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Andrew Ogden

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  1. The project was not continued because there were a number of issues that prevented a timely release and testing process of the software. The list of features you mention are from the controller plugin, not the "new natTrak", which is still being used, just without the messaging services. Cheers,
  2. Haha, no problem! There is a lot of confusion around oceanic at the moment, and it's something we are working on.
  3. This is not correct. natTrak is available for use any time of day, and most oceanic controllers do monitor the tool 😄.
  4. I think whilst it wasn't the aim of your original post, it falls under the same category of "events without ATC" and is still relevant. Here's an example of what I was talking about before. Pilots want to fly, but everything then gets piled onto us when controllers are no-shows, despite the countless hours of event organising time.
  5. Let me offer my take on this issue. Oceanic is, unfortunately, often the second to last priority for Enroute controllers'. In many ways this is due to the fact that oceanic participation is usually an afterthought, Enroute controllers have their own division to participate in and put before oceanic, which I think is fair enough, however this really only scratches the surface of the problem. Time and time again, my events team puts in countless hours of their own time and effort into organising what we think is an awesome event, whether that be Takes Two to Tango or Cross the Pond Lit
  6. Having written much of the new system, I can tell you there is reason to be optimistic this year 😛. There will be one or two sneaky ways for controllers to determine immediately whether a pilot has a slot, and the workflow this year is light years ahead of the system Oceanic and Domestic has had for previous years, enabling efficient communication and issuing of clearance whilst maintaining the prescribed separation. Automation of many laborious tasks is the backbone of the system 🙂.
  7. We will know if you have a slot, there are one or two sneaky ways 😉
  8. 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
  9. There is no software to download. The link is https://nattrak.vatsim.net/, I posted it a few posts above 😃.
  10. No, that's euroNAT. natTrak will be/is a complete datalink solution for North Atlantic flight.
  11. 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
  12. 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) 🙂.
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
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