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Michael Benson

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  1. When SATCO first started this was a reasonable request; with the advent of more and more complex splits of airspace I think it's unreasonable for pilots to be expected to hunt down the VACC website, spend an age find the split of the airspace on the website (which may be contained in some random PDF), work out where they're and then contact the relevant controller. For example coming into the Uk airspace depending on the split in operation you may have to contact EURI_FSS, EGTT_CTR, EGTT_S_CTR, LON_CTR, LON_SC_CTR, LON_C_CTR or LON_NE_CTR. This information is contained in a random downloa
  2. Hello Johan, Both pictures were taken from the air arrivals EFPS. Depending on where we initially press on the FDE dictates which prompt box comes up. The keyboard and clearance limit boxes are identical in any of the positions in the tower. You'll have to let me know when your coming and I'll see if I'm working that day. You can nosey at all the other acronimed screens of EFPS, ATM, ASMGCS, ADIS lol.
  3. Hello, In the RW the ILS is controlled by a key and can only radiate in one direction or be switched off completly *. In FS the simulator guesses which direction you're landing on and that's the one you will pick up. For example if you're approaching Heathrow from the west FS will think you're landing eastery so you'll pick up the I-AA (09L) until p[Mod - Happy Thoughts]ing south abeam, at which point FS will then guess you're landing the other way and you'll start receiving the I-RR (27R). * It's possible through some more advanced controls to also turn off parts of the ILS, i.e.
  4. Ours is fairly modern too. We use the touch keyboard for changing times, amending flightplans, filing flightplans, etc. If I remember and get chance I'll take some pictures tomorrow.
  5. In my tower we use a keyboard all the time, albeit it's a touchscreen/bashscreen one.
  6. Not really relevent to the point Dave is making. Border to Border directs within a single states airspace is very different to giving directs of 1000miles plus over several states airspaces. It becomes even less relevent when you are unable to co-ordinate these directs with relevent units who may only come online well after the time the direct has been given. It's also interesting that Eurocontrol (the real one) is currently doing a lot of research into adherence to filed plans Vs random directs. It's different giving a direct for expedition when the route has been checked, co-o
  7. Arrival and departure procedures are also created for higher than VATSIM traffic loads and for noise abadement - shall we get rid of them too and have everyone flying DCT GPS?
  8. Hi! GCLP IBB500 - GCLP-GCRR N0270F110 LTE IBB200 - GCLP-GCFV N0270F090 ORION IBB303 - GCLP-GCLA N0270F120 ARACO IBB103 - GCLP-GCXO N0270F100 TFN IBB365 - GCLP-GCHI N0270F120 HIE IBB187 - GCLP-GCTS N0263F100 TFS GCXO IBB100 - GCXO-GCLP N0270F110 LPC IBB605 - GCXO-GCLA N0270F100 ARACO IBB651 - GCXO-GCGM N0262F100 ARACO TFN270030 TESEL DCT GANTA DCT TFS VFR IBB663 - GCXO-GCHI N0261F100 HIE GCTS IBB194 - GCTS-GCLP N0264F090 LPC GCRR IBB501 - GCRR-GCLP N0270F120 LPC GCHI IBB664 - GCHI-GCXO N0262F110 TFN IBB366 - GCHI-GCLP N0
  9. Ben is unable to do this as the staff have seen fit to permanantly suspend his access to the UK forum.
  10. Morning Jeroen, Unfortunatly there isn't a lot in our manuals about how PDC works, well above the interlect of a simple controller! What I have found is the following: Upon receipt of a datalink Request Clearance (RCD), the strip appears in the DCL section of the stripbay and is blue (BTW we use electronic flight progress strips). On datalink clearance issed (CLD), the strip turns salmon. On receipt of a datalink Clearance Acknowledged (CDA), the strip automatically moves to the cleared section of the stripbay and the colouring is removed. We also have the option to send a messa
  11. Hello, A slight problem with using telex currently is that it doesn't allow the pilot to accept or reject the PDC, in essence you are giving a clearance without a pilot accepting it. At Heathrow when the crew send their PDC request the strip turns blue, when the system has sent out the clearance the strip turns salmon, and finally once the crew accepts the clearance the strip turns white again. All the PDCs are done automatically (the system knows the aircrafts flightplan, squawk, routing, ATIS, etc) so 9 times out of 10 we don't even do anything when a PDC request comes in. I re
  12. Hello, They don't park on the Royal Suite. They get towed/taxi there a short time before, load up/unload and go. They would park on the early 60x stands. If it's long term parking they may also get stuck in the zulus for large A/C.
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