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 Alex Ashley
I was taking a look through the downloads section this morning, and I was surprised to see how much documentation has been left out of date, or has now been superseded by newer information on the website (e.g. the Gatwick Pilot Brief). While it is indeed true that some documentation won't need updating unless there is a major change (e.g. the METAR decoding guide), having up to date documentation in other areas will help members significantly in my opinion.
There are several ways this issue could be mitigated, possibly starting with the removal of 'obsolete' documentation which has been superseded by newer documentation, either in the same place or somewhere else on VATSIM UK. In addition to this, the Operations Department could post a list of documentation that is 'outdated' and that needs updating in its section of the forums, inviting members to update it.
I am sure this will be mutually beneficial for many members. There has been some great work done already with regards to keeping documentation updated and hopefully this could help supplement those systems that are already in place.
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