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2016-12-09 IVAO Crowded Skies!

2016-11-15 Mason Carter - Approach Controller

The Training Department of IVAO United Kingdom and Ireland would like to congratulate Mason Carter on achieving his Approach Controller rating.

Well Done Mason and enjoy your rating!

2016-10-08 Flight Simulator Show 2016

2016-09-28 STAFF APPOINTMENT | UNITED KINGDOM AND IRELAND LONDON FIR CHIEF

On behalf of GB Headquarters, we would like to announce that Ian Beswick has been offered and has taken up the role of: London FIR Chief (EGTT-CH)

Please welcome Ian to the position and wish him all the best in his role.

2016-05-15 More than one IVAO Account?

Please be aware that the creation of a second account on the IVAO Network is not permitted. Please take time to read the IVAO Rules and Regulations. More information is here on our forum: http://gb.forum.ivao.aero/index.php?topic=284872.0 

The Rules and Regulations are here: https://www.ivao.aero/ViewDocument.aspx?Path=/rules:network

2016-03-11 Max Mckenzie - Aerodrome Controller

The Training Department of IVAO United Kingdom and Ireland would like to congratulate Max Mckenzie on achieving his Aerodrome Controller rating.

Well Done Max and enjoy your rating!

2016-03-07 HeathrowRFE Scenery

If you are flying during this years Heathrow RFE, you must have some sort of addon scenery. Over the years since Flight Simulator was first brought out, Heathrow airport has changed, meaning that the default scenery is incorrect. We recommend having a look and download one of the following scenery packs found here: http://rfe.ivao.co.uk/about

2016-02-19 Luke McKenzie - Aerodrome Controller



The Training Department of IVAO United Kingdom and Ireland would like to congratulate Luke McKenzie on achieving his Aerodrome Controller rating.

Well Done Luke and enjoy your rating!

2016-02-15 Chris Globe - Aerodrome Controller

The Training Department of IVAO United Kingdom and Ireland would like to congratulate Chris Globe on achieving his Aerodrome Controller rating. Well Done Chris and enjoy your rating!

Orignal Post: http://gb.forum.ivao.aero/index.php?topic=279488.0

2016-01-11 RFE Booking Open!

The United Kingdom and Ireland Division are pleased to announce, pilot booking for the 2016 Heathrow RFE is now open and can be done here: http://rfe.ivao.co.uk/

2015-04-05 Airways Magazine

After a short time away, Airways the magazine for United Kingdom and Ireland has returned!

In Aprils's edition of Airways Magazine we have:

Message from Divisional Headquarters
The welcoming message to airways, and his overview of the division over the previous month.
The Real Heathrow
A look into the aftermath of The Real Heathrow RFE from the controllers.
*New*The Training Room*New*
In this first edition of the Training Room, get the lowdown on flying a visual circuit.
Destination Guide
This month we look at the oldest airport in the United Kingdom, Shoreham
Events Update
An update for the events coming up this month on IVAO United Kingdom.
Tours
A quick look at the tours available throughout 2015.
Awards
Congratulation to all the members who have gained an award.

Click Here to view April's edition of Airways Magazine
Click Here to view previous edition's

2015-03-16 The Real Heathrow Team

Thank you to everyone who flew for The Real Heathrow event, we would like to also thank the controllers who traveled to the VACC in Milton Keynes to provide an outstanding ATC service. The following people have been awarded the Divsional Meeting award: 

Jack Plumb

Jamie Martin

William Bruce

Dan Nicholas

Graeme Wright

Nige Pay

Carl Chamberlain

Jon Reeves

Ben Leonard

Chris Globe

Simon Laqueur

Tim Berry

Paul Jones

Chris Prophet

Danny Richmond

2015-03-10 The Real Heathrow

The UK's biggest airport and the world's busiest international airport awaits you, fully staffed for an event you will never forget.

Over 500 Heathrow real flights ranging from short domestic flights to international long hauls are available for you to book during this 6 hour event.

Over 20 active positions will be opened for the event, with many of them being controlled live from our Virtual Area Control Centre in Milton Keynes where controllers from all over the UK will be converging to provide you with the finest ATC available.

If you like to be number 6 on the ILS, taxi behind 4 other aircraft towards the runway or join a holding pattern with several other aircraft, then this is the event for you.

Make sure you're there, we'll be waiting...

