Welcome to the Miami ARTCC on VATSIM! You are joining a highly skilled, fun group of people with a passion for doing ATC like they do it in the real world. Covering an area of over 400,000 square miles, The Miami ARTCC not only encompasses the area over South Florida, but also the high “Oceanic” airspace over the Bahamas and south to the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Any controller who wishes to join us must be a member of VATSIM and have a VATSIM CID. If you don’t have a VATSIM CID, you can obtain one here. Don’t forget to select “North America” as your preferred region during the application process. Once you have a VATSIM CID, check below for the requirements for New Controllers or Visiting Controllers.
Our group of highly experienced instructional staffers are ready to turn you into a virtual tin-pushing machine! Be warned though, this is not an overnight process. In fact, the average time it takes to go from Observer (OBS) to actually working the scopes on VATSIM as a solo ground controller (S1) is over 30 days. 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.
On a more serious note, we must emphasize one thing: This “virtual career” is not for everyone. It will require a fair amount of study and training, not all of which will be provided directly by an instructor or mentor (i.e, you are expected to do your homework). Most general knowledge is gained through reading the various training aids available. Instructors and Mentors for the most part, are available to help you put what you have learned into practice.
In order to make the Miami ARTCC your home, you will need to be a member of VATNA (VATSIM North America). If you are already a member of another region, you can change your region here. Also, you will need to join VATUSA. You can do that here.
Once you have your prerequisite memberships squared away, you need to fill out our application to become a controller here at Miami! We look forward to working with you.
We love welcoming visiting controllers into our family here at Miami! Our staff will work with you to get you up and running as quickly as possible.
Any controller wishing to transfer into ZMA, or apply as a visitor. must first satisfy the requirements spelled out in either the VATUSA General Division Policy or the VATUSA Visiting Controller Policy respectively. Upon meeting these requirements, the potential controller will first complete the ZMA Basic SOP written exam. This is an open book test. A total of 3 attempts will be permitted, each within no less than 7 days from one another in the event of a first or second fail. Upon the passing of this written exam, the controller will then take a PV exam relevant to their current rating. In the case of a C1 or higher, the PV will take place on APP. Upon a successful PV, the potential controller will then be admitted to the ZMA ARTCC and placed on the roster accordingly. If you have any questions, please contact our Air Traffic Manager through our contact form.