Minneapolis ARTCC
Controller Schedule
June 18th, 2024
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Minneapolis ARTCC Staff

Dhruv Kalra
Air Traffic Manager
  • Responsible for all operations associated with the Minneapolis ARTCC.
  • Reports to the region's Air Traffic Director and oversees operations and management for an assigned ARTCC.
  • Maintains an on line presence on the VATSIM server.
  • Functions as VATUSA HQ staff member. Attends periodic meetings to report on ARTCC activities and to stay abreast of VATUSA issues and policies.
  • Establishes an ARTCC web page and oversees its maintenance.
  • Initiates, obtains Air Traffic Director approval for, and maintains ARTCC Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Provides for coordination of position assignments and position restrictions when necessary.
  • Provides guidance and help to assigned controllers or guests. Optionally, establishes a staff of "Mentors" to assist new controllers and guests.
  • Works with Region Events Coordinator on events that may affect the ARTCC's operations.
  • Conducts testing and training as defined, and in accordance with, the VATUSA Training SOP.
  • Optionally, conducts additional training and testing on area-specific subjects.
  • Establishes an Assistant ATM position and defines the duties of that position. Submits selection to the region Air Traffic Director for final approval and announcement.
  • Nominates Instructor candidates to the Training Administrator or Training Director for Training Department approval and announcement
  • Recommends disciplinary actions to the region Air Traffic Director.

Lance Harry
Deputy Air Traffic Manager
  • Oversees the day-to-day operation of the facility
  • Reports to the Air Traffic Manager
  • Maintains an active online presence within the facility and on the VATSIM network
  • Functions as ARTCC Staff Member and attends periodic meetings as necessary
  • Provides for coordination of position assignments and position restrictions when necessary
  • Provides guidance and help to assigned controllers or guests
  • Assists in the coordination of events that may affect the ARTCC's airspace
  • Assists in management of the facility member and visiting controller roster
  • Other duties as assigned by the Air Traffic Manager

Chris Bright
Training Administrator
  • Responsible for the quality of the staff instructors and mentors.
  • Reports to the ARTCC's Air Traffic Manager and to the VATUSA Training Director.
  • Oversees and administers the ARTCC training program.  
  • Develops an implements training-related material and projects.
  • Ensures that ARTCC instructor positions are adequately staffed. Recruits new instructors and recommends appointments to the ARTCC ATM and the VATUSA Training Department.
  • Works with instructors and mentors to develop their knowledge and to ensure that training standards are being uniformly applied to all students. 
  • Tracks the progress of student controllers, including testing, promotions, and recurrent and remedial instruction.
  • Manages and leads the Training Division of ZMP.

Kris Pierson
Events Coordinator
  • Reports to the ARTCC DATM and ATM. 
  • Identifies and develops events to generate traffic and to promote the ARTCC.
  • Implements and oversees approved events. 
  • Coordinates with neighboring ARTCCs to arrange support for ZMP-hosted events, and arranges ZMP support for neighboring events.
  • Maintains relationships with virtual airlines, coordinates support for VA-hosted events affecting the ZMP airspace.
  • Develops and distributes marketing material (graphics, news posts, forum posts, etc) to promote events and the ARTCC.
  • Leads and manages events division of ZMP.

Daniel Everman
Facility Engineer
  • Reports to the ATM.
  • Maintains and updates sector files, SOP's LOA's and the ARTCC Operating Policy.
  • Manages the ZMP Engineering Division.
  • Works with VATUSA and other ARTCC's to approve LOAs and SOPs.

Maius Wong
  • Reports to the DATM.
  • Maintains, updates and manages the ARTCC web site.
  • Manages the ARTCC-assigned email accounts at the direction of the ATM.
  • Responsible for further development and modernization of the ZMP website.
  • Technical advisor to the ATM.

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