How to be a virtual ATC in VATJPN

Regardless of their nationality, VATSIM members who meet the following requirements are able to get education and training to be a virtual ATC in VATJPN.

  1. VATJPN virtual ATCs have to belong to Asia Region / Japan Division.
  2. VATJPN virtual ATCs have to have enough Japanese language proficiency to...
    • read VATJPN ATC documentations written in Japanese
    • coordinate to other local ATCs & pilots in Japanese
    • take written and practical tests in Japanese

Why is Japanese language capability required?

There are two major reasons.

First, most Japanese pilots don't have enough capability to talk in English. Therefore, although most of them can understand and use fixed ATC phraseology based on English, they often cannot understand complicated instructions in English, and they tend to use the Japanese language to request complicated things. This is true not only in the virtual world but also in real Japanese airspaces. To simulate real local ATC, local language capability is required.

Second, all VATSIM virtual ATCs have responsibilities to help beginner v-pilots. To do this in Japanese airspaces, the Japanese language is essential.

I can understand Japanese but I don't belong to VATJPN. How can I change my division / region?

Region / Division transfer is available, but it is not supported by VATJPN. Please visit here and follow the instruction.

We strongly recommend that you consider you really want to be a virtual ATC of VATJPN, and your capability of the Japanese language is enough to pass the rating tests before applying for Region / Division transfer. As to the process of training, see the next.

Where can I find training documentations?

All documentations for virtual ATCs are available in Controller Training Center. The process to be granted for ATC ratings is described here. Please note that all these documentations are provided only in Japanese, and there is no plan for these to be translated into any other languages.