Booking: http://ivao.co.uk/events/292

2015-02-19 The Atlantic Crossing


It's that time of year again, IVAO UK along with many of the major IVAO European/American Divisions welcome you to the next Atlantic Crossing event. We will be departing 3 major airports from the USA and Canada and heading east across the pond towards Europe. 

As we normally do, IVAO CA and IVAO USA have provided us with 3 airports they are:

- CYOW - Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport
- CYQB - Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport
- KMSP - Minneapolis Saint Paul International Airport 


We have a whole load of European Airports you can fly to. They are:

- EGCC - Manchester International Airport
- LGAV - Athens International Airport
- EBBR - Brussels International Airport
- EHAM - Amsterdam Airport
- LFPG - Paris Charles De Gaulle
- EIDW - Dublin International Airport
- LEMD - Madrid–Barajas Airport
- LEBL - Barcelona-El Prat Airport
- LOWW - Vienna International Airport
- LSZH - Zurich International Airport
- LPPR - Porto International Airport
- LPPT - Lisbon International Airport
- LKPR - Prague International Airport
- EDDF - Frankfurt International Airport
- EDDM - Munich International Airport


Pilots who depart from any of the Northern American airports, will route via Shanwick and Gander for the Atlantic crossing.
The route will be fully staffed for the entire crossing to ensure realism for all involved!

During the course of the event, the majority of participating pilots from each of the divisions should split to cross the Atlantic and arrive into their choice of European Airfield.

We would encourage pilots to fly in groups with their division to ensure the event is as fun as possible for all pilots and
gives everybody a mini-event within the main huge Atlantic Crossing event.

We will be using time slots for all pilots to obtain their clearances and gain entry into the tracks which are split into divisions. We strongly advise all pilots to stick to these as much as possible to ensure the event runs as smoothly as possible. Failure to do so may cause a significant backlog and delays with the oceanic entry. The times will be released in due course.

Within the windows is a slot for divisions that aren't in the above list. If you belong to any of those divisions please try to stick to this window as much as possible to help the oceanic controllers. If you are a pilot from the US division wishing to participate, please stick to the time slot of the division from which you are departing to ensure things run as smoothly as possible.

In order to make the event work, it is essential that you fly the routes that will be provided here on the day of the event. Different departures will be required to fly on different NATs in order to make best use of the airspace. We will provide routes for all promoted departures:

From: CZOW, CYOB & KMSP To: EGCC, EHAM, LFPG, EBBR, LEMD, LEBL, LGAV, LSZH, LOWW, EIDW, LPPR, LPPT, LKPR, EDDF and EDDM

Routes will apper on the Oceanic website: http://occ.ivao.aero/index.php?site=eventroutes

2014-07-22 MTL Update

The MTL Team has published a new MTL update in time for the Fairford Airshow this Saturday. The update includes many aircraft that you will see both on the ground and in the air. Be sure to download it now for the best airshow experience.

You can find the MTL Installer in the IVAO start menu item, run it as Administrator.

2014-04-16 GB-TAC Appointment

I am pleased to announce that in light of Jason's resignation as GB-TAC, Alexander Clover has taken up the position of Training Assistant Coordinator (GB-TAC).

2014-03-08 GB-AOAC Appointment

I am pleased to announce that Graeme Wright has taken up the position of ATC Operations Assistant Coordinator (GB-AOAC).

Graeme will be joining Dan Nicholas in the ATC Operations Department. We welcome Graeme back to the staff team and wish him the best of luck!

2014-03-05 GB-EA1 Appointment

I am pleased to announce that Josh Hall has taken up the position of Events Assistant (GB-EA1).

We welcome Josh to the Events Department as we see our busiest year coming up! Good Luck!

2014-01-25 GB-ADIR Vacancy

Since being appointed at the start of the month the Division has been without an Assistant Director. For our Division to continue to strive in the success it has recently been achieving, I am looking at bringing in a new Assistant Director.

Applicants should be:

  • Preferably 21, but can be appointed from the age of 18.
  • Be motivated to continue to grow IVAO UK
  • Have sound knowledge of the network, the Division and it's Operations. 

The process for becoming an Assistant Director is different to standard Staff Positions. I ask all applicants to email gb-dir@ivao.aero with a letter of motivation for the position. Once I feel I have found a suitable applicant, I can recommend for their appointment to the Network Executives.

I look forward to hearing from potential applicants,

Jack Plumb

2014-01-23 GB-TAC Appointment

I am pleased to announce that in light of Chris's posting as GB-TC, Jason Moore has taken up the positionof Training Assistant Coordinator (GB-TAC).

