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Andre Almeida

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  1. I am not saying PDCs are unrealistic. I am saying throwing them out to everyone via private message is. I've had it happen a few times already that I've connected at an airport, filed my flight plan, and within a minute vPilot beeps with a private message from XXXX_DEL giving me my clearance, all whilst my aircraft is still cold & dark. What is that _DEL controller if not a /t ATC? His job is issuing clearances, and he issues them all via text. There are appropriate ways to request PDCs, and to issue PDCs. Doing it via text message to everyone is - from an outside point of view -
  2. Honestly I can't see a big difference. In my view the concept is the same. There are ways to send a PDC other then a private message. A delivery controller choosing to send them via private message does so because he it unable to use the appropriate tools (or doesn't have tools for his controller client), or because he believes it's easier then giving out all clearances on frequency via voice. Unless there's a third reason I am missing for clearances being sent via private message (without the pilot requesting it). A pilot being text only is so because he either is unable to communic
  3. Plenty pilots start out as /t only, and move on to /r and /v after some time. I can't be sure, but it is certainly possible that a few of those wouldn't have given the network a try if /t wasn't available to them. I personally don't enjoy it too much either if many pilots are /t, as it does make things a bit more difficult, but that's just how it is. I'd rather have them be /t then not be connected at all. By the way, if we want to stop pilots being /t, then let's also make sure controllers don't just send a clearance via private message to pilots who haven't requested a PDC (can a p
  4. I wouldn't worry too much about it Kevin. Mistakes happen, and they happen to all of us, regardless of experience. If the controllers reaction to a new pilots mistake was such that it might lead you to quitting the network then he should absolutely need some talking to, as that is not how things are supposed to work. I would definitely recommend sending feedback directly to vatsim UK: https://www.vatsim.uk/mship/feedback/new That aside, you did everything right. You started small, began at a smaller airfield, and are interested in learning how to improve. It would be a pity if an ex
  5. This would be interesting. Would definitely help, seeing as local controllers seem to be non-existent, or at least very inactive. It has happened before that non-Dakar/Sal controllers staffed those airspaces. Last event passing through that area (Bridge to South America) we received permission for Sal to be covered by Portuguese Oceanic controllers, whilst Dakar would be controlled by Brazilian Oceanic controllers. However, whilst saying "All Oceanic controllers in Gander/Shanwick/Santa Maria/Atlântico may control Dakar/Sal during events" would be great, some kind of previous train
  6. Atlântico was staffed, not sure if the entire time, but they were definitely online at some point. However Dakar and Sal unfortunately were a no show. As far as I know they were asked for staffing several weeks ago. There is not much that can be done if they either forget or have no controllers available. Unfortunately every event overflying another countries airspace carries some unicom risk, as neither the departure nor the arrival countries can be certain all enroute sectors will be covered. Especially since events are sometimes planned months in advance. I would assume very few
  7. Hi Matthias, Das VATSIM Forum ist, mit Ausnahme von ein paar regionalen Bereichen, englischsprachig. Fragen auf Deutsch wären im Forum von VATSIM Deutschland besser aufgehoben: https://board.vatsim-germany.org/ Wie dem auch sei, für Euroscope brauchst du ein sector file. Falls du noch keinen hast kannst du hier einen downloaden: http://files.aero-nav.com/EDXX Damit alles automatisch konfiguriert ist solltest du das .prf öffnen das im sector file Ordner dabei ist. Um dies zu machen musst du erstmals im Euroscope Menü auf "OTHER SET" gehen, und sicherstellen dass "Load last p
  8. From a controlling point of view, yesterday was my worst CTP yet. It was an awful and completely disappointing afternoon, with me fighting the first 2 hours in somehow getting any of 3 frequencies to work. Finally after the 2 hours, and with the help from Néstor and Gary, I somehow managed to be able to talk to about half the pilots via voice - the rest still needed to be text. I still have no idea what the issue was, it was with our primary frequency that has been used plenty times without problems before, it should not have created any issues. I definitely will not be controlling CTP, or Oce
  9. To avoid any confusions on Saturday, as the announcement makes believe differently: Pilots flying through Santa Maria are expected to do position reports outside the radar area.
  10. Carlos Neves will be having his Tower (S2) CPT on Thursday, July 23rd, starting at 1930z. We need lots of IFR and VFR traffic around LPPT airport. This is going to be a busy day so plan ahead and help Carlos earn his S2 rating. As usual, charts are available here: http://charts.portugal-vacc.org Typical routes in portuguese airspace: LPPT-LPPR: INBOM DCT ABLEG LPPR-LPPT: MANIK DCT XAMAX LPPT-LPFR: TROIA A5 ODEMI LPFR-LPPT: ODEMI A5 TROIA LPPT-LPMA (or LPPS): GANSU DCT LIDRO LPMA (or LPPS)-LPPT: DEGUN DCT UNPOT See you there!
  11. Hello Joaquin. No, it was always planned for July 18th. As far as I know the only event on the 11th crossing the Atlantic was the Heathrow-Miami flight.
  12. Portugal vACC, VATSPA, VATSIM Brasil and VATSIM Colombia invite you to a long overdue event, a flight between the Iberian Peninsula and South America. On July 18th depart either Lisbon or Madrid from 10 until 13z, and aim to arrive at Rio de Janeiro or Bogotá between 18 and 22z. Expect fully staffed airports, and enroute ATC over the North and South Atlantic. Routes: LPPT-SBGL: LIGRA DCT BEXAL DCT SAMAR UN873 NTL UZ10 SVD UZ44 SGR UN857 MOLSU DIVR1A LPPT-SKBO: BUSEN DCT KOMUT DCT 37N020W 34N030W 29N040W 23N050W 18N058W 16N060W DCT FOF UA551 MIQ UA550 PBL UP533 KIKAS W82 BUV A567 VULA
  13. Louie Hatch will be having his Approach (S3) CPT on Tuesday July 9th starting at 1930z. We need lots of IFR and VFR traffic around LPPT and LPCS airports. This is going to be a busy day so plan ahead and help Louie earn his S3 rating. As usual, charts are available here: http://charts.portugal-vacc.org Some suggested routes, inside Lisboa FIR: LPPT-LPPR: INBOM DCT ABLEG LPPR-LPPT: MANIK DCT XAMAX LPPT-LPFR: TROIA A5 ODEMI LPFR-LPPT: ODEMI A5 TROIA LPPT-LPMA (or LPPS): GANSU DCT LIDRO LPMA (or LPPS)-LPPT: DEGUN DCT UNPOT Airfield charts are available at http://
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