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By Callum McLoughlin
In respect of the below:
If an S2 is good enough to control Approach during CTP, they should be upgraded to S3! That is not a disparaging comment towards any of the SAV chaps, the way - but a suggestion that these guys genuinely need an upgrade!! This equally applies to all solo validation holders controlling in their "acting S2/S3/C1" capacity.
Would this be actioned after CTP, as what better exam could there be?
I hope that VATUK finds a pragmatic way forward with this as it would be a fantastic coup.
By Harry Sugden
Would it be possible to advise controllers during their training, that if a pilot sounds like they might need the initial climb issued to them, that it be given in the clearance? Of course this might lead to some pilots who do check the chart being told it, and some who don't check the charts still busting it... but it's getting a bit tiring on London these days with the number of busts. It's VATSIM... chart reading isn't a particularly popular pass time, but of course this idea would require subjective interpretation of what a non-chart reader sounds like.
Open to other suggestions as to how we can address this problem... perhaps some way we can point pilots to charts better than we do now?
By Andy Ford
It's now been four months since we released the new VATSIM UK approach radar training syllabus. Since release, we've seen an increase in the number of exams coming through the system, still with a strong pass rate.
Now that we've all had time to work with the new syllabus, it's time to look towards the next iteration and improvement. Therefore, we'd like to invite mentors and students to comment on how they're finding the syllabus and any feedback that they may have.
With any additions or improvements, we are hoping to retain the current paradigm of "if it's theory, then it's self-taught". If there's something that you've noticed students lacking with regards to theory because we haven't told them what they need and where to find it, please say and this can be added. This iteration will be adding the "Attitude To Self-learning" section that we have already added to the updated Tower syllabus.
On the practical side, we're interested to know if there's anything that you would want to see added to the syllabus or integrated into an existing criterion. Or perhaps there's something that could be made clearer to aid understanding?
Once we've collected all the feedback, we'll update the syllabus and release the improved version.
By Andy Ford
To conclude the epic quest that has been restructuring our training syllabus, we would like to present the first draft of the new C1 syllabus for comments.
As with S2 and S3, the purposes here are as follows:
To clearly define what skills a student must demonstrate in order to progress towards the C1 rating and how their performance corresponds to different gradings A guide to mentors to reduce mentor interpretation in grading students Designating a number of competencies as "self-taught", removing the theory aspect (and namely repeating the same thing multiple times over) from sessions. The draft syllabus may be found here:
Any feedback and comments are most welcome. Once people have had a chance to comment, we'll begin the process of finalising this and putting it live.
By Andy Ford
Following the redesign of the S2 syllabus, we are now in a position to do this for S3 with the same aims as before.
As such, I am pleased to present the first draft of the S3 syllabus for review. It would be great if members could have a read though and let us know any feedback that they have on this forum thread. Once everyone's had an opportunity to read and comment, we'll make any amendments and look towards implementation including updating the progress sheets.
Syllabus Flow Diagram Thanks!