VATCAN FIRs

VATCAN has 6 FIRs (Flight Information Regions) and one OCA (Oceanic Control Area). They are listed on the left side of this page.

Each facility has a staff team consisting of at least 6 staff members:

  • FIR Chief
  • Deputy FIR Chief
  • Chief Instructor
  • Event Coordinator
  • Facility Engineer
  • Webmaster
Additionally, each FIR has a team of instructors who hold either an I1 (Instructor 1), or I3 (Instructor 3) rating, and mentors.


Each FIR is different, you can view each FIR's members, and find more information about each facility on the left. Feel free to browse around, and get to know each FIR.

Edmonton FIR

Largest FIR in Canada, covering every airspace from the Rockies, to the Arctic and the Prairies!

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Position Name Email
FIR Chief Thomas Smith
Deputy FIR Chief Nathan Dean
Chief Instructor Thomas Smith
Events Coordinator Matthew Bleakney
Facility Engineer Tony Koch
Webmaster Cody Newman

Home Controllers

CID Name Rating
810489 Joel Morin Student 1
861872 Dave LaPlace Student 1
1072542 Peter Maziarz Student 1
1106668 Tony Koch Controller 1
1157247 Owen Kane Inactive
1186526 Ryland Kruk Student 2
1234223 Gustavo Aguilar Controller 3
1240742 Samuel Jones Student 1
1308092 Katelynn Seiferling Student 1
1312117 David Manson Controller 1
1366416 Nathan Dean Instructor 1
1403527 Chris Kiernan Student 1
1442820 Cody Newman Instructor 1
1446003 Jonah Sohmer Student 3
1458012 Ethan Best Student 3
1464443 Jonathan Eacott Student 1
1465914 Matthew Bleakney Student 2
1473486 Cooper Helman Student 1
1484177 Jase Nantes Student 1
1492868 James Braun Student 1
1505007 Thomas Smith Instructor 1
1509399 Dylan Martin Student 1
1540069 Kris McCamis Instructor 1
1592253 Michael Alexander Student 1
1605481 Gabriel chase Student 1
1609369 Frost James Student 1
1612627 Simon Brown Student 1
1631073 Pierre-Luc Boutin Student 1
1636647 Nathanial Blais Student 1
1651489 Brayden Brausse Student 1

Visiting Controllers

CID Name Rating
813710 Philip Dowling Instructor 3
921002 Brad Crockett Instructor 3
1138610 Rob Nabieszko Instructor 3
1205396 Josh Agins Controller 1
1233493 Nathan Power Supervisor
1284785 Kells Moore Controller 1
1295578 Tyson Phillips Controller 3
1386032 Todd Blanchette Controller 1

Gander Oceanic

Cool, calm and collected Oceanic services on the VATSIM network.

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Position Name Email
FIR Chief David Solesvik
Deputy FIR Chief Vacant
Chief Instructor dieter windels
Events Coordinator Luke Maynard
Facility Engineer Amos Ng
Webmaster Vacant

Moncton/Gander FIR

Canada's Gateway

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Position Name Email
FIR Chief Mark Walsh
Deputy FIR Chief Jagard Strong
Chief Instructor Steve Oster
Events Coordinator Jack Koskie
Facility Engineer Dustin Pasch
Webmaster Marc Wheeler

Home Controllers

CID Name Rating
811419 Ken Greenwood Controller 3
811682 Michael Oxner Controller 3
817799 Patrik Yngver Controller 3
823500 Michael McConnell Controller 1
839743 Jesse Patchett Controller 1
919420 Marc Wheeler Controller 3
928245 Jim Allan Controller 3
935198 Mark Chapman Student 1
949706 Dan Arsenault Instructor 1
964079 Greg McCormick Controller 1
1045553 Trevor Bagnell Inactive
1055644 Tim Murphy Instructor 1
1060088 Stephen Hayward Controller 1
1078026 Jagard Strong Instructor 3
1102454 Chris Butler Student 1
1152129 Liam McKeown Student 1
1228495 Mark Walsh Instructor 3
1247101 Steve Oster Instructor 3
1275572 Jeff McMillan Instructor 1
1281219 Paul Gray Student 1
1326248 William Dalton Student 3
1336362 paul dean Controller 1
1346470 Liam LeClair Instructor 1
1352651 Dustin Pasch Instructor 1
1367113 Bryan Bagi Controller 1
1382701 Mike Scott Student 3
1418058 William Morgan Student 1
1450520 Trevor Teakle Student 2
1450838 Yi Zhou Student 2
1454008 Jack Koskie Controller 1
1464669 Dylan Whittle Student 1
1473283 Connor Arnott Student 1
1475520 Kent Xern Controller 1
1488801 Philippe Gauthier Student 3
1491562 Brady Henderson Student 1
1519442 James Glew Student 1
1532460 Adam MacLean Student 1
1541106 Samuel Stringer Student 1
1609631 Emma Samms Student 2
1636945 Brian Fergusson Student 1