2014-01-12 GB-AOC / GB-AOAC Appointment

I am pleased to announce that in light of his resignation as GB-DIR, Thomas Carter has taken up the position of ATC Operations Coordinator (GB-AOC).

In addition to Tom's appointment, I am also pleased to announce that Dan Nicholas has been appointed at the ATC Operations Assistant Coordinator (GB-AOAC).

With the knowledge of these people put together I am more than sure we have a fantastic duo in the ATC Operations Department.

Please welcome them to the position as we wish them all the best for the journey ahead.

2014-01-07 GB-TC Appointment

I am pleased to announce that in light of Tom's resignation as GB-TC, Chris Prophet has taken up the position of Training Coordinator (GB-TC).

2013-12-22 GB-TC Resignation

It is with deep regret that we announce that Thomas Carter has decided to resign from his role as Training Coordinator. Thomas will remain in post until 15th January 2014 to assist the current Training Assistant Coordinator with the workload.

Applications are now open for the Training Coordinator position and will close on the 14th January 2014. We thank Tom for all his hard work as he continues as the Division's Director.

2013-12-12 GB-MAC Appointment

We would like to announce that Danny Richmond has taken up the position of the GB Membership Assistant Coordinator (GB-MAC).

Please welcome him to the position and we wish him all the best for the journey ahead.

2013-11-06 GB-TA2 Appointment

We would like to announce that Yuri Nosovets has been appointed at the GB Training Advisor 2 (GB-TA2).

We welcome Yuri to the position and wish him the best within the Training Department. Yuri has a huge amount of experience within the Training Department as a recent TA before coming back as TA2.

2013-11-04 Autumn Survey 2013

In an attempt to ensure that IVAO UK is running to its full potential and members needs, we're conducting an Autumn Survey for our members, if they wish, to kindly fill out.

The survey is modelled around a previous edition but with modified/ adapted and new questions as we continue to provide new services to our members. If you would be kind enough to spend 10 minutes of your time we would really appreciate it.

The survey can be found here - http://ivao.co.uk/surveys/index.php?sid=52276

2013-11-02 November Edition of airways released!

The November Edition of 'airways' has been released and out NOW!

Visit http://issuu.com/ivaouk/docs/airways_nov13 to read.

2013-10-30 GB-TAC Appointment

We would like to announce that chris Prophet has been appointed at the GB Training Assistant Coordinator (GB-TAC).

We welcome Chris to the position and wish him the best within the Training Department. Chris has a huge amount of experience within the Training Department as a recent TA before taking up the role of TAC.

2013-10-22 AD57 Open for enrolment

Dear members,

AD57 has been released and will commence on Wednesday 13 November 2013. The course is taking place at London Gatwick (EGKK). The course consists of five group theory/practical lessons. Once you have completed the course you will be eligible for on-job training (OJT) sessions.

The aerodrome course will take place on the following dates:

Lesson 1: Wednesday 13 November 2013

Lesson 2: Saturday 16 November 2013

Lesson 3: Wednesday 20 November 2013

Lesson 4: Saturday 23 November 2013

Lesson 5: Wednesday 27 November 2013

If you are interested, please enrol at http://ivao.co.uk/atc/training/MyCourses. Prospective students should be fairly confident that they are able to attend a majority of the theory lessons (we can accommodate the odd foreseen absence or exceptional circumstance by covering the theory with the individual student/s at another time*) and book at least one OJT session every fortnight.

* All theory lessons must be completed before the student can start OJTs.

2013-10-08 Airways - Issue 1

It is with great pleasure that issue 1 of Airways has been released. 

You can view it here, http://issuu.com/ivaouk/docs/airways

In this issue you will find a message from the Director, a guide to Manchester, some new phraseology and lots more.

Why not submit one now for next month's edition, it can be done here http://ivao.co.uk/community/article

Any Comments can be posted in our Community Forums

2013-10-08 Division Mailing List

Division updates, announcements, and any other things along those lines are now be sent out via a mailing list.

You do not have to sign up to the mailing list, but it would be in your best interest to so that you can keep up with whats going on in the division.

To sign up to the mailing list, visit Members > Members Services > Subscribe to Division News or click here

2013-10-08 Divisional Monthly Update - October 2013

- Directors Message

Dear Members,

Welcome to the October issue of the monthly update! It’s now Winter and the temperature is getting colder and colder. We're rapidly approaching Christmas and with that come new events and new challenges for the division.

