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  2. Loui Ringer

    Posting a Group Flight? Read here!

    Hi everyone, We have an event running at Exeter this evening ^^^ If anyone is intending to fly GA then why not post in here for others to join?
  3. What is a LARS? A Lower Airspace Radar Service (LARS) is a free service available to all aircraft for the provision of the radar element of UK Flight Information Services (UK FIS). This service is usually offered in a 30nm radius around the station at any aircraft below FL100 and outside of controlled airspace (Class A, C, D, E) within the limits of the radar equipment. The service can be offered to either VFR or IFR traffic. Why get a service from a LARS unit? Some of the main reasons for establishing LARS stations are to help prevent, and expeditiously rectify, controlled airspa
  4. Hi everyone, Thank you to everyone who took part in the treasure trail event on Sunday, it was a great success and we have had some very good feedback. Watch this space for the next one in the series! Please see below the scoreboard from Sunday 28th March Gary Crofield (GTSGA) 12 Steve Barnes (GCEJY) 8 David Grant (GHERC) & Andy Knight (CLF134) 6 William Brazier (GHTRL), David Hudson (GDAVH), Chris Parkinson (GAFCC) & Joe Dobson (GAPZF) 5 Tony Oliver (GWACG), Yuval Glikman (GAVOZ), Darren Hill (GPTDA), Simon Williams (
  5. This was great fun, looking forward to more VFR events!
  6. Did two legs of this. Really good flights. Thank you!
  7. Great, lovely to see a VFR event! Thank you.
  8. For everyone flying in and anyone manning the AGCS position - Stapleford Radio operates on 122.825 MHz due to a frequency conflict with Unicom:
  9. VATSIM UK is pleased to announce another event in our General Aviation Event Series! The general aviation club invite you to join them for a treasure hunt on Sunday 28th March, expect coverage at Wycombe (EGTB), Elstree (EGTR) and Stapleford (EGSG). As part of our GA club events, we will be offering points to pilots that take part in the event series, we will be offering 1 point for every take-off (touch and go counts) at every included airfield during the event times, to collect the treasure, make sure you follow the trail! Your points will be added up and similar to the FTE's, a f
  10. Darren Hill

    Resource Suggestions

    Thanks for the suggestions guys! So far I've added: LARS to my to-do list. We are definitely looking into this, so expect further developments soon 🙂
  11. Richard Schunemann

    Resource Suggestions

    Newbies are, by definition, GA/VFR pilots. I am sure all the experienced guys out there flying IFR airliners and volunteering their time running ATC will relate to how daunting it feels when you start out as there is soooo much to learn -on your own- to the point where you can actually get to understand what the right questions are and researching the answers. It is not just learning how to use your SIM, fly your aircraft and airmanship, it is getting to grips with phraseology, how ATC relates to the different phases of your flight and how it all meshes together. The Pilot Scheme is
  12. Alec Barr

    Resource Suggestions

    I am happy to help with writing up resources, specifically for the LARS + Controlled airspace stuff for pilots. Also was thinking about something like a flight planning guide or tutorial series, the scope of which could be rather big but im more than happy to contribute with it. Just let me know what you think and how I can help 😀
  13. Gary Crofield

    Resource Suggestions

    Suggestions: how do you tell which VATSIM controller is responsible for which pieces of airspace? How far out should you contact an APP controller for a transit? Overhead joins, how they're done from differing angles. LARS, what it is, how it works and what it can do for you. Where to find VATSIM specific VFR information like aerodrome-specific procedures. Does every airfield we simulate follow the real-world AIP or do we have differences? Is there scope for linking up with CIX VFR Club maybe? Their resources are fantastic but some are quite dated now. Might be worth
  14. Hi all! We're looking to expand the Resources section of the GA Club and we'd like to hear what you guys want to see! If its GA-related, we'll look at getting it done! Currently in the works (very close to release) is a VFR Phraseology Guide. If you would like to write about a topic, which I have seen some people express interest for previously, get in touch and I'll have a look at it 🙂 . Also let us know if you would like to have certain topics expanded on! Safe landings,
  15. Introduction Airspace is the air available for aircraft to fly in under the jurisdiction of a country. With 1000s of flights daily, airspace is highly regulated and standardised to ensure safety. This post is aimed to be a crash course in airspace with simpler and more concise explanations. All the information in this post is adapted from the NATS webpage on airspace as well as their official airspace classification chart at the end. Sectorization of airspace FIRs, or Flight Information Regions are divisions of airspace worldwide and are managed by control authorities who are resp
  16. Richard Dockerill

