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Ryan Boulton-Lear

Hello all ! Not wishing to open a can of worms here, but hoping for a bit of clarification regarding the booking of Manchester tower. Now there is obviously two towers "EGCC_N_TWR" and "EGCC_S_TWR" and it's always been a gentlemen's agreement so to speak from North Tower whether they wan't South tower open or not, so it's not really booked. Now I accidentally booked on the CTS "EGCC_TWR" which it let me do, and then another controller booked "EGCC_N_TWR" which it also let them do which overlapped the bookings then. So looking for clarification really on what you should be booking Manchester Tower under. However if there is no official rule my proposal would be:

If someone books "EGCC_TWR" they are band boxing both towers, but if someone wishes to open EGCC_S_TWR they still ask EGCC_N_TWR if that's okay.

If someone books "EGCC_N_TWR" then another controller can book "EGCC_S_TWR" and the controllers do duals for the time that South Tower is logged on with their bookings. 

 

I look forward to any responses and hopefully we can get some clarification on this for the future !

 

Kind Regards,

 

Ryan Boulton - Lear

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Fergus Walsh

image.thumb.png.694690e64e17fbfcf5349d7f7357b92b.pngAlready beaten to it  😉

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Ryan Boulton-Lear
22 minutes ago, Fergus Walsh said:

image.thumb.png.694690e64e17fbfcf5349d7f7357b92b.pngAlready beaten to it  😉

Iv'e seen that already, just wanted some clarification for everyone 😉

 

Thanks

 

Ryan

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Simon Kenyon

The official answer was provided by George Wright a long time ago

 

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As S_TWR is a "split" of your N_TWR position this follows the sector splitting rules. They should ask you if you are happy to split the position, if not you are perfectly within your rights to decline.

This doesn't apply to GND splitting from TWR as this is a separate position in its own right. I hope everyone has the courtesy to ask before splitting but some newer controllers may not realise what they're doing unless it is explained to them.

Thanks for checking.

George Wright 
Assistant ATC Training Director

 

So basically if you book EGCC_N_TWR or EGCC_TWR your permission must be sought and obtained prior to anyone opening South twr irrespective if they have booked S twr.

 

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George Peppard

As Simon said above.

"When a position split is opened, the first controller to book may choose the split position they will control, regardless of the positions booked on the CT System" - https://www.vatsim.uk/atc/bookings

It's also common courtesy to ask the controller before you log on to the split position. If I'm on EGCC_N_TWR with 10 departures and no arrivals, I may not want a S_TWR - and I'm perfectly within my right to ask them to not open it (although they don’t have to listen to me).

Edited by George Peppard
Corrected wording slightly to make meaning clearer

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Andy Ford
19 hours ago, Simon Kenyon said:

So basically if you book EGCC_N_TWR or EGCC_TWR your permission must be sought and obtained prior to anyone opening South twr irrespective if they have booked S twr.

Whilst members should of course be courteous of others and ask and try to respect other members wishes (we're all here to enjoy ourselves, at the end of the day), there is no provision in the current version of division policy that gives the first controller permission to refuse someone the right to log onto a valid controller position. The only provision for splitting is DivPol 3.8k:
 

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3.8 k When a position split is opened, the first controller to book (or log on if neither have
booked or bookings were made after their log in time) may choose the split position they
will control, regardless of the positions booked on the RTS system, with the exception of:

(i) Controllers wishing to bandbox two or more primary area sectors should book a
single sector and then log on to the bandboxed position. Other members may then
log on to or book the other primary sectors without the need for obtaining the
first controller’s preference, and;

(ii) If a controller does choose to book a position bandboxing the primary area
sectors, other controllers may choose to log on to or book a contained primary
sector without obtaining the first controller’s preference. This action must leave
the bandbox controller with a minimum of one primary sector to control.

I suspect that if you tried to tell someone not to log on in practice and a SUP got involved, you'd probably lose.

TLDR: Split as much as you want, just try not to be a twit about it and be considerate of others and the traffic situation.

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Simon Kenyon

Looks like Andy and George Wright  have opposing views.  I wonder who is correct ?

Edited by Simon Kenyon
Confirmed George Wright as more than one George in this conversation

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George Peppard

Not opposing at all. It’s common courtesy - but is also not required by anything.

The fact still stands that the first controller to book gets to choose the position regardless of the position they booked.

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Andy Ford
32 minutes ago, Simon Kenyon said:

Looks like Andy and George have opposing views.  I wonder who is correct ?

Literally pulled what I said straight outta divpol.

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Adam Farquharson

Yeah they seem to be agreeing to me. Remember that you do get to chose your position and if you chose AIR N and the other controller logs on AIR S even if you ask them not to then you are the one that choses the runways and even though you can't force them to log off you can select singlies at Manchester making their position pointless.

In the end won't make much difference as normally the other person will respect your decision but if they don't then that's always an option.

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Andy Gaffney
On 02/03/2019 at 18:36, Andy Ford said:

Whilst members should of course be courteous of others and ask and try to respect other members wishes (we're all here to enjoy ourselves, at the end of the day), there is no provision in the current version of division policy that gives the first controller permission to refuse someone the right to log onto a valid controller position. The only provision for splitting is DivPol 3.8k:
 

I suspect that if you tried to tell someone not to log on in practice and a SUP got involved, you'd probably lose.

TLDR: Split as much as you want, just try not to be a twit about it and be considerate of others and the traffic situation.

On this one - Mr Ford is right you cannot tell someone they cannot log on to a position - this is something Supervisors would certainly frown on.

The same situation can almost be applied to LL but there are split restrictions there (2 GND must be on before N TWR etc) - or at least it has been that way for a long time.

Im guessing that Manc has the same sort of restriction? As having 2 TWRs on with no GND makes no sense anyway.

I agree with the majority of people here however it is just common sense, if there’s is little need for a split then it’s probably recommended not to open it, and perhaps look to man another airport in the UK to entice some traffic there. 

 

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