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  1. Please read the replies already given to you. I'll repeat my earlier answer here:

     

    In the meantime, start up VRC or ASRC, login with your VATSIM CID and p[Mod - Happy Thoughts]word and start observing. I don't know about the USA, but VATSIM UK has a walkthrough on getting set up to observe. You'll find both the ASRC and VRC versions at http://www.vatsim-uk.org/training/index.php - look for the Observers Guides

     

    this will tell you about using sector files,and anything else you need to know about starting observing

     

    Ruth

  2. ok,I seem to be having a problem.I got an email from ZLA saying I signed up with them.They said I would need to take the ZLA basics.But when I log in to take the exam,I get an error saying incorrect login.I am signing in with my VATUSA p[Mod - Happy Thoughts]woed,but I cannot get through.I typed everything in right,but still no luck.I'm also wondering when I will be able to Observe.

     

    You don't have to be a member of any particular ARTCC to observe, just go ahead and do it.

     

    With regard to logging in with ZLA I suggest you contact them directly by e-mail, as they won't necessarily look here.

     

    Ruth

  3. I mean i am unable to take the exam that makes you become a student it does not accept my cid and p[Mod - Happy Thoughts]word. then i go status check it says i am part of the division but not part of rts system. do you go log in then try and take exam or do you just go straight to exam? help

     

    I see you are in the UK Division. I suggest you read http://www.vatsim-uk.org/index.php?page=start which has the instructions. It says you have to apply to join the RTS (Regional Training System) before you take the exam. The RTS system has it's own p[Mod - Happy Thoughts]word which is separate from your p[Mod - Happy Thoughts]word for logging on to the network.

     

    Ruth

  4. I'd be concerned about simplifying the front page too much - it's not just used by potential new members; it's a resource for all members, and I don't want to bury the links to resources in too many menu layers.

     

    Maybe keeping it simple as a front page, and adding a log in field, that after completed shows the rest of the info? Just a suggestion

     

    Thanks for the suggestion I'd like to keep the whole website accessible to all. We came in for a lot of stick when the PRC required login; I'd prefer all-comers to be able to see it all. However in redesigning the front page, it would make sense to have the links for new/wannabee members in a prominent area of their own.

     

    Ruth

  5. The issue of the website navigation is something we are well aware of. Unfortunately the last attempt at designing a new website foundered, and we are currently looking at some new options.

     

    To answer an earlier comment - I'd really hope that someone wanting to become a new pilot clicks on "new pilots start here". If they can't even find and follow that link, how are they going to find their way around charts, FMCs, and the like? The point is taken about duplicate links - they need sorting out.

     

    I'd be concerned about simplifying the front page too much - it's not just used by potential new members; it's a resource for all members, and I don't want to bury the links to resources in too many menu layers. If anyone wants to see what the full site content is, and my current ideas for navigation, have a look at the PRC Wiki at http://mbev.net/wikka/WebSiteContents and http://mbev.net/wikka/WebSiteNewNavigation. Interestingly, in the several months these have been up on the Wiki for comment, only Mike Bevington has made any comment at all! And sadly, the rest of the Wiki pages for pilots seem to be going the same way.

     

    It is very depressing when people claim they don't have time to help with developing resources, but seem to have plenty of time to post long messages about how terrible the resources are. This organisation is dependent on its members; some are putting their all into making it happen for the rest - where are the rest of you?

     

    Ruth

  6. I've already answered your question in this thread http://forums.vatsim.net/viewtopic.php?t=7169&start=60, and you responded to it about 40 minutes before you made this post.

     

    I said

    Regarding your VATUSA p[Mod - Happy Thoughts]word, I've just been browsing the posts in the VATUSA forum. You should have been sent your VATUSA p[Mod - Happy Thoughts]word by e-mail when you signed up with the VATUSA division. If you haven't got it you need to use the Lost P[Mod - Happy Thoughts]word facility on the VATUSA website, not the main vatsim.net website. If you haven't yet selected VATUSA as your division, you need to do that first - go to www.vatsim.net, click on Member Services, then Account Changes, then Select a Division.

     

    Have you followed these instructions, and if so where did you get stuck?

     

    Ruth

  7. Speed restrictions in the UK apply until they are explictily cancelled. If you are really lucky you may get told "no ATC speed restriction" and then you can do what speed you like (subject to the 250 knots below FL100 rule). You will normally be given 180 knots for a base leg and intercept, and 160 knots on the glide slope, [Mod - Happy Thoughts]uming you have an aircraft that can reach those speeds. The speed is nomrally given to 4 dme, after which it's up to you. (at EGLC it's 160 to 6dme as the glide slope is much steeper). If there's no other traffic to worry about spacing with I will cancel the speed restriction once you are established.

