By John Pettit
Westerly winds, no ATC online at EGLL, so which runway do we use?
In the past I have always referred to the <Daytime Runway Aternation> programme for guidance [ see: https://www.heathrow.com/content/dam/heathrow/web/common/documents/company/local-community/noise/operations/runway-alternation/Runway_Alternation_Programme_2021.pdf] or check EGLL NOTAMS for any temporary restrictions.
However, many do not know of this alternation programme, and it seems to be a 'free for all'. Does Vatsim have any guidance here?
By Ian Chalmers
Why do I get continuous ATIS in the New York area when all my radios are tuned to 118.00 and turned off apart from Comm1 which is on 122.800. Only VHF1 and Mic1 are selected yet I'm getting ATIS all the time which is a tad annoying. It goes away if I tune to anything other than Unicomm but comes back when 122.8 is reselected. Yes I can turn the volume down but then you can't keep a listening brief with that jabbering in your ear.
By Alex Ridge
I try and stay out of any Vatsim drama etc but I must say that I have noticed a significant decrease in UK ATC online over the last 1 - 2 months.
I know restrictions are easing but it's the lack of area control that I have really noticed.
During the beginning of the year it was common to see multiple London sectors online, with top down EGLL / EGKK fully staffed and it's becoming rarer and rarer these days.
Have I missed something here, I feel quite out of the loop.
By Julian Diamandis
Hello again, I did my first flight for over a year. My flights have been too infrequent. I need to do a lot more flights now that I have a new machine and have got P3DV5 and the NGXu. So I'm doing some short flight to test everything out.
I used PFPX to plan a flight and it got rejected by ATC. So I think I'm never going to use it again as it is causing lots of problems.
I had a look at simbreif and it gave me this flight plan from EGJJ to EGKK. Is this flight plan correct and userble?
ORIS1C ORIST Y110 VEXEN L980 ABSAV ABSA1G. I haven't seen this STAR into Gatwick before?
By John Pettit
I have just flown EGLL to EGPD. Scottish Centre were on line. An aircraft (details available) was having difficulty obtaining clearance from Scottish on 'voice' comms. I was able to hear Scottish but unable to hear the aircraft, although Scottish were able, intermittently, to receive the aicraft on voice. This resulted in the following transmission via text from the aircraft:
08:22:03 "Callsign" OK you can just ignore me while I try to get ifr clearance ima have a word with your supervisor and i have this all recorded on video of u ignoring me and ill be giving you a very bad review gday (text as sent - ed)
I was on frequency and I did not hear ANY of the offended aircraft voice transmissions. It appears to me that the problem lay with that aircraft's equipment rather than with ATC. Nonetheless, the reply from the aircraft was totally out of order, and not in keeping with VatSim philosophy. He should be ashamed of his response. This is a hobby and we should all be tolerant of the mishaps of others when they occur.
The end result was that ATC went offline to check his own equipment, but never came back. A loss to all concerned.