Becoming A Member Of ZMA
Welcome to the Miami vARTCC, a proud part of VATUSA on VATSIM! Our community is home to one of the busiest airports online and off. We are excited you have an interest in joining a highly skilled and fun group of people with a passion for providing ATC like it is done in the real world. Covering an area of over 400,000 sq. mi. (1,035,995 sq. km.), our region is expansive. Our region includes the Florida Keys, Florida Suncoast, Florida Treasure Coast, South Florida and southeastern parts of the Gulf of Mexico. Our ARTCC is also responsible for center operations over the Bahamas and south to the Turks and Caicos Islands.
For those looking to become a part of our team, you must be a member of the VATSIM network and have an active CID. Don’t have one? Not a problem, you can obtain one here. Be sure to select “North America” as your preferred region during the application process. Once you have your CID, take time to review the VATSIM ATC General Information section. Then, review the below for what comes next!
Before We Get Started
Our Training Division features an amazing group of Instructional Staff Members who dedicate their time to help those who are new to our region become familiar with what is necessary to be a successful controller here at ZMA. Whether you are new to this amazing hobby, or have previous experience from other locations, our goal is to help everyone have the best experience possible while participating. However, this is not an overnight process.
This pastime requires large amounts of work and commitment in order to succeed. In fact, it is not uncommon for a month of time to pass before an Observer (OBS) is actually working the scopes as a solo Ground/Clearance Delivery ATC Controller. While we know there is a lot of material to get caught up on, do not get discouraged! It may seem daunting or nearly impossible at times, but we assure you that not only is it possible, but with a little effort on your part, you’ll ascend through the ranks and enjoy learning new things at every level.
We must emphasize once again this hobby and pastime require effort. Independent work is is an absolute necessity. The value of your own reading of materials, your own observations of other controllers and your own practice cannot be overstated to develop your skills. It will require a fair amount of study and training, with homework required outside of training provided directly by a Mentor or Instructor. This “virtual career” may not be for everyone. For more details on the process, be sure to review the Trainee Welcome Letter and Training Division FAQ