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  1. According to CAP493 which is the UK controllers' bible the ATC instruction is "Go around, I say again, go around". Once the pilot has acknowledged with "going around", ATC will issue further instructions such as "follow missed approach procedure", or "left hand circuit, report downwind" or specific headings/altitudes



  2. you won't get the runway in use from a CTR position .info because the en-route controllers aren't responsible for the airports. If they are covering airports on a top-down basis, they will be covering too many to put the runway in use for each airport. You need to .info either APP, TWR or GND.


    If they aren't online you can get the correct direction for landing by calling up the metar (I can never remember whether it's .wx or .metar) and calculate it for yourself. Land into the wind, unless it's calm in which case there may be a preferred runway. With an airport with dual runways and no controllers online then agree with any other aircraft on unicom which you are going to use. EGLL has a runway rotation table which is available on the EGLL pages of www.vatsim-uk.org.




  3. I was that 'unlucky' pilot told to hold at MID. And even with the chart, it was a sudden scramble under the desk to read and understand it, as I don't use FSNav to fly the plane. I had never been asked to fly a hold before, so it was a great learning experience and probably long overdue, as I've done about 60 BAV flights now. Perhaps we should get holds more often ??!!


    Hi Alan,


    Feel free to ask if you want some holding practice - it's good practice for the controllers too. I don't fly IFR much, but I remember vividly the first hold I ever flew - at one stage the contorller politely asked if I'd lost my way, and had to give me vectors to get back on track! It's certainly something a lot of pilots struggle with.




  4. In the UK the pilot MUST use his full callsign until the controller shortens it. After all the pilot comng on frequency doesn't know if there's already a pilot on frequency with a similar callsign e.g. GABCD and GBBCD. Controllers must use the full callsign for the clearance, but after that can shorten it. The use of the aircraft type in the callsign is permitted, but rarely used, so GABCD will normally be shortened to GCD




  5. I think it's something to do with the fact that FS uses keyboard commands to control the engines, and if you have the focus in the wrong window when you think you are typing in SB/FSInn you can acdidentally decouple one of the engines from the throttle. I've done it many times!


    If you spot it has happened, put the focus in the FS window and type E 1 2 to make sure both throttles are synchronised.




  6. hello John, welcome to VATSIM.


    As this is the UK forum, I [Mod - Happy Thoughts]ume you would like to start flying in the UK. Have a look at the VATSIM-UK website at www.vatsim-uk.org In particular you will find the standard routes between airports in the section Pilots>Pilot information. You don't actually require FSBuild or FSNav in order to fly, but a lot of people find them useful. I'll leave someone else to comment on the options, as I'm basically a VFR pilot.


    The best way of doing an IFR flight is to try it offline first, so that you can pause as many times as you need to while figuring out which buttons to press. Then try online, and put "new pilot" in the remarks section of your flightplan so that the controllers know you may need extra help or extra time.


    I'd suggest don't start with a flight into or out of Heathrow or Manchester, as they can be very busy. If you want to fly IFR pick a middle sized airport, and select a flight that has a SID and a STAR, and maybe a little bit of airway in between. (My first one was EGSS-EGBB). The next UK New Pilots night on Weds 6th July will feature an IFR flight from Glasgow to Leeds, and training materials will be available shortly. You can find details at http://www.vatsim-uk.org/forum/index.php?topic=4227.0


    I look forward to meeting you online.



    Deputy Director, VATSIM-UK

  7. Are you new to VATSIM and need help getting connected?


    Are you able to connect but not confident enough to jump in with both feet just yet?


    Do you want to fly in the UK?


    We have now been holding our "New Pilots Nights" for six months, and it is clear there is a demand, but with the advent of SB3 and FSInn making it so much easier to get online, we are starting to look at other aspects of training. The "New Pilots Night" will continue to be the first Wednesday of each month at 2000 local time. Any pilot starting out or wanting to practice talking to ATC is most welcome. This wil lof course be the UK procedures. Experienced pilots are welcome to help with the training, but please do not just spend the evening flying, as then the new pilots don't get enough time to practise their r/t, or even get a word in edgeways!


    We can help you get connected. And once you are connected you are welcome to fly circuits or try an IFR or VFR departure or arrival. If you're not sure what I'm talking about don't worry.. we are there to help and advise you about your flight in a more relaxed and informal way than can be done on a busy night at a big airport.


    The dates for the next 6 months are as follows (venues and any themes will be added as they are identified):


    1st Jun EGNS Isle of Man

    No specific theme


    6th Jul EGNM Leeds Bradford

    Glasgow (EGPF) will also be open, and training will be provided on flying a simple IFR

    flight from EGPF to EGNM (training docomeent will be available prior to the session)


    3rd Aug EGKB Biggin Hill

    Circuits and bumps - VFR and IFR circuit practice


    7th Sep TBA


    5th Oct EGGW Luton

    VFR and IFR - just come and try it out


    2nd Nov EGPH Edinburgh

    Getting started - first flight, or first time trying something new

    Demonstration VFR circuits by pilots who were new themselves not so long ago


    7th Dec TBA


    Charts can be found at http://www.ais.org.uk/aes/pubs/aip/html/aipad2.htm (registration is required but is free)


    We shall be using our TeamSpeak server to talk to pilots requiring advice or coaching. Instructions for TeamSpeak can be found further down this thread.