There has been a lot of changes over these past weeks but its all been done to benefit the members and to make the network more enjoyable for them.

If you have any comments or suggestions about anything, we are always here to listen. Please don't hesitate to get in contact with us at any time.

Best Regards,

Thomas Carter

Division Director

 


- Training

Well done to both Jon Reeves and Andrew Tunstall on passing their PP Exams.

We also look forward to Jason Moore’s APC Exam on the 11th October at 18z. We need traffic to Luton and Stansted to make this a success. Good Luck.

 


- Staff Changes

We are pleased to welcome 2 new additional members to our growing staff team, Please welcome Andrew Tunstall who has joined us as or Events Assistant Coordinator and William Bruce who as taken up the role of Assistant Special Operations Coordinator which was vacated when Dan Lewington was promoted to the Role of Special Operations Coordinator. We wish you well in your new roles.

Sadly we also announce the departure from the Membership Department of Karan Gorania, Karan has been a long serving member in the staff team, the Staff team would like to thank Karan for his hard work in the division over the years and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours. We hope to see him continue to fly and control when he has the time. With this departure Ben Leonard has been promoted from Membership Assistant Coordinator to Membership Coordinator. We would like to wish Ben good luck in his new role.

- Vacancies

We are currently seeking candidates for the following positions:

GB-AOC - ATC Operations Coordinator
GB-AWM - Assistant Webmaster
GB-FOC - Flight Operations Coordinator
GB-MAC - Membership Assistant Coordinator
GB-TAC - Training Assistant Coordinator
GB-TA - Division Training Advisor

Applicants for staff positions must be active members within the IVAO for a minimum of 6 months.
Senior Staff Advisors and Management staff shall be at least 18 years of age.

More details can be found here - http://ivao.co.uk/vacancies

 


- Membership

 

IVAO UK is pleased to announce, another one of our famous real world meet up events at Manchester airport. The meet-up takes place on the weekend of the 19th & 20th October 2013.

On the Saturday, we will be meeting at the 'Airport Hotel' pub which is situated at the start of runway 23R and gives a fantastic view of arrivals and departures. We will meet in the morning from 10:30am onwards, have a few drinks, some food and meet members (and a bit of plane viewing!) After the daytime event finishes around mid to late afternoon, we will be going out to Manchester City Centre. Please note, for obvious reasons, this part of the event is strictly for over 18's only. During the day on Sunday, it will be up to members as to what they wish to do. Usually, we visit the Aviation Viewing Park, but we will be open to any suggestions at all regarding the day's events.

Please note, the pub car park does require a £5 charge but you can redeem £4 of this at the bar once you make a purchase inside. If you plan on joining us on the evening, please remember to bring some form of ID with you, as many places in Manchester demand to see ID to gain entry.

Members are free to attend one or both days if they wish. This event is a perfect opportunity for members of IVAO UK and our partner VA's to get together in one location, have a good day and a good laugh. We hope to see as many people there as possible - the more people who turn up the better the day will be.

If you plan on attending the event, please let us know so that we know how many people to expect. Simply post on our community forum in this topic: http://gb.forum.ivao.aero/index.php?topic=229179.0

 


- Events

 

On Thursday 17th October 2013 Heathrow and Copenhagen will be open for your delight. Full ATC is to be expected. This will be a great chance to get some of your long haul aircraft ready for the big event on the 26th October.

We hope to see you at our latest event.

More information can be found here - http://ivao.co.uk/events/258

 

 

The Atlantic Crossing is back and this time were heading Eastbound, Join us for this outstanding event by flying from the USA or Canada over to Europe,. Representing the UK Division will be Manchester, home of many real world Atlantic flights which has been choosen by YOU for this special event. To keep it real we will be starting off from 21z to make this a true crossing.

We look forward to seeing you as you land from 04z!

It's that time of year again, IVAO UK along with many of the major IVAO European/American Divisions welcome you to the next Atlantic Crossing event. We will be departing 5 major airports from the USA and Canada and heading east across the pond towards Europe.

Routes will apper on the Oceanic website: http://occ.ivao.aero/index.php?site=eventroutes

We look forward to another hugely successful Atlantic Crossing!

More details can be found at http://ivao.co.uk/events/259

 


If you have any comments or suggestions about anything, we are always here to listen. Please don't hesitate to get in contact with us at any time.

