I have good and bad news to announce.
Starting with the bad, I regret to announce that @Thomas Mills has resigned as one of our Sector File Coordinators. Thomas was appointed at the same time as Luke as the first 2 sector file coordinators in November 2020. He has given us two whole years of work, 292 commits and just shy of 90,000 line changes on git. We are able to boast such a timely sector file release for most AIRACs in the year, thanks to Tom and Luke's hard work. Those of you that ha
Unfortunately, I have decided to step down from my role as Tower TGI. Joining the training team nearly two years ago, as TGNC's TGI, I have had the fortunate opportunity to meet some lovely people within the staff and mentoring team. With @Fergus Walsh at TGNC, we made it a mission to progress students through the OBS->S1 stage and during covid, we did just that!
With the TG TWR change, It was very difficult. Shortly after my appointment, I was soloing the training group
Another year, another 13 AIRACs gone. This has been a challenging year, with increased workload placed upon the department, after the loss of some experienced staff. With the introduction of the UK Controller Plugin API, some advances in flow control, and our ever-more present role in traffic planning for big events, it becomes hard to keep up with all our day to day roles!
One of our focuses this year has been to try to increase the list of airports that we can support documentation
Unfortunately I have to announce that @Thomas Greer will be leaving the Marketing Team, as Media Manager.
Tom joined the team in July 2020 to assist with the increased workload that came from our heavy COVID event schedules. Tom played a big part in the weekly management of Midweek Madness and domestic citypair event series. I would like to thank Tom for all of his work over the last few years! Tom has kindly offered to remain part of the Graphics & Rostering
I am pleased to announce the appointment of 2 new Operations Assistants @Peter Mooneyand @Harrison Grose.
They will be working with me over the next few months to get up to speed with aerodrome operations and I have high hopes for their contributions. Welcome to the team both!
We have not appointed an Aerodrome Operations Coordinator in this round of recruitment. After Peter and Harrison are more settled, I will aim to re-open recruitment to this role along with opening again for more
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
Currently, all ATC Training Waiting Lists are ordered by list join date. Members on a list do not need to remain eligible for a training place while on the list. This means members on a waiting list who leave the network for a long period of time are returning at the top of a waiting list ahead of the members who have remained active within the division.
In order to make the waiting lists fair for all members, from 21st December 2022, all members on the S2, S3 and C1 waiting lists will have
With the ever increasing demand for ATC Training in the UK and a relatively stable level of mentoring, we need mentors now more than ever. With this we have decided to add a fixed requirement for a member to have mentored in order to be eligible for a C3.
We also acknowledge that many members contribute to our division in different ways and wanted to continue to represent that with the new requirements.
The policy has been included below and is effective immediately. This policy has be
The Training Department is now recruiting for 3 roles:
Approach TG Instructor;
Training Department Assistant.
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;
Alongside the recruitment of a new Aerodrome Operations Coordinator, I am also opening applications for an Operations Assistant. I am doing this so that people who don't feel they meet the criteria of the Aerodrome Operations Coordinator can express their interest in joining the department.
Reviewing, editing and collating the contributions of Operations Contributors to procedures and documentation;
Attend meetings to discuss issues relating to the pr
Following Chad's resignation, we are recruiting for an Aerodrome Operations Coordinator. Applications will close on Saturday (Edited) Wednesday 30th November 23:59z.
Responsible for the maintenance and production of aerodrome specific operational procedures and documentation, including local vMATS Part 2 documents;
Responsible for reviewing, editing and collating the contributions of Operations Contributors to aerodrome procedures and documentation;
I unfortunately report the resignation of Chad Byworth as our Aerodrome Operations Coordinator. Chad has held this position for nearly 2 years, having been appointed by Jack in November 2020.
In his time he has done phenomenal work for the department having authored nearly 50 procedure change posts, designing our ‘ACBs’ (authoring the majority of them) and reviewing and improving countless documents produced by others. He has further kept many of our other teams up to date with operations c
Last quarter there seemed to be some demand for ATC Training exam stats. We collect this information already for the region report which few people tend to see so I've decided to publish them in this post where more of you who are interested will be likely to see.
Incomplete exams are excluded from the stats below:
S1: 16 exams, 16 passes
S2: 6 exams, 6 passes
S3: 2 exams, 2 passes
C1: 0 exams, 0 passes
A busy time for the Member Services department lately. We have concluded the recent round of recruitment for new member services assistants.
It gives me great pleasure to welcome @William Shaw and @William Brushfield to the MS team. They both have a good deal of recent experience within the division and will be a great assets to the team.
With the new additions it is sadly also time to say goodbye to someone else. @Dale Stainrod is leaving the MS team to focus his efforts
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
Over the last year or so the Members Services and ATC Training departments have been working on a revamp of our visiting and transferring controller policies to give controllers a better and fair opportunity within VATAIM UK as a visitor or transferee.
Today I am pleased to announce that the new policy is now released and can be found here.
The application system will remain closed for the moment for S2/3/C1/3 controllers and will be opened as the training courses for each
For over a year, the UK has been participating in a Europe-wide flow control coordination system called 'ECFMP'. In discord, you will see us occasionally posting in the "procedure_changes" channel with a Flow Control measure issued via this system. It allows us to request/issue traffic limitations to each other for the purpose of easing pressure on airports or sectors during events.
As of today, the ECFMP group have launched a new web interface where these measures are issued. With that com
I am afraid it is time for me to announce that I am stepping down as the Member Services Director.
This is happening much sooner than I would have liked, however with my job forcing me to step away from VATSIM for a short while I can no longer continue as the Member Services Director as much as I would have liked to. I did try an negotiate a pay rise but Chris said no ☹ and well, VATSIM doesn’t pay the bills so I must step aside to allow the department and division to continue
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
We are looking to expand the Member Services team with the recruitment of at least 2 new member services assistants.
The post will report to the Member Services Director and will work closely with the wider Division staff team
Supporting the Member Services Team in responding to first line support activities in the Division, including:
first line VATSIM United Kingdom enquires
first line Training Department enquires
P2 SEIR(A) is a go!
As many of you know, the P2 has been in the works since early 2021. Over the past 1.5 years, the course has presented us with challenges which have required hours of tireless volunteering by the team to overcome and produce the final product. Firstly, I'd like to extend a sincere and massive thanks to:
If I forgot your name, please feel free to shout at me!
who have each d
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
Following completion of a brand new moodle course, I am pleased to announce that training for Shanwick Oceanic has been refreshed and split into two segments:
Self study/theory phase, including an online moodle course and theory exam (pass mark 90%), followed by;
Practical training. There is no specific practical assessment for Shanwick training, mentors will issue the endorsement once competency is achieved.
Shanwick Oceanic training is available to home and visiting membe