    Controllers interested in providing ATC for one of these evenings, please contact me at deputy.director(at)vatsim-uk.org


    We look forward to seeing you online.


    Ruth McTighe

    Deputy Director, VATSIM-UK

  8. My thanks on behalf of the pilots and the staff to Andy King for an excellent night at Hawarden. I'll have to leave someone else to report on the flying display as unfortunately I had to miss it. But a great night was had by all, and I hope lots of money was raised for Comic Relief.


    Ruth McTighe

    Deputy Director, Vatsim-UK

  9. Hi Clive,


    The transponder can be set to do several different things.


    In "Standby" all the controller sees is a small dot or cross with no identifying details.

    In "Mode Charlie" it is turned on and the controller sees your aircraft tagged with your callsign, altitude, speed and various other things. (In the real world there's also a "Mode Alpha", which we don't use on Vatsim.)


    So "Squawk mode Charlie" means to turn the transponder on. You may have a switch in the cockpit which works, or you can use the drop-down menu in Squawkbox. Normally you do this when you enter an active runway, and turn it off as you exit at the end of the flight, but there are variations on this.


    Many airport prefer you to keep the transponder on standby if you are flying VFR circuits, but just ask ATC if you are unsure.


    Additionally if you are asked to "Squawk ident" you press the ident button or select it from the SB Menu. This causes a marker to appear beside your callsign on the radar screen, so that the controller can confirm he's got the correct aircraft. This is standard procedure when departing from the major London airports, but I'd guess about 50% of the pilots I ask to do this don't know what I'm talking about.


    Don't worry if you don't always understand. We were all new once, and as long as you let ATC know when you don't understand we will be happy to help. The only caveat to that is that if the controller is really busy he won't have time to help, so don't start your first flight at a major airport like Heathrow or JFK!


    Ruth McTighe

    Deputy Director, Vatsim-UK

  10. Another repost from the Vatsim-UK webforum:


    Although may credit card may hate me for this, I will go for the same idea as Mike,

    for every departure Ronaldsway gets going to EGNR i'll stick £1 in

    If I dont get much traffic, i'll donate £5 anyway


    Martyn Bourner



    EuroManx Virtual Airlines

  11. Now that I've just got to see!


    Also please note this repost from the Vatsim-UK web forum:


    Birmingham Approach is booked ready for any who wish to start their flight to Hawarden from here. I'll also donate £1 for every departure from EGBB with destination EGNR.


    Mike Pike

    Midlands Regional Training Scheme Manager

  12. The latest issue of the Vatsim-UK newsletter is out. Of particular interest this month is an article from Chris Pawley about London City Airport, and one from V[Mod - Happy Thoughts]ily Remizov about his real world controlling in Russia.


    Go to www.vatsim-uk.org and click on Newsletters


    Ruth McTighe

    Deputy Director, Vatsim-UK

  13. have you clicked on the controller's name in the ATC directory? and did the atis then appear in SB? If not then you are not connected correctly.


    Are you using a router or a firewall, because if so you may need to open the correct ports. The information on which ones is in the Pilot Resource Center.



  14. Have you downloaded the updated list of servers? The default list is out of date.


    Have you made sure the correct ports are open if you have a router and/or firewall?


    You can find further information on both in the Pilot Resource Centre.


    Ruth McTighe

    Deputy Director, Vatsim-UK

  15. We are pleased to announce that the long awaited revision of the Vatsim-UK voice training docomeent is now available. It has been written by Nick Cunnington, Pilot Chief, and an MP3 recording of an example flight prepared by Nick and colleagues.


    The docomeent is at www.vatsim-uk.org - click on Training>Voice Training. It is also available in Pilots>Pilot Training under Voice>Using Voice.


    As mentioned in the newsletter by Nick "For a bit of fun and your chance of glory of a mention in the next newsletter, can you recognise all of the controllers and the pilot from the recording?! Please e-mail your answers to pilot.training(at)vatsim-uk.org. Good luck!! (Just to help you along I'll give you a clue - Ruth isn't one of them ). "


    Ruth McTighe

    Deputy Director, Vatsim-UK

  16. The main thread in the UK can be viewed here http://www.vatsim-uk.org/forum/index.php?topic=3127.0


    I will post more information about the next training night nearer the time.


    Basic training tonight (2nd February) will be based at Blackpool. Charts are available at http://www.ais.org.uk/aes/pubs/aip/html/egnh.htm You really only need the aerodrome chart. Help is available for both getting online and flying. See the link referred to above for further details.


    Ruth McTighe

    Deputy Director, Vatsim-UK


    (edited to correct the link)

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