I am pleased to announce that we are recruiting for a new Tower Training Group Instructor.
General Responsibilities within the Tower Training Group:
Have overall responsibility for training within their designated group;
Select and train new mentors;
Review ATC feedback;
Maintain training standards in their designated group (inc. by ‘sitting in’ on mentoring sessions & exams);
Organise group seminars as appropriate;
Issue SxVs in a
I’m pleased to announce that @Charlie Watson will shortly be rejoining the VATSIM UK instructor team in a new role as the Enroute TG Instructor!
Charlie first expressed an interest in the role when it was advertised last October, but opted to remain in his role as an Approach TG Instructor - a role which he left in March to move house and start a new job. He’s been quietly leading the development of our C1 Moodle eLearning course in the background, and seven months on he’s back
I am pleased to announce that the Operations Department is recruiting for an Operations Assistant. Primarily, the role will report to Aerodrome Operations Coordinator (the inimitable @Chad Byworth) but there will be opportunities to help out elsewhere in the Department. It is envisaged that two assistants will be appointed, subject to requirements.
Reviewing, editing and collating the contributions of Operations Contributors to procedures and do
Following the launch of the S2 Moodle eLearning course in December, we’re very excited to announce the launch of our S3 Moodle eLearning course!
The course guides students through 14 sections, starting with some fundamental Approach Control concepts (e.g. a high-level overview of the principles of separation) and moving on to Altimetry and Meteorology, Navigation, Approach Control Principles, Equipment and Systems, Identification, Validation, and Verification, Appreciation of A
I am pleased to announce that @Piers Austin-Foss will be joining the staff team as Marketing Assistant. Piers has been involved with the department for a good year and has demonstrated a clear passion for excelling our GA event series and Social Media campaign structure.
Piers will be assisting Tom with our media to start with and will more importantly be working with our live streaming team closely as we re-structure the system.
Good Morning All!
We hope you're all enjoying the warm weather and return of long nights at the pub (assuming you're over the age of 18 of course)! Over a year ago, we made a post outlining our plans for a long haul event series and polled the community on which destinations they'd like to visit. As the first lockdown restrictions came into full force we rushed to plan the debut event called Miami Vice, unsure of whether there would be sufficient demand for such lengthy events. Needl
Believe it or not, the UK Controller Plugin was released almost two and a half years ago. How time flies! In that time we've seen 35 releases to the EuroScope plugin itself and over 100 releases for the API (think of the API as the brain of the plugin that sits on our server).
Right now, every time we release an update to the UK Controller Plugin you need to download the new DLL and load it into EuroScope.
This has a number of disadvantages including:
You have to go and download t
Following the recruitment process for new TGNC TGIs, we have appointed @Reece Buckley and @James Taylor to this team to support Kye with the ongoing work with our members who begin training for the ATC ratings with us.
We recieved some excellent applications and had great discussions with several candidates over the last few days. This gave us some nice ideas about things to do in the future and also to get some feedback on what is working out well. Generally it was difficult to exclude ca
The ATC Training Handbook has been updated to version 1.3. This updates most of our procedures and workflows to reflect the latest versions; seperates certain procedures for training towards the S1 rating and defines the new structure of hours requirements for those members wishing to achieve a C1 rating.
Thanks to @Oliver Rhodes for drafting these changes.
The marketing department is the face of the Division. We are looking for someone to join our team as a junior member to assist in developing outreach elements with members and enhancing events offered to members. There is scope for responsibility to grow as the new member of the team gains experience.
The marketing assistant will be responsible for:
Assisting the media manager with the running of our social media and streaming platforms.
Over the past few years, the enroute team have allocated C1 training places on a purely ‘first come, first served’ principle, changing the number of places available for each training sector to suit students’ eligibility. This has ensured overall fairness and parity, but can lead to uneven student:mentor ratios, and therefore uneven training times, on each sector.
To rectify this issue, from Saturday 1st May, the number of places available for each training sector will be set,
We are pleased to release the new syllabus for members working towards their Gatwick ground endorsement. We are working towards releasing syllabi for all of our training courses whether that be for a rating or an endorsement in order to improve the continuity of mentoring provided and to make it easier for students to know what they are working towards.
A big thank you to all of the Gatwick mentors who help review and provided some great feedback on the document!
We are looking for a member of the community to join the New Controller Training Group team as an Instructor. This exciting role is fundamental to VATSIM UK's training programme and is a great opportunity to join the UK staff team.
What will the role entail?
The following responsibilities are relevant to the New Controller Training Group:
Have overall responsibility for training within their designated group;
Select and train new mentors;
Review ATC feed
I am pleased to announce that @Fergus Walsh will be moving over to the Heathrow Training Group to work with @Nathaniel Leff, our current Heathrow TGI! Fergus has been a part of the TGNC team for just over two years and has without a doubt, been a key player in maintaining our flow of new students and constantly updating and developing our training programme. He will be initially moving over for three months with the view to review after that period has elapsed. This will o
As we near the end of the quarter there are a few upcoming changes on the horizon in the Approach Training Group.
@Charlie Watson will be leaving the team as an Approach TGI in the next week as he settles into his new job off the network. Anyone who has trained for their S3 over the past 3 years will know of - or at the very least will have heard of - Charlie, especially his 'S2 to S3 Progression Guide' 🤭 . Since his initial appointment in 2017 Charlie has been a key player in
Some of you may remember a similar post a year ago when we first floated the idea of a weekly event, how time flies! The event has since become synonymous with VATSIM UK, and we see huge crowds of pilots returning each week which speaks volumes for the quality of service our controllers provide. We're currently in a situation where due to the insane volume of traffic, we need a minimum of 7 C1 controllers to comfortably split London into manageable sectors and this is
As many of us will know, the first few flights on the network are usually stressful and the amount of information can seem overwhelming.
Behind the scenes, the Training Department has been considering the idea of creating a program to assist new members in transitioning into flying on the network.
Before going ahead and developing/launching the programme, we want to hear the thoughts of the community! We kindly ask that you read through the below information and then fi
Released each AIRAC, this newsletter is written mainly for the UK's Enroute controllers - and trainees - with the aim of summarising all the important changes that cycle. However, it also provides an opportunity for an 'In Focus' segment, which might interest members at all levels.
To avoid duplication in the effort required to produce the newsletter, and unlike last month, I won't be copying and pasting and reformatting all of its contents from the original document onto the forum. However
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