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Minneapolis ARTCC

The Midwest's Air Route Traffic Control Center


Andrew Doubleday



I'm a graduate of the University of North Dakota's FAA Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI) Air Traffic Control program in Grand Forks, North Dakota. I also studied Aeronautical Science and Air Traffic Management at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. Although not presently current, I hold a private pilot certificate which I obtained during my time at Embry-Riddle and have completed a majority of my instrument training with around 100 hours of total flight time. I have applied on numerous occasions to the FAA with the goal of becoming a real world controller, unfortunately I was not selected for an opportunity prior to aging-out. I now work for a flight training solutions company which enables me to remain involved in aviation on the virtual front.

I’ve been a long time aviation enthusiast on both real world and virtual fronts. I began as a member of VATSIM in 2002 and I’ve been controlling on the network since 2005. I have managed the virtual Chicago ( ZAU) Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) for a 15 month period in 2006/early 2007 prior to transferring into Los Angeles (ZLA) ARTCC. Through my experience with ZLA I was introduced to the individuals that manage the PilotEdge network which opened the opportunity to provide virtual air traffic control services as a means of income.

I have well over 6,500 hours of virtual ATC experience over an 12 year period with VATSIM (A U.S. Division record). I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to learn from numerous real world controllers and pilots alike over the years which has enabled me to provide the best service possible to virtual pilots within the community when controlling.

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