By Jordan Webb
Hi all, I hope you guys are well in these difficult times.
Recently I have come across a number of controllers mostly at EGCC, of varying positions, who have all elected to use a runway totally contrary to that in use IRL.
On a number of occassions the latest METAR was reporting variable winds, such as VRB04, leading the controller to elect the written preferential runway of 23R as the runway in use. However, could we ask controllers to check both FR24 for what they're using in real world and, more importantly the TAF? I ask this for a number of reasons;
1) Just because the surface winds are calm, it does not mean that the upper winds reflect the same. I myself have encountered significant tailwinds down the ILS23R (both in reality and on VATSIM), and when reporting this to ATC IRL, frequently a runway change is implemented soon after.
2) With light and variable winds, one slight increase to push the half hour average into one runways favour could lead to a controller flip-flopping between which runway he/she chooses. This is totally inefficient. The TAF gives you a decent foresight into the longer term forecast. EGCC 141420Z AUTO VRB04KT 9999 NCD 11/M03 Q1033 NOSIG would suggest preferential 23R, but looking at a TAF of EGCC 141054Z 1512/1618 09011KT 9999 FEW045 highlights that above the ground, it's going to be in 05's favour.
3) If we're striving to be as real as can be, is it so difficult to check FlightRadar24 at what is still a fairly busy airport? This gives the controller an immediate insight to the current situation of both meteorolgical and operational requirements, without the need to check forecasts, NOTAMs etc.
As a EGCC local both in terms of residence and profession, I don't want you to think this is a bleating rant at the quality of the training/controllers at Manch. See it more as a nudge in the right direction towards the realism we strive for.
I welcome your feedback,
By Oliver Rhodes
But Time, to make me grieve,
Part steals, lets part abide;
And shakes this fragile frame at eve
With throbbings of noontide.
- Thomas Hardy, I Look into my Glass
At 1am on Sunday 28th March the clocks will advance one hour. This means that 1am will immediately become 2am.
Times on VATSIM are always given in UTC, so if you are in the UK you will need to convert from BST/UK local time to UTC/z time by taking off one hour:
19:00 UK local time -> 18:00z 22:30 UK local time -> 21:30z 01:00 UK local time -> 00:00z Please be mindful of this when entering availability into, or accepting sessions from, the CT System.
By Harry Sugden
These aide memoires have been created to assist controllers in handing over an operational position.
Four checklists are included:
CRAFT - aimed at Aerodrome controllers PRAWNS - an Approach control version PRAWNS - an Area control version WEST - aimed at Area controllers Three different sizes are included, to allow controllers to print (and cut out) the relevant checklist(s) to the preferred size:
A4 - one checklist per sheet A5 - two checklists per sheet A6 - four checklists per sheet All images obtained from and licensed for non-commercial use by http://clipart-library.com/
By Jason Shen
I followed the steps on the website and I chose to start covering theory content before my Introduction to ATC group session. I have read and finished all the staff in Course:S1 . Also, I successfully passed the theory exam for S1. but I haven't received the email yet. When can I receive it and know when will the session begin?
At last, I am from China and there is a time difference between UK and here. So I can get ready for the session if you can inform me early
By Barney Wakefield
Sorry to bother anyone, but I've been on the waiting list for roughly a year now (that's fine I realise it's a long queue) but the thing is I no longer see on the VATUK CTS my position in the queue. I don't now if its like this for everyone but about 3 months ago that just stopped appearing. I guess they moved to a different queue system. I don't want to make a ticket at the helpdesk if I don't have to so I'm just wondering if this is normal.