By Ben Wright
VATSIM UK and VatSpa welcome you to the Great British Group Flight on the 19th of June! This event is a big thank you to the network and our community, which for many people has been a welcome escape over the lockdowns and boredom of the last year. Now there’s finally light at the end of the tunnel, what better way to celebrate than a group flight to the Canary Islands!
Bookings and Giveaways
We are excited to partner with BAVirtual, vEZY, vTUI, vRYR, and vEXS whose members will be in attendance on the day. Our flight booking system will open on the the 5th of June. Everyone who flies with a booking is automatically entered into our giveaway raffle - 10 lucky winners will have their choice of any Orbx product, and 3 more winners will enjoy a 1 year subscription to AviationSource.
Pilots Without a Booking
Pilots without a booking are also welcome to fly, however you may be subject to a delay at your departure airport. Aim to depart EGKK or EGCC between 1200-1400z, and arrive at GCFV, GCRR, GCLP, or GCTS.
All aircraft flying during the event are politely requested to file the following routes to alleviate airspace congestion:
EGCC-GCFV: SANBA UN859 CPT Y321 PEPIS Q41 SAM M195 LORKU UN866 BERAD UM30 ERWAN UN480 BALDA DCT ABUPI DCT BAROK UN873 GDV (Departures off 05L route LISTO P18 TELBA L151 KIDLI UN859 CPT) IFP/ERRRTECOORD EGCC-GCRR: SANBA UN859 CPT Y321 PEPIS Q41 SAM M195 LORKU UN866 BERAD UM30 ERWAN UN480 BALDA DCT ABUPI DCT BAROK UN873 SAMAR DCT LARYS (Departures off 05L route LISTO P18 TELBA L151 KIDLI UN859 CPT) IFP/ERRRTECOORD EGCC-GCLP: SANBA UN859 CPT Y321 PEPIS Q41 SAM M195 LORKU UN866 BERAD UM30 ERWAN UN480 BALDA DCT ABUPI DCT BEXAL UN866 KONBA (Departures off 05L route LISTO P18 TELBA L151 KIDLI UN859 CPT) EGCC-GCTS: KUXEM UP17 NOKIN N862 LAMAT N90 NOTRO UN32 ANNET UL722 KORUL DCT DEMOS DCT ORTIS (Departures off 05L route ASMIM UP16 NOKIN)
EGKK-GCFV: BOGNA UL612 BENBO UY47 DRAKE L151 SITET UN859 BALAN UL152 LMG UN857 PPN UN10 BAN UN857 HIJ UN10 SVL UN857 TERTO (Departures off 08R route SFD UY47 DRAKE) EGKK-GCRR: BOGNA UL612 BENBO UY47 DRAKE L151 SITET UN859 BALAN UL152 LMG UN857 PPN UN10 BAN UN857 HIJ UN10 SVL UN857 TERTO (Departures off 08R route SFD UY47 DRAKE) EGKK-GCLP: NOVMA L620 SAM M195 MARUK N621 LELNA UN621 BASIK UN90 NOVAN UN864 NEA UL14 ADINO DCT ELVAR DCT BAROK UN873 SAMAR (Departures off 08R route IMVUR N63 SAM) EGKK-GCTS: NOVMA L620 SAM N19 KOXOD N862 BHD L722 ANNET UL722 KORUL DCT DEMOS DCT ORTIS (Departures off 08R route IMVUR N63 SAM)
Controllers please note that this will be a rostered event.
By Ben Wright
As part of a new marketing scheme, we would like to promote controllers staffing up UK aerodromes. The objectives of this new scheme are to increase pilot turnout by advertising staff-ups on social media, and as a result, we should also see a bit more variety in the aerodromes being staffed. If you want us to advertise your staff-up, then you must read this post carefully.
It is important you understand that by posting your staff-up on the Forums, you agree to be held responsible for the planning and rostering of controllers as necessary for the entire duration of the staff up. It is important to note, that staff-ups are not formal ATC events, therefore you will need to book any positions via the CTS booking system. It is also worth noting that staff up bookings will have no priority over existing bookings in the CTS, and will be subject to the same booking rules found on the VATSIM UK Website. For this reason, it is recommended that you plan your staff up, and book positions accordingly several weeks in advance, as this also gives the marketing team plenty of time to advertise your staff up, and as such increase pilot turnout. Due to the fact that staff-ups will be advertised online (and to prevent a poor reflection on the division), you must provide full ATC coverage at your chosen aerodrome, lasting the entire duration of your planned staff-up.
For the purposes of staff-ups, we are defining full coverage as the following:
Ground Tower Approach Delivery and area control is not required for staff-ups, however bear in mind that this simply a minimum requirement, and it is preferable that you get as much coverage as possible to maximise turnout and quality of service. All staff-up posts will be manually reviewed by the marketing team prior to being made publically available, this is to prevent abuse of the system. Examples of such abuse could include (but is not limited to) poor pilot feedback, not showing up to a previous staff-up, and staff-ups that are excessive in length or frequency (see booking rules on VATSIM UK website,).
When creating your staff-up post on the forums, please ensure you adhere to the following, as this makes sure all posts are clear and consistent.
Title format [Day Month Time] STAFF UP - Aerodrome + ICAO e.g. [1st April 1900-2100Z] STAFF UP - Manchester EGCC
Use the UK date format (Day before month) Use the full month name (i.e December not Dec) Remove colons from times (i.e. 1800-2100Z, not 18:00-21:00Z) Include a hyphen between event times Include a "Z" to indicate that the time is in Zulu Block capitalise "STAFF UP" and the airport ICAO code Capitalise the first letter of the month and aerodrome Post Content - Please copy and fill out the following template to ensure that details regarding your staff up are unambiguous.
Aerodrome: As per title, include name and ICAO code Date and Time: Same format as the title e.g 1st April 1800-2100Z Staffed positions: Note that GND, TWR and APP is mandatory e.g EGLL_2_GND, EGLL_S_TWR, EGLL_N_APP, LTC_CTR, LON_SC_CTR Requests or Extra Info: Will you be simulating any special operations? Do you require any other ATC coverage? Are you planning to staff up alongside another aerodrome for a city link? Thank you for taking the time to fully read this post and we hope you enjoy this new system! If you have any suggestions or questions, then please contact the marketing team using the Helpdesk here.
By Alex J Meijer
I do like to participate in the CTP EGPH to KPHL. But is there scenery for KPHL?
By Jonas Kuster
Michael Kühne will do his Radar CPT+ on Swiss Radar to earn his C3 rating.
Fly through his airspace and give him some traffic.
Good luck, Michael!
By Bruno Audoux
18 August starting at 19:00z, it's time for Marcus to earn his S3 rating.
For this we need your help with traffic throughout the evening. Take your favorite aircraft for a flight in French airspace, whether it's VFR or IFR join in for Marcus's challenge.
Charts available here