By Luke Thompson
I don't know if it's just me but as an S1 some people book 4 hour slots, which is restricting people who would like to get hours up not as they can take up time I may be free.
I dont usually book as i never know when I am free now a days with school work, etc...
So would it be possible to maximise the time people can book as i really think a 4 hours slot is way too long for someone to book for, when someone else could also be getting hours.
p.s I have a feeling this will get a lot of backlash
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 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a look through the downloads section this morning, and I was surprised to see how much documentation has been left out of date, or has now been superseded by newer information on the website (e.g. the Gatwick Pilot Brief).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ways this issue could be mitigated, possibly starting with the removal of 'obsolete' documentation which has been superseded by newer documentation, either in the same place or somewhere else on VATSIM UK. In addition to this, the Operations Department could post a list of documentation that is 'outdated' and that needs updating in its section of the forums, inviting members to update it.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