    Addon Scenery

    I know I'm late and terribly sorry for missing. https://flightsim.to/file/4255/brighton-city-shoreham-airport-egka for EGKA in MSFS
  17. Chad Byworth

    Addon Scenery

    For anyone using MSFS for tomorrow's Sundown at Sandown event, the default airport scenery is already fairly reasonable, but if you want some improvements for free: Sandown (EGHN) - here Bembridge (EGHJ) - here Lee-On-Solent (EGHF) - here Goodwood (EGHR) - here Bounemouth (EGHH) - here
  18. Hi all! Following the introduction of EGHN as a AGCS airfield, the guide was created for the Sundown at Sandown event. The information within is correct as of the time of publication. Sandown Guide.pdf
  19. David Gant

    Event Suggestions

    Great! I didn't know there was AGO service sometimes. For GA pilots that's very realistic.
  20. Paul Walker

    Event Suggestions

    I've flown out of EGNY Beverley/Linley Hill a couple of times when EGNY_R_TWR has been online as AGO. The combination of being well away from controlled airspace and it being quite late in the evening and therefore quiet with no other traffic to worry about - for a novice, it's been brilliant 🙂
  21. Paul Robson

    Event Suggestions

    I think you're the same club as me (CIX ?). I think you need to be able to cheat as well. So if on our Tuesday flights say you get confused about the overhead join like I did last week, you could read it up, slew back far enough out of the way so it seems like a new approach, and try it again. Likewise at take off, you could file a plan, but if you wanted to practice ATC comms on take off, just reset the flight once you are out of ATC and try it again. It would also be great practice for ATC trainees once they were past the initial steps, because hopefully everyone would be more toleran
  22. This is really useful info. Thank you. On the subject of passing VFR messages, there's been a minor change recently that hasn't been widely advertised, so I thought I'd mention it here. The Skyway Code (which seems to have effectively replaced the old Radiotelephony Guide for GA pilots) states that it is no longer necessary to repeat the request for service at the end of the message. This is reflected (though I think not explicitly stated) in the current (2020) version of CAP413. A further revision of 413 comes out in January 2021, hopefully with fewer typos and format errors.....
  23. Richard Dockerill

    Event Suggestions

    I like the idea of Norwich as well actually, and despite need clearance for the AF itself, there's a lot of strips outside and plenty of Class G. Stansted is close by as well. Some great practice for VRPs and MATZ penetration as well to the south-west. It would be great to have a couple of dedicated days a month if we could rope in some ATC to manage Norwich Tower. Also some great references for Norwich airport VFR flying VRP map: https://www.aurora.nats.co.uk/htmlAIP/Publications/2019-05-23-AIRAC/graphics/97353.pdf Norwich airport's airspace guide: https://www.norwichairport.co
  24. Paul Robson

    Event Suggestions

    I've thought for a long time that VATSIM needs a sandbox. Somewhere where pilots and/or controllers can go to practice where they won't get in anyone's way - so they can repeatedly practice the stand -> flight and landing and parking, or whatever, and the whole system is more relaxed, and pilots and controllers can be expected to make mistakes. Obviously you can practice this on sims offline with the provided ATC, but that's not the same. Occasionally qualified controllers could go there to act as sort of online tutors - they do this when its quiet anyway, but it would be more explicit
  25. Paul Walker

    VFR Specific Resources

    Flight Sim Flyer is another YouTube channel with some great tutorials
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