 


Regards

Ben Leonard
Membership Coordinator

Thomas Carter
Division Director

Jack Plumb
Division Assistant Director

2013-10-01 Real World Manchester Meet Up

It's back, the annual winter Manchester airport meet-up for IVAO UK is again taking place.

This year, we will be heading to Manchester airport on the 19th & 20th October 2013.

As is usual, on the first day of the weekend members will be able to meet up with each other at the 'Airport Hotel' pub that is located near the threshold of runway 23R with superb views of arriving and departing aircraft. Members are invited to start arriving from 10:30am onwards to ensure we get the most out of the day. Throughout the course of the day, we will be having a few drinks from the pub along with food provided by the kitchen close to the beer garden and meeting members as and when they turn up. Once the daytime activities have finished and people have parted ways and said their goodbyes, a few of us that are staying for the weekend and anyone else who is interested will be going out into Manchester City Centre. This is however for over 18's only so please bear this in mind. On Sunday, members can choose what they wish to do. Usually we visit the Aviation Viewing Park at the opposite end of the airport and closer to 05L.

This event is a perfect opportunity for members of IVAO UK and our partner VA's to get together in one location, have a good day and a good laugh. We hope to see as many people there as possible - the more people who turn up the better the day will be.

The event itself will start at about 10:30am on the 19th, and we will meet in the beer garden of the Airport Hotel. The pub car park does require a £5 charge but you can redeem £4 of this at the bar once you purchase something. We will probably run through until mid to late afternoon and then try and be out in Manchester for about 20:00. Please remember to bring some form of ID with you, as many places in Manchester demand to see ID to gain entry.

Full details can be found in the forum: http://gb.forum.ivao.aero/index.php?topic=229179.0


2013-09-29 Staff Changes

Today we announce a couple of staff changes to the Membership department.

Karan Gorania has resigned from the Membership department. We would like to thank Karan for his work as GB-MC and in particular the work he does behind the system. We hope Karan will remain an active member of IVAO UK controlling and flying when time permits.

Ben Leonard is taking the role of GB-MC. Ben has been working hard behind the scenes to help the division increase activity and make new things for the members of the division to enjoy. Please join us in welcoming him to the staff team and congratulations Ben.

2013-09-23 GB-EAC Appointment

We would like to announce that Andrew Tunstall has taken up the position of the GB Events Assistant Coordinator (GB-EAC).

Please welcome him to the position and we wish him all the best for the journey ahead.

2013-08-19 GB-ADIR Appointment

We are pleased to announce that Jack Plumb has been appointed as the GB-ADIR. Please join us all in congratulating Jack and we wish him best of luck. We are certain that Jack will work hard to help our division achieve great success.

2013-08-07 Division Monthly Update

- Director’s Message

Dear Members,

Welcome to the August issue of the monthly update!

As the wonderful summer nights come to a close, all the staff members have been working together to make everything more enjoyable for our members.

You will be seeing new changes to the division within the next few weeks, as well as wonderful and enticing events.

The summer has been a quiet period for us. All the staff have taken holidays and are back and ready for action as we move into the Autumn in the coming month. We hope you have all enjoyed the summer months and we look forward to welcoming you online with us again!

Best Regards,
Thomas Carter
Director - IVAO UK

 


- FRA Changes

We have lowered the Facility Rating Assignments (FRA's) for some Airports/Areas within the UK and we hope this change will boost the overall amount of ATC coverage.

The changes being made are stated below:

Scottish Control (Lower Sectors) is now ADC rated, however you need to have completed an AP Theory Course
Scottish Lower Sectors are Talla (TL), Wallasey (WL), East (ET) and Stafa (ST)

Scottish Control (Higher Sectors) is now ADC rated, however you need to have completed an AP Theory Course and a Validation.
Scottish Higher Sectors are Moray (MO) and West Coast (WS)

Gatwick Director has been reduced to ADC
Gatwick Tower has been reduced to AS3

Liverpool Radar has been reduced to AS3
Liverpool Tower has been reduced to AS2

Birmingham Radar has been reduced to AS3
Birmingham Tower has been reduced to AS2

Glasgow Radar has been reduced to AS3
Glasgow Tower has been reduced to AS2

- UK VFR Night – Saturday 17th August from 18:00Z

IVAO UK is pleased to announce its latest VFR night. On the 17th August 2013 the North of England will be staffed with Approach, AFIS and Tower controllers allowing you to do various VFR flights around.

