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    • Jack Edwards
      By Jack Edwards
      Effective 22 April 2021
      Background
      Previously, the Gander Oceanic Transition Area was not implemented on VATSIM and Gander Oceanic covered this area at all levels.
      Note: Refer to the latest version (2021/04) of Oceanic Control Procedures for frequency allocation and top-down coverage order.
       
      Gander (Domestic) Sectorisation FL290 and Above
      Gander Domestic provides a radar service to aircraft in the GOTA at FL290 and above. Gander Oceanic covers this airspace below FL290 using procedures outlined in Oceanic Control Procedures.

       
       
      Shanwick Frequency Changes
      Designator
      VHF Alias Frequency
      HF Frequency
      EGGX_FSS
      131.800
      13.291 6.547
      EGGX_A_FSS
      131.550 131.450
      8.906
      EGGX_B_FSS
      131.525 131.550
      5.616 2.899
      EGGX_C_FSS
      131.650
      5.649 8.879
      EGGX_D_FSS
      131.750
      4.675 10.021
      EGGX_F_FSS
      131.850
      8.831 6.622
       
      Designator
      VHF Frequency
      EGGX_DEL
      131.200 127.650
      EGGX _A_DEL
       131.525 127.900
      EGGX _B_DEL
      131.625 123.950
      EGGX _C_DEL
      131.725 124.175
      EGGX _D_DEL
      131.900 126.375
      EGGX _F_DEL
      131.600 128.375
       
       
      Gander Frequency Changes
      Designator
      VHF Alias Frequency
      HF Frequency
      CZQX_FSS
      131.700
      3.476 8.864
      CZQX _A_FSS
      131.575
      3.016
      CZQX _B_FSS
      131.675
      8.864 5.616
      CZQX _C_FSS
      131.775
      8.879 2.872
      CZQX _D_FSS
      131.875
      8.891 4.675
      CZQX _F_FSS
      131.725 131.975
      6.610 13.291
       
      Designator
      VHF Frequency
      CZQX_DEL
      131.000 128.700
      CZQX _A_DEL
      131.125 119.425
      CZQX _B_DEL
      131.225 135.050
      CZQX _C_DEL
      131.325 128.450
      CZQX _D_DEL
      131.425 135.450
      CZQX _F_DEL
      131.100 134.200
       
      A new UK Oceanic Controller Pack incorporating these changes is available here or you may use the version distributed via GNG.
       
    • Harry Sugden
      By Harry Sugden
      Effective 7 March 2021
       
      The Eurocontrol Islands (EURI_FSS) position has now been removed and as such, will no longer be opened. This affects the ownership order of airspace (FL245+) above the UK (London & Scottish FIRs), Ireland (Shannon) and Iceland (Reykjavík).
      All references to the position in the following documentation are therefore no longer applicable, and will be removed in future revisions:
      London FIR (EGTT) vMATS Part 2 London Agreed Levels Diagrams Scottish FIR (EGPX) vMATS Part 2 Scottish Agreed Levels Diagrams VATSIM Scandinavia (Reykjavík ACC) & VATSIM UK (Scottish ACC) LoA VATSIM Scandinavia (Polaris ACC - Stavanger) & VATSIM UK (Scottish ACC) LoA VATSIM Scandinavia (Copenhagen ACC) & VATSIM UK (Scottish ACC) LoA VATéir (Shannon & Dublin ACCs) & VATSIM UK (Scottish ACC) LoA VATéir (Shannon & Dublin ACCs) & VATSIM UK (London ACC) LoA ✔️ French vACC (Paris, Reims & Brest ACCs) & VATSIM UK (London ACC) LoA Belux vACC (Brussels ACC and Maastricht UAC – KOKSY) & VATSIM UK (London ACC) LoA Dutch vACC (Amsterdam ACC & Maastricht UAC – DELTA) & VATSIM UK (London ACC) LoA (Documents with a ✔️ have been updated since this post)
       
      All other Eurocontrol positions remain unaffected.
       
      Please see the announcement on the VATSIM.net Forum for more information.
    • Harry Sugden
      By Harry Sugden
      Valid 14 April 2021
      For the Manchester Midweek Madness event, in order to manage the increased workload in the North sector group, a temporary arrangement is made to allow for the splitting of the London North sector.
       
      AC North - LON_N_CTR (Relief: LON_N__CTR)
      Frequency: 133.700 MHz
      RTF callsign: London Control
      Coordination callsign: AC North
      Top-down responsibility for: AC Lakes & North Sea; PC West & East
      AC North is the parent position of the AC North group, as published in the London FIR (EGTT) vMATS Part 2.
       
