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  1. The sector files are the same whether you are using ASRC or VRC. Your question has already been answered in your ASRC thread. Sector files are always found on the website of the Division responsible for that airspace. You also need to go to that website to find out about the training programme for learning to be a controller.

     

    Ruth

    VATGOV7

    Vice president - Communications

  2. Ashlee, as you are posting in the UK forum I'd suggest you join the UK New Pilots night, which should be on Weds 1st August. It's held on the first Weds of each month - details of the next one aren't posted yet, but have a look at http://www.vatsim-uk.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9600 for the general instructions. You can come onto the VATSIM-UK teamspeak and someone will talk you through getting FS set up.

     

    If you'd prefer, drop the UK's New Pilot Manager an e-mail at new.pilots [AT] vatsim-uk.co.uk and he'll get someone to go through it with you on a 1:1 basis

     

    Ruth

    VATGOV7

    Vice president - Communications

  3. Hi Yunus. The first thing to do is to read the tutorials at the Pilot Resource Center www.vatsim.net/prc. You can also get to it through the link on the vatsim.net front page saying "New pilots start here". It explains all about the software and how to set it up and what to do when you are online. If you are still having problems after you've gone through them I'd suggest you post in the Pilots sections of these forums with details of what problems you are having.

     

    Ruth

    VATGOV7

    Vice president - Communications

  4. Hi Alan,

     

    welcome to VATSIM! I think the best way of getting all these questions answered is to make use of the New Pilots Night and the one-to-one mentoring on VATSIM-UK, otherwise we're going to end up writing out all the stuff in the Pilot Resource Centre on here, as well as trying to answer all the questions that aren't in the PRC! You won't ruin anyone flying on the New Pilots Night, because it's there specifically to let new pilots ask questions and try things out under supervision.

     

    I'd start with flying in the UK, and get used to that before venturing across the Atlantic, and trying to learn other counties' ways of doing things. In particular if you are flying the Altantic you need to follow the NATS tracks (details on the VATSIM-UK website). It's not worth trying to use the built-in flight planner, as it isn't very good, and comes up with some bizarre flightplans at times.

     

    You don't need to be able to fly procedural approaches as if there's a controller online he will almost always vector you to the ILS, and then you can land in the way you've always done. But if you are flying IFR you will need to know how to fly both a SID and a STAR.

     

    VFR has its own set of rules. It depends on the type of airspace, the type of service from the airfield,and whether there's a controller online. You are asking such a range of questions it's not possible to go into all that detail here. There's some good stuff in the Pilot Resource Center www.vatsim.net/prc about how to do both IFR flights and VFR flights, but as you've obviosuly been doing a lot of reading I think it's time to log-on and get some practical experience.

     

    Use the Pilot Resource Center pages on ATC phraseology, and the ones on First VFR flight and first IFR flight to show you the basics of what to say. ATC won't mind if it comes out a bit wrong, and will prompt you for missing bits, but we do need you to have some idea of what you are doing. A quiet airport like Biggin Hill is a good place to start, as the controller can spend time explaining things. If you turn up there on a Friday night, the Cix VFR club will be flying, and you can listen in and watch to see how it all works. There's some very useful UK specific training docomeents on their website at http://www.cixvfrclub.org.uk/

     

    For one-to-one mentoring e-mail new.pilots [AT] vatsim-uk.co.uk They may not be able to help before Tuesday, but certainly will be happy to help.

     

    Ruth

    VATGOV7

    Vice president - Communications

  5. At the moment I'm going to be rigid on this. As several people commented, whatever number you pick, one person will go over by one or two, then one person goes over by five, then one by 10. Where do we draw the line? If it's ok to go over by two, then I should have set the limit at 12 in the first place. Then someone will try and post 14, and so it goes on.......

     

    I would normally expect people posting in a forum for the first time to read the opening welcome announcement, but I take Seamus's point and will change the title.

     

    I'm not going down the route of allowing more pictures on later pages of a thread. This isn't a photo album - if you want to post lots of photos then use flickr or something like that and post a link.

     

    Ruth

    VATGOV7

  6. Thanks for the positive responses, guys.

     

    However sadly, in the first 5 days of this forum being open, 6 posters out of 25 have failed to follow the posting guidelines. Three of them posted introductions which basically translated "I know what the guidelines say, but I'm going to ignore them". So far we've had five posters put up excessive numbers of pictures, and one has posted a picture that was nothing to do with VATSIM.

     

    My trust in members' commonsense was obviously misplaced, so from now on these are no longer guidelines, but rules and I will enforce them firmly. Any post breaching the rules will be deleted without warning.

     

    Those who have already posted threads with over 10 pictures are asked to reduce them to 10 by 2359z on Sunday 24th June or I will delete them.

     

    Ruth

    VATGOV7

    Vice president - Communications

  7. I'm sorry Abraham, but this doesn't have anything to do with VATSIM or flying. I am locking the thread. If anyone wishes to reply to Abraham, please do so by private message.

     

    Ruth

    VATGOV7

    Vice president - Communications

  8. This forum is for members to post their screen shots for general interest. Competition entries should be posted in the Monthly Screen Shot Contest forum.

     

    You must observe the following rules, mainly out of courtesy to your fellow members:

    (they have now been tightened up, as some posters have been ignoring them)

     

    1. Screenshots must be VATSIM related

     

    2. Members will be responsible for hosting their own pictures. For those that don't have server space or the bandwidth, http://www.imageshack.us/ is a viable option.

     

    3. Image size will be limited to 500kb to keep download time reasonable for dial-up. Images above the limit will be removed.

     

    4. For the same reason any one thread should contain no more than 10 pictures. We would like to see your best pictures, not a random collection. Multiple threads posted to avoid this rule will be treated as a single thread.

     

    5. File format should normally be jpg.

     

    6. Video links may be posted, but videos may not be embedded in the post.

     

    Posts not conforming to these rules will be deleted without warning, includinig those already posted at the time the rules were edited on 22nd June 07.

     

    Ruth McTighe

    VATGOV7

    Vice President - Communications

  9. We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Norman Blackburn as Vice President - Conflict Resolution. Norman brings a wealth of experience in VATSIM to the post, most recently having been deputy to the VP Supervisors. We wish him well in following in the footsteps of George Marinakis, who can now enjoy a well earned "retirement".

     

    Ruth McTighe

    VATGOV7

    Vice president - Communications

  10. After an extensive search with many well qualified candidates VATSIM has selected Kyle Ramsey to be the next VP Virtual Airline and SOA. Kyle brings extensive knowledge to the position with experience in VUSCG and several of the net's oldest VA's. Kyle in the recruitment process related many interesting and innovative initiatives that will benefit VATSIM and its VA partners.

     

    We are delighted to welcome Kyle to his new position.

     

    Ruth McTighe

    VATGOV7

    Vice president - Communications

  11. Hi Adam,

     

    you need to go to the Pilot Resource Center, whose front page you should have seen when you first joined. The direct link is www.vatsim.net/prc You cna also get to it from www.vatsim.net by clicking on "New Pilots Start Here"

     

    There are tutorials on what VATSIM is, what software you need, how to get it all set up, basic r/t .. and loads more if you have the time to read it all!

     

    and above all enjoy!

     

    Ruth

    VATGOV7

    Vice president - Communications, VATSIM

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