The airports that will be staffed are Manchester Barton, Blackpool, Leeds Bradford, Sheffield and Beverley. Along with London Information there will be a few approach positions open for you to request a service from.

ATC Services will be open for 3 hours to do a couple or maybe a full circular around the North of England.

For more information regarding charts, sceneries and ATC requests for the event please visit http://gb.forum.ivao.aero/index.php?topic=227515.0

- Exam Passes

Please join us in congratulating the following division members for passing their exams.

Jack Plumb - ADC
Dan Craddock - ADC

William Bruce - PP

We wish them all the best and we look forward to hearing about their next achievements.

- Staff Changes

We are pleased to announce that Jason Moore has been appointed as GB-WM. Jason will be working to maintain and develop the website.

Chris Prophet has also joined the training team and has been appointed as GB-TA2. Chris has previously been a member of the staff team, it’s great to see him come back and join us. Chris will be taking on the GB-TA2 role and working with students towards their ADC, APC, PP, SPP and CP ratings.

Best Regards,

Karan Gorania
Membership Coordinator

Ben Leonard
Membership Assistant Coordinator

2013-08-06 GB-WM Appointment

Hey all,

We would like to welcome the following member to the staff team! We wish you all the best with your new roles.

Jason Moore (GB-WM)

2013-07-15 Division Monthly Update

-Directors Message: Hello, this is July's Monthly Update! We're now in summer and a lot of things have been happening in the UK Division. We're very sad to see Stephen and Carl leave their HQ positions, but a new director brings a new chapter.

We've got many different ideas lined up for the division which will benefit you, the members. You can expect new things from every department. New and Exciting!. 

IVAO UK are always looking for new members to come and fly and control. If you are new then don’t worry, we've got members and staff to help you through every step of the way.

We would love to see you online. There are many training sessions where you can fly to help our controllers practice and gain their new ratings. Details of training sessions can be found both on the home page and the forum.

Don’t forget we also have the Training Support Group which is run by Tyler Wood, if you’re interested in joining the group then you can contact him at tyler.wood@ivao.co.uk

Best Regards
Tom Carter

 

- New Members VFR First Flight Online – Thursday 18th July from 18:00Z

As a follow up to our recent New Members Online Night, IVAO UK proudly presents our next event in introducing you into the world of online flying. 

Our First Flights Online event is designed to assist new members, not only get set up, but also to help take you through a short visual flight from Cranfield (EGTC) toKemble (EGBP). On this flight you will see what it’s like to fly online in an area which is free of airspace restrictions.

helpful and patient team of Air Traffic Controllers will be on hand at each airport to help you out and make the experience enjoyable.

You can find a full briefing including a phraseology guide, routes and helpful hints and tips here http://gb.forum.ivao.aero/index.php?topic=226168.0

 

- Essex Rush Hour – Saturday 27th July from 18:00Z

On the 27th July Stansted and Luton are going to be open for 2 hours only. The challenge is to see how many aircraft we can get in 2 hours at both airports. This is also a good chance to test out the new Luton Xtreme by UK2000.

Pilots are invited to fly both inbound and outbound to keep the controllers busy from start to end!

For more information regarding charts, sceneries and air traffic controlling please visit http://gb.forum.ivao.aero/index.php?topic=225944.0

 

-Exam achievements

We are pleased to announce that Tom Moseley has achieved his new ACC rating. Thank you to all the pilots and controllers who assisted Tom’s exam. Enjoy your new rating Tom.

 

- Staff Changes

As some of you may be aware Stephen HowarthGB-DIR has decided to step down from his GB-DIR position. This decision was taken by Stephen due to his recent appointment as PRA1 within the Public Relations Department at IVAO HQ. The workload required to fulfil both positions has increased dramatically hence Stephen has decided to step down.

We would like to thank Stephen from the bottom of our hearts for all the hard work and dedication he has put towards the division. We also wish him success with his new role as PRA1.

Here’s a personal message from Stephen. 

As some of you may be aware I was recently appointed PRA1 within the Public Relations Department at IVAO HQ. This role was of great interest to me and was intended to run concurrently with my GB-DIR position. Recently however, the workload required to fulfil my PRA1 position has increased dramatically to the point that neither GB-DIR nor PRA1 positions are receiving the full attention they require.

Unable to maintain GB-DIR and PRA1 simultaneously this leaves me in the very awkward situation of having to choose which position I devote my full attention to, and after careful deliberation and consultation with other GB staff I have decided that I would be better able to serve the greater IVAO community as PRA1.

