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
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
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.
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
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
It's with sadness that I have, tonight, resigned from my position as Operations Manager. Since I became an active member of VATSIM UK in March 2013, I have loved every single minute I've spent on the network as a trainee, mentor, and staff member. Arguably, I have, at times, spent too many minutes on the network... but all for a good cause! Unfortunately, the pressures of balancing my final year in Sixth Form with my social life has left little room for VATSIM, and it would be unfai
Thanks to the hard work of @Alex Toff in particular, I'm pleased to announce a 'Squawk Generator' for use by VATSIM UK controllers. Simply type in the destination code, hit 'Generate Squawk', and one will pop up for you to issue. You can access the tool at:
Additionally, this tool has been open sourced and added to VATSIM UK's organisation on GitHub. To contribute, visit the repository: https://github.com/VATSIM-UK/web-squawk-gen
Going forward, work has
I am pleased to announce that the migration of the UK Sector File Repository from GitLab to GitHub has now been completed - thanks @Neil Farrington! The new repository can be found here:
The first and most important thing is that you read (and understand) the Contributing guide which is attached to the project. As we go on it is the intention to develop the Wiki with details of how the sector file is generated from the repository, and a step-
Following a discussion with @Samuel James, I realised we are both of the opinion that the prevalence of massive chunks of textual procedures in mentoring reports has become excessive. Forgetting the fact that we may of course be seeing changes through the introduction of Central Training for now (see page 7 of the November 2016 DSG meeting minutes regarding 'intense mentoring reports'), the fact that I see so many procedures in reports makes me, as the Operations Manager, worrie
Feedback is invaluable for all of our professional development as controllers, pilots, staff, mentors etc. It's also an important part of the development of our services for members. And with that, we are looking to gather your opinions surrounding a pilot and controller feedback system using a short survey...
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The survey will only take a couple of minutes to complete and will enable myself and the Web Team to gather enough initial information to draft requir
You may have noticed a few changes to the forum to help facilitate achieving the goals set out in my earlier roadmap post. So, what are the new places for?
ATC Procedure Changes
This forum used to sit under ‘ATC Training’ but has been moved to ‘Operations’. It will work in the same way as it has done, with procedures that have been fully incorporated into published documentation moved into the Archive.
ATC Rostering & Requests
This forum centralises requests by RTSMs for
The Operations Department is headed by the Operations Manager, who reports directly to the Division Director. At present, there are no other titled staff members, but the department relies on (and will, in future, rely even more heavily on) a huge amount of voluntary input from members.
How to Contact
Operations Manager - Harry Sugden
Email [email protected]
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