear of traffic, holding your pushback to give way to another aircraft pushing, as well as taxiway operations.


Live Mode

None

Moderator; only if reported by other members.

Users; through bad feedback.

Subjective; if a Moderator is involved or users leave bad feedback.

Dependent on previous offenses.

Dependent on the circumstances.

FLIGHT OPERATION POLICIES

ALL OPERATIONS
POLICY DESCRIPTION

APPLIES TO MODE(S)

POINT GAIN
ENFORCED BY POINT GAIN

Pilots must possess and use proper charts for the airfields and airspace they are operating in.

POSCON provides some real-world charts, but not all. Pilots are responsible for obtaining their own charts when they are not provided by POSCON.

Live Mode

None

Moderator; only if reported by other members.

Users; through bad feedback.

Subjective; if a Moderator is involved or users leave bad feedback.

Dependent on previous offenses.

Dependent on the circumstances.

Comply with any ATS regulation, including airspace requirements, for the country in which you are operating in.

Rules and regulations for different countries can be found in the Jeppesen Airway Manual or equivalent publication such as the AIP.

Live Mode

None

Moderator; only if reported by other members.

Users; through bad feedback.

Subjective; if a Moderator is involved or users leave bad feedback.

Dependent on previous offenses.

Review all applicable Airport Advisory charts prior to operating into an airport where Airport Advisory charts are provided for.

Live Mode

None

Moderator; only if reported by other members.

Users; through bad feedback.

Subjective; if a Moderator is involved or users leave bad feedback.

Dependent on previous offenses.

Dependent on the circumstances.

Pilots shall not exceed 270 KIAS below 10,000' MSL.

Most countries have rules limiting airspeed to 250 KIAS below 10,000'. In the case of ATC approving "high speed" climbs or descents, a 20 KIAS buffer has been provided.


Live & Ghost Modes

None
Server; deducts points. -5 points per 2 seconds over 270 KIAS.

Pilots are required to land in the touchdown zone of any runway.

Points are awarded for landings in the touchdown zone (only eligible 2 times per half hour).

Live & Ghost Modes

+5 points for every touchdown within the touchdown zone.
Server; deducts points automatically. -100 points if you land outside the touchdown zone.

Do not exceed 2000 FPM below 2500 AFE.

The point loss will only occur if you land. Go-around if you exceed this figure.

The policy does not apply to Light (L) weight category aircraft.

Live & Ghost Modes

None
Server; deducts points automatically. -5 points per 2 seconds over 2000 FPM.

Do not exceed 1000 FPM below 1000 AFE.

The point loss will only occur if you land. Go-around if you exceed this figure.

The policy does not apply to Light (L) weight category aircraft.

Live & Ghost Modes

None
Server; deducts points automatically. -50 points per 2 seconds over 1000 FPM.

Never land with a tailwind greater than 10 knots.

The point loss will only occur if you land. Go-around if you exceed this figure.

The policy does not apply to Light (L) weight category aircraft.

Live & Ghost Modes

None
Server; deducts points automatically. -10 points for every knot over 10.

Never land with a crosswind greater than 40 knots.

The point gain is voided if there are any point losses associated with the landing.

The policy does not apply to Light (L) weight category aircraft.

Live & Ghost Modes

+10 points for crosswinds between 25-39 knots.
Server; deducts points automatically. -25 points for each knot over 40.

Do not exceed touchdown rate of -600 FPM.

If the touchdown rate is less than -500 FPM, points will be awarded (only eligible 2 times per half hour).

The point gain is voided if there are any point losses associated with the landing.

Live & Ghost Modes

+5 points per touchdown.
Server; deducts points automatically. -25 points per tocuhdown.
Simulated hijackings or the recreation of any hijack or crash scenario is strictly prohibited.


Live Mode None

Moderator; only if reported by other members.

Users; through bad feedback.

-200 points.

Military flight operations are restricted to members certified by the Military Division.

This includes, but is not limited to intercept procedures, escort procedures, aerial refueling, flying military training routes, simulating military training exercises, and requesting activation of military airspace.

Formation flying is NOT considered a military flight operation and is permitted for all members as long as they follow applicable regulations.

Live Mode None


Moderator; only if reported by other members.

Users; through bad feedback.

Subjective; if a Moderator is involved or users leave bad feedback.

Dependent on previous offenses.

Supersonic flight is prohibited over any major continental landmass, except military flight operations conducted by the Military Division.


Live Mode None

Moderator; only if reported by other members.

Users; through bad feedback.

Subjective; if a Moderator is involved or users leave bad feedback.

Dependent on previous offenses.

FLIGHT OPERATION POLICIES

CONTROLLED AIRFIELDS & AIRSPACE
POLICY DESCRIPTION

APPLIES TO MODE(S)

POINT GAIN
ENFORCED BY POINT LOSS

1.) All pilots must obtain a clearance from ATC in order to operate into or out of Controlled Airfields or Controlled Airspace.

2.) Compliance with all ATC instructions is mandatory unless you are unable due to operational or safety reasons.

Live Mode

None

Review all applicable Airport Advisory charts prior to taxiing.


ATC; through compliance timer.

Users; through bad feedback.

Subjective; if users leave bad feedback.

Dependent on previous offenses.

Dependent on the circumstances.

FLIGHT OPERATION POLICIES

UNCONTROLLED AIRFIELDS & AIRSPACE
POLICY DESCRIPTION APPLIES TO MODE(S) POINT GAIN
ENFORCED BY POINT LOSS

If departing or arriving at an airfield serviced by a D-ATIS, the active runways and instrument approaches in use specified in the D-ATIS broadcast must be used.

Live Mode None

Moderator; only if reported by other members.

Users; through bad feedback.

Subjective; if a Moderator is involved or users leave bad feedback.

Dependent on previous offenses.

Dependent on the circumstances.



 

  • Updated: April 7th, 2020

    Changes: Updated the procedure for determining a the correct CTAF frequency to tune to.

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