     

    Airspace in the London TMA is very tight, so we need you to keep to the speeds both for spacing and to stop you overshooting on tight turns (the approach to EGSS runway 05 is a good example).

     

    Ruth

  8. ok,I'll get on and start observing as soon as I download one of those.Oh,Before I forget,which one do you prefer?of the two you listed.

     

    The answer to that is a bit like "do you prefer Pepsi or Coke?" The biggest difference between the two is that VRC is designed for a multiple monitor set-up and is harder to use if you've only got a single monitor. ASRC works fine on a single monitor.

     

    Regarding your VATUSA p[Mod - Happy Thoughts]word, I've just been browsing the posts in the VATUSA forum. You should have been sent your VATUSA p[Mod - Happy Thoughts]word by e-mail when you signed up with the VATUSA division. If you haven't got it you need to use the Lost P[Mod - Happy Thoughts]word facility on the VATUSA website, not the main vatsim.net website. If you haven't yet selected VATUSA as your division, you need to do that first - go to www.vatsim.net, click on Member Services, then Account Changes, then Select a Division.

     

    Ruth

  9. Ruth,

    I am going to go for VATUSA.I have no Observer hours because I have no clue how to be an observer or even how to start on my way to becoming a controller.

     

    In that case you shouldn't even be thinking about taking the exam as it presupposes you've learnt something about controlling before you become a Student 1, the rating that permits you to log on and actually control. When you do take the exam you will need to use your VATUSA p[Mod - Happy Thoughts]word, not your main VATSIM p[Mod - Happy Thoughts]word.

     

    In the meantime, start up VRC or ASRC, login with your VATSIM CID and p[Mod - Happy Thoughts]word and start observing. I don't know about the USA, but VATSIM UK has a walkthrough on getting set up to observe. You'll find both the ASRC and VRC versions at http://www.vatsim-uk.org/training/index.php - look for the Observers Guides

     

    Ruth

  10. Hi Levi,

     

    Which division's exam are you trying to take?

     

    By the way, I notice you don't have any time logged on as an observer on VATSIM. I strongly suggest you log on and become familiar with the software, observe controllers at work, and read up on the divisional procedures before you take the exam to become a Student. There will be plenty of details on the relevant divisional website.

     

    Ruth

  11. I need some serious help becasue i can log on to squakbox but not FSInn and im struggling badly...Can some1 please help me

     

    Chris, you've already posted a separate thread on this subject. You've already got a reply there with some very good advice, and a request for you to give more information.

     

    For everyone else, please don't turn this thread into a "help how do Ii fly on VATSIM?" thread. It's actually to share experiences of having flown on VATSIM as a new pilot.

     

    Ruth

  12. Im using the one from Vatsim-UK for London FIR

     

    You'll need to give me the precise name of the file as there are several different files for the London FIR. I'd suggest you try another file. EGLL_TWR would be a good one to start with. If you get problems with that as well, you will need to uninstall VRC and then reinstall following the instructions in the Observers Guide very carefully

     

    Ruth

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  13. Hold on, hold on, Robbie. The charts are published in the AIS. They are copyright - no-one is allowed to reproduce them on any other website.

     

    I would suggest you go ahead and make a sample website so the VATSIM-UK guys can see what you are capable of. You don't need their permission for that as long as you don't use any of their copyright stuff. But no-one is going to support you if all you do is keep posting on here instead of getting on and doing something. And is this going to be the first website you have ever made or have you done a website before that you can show us?

     

    If you can't think of a useful way of using your template, then you haven't learnt enough about VATSIM. You need to start logging on and learning to fly and control, and how the whole VATSIM organisation works.

     

    Ruth

  14. Robbie, we really appreciate your enthusiasm. However you have only been a member for three days and you really need to spend some time on VATSIM first to find out how it all works and what is needed. There already is a separate area for London - it's called the Capital Regional Training scheme, so a London Subdivision would be pointless. VATSIM-UK already has an excellent website, so there's not much point in doing what has already been done. But the webteam are always looking for people to help with the bits that aren't finished yet.

     

    Or you can do what I did and set up a website of your own with your own ideas e.g. the clickable maps. I was responsible for the first website for the Essex controllers, and I know it was widely used until the VATSIM-UK site was more developed. If it's good people will start using it and things will grow from there. You don't need a special subdivision, just go ahead and create a website and see what happens.

     

    You might also like to look at the other specialist websites e.g. the South East RTS site to see what they have done.

     

    Ruth

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