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Pilot Training - 2017 Review & 2018 Plans


Daniel Crookes

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Well, folks, we’re on final approach towards next year, chocolate consumption has increased exponentially within the last 24 hours and alcohol consumption isn’t far behind.  Over the course of
this year a lot has been going off within the Pilot Training Department with new faces joining us and a new rating (or maybe 2!) so I’d like to share with you all what we as a department have
achieved this year, and more importantly, what we have got planned!

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Our P1 course has yet again proven to be our most popular course with 153 mentoring sessions being conducted this year and 9 new mentors joining the mentoring team. Our P1
(Online Pilot) Course has surprisingly always been one of our most popular courses even with other considerably quicker services out there where users can obtain their P1 we have continued
to help new pilots on the network.

Interested in obtaining your P1 through one-to-one mentoring? Submit a ticket here.

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The Darkhorse of the department this year has been our P2 course! After the winter months had passed in January this year our P2 course sored into action with over 68 mentoring sessions
being conducted and 10 new mentors joining the team this year. The course is an excellent for anyone who is currently studying their PPL as it is tailored to the same structure as the EASA
PPL exercises 1-12.

Earlier in this quarter, we updated the rating enabling the course to be conducted in the C152, C172, and PA28 expanding the variety for the community. With recent announcements from
several aircraft developers it appears that general aviation aircraft are on the rise, so why not learn how to fly them! We are currently developing the relevant checklists and documentation for
these aircraft, want to get involved in developing this material? Please let us know!

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We’ve had the weather for this one! One of our more challenging ratings but this year we’ve had some excellent P3 exam passes. Due to the complexity of the course, we have always struggled to
find mentors, but we’re sure you’re out there. If you hold any real-world licenses and enjoy teaching, please get in touch with us and join the team! The course is excellent for anyone who is
currently studying their PPL as it is tailored to the same structure as the EASA PPL exercises 13+ (Navigation).

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Make way for the new guy. Back in January this year we obtained an addition to our ATO license approving us for the P4 (IFR Pilot) Rating. This rating caught the eye of the veterans out there
who wanted to jump into the true depth of IFR procedures. This has been by far the most successful rating launch the Department has ever seen. After nearly a year the demand for the course is
still immense and we need you! If you hold a P4 rating and wish to join the mentoring team, then send us a ticket and we’d be delighted to have you!

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The P5 (Advanced IFR Pilot) Rating has finished development as is currently awaiting VATSIM.net approval. The P5 Course focuses on flying the aircraft manually and solely by reference to
instruments including partial panel to simulate instrument failures, and non-precision approaches such as VOR, NDB, etc. The rating will require a P1, P2 and P4 to be held before
eligible to enroll on the P5 course due to the complexity of the course. The course will be available to the community in Q1 of next year and will defiantly be our most
challenging course!

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Flight Training Exercises
Fancy something different, a new way to learn and have fun! VATSIM UK will be launching Flight Training Exercises next year.  Choose one of 3 launch exercises and take flight discovering the
South East of the UK learning and refining new skills. FTE’s will use TFDi’s smartCARS software to track your flight analyzing parameters such as altitude, airspeed, and position to see if you are
on track! Once FTE’s have been launched we plan to expand the number and type of exercises available to the community ranging from short VFR flights to IFR Roster exercises, the possibilities
are endless!

Moodle Courses
Over the past 6 months, we have been looking at the possibilities of expanding our administration of theory to moodle, VATSIM UK's current e-Learning platform. Tests are still ongoing with the
view to move all of our course theory over to the platform by the end of next year. We feel that this is necessary in order to meet our current and future demands as we expand our courses.

A final one from me. For me to say that I am overwhelmed with the support and effort that has been put into Pilot Training Department over the course of this year would be an understatement.
Change has been on the cards throughout this year but throughout it all, mentors have mentored, instructors have continued to grow their teams, and the community has plunged its time into
helping the department like nothing we have ever seen before. But the pace for growth is never stationary, so, let’s keeps the throttles up there, stay on the centre line, and
see where 2018 takes us.

From myself, and all of the staff in the PTD, I'd like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Thanks,
Dan :) 

 

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Alex Hartshorne

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Hi Dan

You have a graph under "Statistics".

Please could you let me know what the graph refers to?

Thanks

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53 minutes ago, Alex Hartshorne said:

Hi Dan

You have a graph under "Statistics".

Please could you let me know what the graph refers to?

Thanks

In Dan's absence, I'll try and provide some clarity.

