It is my unfortunate duty to announce that @Ellis Delgado will be leaving the Operations Team.
Ellis joined the team in August 2021 as an Operations Assistant and has supported us through several major cycle updates, to include our massive Luton/LTMA changes in early 2022. We thank Ellis for his contributions over the last year!
Ellis will be continuing to contribute to our AIRAC cycles alongside being an active member of the division.
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
Please join me in congratulating our latest addition to the Pilot Training team: @Dale Stainrod!
Dale join us as the VFR Flight Instructor, bringing real-world experience and fantastic enthusiasm to the team. He has been actively involved with P1 mentoring since his exam pass last year and continues to show his passion for aviation!
Dale will begin this role with immediate effect, thus concluding the current recruitment drive for Pilot Training. Thank you to everyone who was
Our new theory exam requirement for training places has been live for a couple of weeks now!
I would like to provide some extra detail on how this is implemented practically:
⚠️ - Whether you have passed the required theory exam is not currently tracked by the "My Waiting List" eligibility checker on the VATSIM UK Website.
⚠️ - If you meet all the other criteria for a training place other than passing the theory exam, the eligibility checker will still show you as eligible, but
As mentioned in my recruitment post, in the past couple of months I’ve been looking at what quick changes can be made in order to improve ATC Training. My main focus is maximising the use of mentors time - feedback from mentors suggests that they spend a lot of time teaching theory that is already available through other resources (Moodle, Syllabus, vMATS etc.). Explaining the practical application of theoretical concepts is an important part of the role of a mentor and we want
Sadly two of the Member Services team are leaving us,
@Adam Meade has left the team due to getting a new job which now leaves him with less time for VATSIM. Adam has been a member of staff for a few years now is a couple of roles with both the ATC training department and the Member Services team.
@Matthew Wilson is leaving the staff team after many years of service. He has also found himself in a new job which means less time for VATSIM. Matthew has served in many di
We are now recruiting for someone to join the ATC Training team as an Approach Training Group Instructor.
Training Group Instructor role description:
Have overall responsibility for training within their designated group;
Select and train new mentors;
Maintain training standards in their designated group (inc. by ‘sitting in’ on mentoring sessions & exams);
Organise group seminars as appropriate;
Issue SxVs in accordance with division
Vatsim UK's Pilot Training team is launching a new program called The Flying Program which aims at helping new pilots learn to fly and/or develop their skills on the network. We are in need of people who are passionate and willing to help create Moodle content for the course.
The only requirements to join are as follows:
Be a member of good standing within the community
Have some aviation knowledge
If you're interested in learning more about The Fly
Please join me in congratulating the two new additions to Pilot Training: @Firas Bashee and @Ben Carpenter!
Firas will begin to move into his new role as IFR Flight Instructor over the next few weeks and will assist in this final push to get the course ready for release! He has been a part of the P1 mentoring team for several months and brings a wealth of real-world instructing experience to the table. To add to this, Firas has incredible passion for aviation and giving back to
Following our recent recruitment I'm happy to announce that @John Batten has accepted my offer to take up the New Controller Training Group Instructor role. I look forward to working with John in developing the existing training system and improving the experience that new members get when signing up for ATC Training in our division.
Unfortunately we are also saying goodbye to some other members of our team. @Fergus Walsh (Heathrow TG Instructor), @William Jennings (APP TG
I have taken the unfortunate decision to leave my role as Heathrow TGI. I have loved people part of the VATSIM UK team for the past few years and will hopefully try it out again in the future, but with my limited amount of time currently and slight burn out from VATSIM, I feel that it would be selfish for me to hold on to the role, so therefore I am passing TGI on to someone with new and fresh ideas that can benefit the division. I joined the staff team in February 2019 (crazy
I am pleased to announce that we are recruiting for a New Controller Training Group Instructor. This role will see you join with the current team in managing and developing training in the OBS-S1, Gatwick ground endorsement AFIS/AGCS endorsement training programme.
General responsibilities in the New Controller Training Group:
● Have overall responsibility for training within their designated group;
● Select and train new mentors;
● Maintain training standard
Firstly I’d like to thank everyone for the kind messages following the announcement of my appointment as ATC Training Director.
Having moved roles this left a space in the TWR team which a couple of people quickly expressed their interest in. Following a few discussions we have decided to appoint @Kye Taylor to the role.
Kye joined the Training Department 15 months ago as a New Controller TG Instructor. Having been involved in many projects including the development of th
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
It’s time for a quick ‘Happy New (AIRAC) Year’ from the Operations Department. I hope the festive period has allowed you some time to rest and recharge for 2022.
It’s a privilege to take over this department from Jack, who’s led it since October 2020. We are going into 2022 with a strong and established team, which we’ll need to achieve all our plans and hit our deadlines for 2022. Thank you @Jack Edwardsfor all your efforts to bring the team to where it is, along with your personal contrib
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.
Over the last few months, we have been conducting a review of the Visiting and Transferring Controller policy. The following changes will make the process more open and fair and are provisionally effective from 1st January 2022.
NB: we are not yet accepting new applications from new visitors or applications from current visitors wishing to upgrade - there will be an announcement when this changes.
New Visiting Groups
The aim of the new Visiting and Transferring training process (
Good afternoon all.
I've throughly enjoyed the last year as Operations Director, the swell in interest and commitment to the network from everyone in VATSIM UK has been a big wave to surf and I'm really proud of the work that everyone in the department has done since we all started last year. It's time for me to move on now and hand the role over to someone else.
Before I go, I would like to give you all (the membership) an idea of what goes on behind the scenes and thank some of those