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Update Terms and Conditions

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

Chris Pawley

Chris Pawley in United Kingdom

[Appointment] Training Directors

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

Chris Pawley

Chris Pawley in United Kingdom

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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

Chris Pawley

Chris Pawley in United Kingdom

[Vacancy] Training Directors

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

Chris Pawley

Chris Pawley in Vacancy

Christmas & New Year 2021-22

Hi all, 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

Daniel Crookes

Daniel Crookes in Training

[Appointment] Operations Director

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

Chris Pawley

Chris Pawley in Staff Changes

Training Director Resignation

Hi everyone, 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.

Daniel Crookes

Daniel Crookes in United Kingdom

[Vacancy] Operations Director

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. maintain an

Chris Pawley

Chris Pawley in Vacancy

Global Control Adminstration Policy (GCAP) feedback

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,

Chris Pawley

Chris Pawley in United Kingdom

[Appointment] Member Services Director

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

Chris Pawley

Chris Pawley in United Kingdom

Richie Turnbull

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

Chris Pawley

Chris Pawley in United Kingdom

[Vacancy] Member Services Director

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

Chris Pawley

Chris Pawley in vacancy

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

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

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

- 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

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

Operations Director

This is notification of the beginning of the application process for the position of Operations Director   Application Closing Date 2359z on 1st October 2020   The Operations Director shall: sit on the Division Staff Group and report to the Division Director have responsibility for the maintenance of and publishing of the UK Sector File together with the training and guidance of volunteer members where required. have responsibility for the maintenance of a

Chris Pawley

Chris Pawley in Vacancy

VFR Flight Instructor

Hi all!  ☀️  I am pleased to announce that @Darren Hill has joined the Training team in his new role as VFR Flight Instructor ✈️. Darren has been a committed mentor and significant contributor to Pilot Training for several years, and has played a key role in the production of our new P1 PPL(A) rating for the soon to be released new pilot ratings.  Please join me in welcoming him to the team! Thanks, Dan    

Daniel Crookes

Daniel Crookes in Staff Changes

Training Department Q2 2020

Afternoon all! Please see a summary of our progress and achievements throughout the second quarter of this year! ATC Training This quarter saw the restructuring TG1 & TG2 into a Tower Training Group and an Approach Training Group, with instructors dedicated to each rating programme. This move towards a more linear structure has allowed our mentors to operate across different positions more easily, and has drastically improved our instructors ability to personalise our students

Daniel Crookes

Daniel Crookes in United Kingdom

Division Policy 7.5.0

Division Policy 7.5.0 is now in effect. This policy is changed to reflect adjustments to procedures to be followed when operating on a solo endorsement (STV, SAV and SEV). Thanks, Dan

Daniel Crookes

Daniel Crookes in United Kingdom

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