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By Jamie Paine
The pre exam will be conducted on Monday 22nd January 2018 (1900z-2100z) taking place on Gatwick Director (EGKK_APP). We will be logging on around 1900z (1900 UK local) and will be logging off around 2040z (2040 UK local). A good mix of IFR and VFR aircraft will be required in order to assess the student's ability. As always, nothing special without the permission of EGKK_M_APP.
Any supporting control would be appreciated!
Please join me in wishing the candidate the best of luck!
By Nick Marinov
In the past few months, we have seen an increase in the number of events hosted by the division, which is, arguably, something that we are all happy to see. The Marketing team and the TG Managers post respectively the event announcement and expression of availability threads about 2 weeks in advance of each event. This is done so that people have enough time to plan to fly/control for the event and still don't have too much time to forget about it all.
One trend that has come to my attention when I was rostering the past few events is that we get quite a few members who request to control a position on which they have 0 controlling hours on. May I please remind everybody that priority is being given to people with experience.
Additionally, we have seen a rise in the number of no-shows of no-shows with every event. This night alone we had 3 no-shows in addition to 3 other people who have become unavailable on short notice, requiring last-minute changes to the roster. As one can imagine, all this leads to a bit of a chaotic situation on the scope: people's slots being rearranged in the last minute, leading to unhappy controllers, and positions that have been left empty by the no-shows, meaning that either 1 controller has to do the job of 2 in a high traffic situation, or people who initially did not want/request to control for the event need to be "dragged" into controlling to fill the empty positions. In the meantime, the pilots want to depart and fly.
Although we are a big and active division, rostering is quite a difficult task to accomplish, because of the lack of S3 and C1+ rated controllers. Even TWR positions can cause some "problems", as we saw this evening. May I ask everybody who put their names down for controlling in an event to think about the commitment they are making to the community, the pilots, their fellow controllers and lastly, to the division. This is something that purely relies on you, so valuing your slots ensures that the events run smoothly so that we can attract more pilots for future events.
Last but not least, no-shows in events are being noted, and multiple and repetitive no-shows will be taken into consideration where possible in rostering.
PS: Happy new year!
By Max Beckett
I was recently controlling at Glasgow when the METAR was as follows:
EGPF 291020Z 08013KT 3000 -SN OVC005TCU 00/M00 Q0986 R05/5/1093
I understand most of it apart from R05/5/1093. I know this is referring to the runway state but even with the METAR decoding guide I just can't figure out what it means!
Any help appreciated!
By Fraser Cooper
On Friday 22nd December there will be a pre-exam taking place on Gatwick Tower. We will be logging on at 2000z (2000 UK local) and will be logging off around 2130z (2130 UK local). A good mix of IFR and VFR aircraft will be required in order to test the student. Adjacent control from London and Gatwick Director would be much appreciated.
Anything out of normal operations, please check with EGKK_M_TWR first.
All the best!
By Chris Doyle
While doing EGKK_DEL tonight An aircraft reported unable to fly LAM2X and requested LAM5M. Euroscope only seemed to be aware of LAM4M. Checking NATS i can see LAM5M is the current Non RNAV Departure. I checked the UK.ese latest version of the controller pack and it has only LAM4M.
Does it need updated? Does it make a difference to Area controllers? I marked the departure as LAM4M but gave the clearance as LAM5M as the pilot requested. Is that ok?