Unfortunately this means that with immediate effect I tender my resignation as GB-DIR. IVAO Directors have approved Tom Carter as my replacement and we are just waiting on his appointment at this time. I will be helping Tom through the transition period but please email him directly if you need any further information.

I would like to thank all those members who have made the last year most enjoyable and hope that I can continue to promote IVAO on the global stage.

 

We also regret to announce that Carl ChamberlainGB-ADIR has decided to step down from his position due to real world commitments. Carl has recently joined his local St John Ambulance team and has been volunteering at public events. This along with a full-time job has led to Carl decision of stepping down.

We would all like to thank Carl for his incredible work for the division and join us in wishing Carl all the best for the future.

Here’s a personal message from Carl.

After a number of months deliberating whether to bring my time as GB-ADIR to an end, I believe that now, a time of change is the right time to do just that.

This decision is mainly as a result of a number of changes including full time hours at work along with joining a local branch of St John Ambulance. I anticipate this is soon to take up a significant amount of my time with induction training and further along with the subsequent first aid volunteering at various public events of which I have already done my first one at Wolverhampton Speedway!

I will continue to do OJT sessions as an unofficial staff member as and when my time permits.

Currently IVAO HQ have decided not to appoint any of our recommendations for GB-ADIR and I have no more suggestions to put forward. The replacement will now be looked into by Tom Carter and although my name is still in the GB-ADIR position I am unable to contribute to the position.

I trust that everybody will give their full support to Tom and ultimately the new GB-ADIR during and after the transition period.

I would like to thank those members who have supported me during my 14 months in position along with the staff both past and present who I have worked with. As mentioned previously I shall remain an active member of the division and will still be attending those real world meetups, you don't get rid of me that easily!

 

We are pleased to announce that Tom Carter has been appointed as the GB-DIR. Please join us all in congratulating Tom and we wish him best of luck. We are certain that Tom will work hard to help our division achieve great success. 

We would like to announce that Alex Clover has taken up the position of the GB Events Coordinator (GB-EC).

We are pleased to announce that Ben Leonard has been appointed as GB-TA6. Ben will be taking on the GB-TA6 role along with his role as GB-MAC and working with students towards their ADC & PP ratings.

We are pleased to announce that Chris Prophet has been appointed as GB-TA2. Chris will be taking on the GB-TA2 role and working with students towards their ADC, APC,PP, SPP & CP ratings.

We are pleased to announce that Jason Moore has been appointed as GB-TA1. Jason will be taking on the GB-TA1 role and working with students towards their ADC,PP & SPP ratings.


Please join us in welcoming all the new staff members and we wish them all the best for the journey ahead.

Unfortunately Yuri Nosovets has informed us that he isn't able to fully commit to his Training Advisor role and he would like to step down from his position. We wish him the best of luck in the future, with many thanks for his services he has provided in the Training department.

Unfortunately Oliver Batt has also informed us that he isn't able to fully commit to his Training Advisor role. We wish him the best of luck in the future, with many thanks for his services he has provided in the Training department.

Regards,

Karan Gorania

Membership Coordinator

Ben Leonard

Membership Assistant Coordinator

2013-07-14 TA1, TA2 & TA6 Appointment

We are pleased to announce that Jason Moore has been appointed as GB-TA1.

Jason will be taking on the GB-TA1 role and working with students towards their ADC,PP & SPP ratings.

 

We are pleased to announce that Chris Prophet has been appointed as GB-TA2. Chris has previously been a member of the staff team, Its great to see him come back and join us.

Chris will be taking on the GB-TA2 role and working with students towards their ADC,APC,PP, SPP and CP ratings.

 

We are pleased to announce that Ben Leonard has been appointed as GB-TA6 along with his current role as MAC.

Ben will be taking on the GB-TA6 role and working with students towards their ADC & PP ratings.

2013-07-04 An Introduction from Divisional HQ

I would like to thank everybody for the positive comments on my appointment as the new Director.

I and many others would like to extend our thanks to Stephen & Carl who took the division on at a time when the future was very unclear. They have taken the division through a hard but a good time. They took the initiative and did some changes to stimulate activity whilst also maintaining a high quality of service. It is safe to say that this was clearly the right decision and had a positive impact on the division.

