- Mon Sep 17, 2007 5:04 pm
This is an idle question as at the moment I've no complaints with VRC, but I'm curious.
In ZOA, like many major US metropolitan areas, we have a very complex approach airspace that is really 8 sectors that all go under the radio name 'Norcal Approach'. Depending on the controllers logged in, the sectors may be split & combined nearly any arbitrary way between whomever's working. For example, at our recent Light the Night event, we started with three Norcal controllers each working multiple sectors, then eventually as folks had to go and traffic quieted down, we condensed into two, then one. Further complicating the matter, depending on which flow we are in at SFO, the sector lines are drawn differently and one completely new sector is added that disappears when we go back to west flow!
And, the last point of complication - there is no guide or hierarchy to how controllers log on to these positions. For example, if I am covering MRY, SJC, and MOD sectors, I could be logged in as MOD_APP, MRY_APP, or SJC_APP pretty much at my own discretion. So there is really very little correlation between logged in names and what sectors are being worked.
If EuroScope can support this almost hopelessly complex airspace arrangement I'd be interested in learning more about it. Until then, I'm afraid any attempt to use its sophistication & automation in terms of online-sector display and so on will cause more trouble than it solves - at least for our airspace.