Visiting Controllers

CID Name Rating
813710 Philip Dowling Instructor 3
921002 Brad Crockett Instructor 3
1138610 Rob Nabieszko Instructor 3
1146085 dieter windels Controller 3
1183048 Joshua Matthews Controller 1
1345389 Nigam Patel Controller 1
1431902 Zachary Collison Controller 1
1434459 Tristan Mann Controller 1
1444863 Tavis Harrison Instructor 1
1458917 Bence Takacs Instructor 1
1501600 Tim Lowe Controller 1
1505007 Thomas Smith Instructor 1

Montreal FIR

Realistic and friendly. BONJOUR !

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Position Name Email
FIR Chief Alexandre Dufresne
Deputy FIR Chief Yanis Sauve
Chief Instructor Pier-Luc Plamondon
Events Coordinator George Spartan
Facility Engineer Alexandre Dufresne
Webmaster Guillaume Therien

Home Controllers

CID Name Rating
811484 Sylvain Tousignant Controller 3
814252 Jason V├ęzina Instructor 3
827571 serge dubord Student 3
839709 Gilles Bourassa Student 2
892328 Gilles Cassanne Student 1
897184 Francois Senechal Student 1
924281 Anthony Belliveau Instructor 3
965064 Yanick Coulombe Controller 1
999499 Yanis Sauve Instructor 1
1008468 Philippe Hewett Student 1
1095625 Jean-Francois Desrosiers Instructor 3
1097772 Simon Cormier Controller 1
1150185 Gabriel Arsenault Student 1
1150683 Steve Chiasson Inactive
1211724 Enriko Michaud Controller 1
1239893 Renaud Lavoie Student 2
1300960 Pier-Luc Plamondon Instructor 1
1314808 Alexandre Dufresne Controller 3
1322578 Marc-Alexandre Paquette Student 3
1343029 Alexandru-Gabriel Bangala Student 3
1346608 Guillaume Therien Student 2
1370502 Felix Desmarchais Student 1
1380757 George Gyftonicolos Controller 1
1392114 Samuel Victor Student 1
1401063 Guillaume Girard Student 1
1408281 Adam Al-Finge Student 1
1416899 Nicola Fournier Student 1
1423228 Michel Robichaud Instructor 1
1429043 Mick Mantha-Pasini Student 1
1467625 Maxence Parenteau Student 1
1470349 Vincent fiore Student 1
1476406 Valerie Lambert Inactive
1476702 Matthieu Pourrat Student 1
1498123 Steve Desjardins Student 1
1515413 Myka Auger-Cyr Student 1
1528001 Louis-Rene Monette Student 1
1537558 George Spartan Student 2
1540518 Frank Ferrara Student 1
1543875 Benoit Medor Student 1
1549787 Philippe Boudreault Student 2
1551778 Julien Legault Student 1
1556401 Gabe Lapointe Student 1
1557263 Jean-Sebastien Otis Student 1
1579640 Sarah Fines-Neuschild Student 1
1591709 Benoit Lussier Student 1
1597275 Alexandre Laramee Student 1
1607821 Alexandre Lapierre Student 1
1610866 Leandro Perez Moran Student 1
1612806 Philippe Grivel Student 1
1624105 Matthias Klassen Student 1
1628200 Scott Azmuth Student 1
1639190 Anna Andrienko Student 1
1650340 patrick morin Student 1
1651705 Thomas Giroux Student 1

Visiting Controllers

CID Name Rating
1138610 Rob Nabieszko Instructor 3
1476323 Jackson Choran Controller 1

Toronto FIR

Toronto FIR!