Both images of graphs are simply used as images. There only purpose is to make the numbers look more visually appealing rather than just having text and numbers.

Thanks,

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Alex Hartshorne

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Just now, Calum Towers said:

In Dan's absence, I'll try and provide some clarity.

Both images of graphs are simply used as images. There only purpose is to make the numbers look more visually appealing rather than just having text and numbers.

Thanks,

Thanks for the clarification Calum.

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On 12/27/2017 at 19:48, Alex Hartshorne said:

Hi Dan

You have a graph under "Statistics".

Please could you let me know what the graph refers to?

Thanks

Being Pedantic just for the sake of being pedantic are we?

A most pleasing update Dan.

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Alex Hartshorne

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10 hours ago, Gary Oliver said:

Being Pedantic just for the sake of being pedantic are we?

Gary, it's hard to judge the actual performance of the PTD based on this year's statistics alone.

Whilst I thank Dan for the detailed update, it's very misleading to put up a chart under "Statistics", covering half the page, showing a positive correlation, without providing clarification that the graph is just an image to fill space (which Calum has now provided).

I can see that Dan is now back from his absence, as he viewed the post 20 minutes after Calum's, so perhaps he can provide us with some actual graphs, on a month by month basis compared to last year.

Thanks

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15 minutes ago, Alex Hartshorne said:

Gary, it's hard to judge the actual performance of the PTD based on this year's statistics alone.

Whilst I thank Dan for the detailed update, it's very misleading to put up a chart under "Statistics", covering half the page, showing a positive correlation, without providing clarification that the graph is just an image to fill space (which Calum has now provided).

I can see that Dan is now back from his absence, as he viewed the post 20 minutes after Calum's, so perhaps he can provide us with some actual graphs, on a month by month basis compared to last year.

Thanks

What statistics are you looking for? Sessions conducted YoY? Sessions picked up YoY? Exam passes YoY? Active mentors YoY? There are so many statistics that can be ran and I’m sorry to hear that the report above is not quite what you were looking for. I may also add that the majority of these (if not all) are publically available through the various APIs or Stats systems. Or of course manually counting our bookings in CTS if you are bored during the holiday season  

I would argue that statistics alone do not represent the performance of a department. That’s why this forum post also includes nearly 1000 words to cover what the department has done and plans to do  

Seeings as I was the one who built the system that pulls these statistics and helped put this post together, I think I am in a position to say that the intention of the graph was never to mislead people at all. There’s nothing to mislead people about.

Your assumption that someone viewing the forum implies they are back is a poor one. Dan, like many staff members, is still away at the moment.

I’m not sure you realise, Alex, quite how much effort goes into making posts like these. There is no obligation for them to be made but I, like many others, believe we should actively update our members regularly on our performance.

It’s disappointing that despite these efforts, the only comment you have to make is regarding an image of a graph.

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Alex Hartshorne

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6 minutes ago, Calum Towers said:

What statistics are you looking for? Sessions conducted YoY? Sessions picked up YoY? Exam passes YoY? Active mentors YoY? There are so many statistics that can be ran and I’m sorry to hear that the report above is not quite what you were looking for. I may also add that the majority of these (if not all) are publically available through the various APIs or Stats systems. Or of course manually counting our bookings in CTS if you are bored during the holiday season  

I would argue that statistics alone do not represent the performance of a department. That’s why this forum post also includes nearly 1000 words to cover what the department has done and plans to do  

I'm quite happy with the clarification provided previously, however, I will not accept that my post is pedantic.

We are getting sidetracked as you've answered my question already, that being said, I will respond to your points accordingly.

I agree that statistics alone do not represent the performance of a department, however, I think that they should allow for some sort of comparison to be made, and I hope that this feedback is taken onboard across all departments.

11 minutes ago, Calum Towers said:

Your assumption that someone viewing the forum implies they are back is a poor one. Dan, like many staff members, is still away at the moment.

Still away, but regularly checking the forum. Okay! :) 

12 minutes ago, Calum Towers said:

I’m not sure you realise, Alex, quite how much effort goes into making posts like these. There is no obligation for them to be made but I, like many others, believe we should actively update our members regularly on our performance.

13 minutes ago, Calum Towers said:

It’s disappointing that despite these efforts, the only comment you have to make is regarding an image of a graph.

Calum, I have thanked Dan for his post in my response to Gary and I think it's great to see frequent departmental updates, however, it's disappointing to hear that you assume I think otherwise.

Thanks

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5 minutes ago, Alex Hartshorne said:

I'm quite happy with the clarification provided previously, however, I will not accept that my post is pedantic.

