By Trevor Hannant
I don't normally go out my way to make posts like this but experiences over the past few weeks have made me feel like I need to say something...
Firstly, let's look at the title of this ATC position - Ground Movement CONTROL. That last word is the key word in the position title, GMC is a controller position, not an hour building position - so why do I hear and experience pilots coming onto a GMC frequency at an airport that's quiet and hear "taxi stand of choice"? 999/1000 GMC is not busy enough with other elements to warrant giving a pilot free reign to move where they like around the taxiways and aprons? If you're covering a busy sector top-down, that is a completely different situation but a GMC position's primary task is the safe movement of traffic around their area of responsibility - so please practice it!
Additionally, it would be advantageous to read the relevant sections of the vMATS for the airfield you're logged into. People take the time to research and pull together this documentation so that procedures at these airfields can be mimicked to the real world procedures as far as possible so please take the benefit of their time and research to provide this service to the pilots under your control. If a large/oversize aircraft comes to your airport - don't put it on a small/medium stand - it doesn't fit! Check the vMATS for the procedures for these aircraft (you can see them before they land so you don't have to rush last second as they vacate...) - and if the pilot makes a suggestion, it's possibly because they know where they should/can go...
I'm not a perfect controller, but I still have documentation open in front of me when controlling somewhere I'm not hugely familiar with to make sure I get things correct. Please start your vATC career off in the same manner and give out a good impression of your abilities and interest to others.
By James Morrissey
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