- Fri Jan 25, 2008 3:58 am
Can we have this stuff posted in a policy section somewhere? I was told the limit for APP was 200 by a member of VATUSA. I had my settings at 160 and was asked to reduce it to 150 on a night where there were a total of 338 members connected to VATSIM. It is obvious that know one really knows where to find this one forum post. If this is the official "policy" I will make sure we have it correctly reflected on our website and training materials.
Maybe that's necessary. It's always just been managed by local facilities. In my five years with ZOB, we have always taught and posted the Radar ranges necessary to control any of our facilities. It's not a policy...it's just a decency thing (to minimize any excess strain on the server) (unless people do consider this Sticky a policy). The only problem with setting a "global" policy is that it can vary from place to place. All you could really do with a Global policy is say "Each Division shall ensure proper radar ranges be utilized by local ATC. Because of all the possible range needs by any given facility, all actual values shall be set by each local facility."
For instance, your APP necessity might be 160-200NM. At any single APP facility here at KZOB, the most you need is 90-100 tops (that's even to have enough lead time to accept handoffs). I would never tell any of our APP controllers that it's okay to have a range higher than 110 miles (I recommend 95 miles anyways).
Not that it matters very much when we only have 340 members online...it gets a lot more important I think upwards of 450 to 500. Consistency, though...we should always pay attention to this. I know that when I switch positions using ASRC I don't always pay attention to it. VRC makes it easier because I can save each profile for each position.