We are getting sidetracked as you've answered my question already, that being said, I will respond to your points accordingly.

I agree that statistics alone do not represent the performance of a department, however, I think that they should allow for some sort of comparison to be made, and I hope that this feedback is taken onboard across all departments.

Still away, but regularly checking the forum. Okay! :) 

Calum, I have thanked Dan for his post in my response to Gary and I think it's great to see frequent departmental updates, however, it's disappointing to hear that you assume I think otherwise.

Thanks

What stats would you like YoY?

I check my work emails whilst on annual leave. I keep an eye on VATSIM whilst away. Some others do the same, some don’t. I won’t go as far to prove that Dan is accessing our systems from a Cuban IP, but you can take my word for it. 

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Trevor Hannant

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5 minutes ago, Alex Hartshorne said:

Still away, but regularly checking the forum. Okay! :)

I was recently away on a two week course with limited internet.  I still browsed the forum so I didn't have as much to catch up on but posting detailed replies via my phone, referencing other sources and hoping that the signal would stay strong enough to deliver it without timing out make me decide not to post at all during that time.

Not everyone can post all the time...

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Alex Hartshorne

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1 minute ago, Calum Towers said:

What stats would you like YoY?

P1 Exams passed Jan 16 - Dec 17. Thank you kindly.

4 minutes ago, Trevor Hannant said:

I was recently away on a two week course with limited internet.  I still browsed the forum so I didn't have as much to catch up on but posting detailed replies via my phone, referencing other sources and hoping that the signal would stay strong enough to deliver it without timing out make me decide not to post at all during that time.

Not everyone can post all the time...

Thanks, Trevor.

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13 minutes ago, Alex Hartshorne said:

P1 Exams passed Jan 16 - Dec 17. Thank you kindly.

There were 13 in 2016 and 23 in 2017

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Alex Hartshorne

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Just now, Calum Towers said:

There were 13 in 2016 and 23 in 2017

Do you have the passes for each month?

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9 minutes ago, Alex Hartshorne said:

Do you have the passes for each month?

‪Jan 16 – 2‬
Feb 16 – 1
Mar 16 – 2
Apr 16 – 2
May 16 - 0
Jun 16 – 0
Jul 16 – 1
Aug 16 – 3
Sep 16 – 0
Oct 16 –1
‪Nov 16 – 1‬
‪Dec 16 – 0‬
‪2016 Total - 13‬
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‪Jan 17 – 1‬
Feb 17 – 2
Mar 17 – 3
Apr 17 – 3
May 17 - 3
Jun 17 –2
Jul 17 – 4
Aug 17 – 2
Sep 17 – 1
Oct 17 –1
‪Nov 17 – 1‬
‪Dec 17 – 0‬
‪2017 Total - 23‬
‪ ‬

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Alex Hartshorne

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8 minutes ago, Calum Towers said:

‪Jan 16 – 2‬
Feb 16 – 1
Mar 16 – 2
Apr 16 – 2
May 16 - 0
Jun 16 – 0
Jul 16 – 1
Aug 16 – 3
Sep 16 – 0
Oct 16 –1
‪Nov 16 – 1‬
‪Dec 16 – 0‬
‪2016 Total - 13‬
‪ ‬
‪Jan 17 – 1‬
Feb 17 – 2
Mar 17 – 3
Apr 17 – 3
May 17 - 3
Jun 17 –2
Jul 17 – 4
Aug 17 – 2
Sep 17 – 1
Oct 17 –1
‪Nov 17 – 1‬
‪Dec 17 – 0‬
‪2017 Total - 23‬
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Calum, thanks for sourcing this information.

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Dan, thanks again for your work since June so far. I look forward to seeing your plans in action in 2018! ;) 

Cheers

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Daniel Crookes

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Hi @Alex Hartshorne,

(Puts Havana and Coke down)

Sorry for my retreat to Cuba but duty calls! If you would like when I return next week, I would be more than happy to sit down and run through all of the statistics that we have acquired from the data we have collected throughout the year. Glad to see that you are interested in the PTD’s performance, we have plenty of opportunities for members of the community to help out with projects, so please feel free to let me know if you’d like to help out!

Dan :) 

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Oliver Parker

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Not sure why a graph is really required to show that 4 is a bigger number than 1 for July, ey Alex? Each to their own though!

Well done PTD

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Good to see your enthusiasm Alex. Like Dan said perhaps you could put this along with your newly acquired skills as a PPL Holder to good use and help the department, I’m sure it would be most welcomed.

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