By Peter Richardson
I have managed to download, setup and connect to Gatwick as an observer, no problem. However, some of the YouTube videos I watched along the way show, for example, the departure list customised to use different colours and re-order the columns. I found how to re-order columns, but can’t find how to change the list background, to say black. Is there any information on how to carry out these customisations?
By Matthew Whitmore
I have been observing for about three weeks and everything has worked fine with no issues but in the past couple of days I can't hear any of the controllers talking, only the pilots. Any ideas would be appreciated!
By Matthew Whitmore
I was wondering if anyone could help me with a problem in euroscope. I have changed the background colour through other set/symbology settings/sector/active sector background and inactive sector background. I will change it on an ATM file or any other file except any SMR files? Anyone have any ideas?
By Scott Eastwood
I am trying to get myself back into controlling and last night I connected to EGNT tower, thinking it would be a “quieter” place to start. I managed to connect Euroscope ok but when I connected to AFV, the frequency was already in use by a LON controller. I understand the reasons why he was using it, it appears transceiver coverage in the north is not that great.
Now this guy was pretty busy and I didn’t want to interrupt him or ask him to relinquish a frequency he was using and cause more issues, what would have been the best course of action? Never the less it gave me time to do some more studying and listen to the RT.
Thanks for any help or advice,
By Nathaniel Laurence
Some of you may know me and others may not, I am Nathaniel, one of those guys that is always on Biggin Hill Tower at night. And to be honest, I have had a secret since joining Vatsim UK and that is that I have a specific learning condition called Dyspraxia. Some people will have heard about it and others will not have as it is not very well known, and many people do not know the full effects that it has, and the idea of this post is to try and help let people know about it, so that they can be understanding about it, and to let others know that you are not alone within the division. 3 years ago I did not know what dyspraxia was, and having spoken to some people, they think that it only affects fine motor skills, however, it has more effects on people than just that.
So, the main effect of dyspraxia is a poor motor function, so personally, my push to talk is on my joystick, so every time I fly and try to talk to people o frequency I end up disconnecting the autopilot (should probably find a new push to talk haha). Dyspraxia also has the tendency to cause me to talk continuously and sometimes repeat myself, this is because I sometimes forget what I have told people or I don't pick up verbal queues to stop talking either. It sometimes is also difficult for me to organise what I am saying to people when describing situations to them, as I can think of them, but what I say maybe unclear to others or I may change what I say to try and help others to understand what I am saying, and this isn't just limited to making sense, but also my pronounciation of words. Also, I struggle to control my volume of speech, and can appear to be quite loud, when I dont realise this as I percieve myself as talking quietly, sometimes as well I talk really quickly without realising it as well.
Some of the time I struggle it is difficult for myself to distinguish between background noises and what people are saying, which is particuarly common when lots of people are talking at the same time or someone is talking very quietly on frequency like if there is a lot of static on frequency. For people with dyspraxia it is easy to lose track of time as well, so what may be 5 minutes may feel like 1 or 10 depnding on the situation, so this may cause me to request another release after a short time as I thought it was longer, or a release expired because I didn't realise that 3 miinutes had already passed.
I also have a poor memory, which may cause me to forget after departure instructions, or get easily confused if you tell me to do more than one thing at a time. I usually overcome this by writing instructions down so that I can relay them or fly them more accurately, however, sometimes small errors may occur and slight errors like a slight error in a waypoint may not easily be recognised and may take a while to determine, as it is difficult for me to see small differences.
Also, sometimes I have a difficulty in listening to people, especially in groups as it is difficult for me to remember conversations. It is frequent for me to finish a conversation and not remember what I have said in it, and when some people joke around, I do tend to take things literally, this is because I do not necessarily understand that it was a joke, because I cannot easily pick up the cues.
Hopefully as a result of this post, people can understand that specific learning difficulties are difficult to see, especially if the person does not tell you, and hopefully others will feel like they are not the only one, and that as a division we can be more understanding of specific learning difficulties and understand that people may struggle to remember things or they may struggle to pick up cues, or struggle to spell or struggle to understand things and change their stories to prevent people becoming offended because one person did something that they thought was right and might not understand otherwise.
If anyone has any questions, then feel free to drop me a message, I am more than happy to help explain anything else, or talk to people about their experiences.