We are pleased to announce that tickets for VATSIM UK Live! are now available to purchase from our website (live.vatsim.uk). Here you will find tickets available for purchase, options for hotel accommodation as well as other information about the weekend. Due to the great support of members previously and the pricing from the venue this year, we’re offering an inflation busting price match to last year. Weekend tickets are available at £30 and day tickets are available at £20.
The organisers of VATSIM UK Live! are pleased to announce that the next event will take place on 19th and 20th August 2023. The event will take place at Conference Aston, Birmingham. This is the only in-person event of the year for VATSIM UK. We look forward to welcoming all interested members to join us to fly, control and socialise during this weekend. Our event runs from 10am to 10pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
What is VATSIM UK Live!?
This event is an in-person event hosted
This week, we have published several versions of the minutes of previous DSG meetings. This covers almost all of the meetings held in 2022. We plan a change in process to inform the community about the content of these meetings at a more regular interval moving forward.
On behalf of the DSG,
The DSG is pleased to announce that @John Batten is appointed as the Member Services Director. This recruitment round has been especially challenging as we negotiated this appointment with external parties and have held extensive discussions with the relevant applicants. Ultimately this has meant that our outgoing Member Services Director ( @Lee Roberts ) has remained in role much longer than anticipated in order to transition this function to our new appointment. For this we thank him. John is
As we approach Christmas and new year, many of us will be taking a break from the network to spend time with our friends and families. With this training levels will inevitably decrease.
Between 19th December and 2nd January (inclusive), Training Department staff will not be sending out the usual availability/session request reminders. All students (ATC or PTD), you are not required to keep your usual session request/availability during this time.
Many Training Department
The DSG would like to thank Lee for his input in the running of the member services department and wish him the best as his career takes a new step into exciting opportunities.
This marks the beginning of the recruitment process for a new director of the Member Services Department. This role is the lead for the Member Services Department which provides the main contact with members in ensuring their support needs are met and facilitating their experience within the division from Day 1 onwar
We are pleased to inform you that bookings are now available for VATSIM UK Live! 2022 at Conference Aston in Birmingham, UK. You can book via our website - live.vatsim.uk
Our event tickets will cost £20 for a single day (either Saturday or Sunday) or £30 for the whole weekend.
Accommodation:- this is available at Conference Aston itself, we recommend either booking directly via their website or via a third party provider (hotels.com or booking.com) - this year there is no option to bo
VATSIM UK Live! Is pleased to announce that our event will return on the weekend of 13th & 14th August 2022 at Conference Aston in Birmingham. VATSIM UK Live! is an in person event - where members of the network join together to control and fly from the same room for two days.
We understand that this is at short notice, but working out how to best run an in-person event (including logistics, insurances etc.) is a challenge as we move out of the pandemic. As organisers, we wanted
The DSG has drafted new terms and conditions for the division's services. These will come into force on 20th May 2022.
You can view both the new and old terms and conditions here:https://www.vatsim.uk/community/terms-and-conditions. Since our terms and conditions were last revised, the division has introduced a number of new platforms; notably Discord, and the majority of our activities have moved away from the forum and teamspeak. We have generalised our rules away from being platform spec
Following the conclusion of the recruitment process started here, to replace Dan Crookes I am pleased to announce the DSG has agreed to make two appointments:
We have appointed @Darren Hillas Pilot Training Director. Darren has been the Pilot Training Manager since January 2021 and has been crucial to the development of the pilot training courses during this time. In addition, Darren has begun to fill the gap left by the previous P1 rating, which especially catered to beginner pilots taking
On behalf of everyone in VATSIM UK, let me wish all of our community a happy and healthy Christmas and prosperous and enjoyable 2022!
As 2021 draws to a close, we reflect on another turbulent and challenging year outside of the network. While many of us had a return towards normality in the summer and autumn, we have seen widespread distruption for many celebrating with friends and family this week. Additionally, we have the prospect of a new year which is likely to bring new restrictions a
Following the resignation of Daniel as our Training Director. This post begins the recruitment process for director(s) of training to replace him. Please note that this will be a slightly different recruitment process than for other recent vacancies (see below for more details*).
Expressions of Interest close: 21 December 2021
The ATC Training Director shall:
● be delegated general responsibility for ATC training by the Division Director(s);
● develop, directs, and implement new
Another year, another Christmas holiday period! As we all take some time away to spend with friends and family, training activity will inevitably decrease from its current level.
From Monday 20th December to Sunday 2nd January (inclusive), training staff will not send out the normal session request/availability reminders. If you’re a student training in one of our programmes - pilot or ATC - you will not be required to have a session request or availability entered into the CT
The division has concluded the recruitment process for the vacant Operations Director position following the resignation of Jack Edwards.
As a result of this process, I am pleased to inform you that @Kieran Hardernhas been appointed to this role. Kieran is a long-standing member of the network; most recently he can be found as a member of the Supervisor team as a Team Lead and spearheading the twice yearly Cross the Pond event. Kieran is familiar with the work of the Operations Department h
Over the past 5 years, I have had the pleasure of being part of what can only be described as a community teeming with enthusiasm, knowledge and the will to want to help others. As with most commitments, there comes a time when it is appropriate for the baton to be passed on. To say that I have enjoyed the past 5 years wouldn’t do it justice.
I will see the department into the new year followed by the commencement of a recruitment period for the role(s) in January 2022.
This is notification of the beginning of the application process for the position of Operations Director
Application Closing Date 18 21 November 2021
The Operations Director shall:
sit on the Division Staff Group
have responsibility for the maintenance of and publishing of the UK Sector File together with supporting volunteer members with training and guidance.
have responsibility for the maintenance of and curation of the UK Controller Pack.
The UK Division has provided a lengthy feedback document privately to the authors of the new global controller administration policy (GCAP). We are broadly supportive of a new policy which unifies some of the key policies which determine how many elements of our division operate. With this in mind there are some concerns which remain in the current draft. We believe it is especially important to ensure that all divisions are treated equally; regardless of their (internal) structure. In addition,
Following our recent vacancy for a new member services director, I am delighted to report that @Lee Robertshas been appointed to this role.
Lee has a wealth of experience in the division and the network overall - having worked with the vSOA team at VATSIM.net and within the training department at VATSIM UK during the recent few years.
Harry and Lee will work in parallel for the next few weeks as Lee gets up to speed.
We thank Harry for his efforts in running this department and w
A few days ago we were informed that a member of our community, Richie Turnbull has sadly passed away. Richie was in the prime of his life having just moved to Florida in order to begin the next stage of his training to be a commercial pilot.
His sudden passing is a surprise and a shock to all of his friends and family and we hold them all in our thoughts during this difficult time.
Richie has been a deeply passionate and involved member of our community for more than ten years. He was
During the last ten months, Harry Downton has led the Member Services Department as the scope of their work has broadened. During the same period, Harry has been lucky enough to begin a new role with a technology company in the North of England. His (real-world) role has since been expanded and he will begin more nationwide work during the last quarter of 2021. As well as having to balance his personal and work life, it seems that it will not be possible for him to also dedicate the amount of ti
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
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