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Position Name Email
FIR Chief Brendan McCurry
Deputy FIR Chief Tristan Mann
Chief Instructor Bence Takacs
Events Coordinator Isaiah Frazao
Facility Engineer Travis Chan
Webmaster Sandeep Nathwani

Home Controllers

CID Name Rating
800005 Harv Stein Administrator
813609 Brendan McCurry Instructor 3
819096 Tim Barber Administrator
823402 Mick Robinson Controller 1
823524 Scott Glover Student 1
837220 Dylan Luhowy Student 1
847924 Mark Wolpert Controller 1
875689 Ron Yan Controller 1
879930 Sandeep Nathwani Controller 1
916329 Daniel Maclam Student 3
926070 Caleb McCarty Student 1
929134 Sloan Halliday Instructor 1
956216 Ben Stevenson Instructor 1
979146 David Bourne Student 3
1032654 Gary Feddema Controller 3
1098289 Jeffery Murray Student 1
1099372 Daniel Desjardins Student 3
1108903 Sajedan Selva Student 2
1156720 Ethan Fortier Controller 1
1183048 Joshua Matthews Controller 1
1244532 Jacob Conkin Student 1
1276341 Faiz Abdella Student 1
1280970 Benoit Mercier Student 1
1303325 James Chen Student 1
1307134 Mark Arqued Student 1
1334445 Rohan Duncan Student 1
1345389 Nigam Patel Controller 1
1347752 Guangyuan Yang Student 1
1354743 Lenny Cook Controller 1
1363089 Spencer Duesbury Student 1
1368067 Darryn Soans Student 2
1376135 Joshua Eldridge Student 2
1378356 Josh Perry Instructor 1
1379281 Callum Mckinnon Student 1
1385156 Kyle Tam Student 3
1386193 Jacob Stubbington Student 3
1396135 Alex Mathews Student 1
1396358 Jonathan DiPalmaGarcia Student 1
1402756 Travis Chan Instructor 3
1403395 Anh-Tuan Tran Student 1
1406999 Jan Abramowicz Student 1
1413442 Muhammed Lodhi Student 1
1425931 Simon li Student 1
1427397 Dor Bashan Instructor 1
1432993 Faiz Husein Instructor 1
1434459 Tristan Mann Controller 1
1444461 Michael Brown Student 1
1448618 Zihao Zhuo Student 3
1452363 Jose Moreno Student 1
1458917 Bence Takacs Instructor 1
1459616 Travis Richard Student 1
1461215 Jacob Boyles Student 2
1468146 Bosco Chan Student 2
1471508 Xavier Beller Student 1
1473720 Amadou Sow Student 1
1477432 Cian Aherne Student 1
1484686 jordan kirkby Student 1
1487070 Noah Fremont Student 1
1494329 Isaiah Frazao Controller 1
1502577 Ziad Ewais Student 1
1513164 Goran Staznik Student 1
1522877 Mike Scobie Student 1
1527462 Nicholas Yip Student 1
1529785 Logan Traynor Inactive
1532832 Mitchell Mikkelsen-Cooper Student 1
1533379 bosco guo Student 1
1543152 Derek Lien Student 2
1550363 Talia Johnson Student 1
1552930 Lucas Medon Student 2
1564592 Konrad Cetes Student 1
1570933 Ethan Secco Student 1
1571561 Noah Staudte Student 1
1579157 Devin Brown Student 1
1581374 Jeffrey Li Student 1
1586370 Conrad Tulk Student 1
1597000 Michael Shamseddine Student 1
1599682 Matt St-Jean Student 2
1600979 Jack Taylor Student 1
1601837 Kaiden Matthew Student 1
1603335 Simon Fisher Student 2
1608236 Zachary Grossman Student 1
1615762 Anthony Ciceu Student 1
1622934 Dima Valeev Student 1
1623185 Wade Wiechenthal Student 1
1624205 Chad Radzio Student 1
1629286 Karan Singh Student 1
1629695 Liam Anderson Student 1
1635649 Rocky Petkov Student 1
1644711 Andrew Omaha Student 1
1644921 Matt Hyde Student 1

