By Oliver Rhodes
Whereby I see that Time's the king of men,
He's both their parent, and he is their grave,
And gives them what he will, not what they crave.
- William Shakespeare, Pericles, Prince of Tyre
At 2am on Sunday 31st October the clocks will revert back by one hour. This means that 2am will immediately become 1am, generously adding an hour to our day!
This means three things: an extra hour to recover from Cross the Pond/your Saturday night Halloween party, entry into the traditional biannual state of confusion for the period of the following week, and most importantly, if you are in the UK, that you will no longer need to convert from BST to UTC/z time when entering availability into or accepting sessions from the CT System. UK local time will match with UTC/z time, following the trend below:
18:00z -> 18:00 UK Local Time 21:30z -> 21:30 UK Local Time 00:00z -> 00:00 UK Local Time Please be mindful of this when using the CT System, and make sure that your availability is correct!
By Janet Kino
In trying to figure out what is current Vatsim UK ATIS practice, I have found:
a page in the ATC Training Blog that doesn't look terribly out of date, although all of the many images in it seem to have been eaten by the/a Bit Monster. Euroscope ATIS dialogue box may have changed a little(?) since it was written, but I think it is mostly correct. Several References to a Vatsim.net policy that seems to have been deprecated while no one here is looking, and there doesn't appear to be any replacement. I have notified the training people here about the dead link(s). An interesting post about new test ATIS setup procedures for for EGPH, EGSS and EGGD, which seems to work fine for EGPH anyway. Not a whole lot of anything that directly relates to Audio for Vatsim and ATIS, except that I shouldn't really worry about voice ATIS, since it mostly isn't working at the moment (due to a lack of voice bandwidth or the network?). Have I missed anything? Something? 😜
Edited to wonder... have I posted this in the wrong section? If so, anyone around that can move it for me?
By Andrew Welsh
After searching the forums quite a bit, I was hoping someone might have an idea as to the current waiting list for those wanting to attend the OBS_PT1 group session to start ATC training. After deliberating for quite a while I decided to take the plunge, but just want to get an idea if it's going to be a long wait or not. Mainly so I don't miss any emails!
(I did check i was part of the training group in CTS)
By Filippo Genoni
I’m S1 from the Italian division and I’m about to get my S2...I’m considering to transfer here in uk when I’ll consolidate my S2 rating
In any case, when I’ll transfer I would like to continue my ATC carrier to my next rating: S3
So my question is: how long do I have to wait when I enter the S3 waiting list to start training?
thank you a lot!
By Jordan Webb
Hi all, I hope you guys are well in these difficult times.
Recently I have come across a number of controllers mostly at EGCC, of varying positions, who have all elected to use a runway totally contrary to that in use IRL.
On a number of occassions the latest METAR was reporting variable winds, such as VRB04, leading the controller to elect the written preferential runway of 23R as the runway in use. However, could we ask controllers to check both FR24 for what they're using in real world and, more importantly the TAF? I ask this for a number of reasons;
1) Just because the surface winds are calm, it does not mean that the upper winds reflect the same. I myself have encountered significant tailwinds down the ILS23R (both in reality and on VATSIM), and when reporting this to ATC IRL, frequently a runway change is implemented soon after.
2) With light and variable winds, one slight increase to push the half hour average into one runways favour could lead to a controller flip-flopping between which runway he/she chooses. This is totally inefficient. The TAF gives you a decent foresight into the longer term forecast. EGCC 141420Z AUTO VRB04KT 9999 NCD 11/M03 Q1033 NOSIG would suggest preferential 23R, but looking at a TAF of EGCC 141054Z 1512/1618 09011KT 9999 FEW045 highlights that above the ground, it's going to be in 05's favour.
3) If we're striving to be as real as can be, is it so difficult to check FlightRadar24 at what is still a fairly busy airport? This gives the controller an immediate insight to the current situation of both meteorolgical and operational requirements, without the need to check forecasts, NOTAMs etc.
As a EGCC local both in terms of residence and profession, I don't want you to think this is a bleating rant at the quality of the training/controllers at Manch. See it more as a nudge in the right direction towards the realism we strive for.
I welcome your feedback,