      AC Lakes - LON_NW_CTR (Relief: LON_N1_CTR)
      Frequency: 135.575 MHz
      RTF callsign: London Control
      Coordination callsign: Lakes
      Top-down responsibility for: None
      AC Lakes is responsible for airspace West of a line passing approximately GOLES-NAPEX as shown in Figure 1. Unlike the AC North (133.7) position above, this position does not take ownership of the PC sectors beneath when they are not online.
       
      North Sea - LON_NE_CTR (Relief: LON_N2_CTR)
      Frequency: 128.125 MHz
      RTF callsign: London Control
      Coordination callsign: North Sea
      Top-down responsibility for: EGSH
      AC North Sea is responsible for airspace East of a line passing approximately GOLES-NAPEX as shown in Figure 2. Their top-down responsibilities reflect their airspace (i.e. Norwich) in the absence of other controllers.
       
      Agreed Levels
      For AC North Sea controllers (LON_NE_CTR), an Agreed Levels Diagram is available:
      North Sea 2021 03.pdf
       
      There are no agreed levels between AC Lakes and AC North Sea.
       
      Figure 1 - London AC North - Lakes Sector - Area of Responsibility

      Figure 2 - London AC North - North Sea Sector - Area of Responsibility

      This procedure does not alter the staffing permissions as defined in the UK Division Policy or GRP.
    • Harry Sugden
      By Harry Sugden
      Valid 14 April 2021
      For the Manchester Midweek Madness event, in order to manage the increased workload in the PC West sector, a temporary arrangement is made to allow for the splitting of PC West.
       
      Positions
      PC West - MAN_W_CTR (Relief: MAN_W__CTR)
      Frequency: 128.050 MHz
      RTF callsign: Scottish Control
      Coordination callsign: PC West
      PC West is the permanently published position which, when online, takes responsibility for all of the usual PC West airspace minus any which is covered by another controller, as detailed below.
       
      PC Penil - MAN_WP_CTR (Relief: MAN_W1_CTR)
      Frequency: 126.875 MHz
      RTF callsign: Scottish Control
      Coordination callsign: PC Penil
      Top-down responsibility for: PC Isle of Man & PC Wallasey
      PC Penil is responsible for both the PC Isle of Man and PC Wallasey sectors, detailed below.
       
      PC Isle of Man - MAN_WI_CTR (Relief: MAN_W2_CTR)
      Frequency: 133.050 MHz
      RTF callsign: Scottish Control
      Coordination callsign: PC Isle of Man
      Top-down responsibility for: EGNS, EGNH and EGNL
      PC Isle of Man is responsible for airspace up to FL255/FL285 in an area to the west side of the Manchester TMA, as shown in Figure 1. This sector is primarily responsible for the streaming of inbounds and outbounds to/from Dublin ACC Liverpool inbounds via TIPOD from the West, Manchester inbounds to MIRSI, as well as MTMA departures toward ScAC Rathlin and Shannon.
       
      PC Wallasey - MAN_WL_CTR (Relief: MAN_W3_CTR)
      Frequency: 125.950 MHz
      RTF callsign: Scottish Control
      Coordination callsign: PC Wallasey
      Top-down responsibility for: EGGP, EGNR
      PC Wallasey is responsible for airspace up to FL195 in an area on the western side of the Manchester TMA as shown in Figure 2. Their top-down responsibilities reflect the airspace of this sector (i.e. Liverpool and Hawarden) in the absence of other controllers. This sector is primarily responsible for the final streaming of inbounds to Liverpool via TIPOD and KEGUN, and Manchester via MIRSI, as well as departures from the MTMA routing west, or via MONTY and the N864 to the south.
       
      Agreed Levels
      Agreed Levels diagrams for both Isle of Man and Wallasey are available:
      PC Isle of Man 2021 02.pdf
      PC Wallasey 2021 03.pdf
       
      Coordination between PC West and PC Isle of Man
      Traffic Positioning
      PC Wallasey should position westbound traffic from EGCC, EGGP and EGNR on a heading north of WAL prior to transfer to PC Isle of Man. This traffic is RFT on transfer of communication to PC Isle of Man.
      PC Isle of Man should position eastbound traffic inbound to EGCC, EGGP and EGNR on a heading south of WAL prior to transfer of to PC Wallasey. This traffic is RFT on transfer of communication to PC Wallasey.
      If traffic is not operating in accordance with this guidance or is on a heading against traffic that is unknown to the receiving sector, then coordination must be effected.
      Aircraft inbound to the MTMA with an RFL below the Standing Agreement Level
      Traffic inbound to MTMA airfields cruising below the standing agreement level is RFD on transfer of communications from PC Isle of Man to PC West. Coordination must be effected if the aircraft is not RFD.
      Aircraft inbound to EGGP/EGNR from the northeast
      Controllers should be aware that there is no standing agreement for EGGP or EGNR arriving traffic via the TIPOD 1C, 1D or 1E arrivals between PC East and PC Wallasey. A level must be individually coordinated between the controllers responsible for these sectors, as it would need to be without this event split.
       
