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Andrew Ogden

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  1. If anybody laughs at your voice, especially a controller, then they are in the wrong hobby. In my opinion making fun of others in that way is in bad taste; we're all here for the same reason: to enjoy aviation and to share our hobby with others. I would encourage you to jump right in; there's always the '.wallop' command which calls a supervisor to help out if someone is making you feel uncomfortable. In my experience, most controllers are very happy and helpful to new members; by also putting 'New member' or similar in your pilot remarks, it helps us to know that you are new and to give
  2. There is no software to download. The link is https://nattrak.vatsim.net/, I posted it a few posts above 😃.
  3. No, that's euroNAT. natTrak will be/is a complete datalink solution for North Atlantic flight.
  4. Hi Nebojsa, natTrak is still in use, however it is getting a major upgrade for Cross the Pond this year. The link is nattrak.vatsim.net, but just keep in mind that it will not remain in its current format for very long. Cheers, Andrew
  5. Of course you can fly a concorde if you like, however keep in mind that ATC will handle you differently. It requires a different separation minima between other traffic and as you're going to be flying high, listen carefully to ATC. It is possible though, although it might be better if someone who has flown a Concorde during CTP before chimes in here in case I have said something incorrect (I have not had the experience) 🙂.
  6. There is no oceanic 'entry point' in your flight plan. Entry points are a defined (usually named) set of waypoints on or close to the border between Domestic and the NAT HLA (North Atlantic High Level Airspace). One thing to keep in mind is that Concorde flight generally uses the legacy SM, SN and SO routes. For your question about oceanic clearance, if an oceanic controller is online, contact the oceanic controller, not domestic for clearance. Make sure you return to the domestic frequency however after getting your clearance, even if the controller doesn't specify. Another thing to
  7. Without telling people not to use the sim (it's their prerogative), it is important to be aware of the limitations. I speak here from an oceanic perspective. Pilots need to be aware of the increased potential for ATC to issue a re-route, which may be a huge problem if you can't change the route in the sim. It's going to be a headache for all involved if we desperately need you to do something that you can't actually do because of the limited functionality available in the default airliners. Another example being if we tell you a Mach speed, but you can only program IAS because of some bug
  8. Ahh, I see, I do agree. There is definitely room for discussion on that front, of course, it would only work if two controllers wanted to log on at the same time, but nonetheless I think it's something to explore for every-day and medium-sized-event traffic levels, provided we have the numbers and controllers want to simulate it. That's the primary thing, it hinges upon controller coordination, and being VATSIM there's always going to be the so-called 'normal' mode where we have to combine both positions to be able to provide the service. It's a set-up option that can be made available, howeve
  9. For Gander/Shanwick IRL, all voice communications happens through a radio operator, and the oceanic controller receives a typed relay from the operator. Voice is still relatively common, and a large percentage of the clearance requests happens over HF, although of course CPDLC is slowly taking over. In this way the controller has more time to control as they aren't dealing with the voice communications However, oceanic controllers are still responsible for CPDLC communications, and if a pilot sends a datalink, the controller receives it on their scope and they interact with it themselves, i.e.
  10. Gander/Shanwick airspace is Class A above FL55. Instrument flight rules and an oceanic clearance is required if flying above this level, however if you're not sure what situation you are in, ask the controller 🙂.
  11. I can assure you that you will not be banned for not having VNAV/LNAV capabilities. Fly however you want! As long as you are able to reasonably able to comply with ATC with the equipment available to you then there is no issue whatsoever. Like Rob said however, if you are unable to do something, say so, and usually the controller can work out another way to make it happen. Agree. In some way or another, everyone on this network has been, or is currently a beginner to flight simulation. Making mistakes is entirely human and it's how we learn.
  12. Examining the first page of the MCS: Each Task in the MCS is coded according to a scheme that includes four elements. For example: PPL.I.A.K1 ● PPL = Applicable MCS (Private Pilot License - Airplane Single Engine Land) ● I = Area of Operation (Preflight Preparation) ● A = Task (Pilot Qualifications and Aircraft Airworthiness) ● K1 = Task Element Knowledge (General limitations of VFR flight) The IFR clearance clause has been determined to fall under the PPL. I believe this has been derived from the FAA definitions. Not sure where the confusion is. A member has 14 days fr
  13. A multitude of reports have been made to the Zendesk about missing airports. A member of the forum team has also said that the more issues there are about the same thing, the more it gets prioritised, so report all the airports you believe are missing 🙂. https://forums.flightsimulator.com/t/missing-airports-sent-to-zendesk/165814 https://forums.flightsimulator.com/t/reporting-on-airport-issues/121695/118 https://forums.flightsimulator.com/t/missing-airport-list/171994 https://forums.flightsimulator.com/t/welcome-to-stuttgart-airport-edds/130202/2 The main proble
  14. As far as I am aware there will be no Pilot Instructor rating under the new system. Pilot Instructors on the network are volunteers for Authorised Training Organisatons (ATOs) and as I recall there will be no associated network rating. Cheers,
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