ATC training courses will be placed here.

All ATC courses are restricted to SVATC controller staff. To become a controller, send an email to atc@seattlevirtualatc requesting an introductory training session.

This Introduction to Air Traffic Control course will teach the basics of the National Airspace System (NAS), basic phraseology and communication procedures, and other information to help new members familiarize themselves with the ATC system.

The primary function of the course is to assist newer pilots get started with SVATC

This is a recommended course for ATC trainees, but not required.

Within this course are the necessary items to become familiar and refresher with the airspace and airfields at KSEA and in the vicinity. Use this to gain an understanding of approaches and layouts to understand controlling around the area.

In the clearance delivery course, trainees will learn about airspace, navigational aids, and flight routing, how to give IFR and VFR clearances to aircraft operating in different airspace, and coordination between controllers. Other important highlights are a quiz on major navigational aids and airports, and learning about the basics of flight progress strips.

This course is a beginning guide to working Ground Control. This will cover the basics of aircraft movement operations. Topics to be covered include; taxi operations (both rotary wing and fixed wing), stripmarking, phraseology, ATIS, etc.

Local control is commonly referred to as tower control. While working a local position, controllers are handling arrival sequencing, VFR traffic, wake turbulence separation, etc. A controller can expect this to be one of the more tasking positions at the start of learning the system. Local is oft done combined with clearance delivery and ground control.

In this course, you will learn both approach and departure control from the perspective of a radar facility. For now we will call this course and position approach control as this position can be decombined into approach and departure but when combined functions under the approach name.

The nonradar course is to teach, those that wish it, how to control from a radar perspective without the scope. When the scope goes dead the only thing left to do is keep controlling and nonradar procedures allow for that. 

Note: Completion of the Nonradar course is not required to be certified on position at SVATC. With the way flight simulation is, flight a filed route exactly as it needs to be probably won't happen as often as liked and let's be honest with each other, pilots will be pilots and want to fly "GPS Direct" rather than on airways.