By Nick Marinov
Hi, all (C1s+ mainly),
CTP is fast approaching us and we are gathering a team of controllers to control the ocean. As such, we are looking for C1s that would like to join us on the 26th of October for the event. Endorsed or not, please email oceanic[at]vatsim.uk . If you are endorsed, include your availability. If you are not endorsed, we will provide training for you and make sure you are ready for CTP! 😉
PS: who is ready for the first CTP on AFV? (flamingo)
By Matthew Charman
Long time no see! Looking to make a come back to the vatsim world (especially with the hopefully great voice update) and was wondering whats the best way to start again. I was only an S1 that was partway through S2 Tower training when I took my leave the last time.
I assume the best course of action would be to start again as there are undoubtedly going to be some major changes as well as old knowledge that needs refreshed?
See y'all around!
By Chad Byworth
Right, starting S3 training and trying to work out how the two RMAs interact when CC is 05 and GP is 27
Ok so in my hastily sketched diagram:
Shaded PINK - Liverpool RMA D - SFC to 2500ft Shaded TURQUOISE - Liverpool RMA F - 1300 to 2500ft Shaded YELLOW - Liverpool RMA E - 1300ft to 2000ft RED line - eastern extremity of the Liverpool 1800ft SMAA - east of this Liverpool is limited to 2900ft SE and 3500ft NE GREEN line - boundary of Manchester RMA E BLUE line - eastern boundary of the LLR OK, so the Manchester vMATS for area E states:
In Sub-Area E, aircraft may be given descent to altitude 3500ft QNH subject to airspace allocated to Liverpool APC and also to be given descent not below altitude 2300ft QNH until east of the Manchester Low Level Route.
The Intro to Manchester Radar mentoring document states:
Base of CAS however aircraft cannot be descended below 2300ft until clear of the LLR.
So I guess I've got a couple of questions:
How am I supposed to allocate levels between the green and blue lines? Am I restricted to 3500ft until 3nm clear of the Liverpool RMA (which roughly equates to the eastern LLR boundary)? What is the purpose of the hatched turquoise section - this part of the Liverpool RMA is inaccessible unless you drop an aircraft below terrain safe levels
By Louie Lister
Could I ask that when controlling beside those being mentored that you coordinate in TeamSpeak than on VCCS or any other service? It's really hard to work out what's going on when the mentor can't hear what's going on. I'd assume this is the same for other mentors and examiners.
Please, please, please coordinate on TeamSpeak! We need to make notes and we can't without coordination on TeamSpeak.
By James Yuen
Thanks very much for everyone's who's been controlling Heathrow for the past 3 months. No need to show off stats, don't need to. Traffic levels are always good, however there are a few, albeit common, things I'd like to raise:
Courtesy (Pilots): In light of a recent discussion on the VATSIM discord, it raises a good point: instead of jumping to .walloping them for spawning on a runway, or taxiing around without permission. Try and get hold of them through .contactme If they do respond, ask them to re-spawn on a stand Most of you are aerodrome controllers: you are unlikely to be swamped with traffic. If you are busy, let them know but try your best to help them out. You are not 'obliged' to, but it's not prison - you can actually speak to them normally and so can they. If they do something wrong, don't only tell them they've done it wrong to shame them - supplement it with correctional instructions. Courtesy (Controllers): Do NOT log on for a few mins and log straight off, especially if there's a busy controller above you and you've completed a handoff Make the life of the next controller easier, not harder: don't leave scratchpads in, don't clear incorrect routes Logging on below: Please let the controller above you know that you log on, before logging on. Use Teamspeak, and let them know you're logging online - maybe (me in a lot of cases) they want to do TWR top-down, and simply ask: how long are you planning to stay on for? Bookings: As usual don't be silly with timings It doesn't matter which position you book on the CTS: The first person to book any TWR or GND position has overall say in whether to split TWR/GND. If GMC2 was booked then DEL and GMC3 booked, then controller booking GMC3 and DEL will have to ask GMC2 whether he is willing to split. Training
Well done to @Nathaniel Leff for passing his S3.
Nathaniel has also joined the LL APP mentoring team, but is only focussing on our two rating students, so will not be handling any endorsements right now, hence the slow progression.
GND/TWR training is often done on a rotation basis:- Whether there is a medium/large queue for TWR, GND training will be temporarily halted to allow for TWR trainees to finish going through the system Reason: The GND endorsement is to help out with the TWR endorsement, by allowing that initial on-the-job familiarisation with the GND at Heathrow. Therefore, my aim is to minimise day one (GND) to day (TWR endorsed). An unofficial pre-requisite is for TWR students to be familiar with GND controlling prior to commencing TWR training. As this is subjective, there is no hard hour requirement. However, if deemed unsatisfactory, you will be sent away as you have 'not prepared for the session' It is unfair for TWR mentors to be teaching you GND material that you already know/have learnt, when it's for you to go away and consolidate yourself; treat it as an SAV. TWR training and the 'RSIVA Sweatbox':- No, I'm not the only one who can do them Task: How can you do with a ton of traffic, and do everything else you've been taught at TWR training for IFR aircraft, at the same time, under timed conditions Purpose: How are you able to adapt your thinking, but also how you change throughout the session Events
We've had two events: Real Ops and Frankfurt. A few things:
I roster fairly based on: Recent experience Feedback I give slots of 1-1:15hrs to ensure everybody gets an enjoyable time on their position, therefore if it means only 3 people get to do AIR departures, then only 3 people get to do air departures Let me know what positions you enjoy, and want to do for the next, upcoming (soon) event!