Visiting Controllers

CID Name Rating
813710 Philip Dowling Instructor 3
839743 Jesse Patchett Controller 1
924281 Anthony Belliveau Instructor 3
1078026 Jagard Strong Instructor 3
1095625 Jean-Francois Desrosiers Instructor 3
1138610 Rob Nabieszko Instructor 3
1233493 Nathan Power Supervisor
1247101 Steve Oster Instructor 3
1272431 Graham Curnew Controller 3
1295578 Tyson Phillips Controller 3
1299462 Luke Wightman Instructor 1
1350654 Ryan Miltenberger Instructor 1
1352651 Dustin Pasch Instructor 1
1366416 Nathan Dean Instructor 1
1367113 Bryan Bagi Controller 1
1378014 Lincoln Green Controller 1
1398752 Liam Shaw Instructor 1
1405159 James Norris Instructor 1
1425472 Andreas Tzemenakis Instructor 3
1427371 Kolby Dunning Controller 3
1431902 Zachary Collison Controller 1
1442820 Cody Newman Instructor 1
1444863 Tavis Harrison Instructor 1
1457256 Mitch Monette Controller 1
1467186 Juyong Park Controller 1
1476323 Jackson Choran Controller 1
1492532 William Chiu Controller 1
1501600 Tim Lowe Controller 1
1504110 Adam Veall Controller 1
1505007 Thomas Smith Instructor 1
1521067 Luis Ariel Zegarra Bueno Instructor 1
1531769 Haniel Garcia Student 3
1546444 Chris Gardiner Instructor 3

Vancouver FIR

From sea to sky!

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Position Name Email
FIR Chief Emily Wyatt
Deputy FIR Chief Josh Jenk
Chief Instructor Alexander Skopac
Events Coordinator Rocklynd Bozak
Facility Engineer David Paton
Webmaster Justin Norman

Home Controllers

CID Name Rating
831734 David Paton Controller 3
921002 Brad Crockett Instructor 3
995246 Ryan Fredericks Student 1
1072212 Karl Neumann Student 3
1075625 Eldon Wilson Controller 3
1091056 Michal Majerczuk Controller 1
1115365 Sebastien Marsais Student 1
1125898 Alexander Skopac Instructor 1
1127031 alex watkins Controller 1
1138610 Rob Nabieszko Instructor 3
1143290 Maxwell Chan Student 1
1177383 Alexander Jonsson Student 1
1278799 Vincent Michael Student 1
1295578 Tyson Phillips Controller 3
1301254 Davis Philps Controller 1
1324850 Ben Rheault Student 1
1330438 Ben Harrison Student 2
1336925 Andrew Ogden Instructor 3
1349402 Kevin Goarley Student 1
1352459 Niklas Schmidt-Roycroft Student 1
1356013 Isaac Zhang Instructor 1
1383451 Josh Jenk Instructor 1
1385183 Lex Reid Controller 1
1388249 Patrick Neyens Lopez Student 2
1390809 Abigail Pruijmboom Controller 1
1395841 Anson Tam Controller 1
1406219 Charlie Sun Controller 1
1422160 Dave Rose Student 3
1434598 Axel Blonde Student 1
1443735 Matthew Leon Student 2
1445138 Tanner Quinn Student 1
1465499 Athan Milonas Student 1
1467186 Juyong Park Controller 1
1469839 Ralph Lorenzo Student 1
1494229 JungHoo Oh Student 1
1503454 Marcus Wan Student 1
1505241 chad miller Student 1
1513765 Job Grafil Student 1
1514016 Brandon Mayhew Student 1
1517026 Emily Wyatt Instructor 1
1519118 David Bartley Student 1
1521874 Miguel Vasquez Student 1
1524903 Kevin Nelson Student 1
1525480 Zachary Smith Student 1
1533097 Kyle McKenzie Student 1
1537972 Mitchell Pearce Student 1
1539494 Justin Norman Student 2
1551822 Kai Pawlowski Student 1
1553438 Davis Byer Student 2
1554483 Rocklynd Bozak Student 1
1563339 Kenneth Gallant Student 1
1565936 Caelem Galloway Student 1
1567304 Kael Wichmann Student 1
1567689 Jonathan sellars Student 1
1574801 Emma Lysne Student 2
1583410 Basile Papillon Student 1
1597637 devin antoniazzi Student 1
1606703 Tobias Mullis-Karman Student 1
1610834 Kevin Wilder Student 1
1633773 Austin Struk Student 1
1643531 Dave Jenkins Student 1

