The VATSIM UK Web Services Team is made up of a small group of people that maintain and develop the online platforms for the Division. These systems are used by anyone that interacts with us; home members, visitors, staff and the public.
We don’t often open applications for people to join the team (the last time was mid-2018) so if you have ever wanted to get involved in what we do, now is a great time to apply!
About the role
We’re looking for someone to work closely with our existi
Please could you all join me in thanking @Jamie Paine for his contributions as a Division Instructor (DI). Jamie has decided to step down from his role as a DI as a result of his time being consumed elsewhere.
Jamie has contributed to the staff team for just under three years. He has been involved in the wider training groups and then proceeded to become a DI where he took over the S3 Moodle Course development. Alongside all of the work Jamie has been doing for
Please could you join me in thanking @Phillip Speer for his unreserved dedication and commitment to VATSIM UK over the past 15 years. Phillip will be leaving our team of Division Instructors as he settles into new personal circumstances. For those of you who may not know Phillip, he started mentoring for the Division in 2006 (at which point I was 7...) and joined the staff team in 2008. Phillip has fulfilled numerous staff roles in the UK and always has, without fail, contributed to
Released each AIRAC, this newsletter is written for the UK's enroute controllers - and trainees - with the aim of summarising all the important changes that cycle. It also provides an opportunity for an 'In Focus' segment, and a place for both reminders and a look ahead. I'm now also posting it in this Blogs section for wider visibility; past issues are available here.
Issue 3 - AIRAC 2101
Hello, and welcome to Issue 3 of the Enroute Operations Newsletter.
Last time, I said
Please join me in congratulating @Darren Hill as he takes on his new role as Pilot Training Manager. Darren has been an active mentor in the training department for 18 months and took on the role of VFR Flight Instructor last spring.
He has played a vital role in helping us obtain our approval for the new P1 PPL(A) rating and without a doubt, has the motivation and skill to carry VATSIM UK's Pilot Training into the future.
Over the next few month Darren will be wor
Happy New Year!
I hope your festive periods have been relaxing. I'm sure many of you like me, will be looking ahead with more optimism to 2021. The past year has generated some remarkable statistics which show the vast contributions made to the division. The Operations Department has also been working hard on a number of topics recently and there are a few exciting projects in the works as we begin 2021.
There has been a growing chorus of voices requesting an official VATS
As 2020 draws to a close (a year many of us will be happy to see the back of) we have spent some time reflecting on recent achievements and saying thank you to the important contibutors within the division (You can find here the end of year messages from Training and Marketing).
Both on and off the network, there have been many challenges which we have not always been in control of or predicted. Thanks to the hard work of hundreds of volunteers the division continues to grow and rise to mee
Today, we are pleased to announce a significant update to the UK Controller Plugin - automated assignment of stands to arriving aircraft!
We've sourced together stand data for as many airports we can find in the AIP, vMATS and sector file... even the two lone stands at Dundee... to allow the plugin infrastructure to manage and assign realistic stands for arriving aircraft!
How does it work?
Stands are assigned around fifteen minutes before the aircraft is due to arrive.
Hello everyone, please see below the end of year statement from the marketing department.
I can’t believe we’re at the end of 2020 already, where has the year gone?
Before I break down different areas of the department, I would like to take a moment to share my appreciation towards every person which makes the clock tick in marketing, the Graphics, Livestreaming and Rostering teams all make this possible, so it is now time to follow in the footsteps of training and take a break
It's that time again! Christmas is coming up, and as we all take some time off, activity in the training system and on the network itself will inevitably reduce.
As such, from Friday 18th December to Monday 4th January (inclusive), training staff will not send out the normal session request/availability reminder. If you're a student training on one of our programmes (pilot or ATC), you will not be required to have a session request or availability entered into the CT Syst
Please see below a summary of our new projects and achievements in quarter 4.
Our approach TGIs have been working to produce 'APC Aerodrome Introduction' PowerPoints for our S3 students, allowing key areas of the vMATS to be boiled down into short and focused presentations. Alongside these new PowerPoints, each of our Approach training aerodromes has a dedicated 'Quick Reference Sheet' - similar to the current crib sheets, but with the added element of essenti
It’s finally here! After many years of anticipation and speculation (we’re not sure exactly when we started it, but we have found a reference to a new Moodle platform in some meeting minutes from October 2011), we finally have eLearning materials available on our Moodle platform for our S2 course!
