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atc-discussion New Scottish Controller Positions 2016/02

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Harry Sugden

In a similar style to the London post, with regard to the new EGPX FIR area sectors:

Sector Names

A sector name (i.e. what we publish in documentation) will always be the most-split version - i.e. the blocks of airspace and arranged into Local Area Groups (LAGs):

ScAC East: East

ScAC West: West, Deancross, Rathlin, TMA, Antrim

Controller Positions

A position is different from a sector, in that a controller may log on to a position and be covering different sectors depending upon what other positions are open. For example:

If SCO_W_CTR and SCO_CTR were logged on, SCO_W_CTR would be controlling the West, Rathlin and Antrim sectors whilst SCO_CTR would be controlling the East, Deancross and TMA sectors.

If STC_A_CTR then logged on, SCO_W_CTR would now just be controlling the West and Rathlin sectors.

The names of the positions (i.e. the callsign you use for coordination) don't change for SCO/STC, meaning commuting the nomenclature to memory is a little easier!

Bandbox (SCO_CTR) will always be known as "(Scottish) Bandbox"

Low Level / TMA

The names of these positions never change:

  • STC_CTR - "(Scottish) TMA"
  • STC_A_CTR - "Antrim"


  • SCO_E_CTR - always "(Scottish) East"


  • SCO_WD_CTR - "West (and) Deancross", regardless of whether Rathlin is split
  • SCO_W_CTR - always "(Scottish) West"
  • SCO_R_CTR - always "Rathlin"
  • SCO_D_CTR - always "Deancross"

When SCO_WD_CTR is online and SCO_W_CTR or SCO_D_CTR subsequently logs on, the controller on SCO_WD_CTR should, where possible, switch to the remaining sector callsign if a suitable moment in the traffic arises. It is however possible to have SCO_WD_CTR and SCO_R_CTR online without the need to change callsigns.

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