By Harry Sugden
Although my availability is sporadic, when I am about, I would really like to help keep documents up to date. The current process of going through the Helpdesk adds an extra step to documentation updates in my view, and I would love to get started on some necessary changes to the Heathrow EGLL ADC vMATS and Crib Sheet.
So perhaps, a workflow along the lines of this might work?
All master documents stored in a read only (Google Drive) folder, than members can download from When updates need doing, and you're willing to make them, post on the appropriate document page to avoid duplication of work When your updates are complete, upload to a pending review (Google Drive) folder - perhaps this script can help, but I'm no expert? - and submit a helpdesk ticket detailing what changes have been made The document can then be reviewed by Operations, or posted on the documents forum for wider review - and hopefully approved! Any other ideas on how this could be made more seamless? Or make it easier for updates to be made on time?
(Side note - though anyone using the VATSIM UK Document Template I hope will have installed the Alegre Sans font on the Branding Guidelines page!!!! 😄 )
By Callum McLoughlin
Positive to see the S1 AFIS and A/G suggestion taken forward. Would it possible to now re-evaluate whether restrictions on MAN_CTR can be lifted so a member can log in to this bandboxed position without overlying LON_N_CTR control? I received quite a few messages suggesting this would be an offer taken up by C1s who, like me, hate the area control element of N and instead focus on the terminal control aspects and provide better support to the now fairly frequently online APP controllers (which would be great). We did this during the Manchester Overload event (is it safe to mention that again yet :P) and it was 'operationally' a great success.
I'd suggest something along the lines of MAN_CTR can be opened whenever, but the W/E split can only be opened when both AC N and MAN is already online.
When BT pull their finger out and give me some broadband I know I'd log in to MAN. At the moment when I control I tend to go for either GP_APP, CC_APP or LL_APP... MAN_CTR would be somewhat a homecoming and I know for certain you'd see me and (based on the messages I alluded to in a previous paragraph) a few others deciding to head onto there too.
So what say ye?
By Michael Benson
In reference to the opening of EGLL GMC positions as outlined here I was just wondering if the reasoning is purely to mimic real world procedures of if there are other circumstances? The reason been is that the real world change is done due to the physical layout of the VCR and that it's much easier to see what's going on out of the window during easterly ops from the GMC1 position. This, obviously, isn't an issue on VATSIM and therefore for the sake of simplicity of controllers and pilots alike I am not sure the change needs to take place. Similarly if you do an end change does the bloke doing 2_GND then need to log off and move to 1_GND and visa versa?
If the change is done fair enough, but I thought a little background may put the change into context.
By Ross Gunn