      Coordination with Adjacent Units
      Sectors/ACC
      When any of PC Penil, Isle of Man, or Wallasey are opened, it is the responsibility of the controller (or PC Coordinator) to inform the relevant adjacent units/ACCs:
      Scottish ACC - Antrim & Rathlin Dublin ACC Shannon ACC PC East AC North AC West Airfields
      Whenever either PC Wallasey or PC Penil are opened, which are non-standard adjacent controllers for Liverpool and Manchester, APC and ADC units at each field shall be informed.
      Manchester
      Departures with altered handoff orders:
      ASMIM/MONTY (05s): PC Wallasey (125.950) > PC Penil (126.875) > PC West... KUXEM/EKLAD/MONTY (23s): PC Wallasey (125.950) > PC Penil (126.875) > PC West... PC Wallasey is the controller responsible for arriving traffic via MIRSI.
      Liverpool
      PC Wallasey is the controller adjacent to Liverpool ATC. As such, whenever PC Wallasey is open (or PC Penil covering the Wallasey sector), all coordination/handoffs for departures and arrivals shall be with Wallasey.
      Isle of Man
      The PC Isle of Man sector has an interface with Ronaldsway APC, and covers the airfield top-down in the absence of local ATC.
       
      Sectors
      Figure 1 - PC Isle of Man - Area of Responsibility

      Figure 2 - PC Wallasey - Area of Responsibility

      This procedure does not alter the staffing permissions as defined in the UK Division Policy or GRP.
    • Harry Sugden
      By Harry Sugden
      Valid 14 April 2021
      For the Manchester Midweek Madness event, in order to manage the increased workload in the PC East sector, a temporary arrangement is made to allow for the opening of PC NorthEast/Southeast.
       
      PC NorthEast - MAN_NE_CTR (Relief MAN_EN_CTR)
      Frequency: 135.700 MHz
      RTF callsign: Scottish Control
      Coordination callsign: PC NorthEast
      Top-down responsibility for: EGNT, EGNV, EGNM, EGNJ and EGCN
      PC NorthEast is responsible for the northeastern portion of the PC East sector, handling traffic in the POL area and out towards the North Sea. Figure 1 below represents this airspace but is only valid for use when PC Southeast is online. Their top-down responsibilities reflect the airspace of this sector in the absence of other controllers.
      EGCC Departures transferred to PC NorthEast: DESIG and POL (05s); SONEX and POL (23s)
      Other departures transferred to PC NorthEast: EGNT/NV via the P18 (Southbound); all EGNM; all EGCN
       
      PC Southeast - MAN_SE_CTR (Relief MAN_ES_CTR)
      Frequency: 134.425 MHz
      RTF callsign: Scottish Control
      Coordination callsign: PC Southeast
      Top-down responsibility for: EGCC
      PC Southeast is responsible for airspace up to FL195 in an area to the south of Manchester, as shown in Figure 2 below. This sector is primarily responsible for the streaming of inbounds and outbounds to/from Manchester via TNT and HON respectively, as well as Liverpool traffic via NANTI and East Midlands traffic via TNT.
      EGCC Departures transferred to PC Southeast: LISTO and SANBA
      Other departures transferred to PC Southeast: EGNX TNT; EGBB LUVUM/TNT
       
      Agreed Levels Diagrams
      For PC NorthEast and PC Southeast controllers, the following diagrams are available for use only when PC NorthEast/Southeast is open.
      PC NorthEast 2021 03.pdf
      PC Southeast 2021 02.pdf
       
      Coordination with Adjacent Units
      It is the responsibility of the PC NorthEast/Southeast controller to inform the following controllers when either split is opened:
      Manchester ATC Birmingham APC East Midlands ATC PC West AC Daventry All agreements into/out of the airspace of PC Southeast from/to PC West and AC Daventry are reflected in the sector file; these controllers may refer to the Agreed Levels Diagrams above to confirm which controller is expecting particular traffic.
       
      Figure 1 - PC NorthEast - Area of Responsibility

      Figure 2 - PC Southeast - Area of Responsibility

       
      This procedure does not alter the staffing permissions as defined in the UK Division Policy or GRP.
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