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Ruth McTighe 824054

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  1. Hi Charles. as you are posting in the UK forum I [Mod - Happy Thoughts]ume you are UK based? If you 'd like some online help, the Vatsim-UK "Getting Started nights" are on the first Wednesday of the month. For details of how to get involved see http://www.vatsim-uk.org/forum/index.php?topic=3127.0 There is also a lot of useful information and online one-to-one help at Virtual pilot-UK. See this thread http://forums.vatsim.net/viewtopic.php?t=175 in this forum. Ruth McTighe Deputy Director, Vatsim-UK
  2. there are indeed! it's not the same airport every night, but you will find Tuesdays are very popular with light aircraft, with Gloucestershire, andWellesbourne(EGBW - AFIS only) usually open. Hawarden (EGNR) is open most nights. There is frequent ATC which welcomes VFR at Bristol, Stansted (and sometimes Luton), Leeds, East Midlands, Southampton/Bournemouthand Biggin Hill. I've probably missed some. Just to confuse matters, if there's no TWR online, Stansted and Luton are covered by Essex Radar, and Biggin Hill by Thames Radar. The best source of information on events is http://www.va
  3. welcome Terrence. Have a look at www.vatsim-uk.org for the UK stuff. Also, the CAA docomeent (CAP413) is the definitive guide for the UK, and we try to stick to it as far as possible. You will find it at http://www.caa.co.uk/publications/publicationdetails.asp?id=247 If you are into VFR lfying, then there's some very nice training docuements at http://www.cixvfrclub.org.uk/training.htm see you online! Ruth McTighe Deputy Director, Vatsim-UK
  4. Here is a copy of UK NOTAM 0104/3, published on 22nd April 2004, which is the one you are thinking of, Chris. 3 [Discretion to handle area traffic] At aerodromes beneath or adjacent to TMA airspace where there is no Area Control online, an aerodrome unit which is qualified in APP control for controllers rated C1 or higher may [Mod - Happy Thoughts]ume nominal control of arriving and departing aircraft in the TMA for their own airports traffic to a maximum of 40nm range for the purposes of avoiding traffic conflicts. If there is no likelihood of conflict aircraft should proceed own navigat
  5. OK, I'll try and be more precise. Barton is a AFIS airport in cl[Mod - Happy Thoughts] G. The pilot has no need to talk to anyone, but if he wishes to and there isn't a Barton controller online, then EGCC_APP is the controller he will need to talk to. If he arrives or departs through the Manchester CTR then EGCC_APP will be providing the radar control service. I was trying to summarise a lengthy post on the staff group, which spelt out in detail that it is a radar control service to EGCC/EGCD, and a FIS/RIS/RAS outside CAS for the EGCB traffic. I had rather taken for granted that peopl
  6. My apologies for the delay - I wanted to get confirmation at the staff meeting on Tuesday, and life got rather hectic after that! Some interesting stuff came up on investigating this one. Firstly, for most APP positions there isn't any published information on which airports APP controllers are responsible for besides their main ones. This is something we wil remedy as we revise each airport's procedures. Secondly, there were a number of different views on the answer to the question - it seemed to me they hinged on the interpretation of the 40 mile rule. It is now agreed that EGCC_A
  7. Indeed, the UK do not use "climb and maintain". I'm too am not sure why "maintain" is needed since the pilot knows he's not supposed to change level again without instruction. However in situations where level busts are common, and the pilot is on a standard instrument departure which has a stepped climb (e.g. from EGLC) you may hear Pilot: with you p[Mod - Happy Thoughts]ing 2000ft for 3000ft BPK3T departure ATC: squawk ident, maintain 3000ft on reaching which is done to make absolutely sure you don't climb into the path of one of the EGLL arrivals crossing above you at 4000ft.
  8. Seems like it might be a good idea to extend your remit to cover ALL UK airports at some point in the not too distant future Ruth. Happy New Year. EH you read my mind, Ed! What I'd like to do is to add something to section 3 of the Vatsim-UK ATC manual to describe the general prinicples of how aerodrome coverage is determined, and then the specific details for each APP controller on the appropriate Vatsim-UK webpages. Ruth
  9. I was tempted to say "Patience, Gr[Mod - Happy Thoughts]hopper!" and then realised that might give away my age
  10. patience Jason - it's the Christmas hols and hardly anyone is around. The reply will be posted after the new year bank holiday. I will also remind you that this thread is not for complaining about a particular controller - if you wish to do that please e-mail me with the details. My answer will be to Andy's original question ie which airports IS EGCC_APP allowed to provide a service to?
  11. Thank you for your well thought out and written contribution Ed. As you will see form my previous posts, I do not currently know the answer to exactly which airfields EGCC_APP can control directly, and those to hich they can provide approach services,as I am not familiar with the area covered by EGCC_APP. As a lowly S3 in Essex and Capital, I know exactly what I can do in my own area, and yes, approach controllers often control more than one airport eg Essex controls Luton, Stansted and Cambridge, plus a number of small airfields. My personal view on the rules coincides with yours, but I ha
  12. Jason, I suggest you read the thread again. The issue is about which airports a specific APP can control - many APP controllers are responsible for more than one airport. What you do on TWR is covered by a completely different set of rules, as I'm sure you know well. Please don't try to side-track the original point that Andy was making.
  13. Andy, I just said in my previous post that your question was a fair one and that I would go and find out the answer! I will post the answer as soon as I get it. If you want to use my response as a reason for another grumble so be it. You may not have raised a complaint on this thread, but Jason most certainly did. I will only action complaints about individual controllers if I receive an e-mail giving me the details of date, individual concerned and the issue. If any action needs to be taken, then I will do so, but not until then. I too like the idea of Confidential Reporting,
  14. I am sorry that yet another slanging match appears to be developing in this thread. There are several issues here: 1. the rules about what airports EGCC_APP can provide ATC at. 2. the way issues are raised on Vatsim-UK, whether or not they are complaints. 3. the difference between healthy debate about an issue, and complaining about an individual controller 4. dissatisfaction among some of the Vatsim-UK members with some of the Vatism-UK staff In the absence of VATUK1 I will contribute to this discussion as best I can. 1. I am unable to comment on the rules about which airp
  15. Dear Lee, Ross Williamson had made a good start on developing a completely new Vatsim-UK website, but unfortunately due to other commitments has had to stand down. At present the web-team are working on a thorough revision of the current site. Ruth McTighe Deputy Director, Vatsim-UK
  16. we are please to announce the publication of Issue no 2 of the the Vatsim-UK newsletter. You can find it at http://www.vatsim-uk.org/ - click on "newsletter" Ruth McTighe Deputy Director, VATSIM-UK
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