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Web Services Vacancy

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

Calum Towers

Calum Towers in Vacancy

Division Instructor Staff Changes

Good evening,   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

Daniel Crookes

Daniel Crookes in Staff Changes

Division Instructor Staff Changes

Hi all, 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

Daniel Crookes

Daniel Crookes in Staff Changes

Enroute Newsletter - Issue 3 - 2021/01

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

Harry Sugden

Harry Sugden in Enroute Newsletter

New Pilot Training Manager

Good afternoon! 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

Daniel Crookes

Daniel Crookes in Staff Changes

Operations New Year Review - TopSky and 2020 Statistics

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. Top-Sky There has been a growing chorus of voices requesting an official VATS

Jack Edwards

Jack Edwards in Operations

Merry Christmas from VATSIM UK

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

Chris Pawley

Chris Pawley in United Kingdom

Stand Assignments within UK Controller Plugin

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. We as

Andy Ford

Andy Ford in Web Services

Marketing End of Year Message 2020

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

Loui Ringer

Loui Ringer in United Kingdom

Training Department Christmas Message

Good evening! 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

Daniel Crookes

Daniel Crookes in United Kingdom

Training Department Q4 2020

Hi all, Please see below a summary of our new projects and achievements in quarter 4. ATC Training 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

Daniel Crookes

Daniel Crookes in United Kingdom

S2 Moodle Course Release

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

Daniel Crookes

Daniel Crookes in ATC Training

Operations Department

Good evening, 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.

Jack Edwards

Jack Edwards in Staff Changes

Member Services Director

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

Chris Pawley

Chris Pawley in Staff Changes

Training Department

Evening all! 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

Daniel Crookes

Daniel Crookes in Staff Changes

Enroute Operations Coordinator

Hi all, 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

Jack Edwards

Jack Edwards in Staff Changes

- Tom Earl

Hi all, 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

Tom Earl

Tom Earl in Staff Changes

- Member Services Director

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

Chris Pawley

Chris Pawley in Vacancy

British Summer Time (BST) ends Sunday 25th October at 02:00

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: 18:0

Oliver Rhodes

Oliver Rhodes in ATC Training

Training Staff Changes

Evening all! 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

Daniel Crookes

Daniel Crookes in Staff Changes

Operations Director - Opening Statement

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

Jack Edwards

Jack Edwards in Operations

Operations Director

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

Chris Pawley

Chris Pawley in United Kingdom

Training Department Q3 2020

Evening all! Please see a summary of our progress and achievements throughout the third quarter of this year! ATC Training 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. Bac

Daniel Crookes

Daniel Crookes in United Kingdom

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