The course is divided into six sections - Introduction to ADC, Aerodrome Control Phraseology, Meteorology, Separation, VFR Traffic, and Aerodrome Operations - with a short quiz at the end of each
The application process for vacancies in the Operations Department has concluded and I am delighted to announce that the following members have been appointed:
Aerodrome Operations Coordinator: @Chad Byworth
Sector File Coordinators: @Thomas Mills and @Luke Brown
Thank you to all those who took the time to apply for these roles and volunteer their time to the division.
The recruitment process announced here is now concluded and this vacancy has been filled.
The DSG has chosen to appoint Harry Downton to the vacancy and he has agreed to join the team as the next Member Services Director.
The entire DSG thanks Tom Earl for his dedication and efforts in establishing the member services team. We are additionally appreciative of the instigation of projects relating to new members, helpdesk reorganisation and review of the visiting and transferring control
As you have probably seen over the past few weeks we have been in search of two new TGIs for TG APP and one for TGNC. The search is now over!
@Thomas Greer and @William Jennings will be joining the Approach Training Group working alongside @Charlie Watson, bringing the team back up to three!
@Kye Taylor will be joining our New Controller Training Group working alongside @Fergus Walsh.
Over the next week they will be getting up to speed with our current operations
As promised, the Operations Team is expanding to include more personnel.
It gives me great pleasure to welcome @Harry Sugden to the team in the role of Enroute Operations Coordinator.
Harry will be responsible for enroute procedures and documentation and will lead our group of contributors in this area. He will also work with the training department to to develop and ratify enroute ATC procedures and documentation as required.
Harry is an experienced controller and re
After some careful consideration, I regret to say I’ve tendered my resignation to the DSG. Having recently accepted a new role in 'the real world', my spare time is looking very minimal for the future.
I would like to thank @Chris Pawley and the rest of the DSG for giving me the opportunity to build and develop the Member Services department from scratch. Significant progress is being made in the department now thanks to @Adam Meade, @James Thomas, @Luke Peters and @Matthew Wil
Division Staff Group
Job Description and Specification
This is notification of the beginning of the application process for the position of Member Services Director
Application Closing Date 4th November 2020 2359z
The Member Services Director shall:
Sit on the Division Staff Group
Coordinate the member services department; primarily responsible for the queries of members and handling membership issues
The key is in not spending time, but in investing it. – Stephen R. Covey
At 2am on Sunday 25th October the clocks will revert back by one hour. This means that 2am will immediately become 1am, generously providing us with another hour in our day!
This means that you will receive back the hour in bed which was thieved in the Spring, nobody will have a clue which way up is, and most importantly working out times in the CT System will become simpler, following the trend below:
On the theme of staff changes, we have some faces leaving us in Training - please see below a summary of who is leaving.
@Ben Cook New Controller Training Group Instructor - Ben joined us in September last year where he worked alongside the rest of the team to maintain and develop our OBS-S1 and Gatwick endorsement training. He has been a key player in projects such as the introduction of our S1 syllabus, new S1 aerodromes, and Basic training.
Please join me in wishi
Firstly, thank you to everyone for the warm welcome, I know recuitment for this role has been eagerly anticipated and I hope I can do justice to it.
At the present moment, Chris remains responsible for the majority of the department's output. This will gradually shift as we get the opportunity to hand over the various compenents. Getting to grips with the current state of affairs will take some time and I anticipate that during this period, I won't be able to respond to queries as promptly
The division has concluded the recruitment for the vacancy of Operations Director. We have chosen to appoint @Jack Edwards to this role.
Jack has most recently been TGI Approach within the Training Department and has held roles in both the vRAF and in the VA/SOA team of VATSIM.net where he previously has coordinated operations across multiple agencies and countries. Via this and contributions to the operations functions in the UK he has indicated suitability for executing the role. During i
Please see a summary of our progress and achievements throughout the third quarter of this year!
The quarter began with a change to our division policy clarifying the conditions and use of Solo Validations for our students in training. This has allowed our area students to practise on underlying sectors ensuring that they can use their 90-day solo enroute validation (SEV) to tailor their network time to the positions which will most benefit them.