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  1. The short answer as to why we use 129.420 instead of 129.425 is that we have been made to believe that 129.425 would cause issues for pilots with older sims, mainly for text communications. This gives the impression that controllers are able to use frequencies with 5s on the end no bother? But I thought that this would still cause an issue with FS2004 default planes/FSX default planes/planes that only have 5 digit radios (which even includes the PMDG!)?
  2. Yup, different to what was in the original post - STC (Scottish TMA) is different to LTC_S (London - TC South). The reason not all of the splits are documented on our website is because there are so many that would provide unending confusion for pilots. So we have documented our most commonly used ones and if you're ever in doubt, just drop a message to a controller to ask whether they cover a particular airport/area. But not before checking that page! 😄
  3. There is the difference I guess; there are vast areas of UK airspace that are OCAS below FL195. Chart ENR6-7 shows the extent of controlled airspace (this link will most likely expire by next month, but it should work for now at least).
  4. All aerodromes inside controlled airspace have a full top-down service provided by London Control (workload may reduce the extent of this service but only when instructed). Any airfields that have a Tower/Approach unit real world, and not just an AFISO position, may also be covered top-down by a CTR controller. However, the difference we try to strike in the text is that if you are departing VFR from say, Shoreham EGKA, you only need to request a service from London if you want one - you might deem it sensible to get one if there is other traffic around that you might want to know o
  5. An update has now been made to the UK website page for the area sectors. Let me know on this thread if you have any feedback. https://www.vatsim.uk/operations/sectors Still to do: Add an index/tab navigation at the top of the arriving/transiting section for easier navigation between LON/LTC/SCO/(MAN/STC) airspace diagrams Add a PC diagram Add an STC diagram Make the images 'click to enlarge' Make the page automatically scroll down to the top of the section that you click to open
  6. It’s not as far as I’m aware, but +1 to the suggestion!
  7. Hi Deon Are you able to put (EGKK) in the title, and change the short description visible on the homepage to: Thanks!
  8. I believe your second paragraph relates to something I noticed in another thread, STAR Selection Logic. I didn't receive a reply from Gergely there - I'll drop him an email pointing to these two threads now.
  9. Thanks for your reply! Has anything changed with regard to being able to automatically set active airports for observers? So when an observer uses alternate sector ownership, we'd quite like it to select active airports in the same way that it does for active controllers.
  10. @Gergely We've set up our sector file in the UK such that when observing, users may set a specific callsign in the .ese to enable them to use Alternative Sector Ownership: EXAMPLE_OBS::199.998:O:O:EXAMPLE:OBS:-:-: For all our sectors, we have set up various ownerships that can then be selected according to where they wish to observe: SECTOR:KKTWR:0:2000 OWNER:KKT:KKF:KKA:TCSW:TCS:TC:LS:LWS:LSC:L ALTOWNER:Observing LON_S_CTR:KKT:KKF:KKA:TCSW:TCS:TC:O:LM:LS:LWS:LSC:L ALTOWNER:Observing LTC_S_CTR:KKT:KKF:KKA:TCSW:O:LM:TCS:TC:LS:LWS:LSC:L ALTOWNER:Observing London FIR:O:LM:KK
  11. Little bit late to this one, but some information on the area sectors in the UK is available on this page: https://www.vatsim.uk/operations/sectors If you know that you need to call a controller, then please don't wait for a contact me has been sent - get in contact! Have a look where each of the LON sectors covers on the diagram on that page, and then call up maybe 20-30 miles or so before you enter their airspace. If you're departing a UK airfield, please please please check that page for the coverage of each sector. Far too many times to aircraft just depart without bothering to che
  12. This bug was rather excruciating when trying to control a busy CTP sector... kept popping up every 30 seconds at some points!
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