By Daniel Crookes
There will be an exam on Luton Tower (EGGW_TWR) on the 26th September, commencing at 1800Z. The exam is expected to last 1hr 15 mins but the exam may end earlier/later, depending on whether the competencies have been sufficiently assessed.
A good number of IFR outbounds as well as some IFR inbounds/VFR are essential to making this exam a success.
Please, no funny business without first speaking to EGGW_X_TWR. Pilots wishing to fly to ensure that they are familiar with the pilot guidance for ATC exams.
Good luck to the candidate!
By Chris Pawley
There will be a continuation of a previous exam on LON_C_CTR (London Control) on the 20th September, commencing at 2000Z. The exam is expected to last 1-2 hours but the exam may end earlier/later, depending on whether the competencies have been sufficiently assessed.
We will be controlling the sector in yellow in the below diagram:
We especially seek to assess the candidate handling traffic joining/leaving controlled airspace to/from Oxford/Norwich/Brize etc.
Please, no funny business without first speaking to LON_X_CTR. Pilots wishing to fly to ensure that they are familiar with the pilot guidance for ATC exams.
Good luck to the candidate!
By Harry Sugden
There will be a Gatwick Director exam (EGKK_APP) this coming Tuesday, 21st September, commencing at 1830Z (1930 local). We should be online for around 90 minutes, but this may vary depending on the traffic and whether we are able to cover all the required competencies.
Plenty of IFR is required for the exam to be a success, as well as some VFR in and around the Gatwick area.
Please, nothing funny without first asking EGKK_X_APP. If you haven't flown for an exam before, make sure to familiarise yourself with the following guidance:
Please join me in wishing the candidate the best of luck!
By Janet Kino
I was practicing checking flight plans, and for a flight from EGPH to EDDB I discovered something I don't understand. I'm sure there is some special rule that covers it. The non-UK portion of the route was LAMSO DCT EVELI DCT OSN L980 HLZ P12 BATEL T207 OGBER. Validating the route through the NOP portal, if flown at FL300 down to FL260 (since cruising below FL260, once you leave UK airspace, is not allowed), you had to descend to FL240 or lower at HLZ to meet the requirements of P12, BUT if you flew above FL300 you until BATEL to start you descent. What is special about FL300 over that portion of Europe?
By John Pettit
Westerly winds, no ATC online at EGLL, so which runway do we use?
In the past I have always referred to the <Daytime Runway Aternation> programme for guidance [ see: https://www.heathrow.com/content/dam/heathrow/web/common/documents/company/local-community/noise/operations/runway-alternation/Runway_Alternation_Programme_2021.pdf] or check EGLL NOTAMS for any temporary restrictions.
However, many do not know of this alternation programme, and it seems to be a 'free for all'. Does Vatsim have any guidance here?