Visiting Controllers

CID Name Rating
810170 Felipe Flack Cartaxo Controller 3
813609 Brendan McCurry Instructor 3
813710 Philip Dowling Instructor 3
839743 Jesse Patchett Controller 1
879930 Sandeep Nathwani Controller 1
924281 Anthony Belliveau Instructor 3
1233493 Nathan Power Supervisor
1272431 Graham Curnew Controller 3
1288197 Phil Hauf Controller 1
1299462 Luke Wightman Instructor 1
1350654 Ryan Miltenberger Instructor 1
1366416 Nathan Dean Instructor 1
1367113 Bryan Bagi Controller 1
1386032 Todd Blanchette Controller 1
1405042 Dario Marnika Controller 1
1423316 Nick Saffari Controller 1
1431902 Zachary Collison Controller 1
1432993 Faiz Husein Instructor 1
1434459 Tristan Mann Controller 1
1444863 Tavis Harrison Instructor 1
1449364 Jaik Patidar Student 3
1465914 Matthew Bleakney Student 2
1468761 Joey George Student 3
1482786 Ashe Zera Ramirez Student 2
1489532 Emma Holzhauer Student 3
1494329 Isaiah Frazao Controller 1
1504110 Adam Veall Controller 1
1505007 Thomas Smith Instructor 1
1540069 Kris McCamis Instructor 1
1546444 Chris Gardiner Instructor 3
1547805 Leon Aymar Student 2

Winnipeg FIR

The heart of VATCAN.

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Position Name Email
FIR Chief Nathan Power
Deputy FIR Chief Kolby Dunning
Chief Instructor Luke Wightman
Events Coordinator Tavis Harrison
Facility Engineer Ryan Miltenberger
Webmaster James White

Home Controllers

CID Name Rating
810379 Dan Pergau Controller 3
862352 Kien Houk Student 2
984292 Justin Martin Instructor 3
1079089 Mitchell Byers Student 3
1150974 Michael Ignagni Controller 1
1214000 Benjamin Cook Student 3
1233493 Nathan Power Supervisor
1269800 Wout Cobben Inactive
1272864 Karl Sawatzky Instructor 3
1279035 Ethan Mason Instructor 1
1299462 Luke Wightman Instructor 1
1310670 Dylan Oakes Student 3
1350654 Ryan Miltenberger Instructor 1
1386032 Todd Blanchette Controller 1
1392403 Zhengyang Zhao Student 1
1398752 Liam Shaw Instructor 1
1405042 Dario Marnika Controller 1
1405159 James Norris Instructor 1
1427371 Kolby Dunning Controller 3
1431902 Zachary Collison Controller 1
1435988 Isiah Dawson Student 1
1444863 Tavis Harrison Instructor 1
1445144 James White Instructor 1
1472234 Amine Bendali-Braham Student 1
1498566 arsen yamborko Student 1
1501600 Tim Lowe Controller 1
1524216 Pieter Waters Student 1
1529300 Cody Cameron Student 1
1544489 Kathryn Dudeck Student 2
1547803 Angelo Peterson Student 1
1549222 Benjamin Freeborn Student 1
1573223 Micah Alexander Hyman Student 1
1605320 Benjamin Riehl Student 1
1609665 Lucas Smith Student 1
1614943 Ryan Mayberry Student 1
1629222 Iddo Rock Student 1
1630939 Shane Paton Student 1

Visiting Controllers

CID Name Rating
813609 Brendan McCurry Instructor 3
813710 Philip Dowling Instructor 3
839743 Jesse Patchett Controller 1
999230 Alexandra Robison Controller 1
1138610 Rob Nabieszko Instructor 3
1183048 Joshua Matthews Controller 1
1240411 Matt Bozwood-Davies Administrator
1295578 Tyson Phillips Controller 3
1345389 Nigam Patel Controller 1
1354743 Lenny Cook Controller 1
1366416 Nathan Dean Instructor 1
1367113 Bryan Bagi Controller 1
1380561 Xu Linyan Controller 1
1382032 Evan Bradley Instructor 1
1382898 Nicholas Lascko Instructor 1
1419950 Sean OBrien Controller 1
1434459 Tristan Mann Controller 1
1454076 Michael Salvagnini Controller 1
1458917 Bence Takacs Instructor 1
1489532 Emma Holzhauer Student 3
1494329 Isaiah Frazao Controller 1