I took on this role as I feel I can make changes that everybody will like both to stimulate growth in the UK division and also to stimulate the enjoyment of flying and controlling, which is basically what IVAO is all about. Stephen and Carl are not gone forever they will still be playing a role within the IVAO organisation. Stephen will be dedicating his time with the Public Relations Department to make the division and the organisation better. Carl has decided that he would like to help out where he can by becoming a Training Support Member. 

I and other division staff would also like to remind members that if you have any ideas or comments with regards to IVAO UK, please send them to us as our inbox is and always will be open and we would like everyone to feel they can share their thoughts with us and contribute to the future of IVAO UK.

I look forward to taking the division forward and I hope you continue to enjoy the division for many years to come.

Regards,

Thomas Carter
Director

2013-06-29 GB-EC Appointment

As of today Alex Clover has been appointed to the GB-EC position.


Alex will be taking charge of IVAO UK events and working with Kevin to ensure fresh events are rolled out in the future.

2013-06-03 Members Update - June 2013

- Director’s Message

Welcome to this months update! As we head towards the summer months and more daylight hours we generally see a slight decline in member activity online as we enjoy outdoor pursuits and spend more time with friends and family; but we do not want that!

IVAO UK are fighting back with a whole host of events for you over the coming weeks and months. We have some exciting Special Operations events and busy Airbridges and we will be continuing our Open Evenings for new pilots. Details will be posted in the forum, so keep an eye out.

We would also love to see you online when we have training sessions, to help our controllers practice and gain their new ratings. Details of training sessions have been added to the home page to make it easier to find and do not forget the Training Support Group if you wish to help out further - I am sure Tyler would like to hear from you.

 

Events

Special Operations Online Night - Thursday 6th June - 18z

After weeks of voting we are pleased to announce that Special Operations Online Nights will now take place every 1st Thursday of the month.

For more information please visit http://ivao.co.uk/events/246

RAF Fairford Airshow - Saturday 15th June - 12z

RAF Fairford plays host to the annually held Royal International Air Tattoo which holds the reputation of being “The World’s Largest Military Airshow”. Every year, the show attracts participants from over 50 different nations and in 2012, played host to nearly 200 aircraft, ranging from Columbia, to South Korea. More information ca be found here: http://www.airtattoo.com/airshow.

Aircraft are not to fly below 200ft AGL or above 6000ft AGL during their display and are to remain North of the display line at all times. Aircraft are to report “display complete” to Air Traffic Control on completion of their display. The maximum speed for the aircraft is Mach 0.90 or 600kts TAS, whichever is reached first. Aircraft DO NOT have to be military, civilian aircraft are welcome!

Members interested in signing up are required to apply via the entry form; http://ivao.co.uk/specops/fairfordairshow.htm

Further information including the briefing can be found on the event page ; http://ivao.co.uk/events/245

- Heathrow and Amsterdam Airbridge - Sunday 16th June - 16z
 
After 9 months we are pleased to announce that the Heathrow and Amsterdam Airbridge is back! This event is always incredibly busy with plenty of holding and high quality ATC from block to block.
 
As we did last year, ATC services will be available for a 4 hour duration from 16-20z to enable pilots to complete a round trip. Make sure you plan extra fuel, know your holding pattern and keep an eye on the TCAS!
 
For more information please visit the dedicated event page; http://ivao.co.uk/events/244
 

- Staff Changes

We are pleased to announce that Ben Leonard has joined the staff team as GB-MAC. Ben will be assisting Karan in Membership with the sending of welcome emails to new division members along with other tasks as required.

Dan Lewington has also joined the staff team and is taking the role of GB-SOAC to assist Jack. Dan has been working hard behind the scenes with Jack on several S.O. events and is involved in producing manuals and scenery packages along with MTL repaints.

In addition to the above, Josh Stephenson has rejoined us as Training Support. Josh will be assisting us by offering OJT sessions in an unofficial staff position and as when his free time permits.

Please join us in congratulating and welcoming all the new and returning staff team members.

Martyn Tobin has decided that now is the right time to step down from the training department. Martyn has been on the staff team for many years and has been instrumental in moving the division forward. Martyn has found it difficult to commit sufficient time to his staff role since taking a work placement in London.

A huge thank you from all of us at IVAO UK for all the hard work you did as GB-ADIR and please don't be a stranger.

Dean Bryce has also found it difficult to commit time to his staff position and is stepping down. We would like to thank Dean for joining the team and all his help in the training department.


Regards,
Karan Gorania

Membership Coordinator

2013-05-29 Staff Updates

We are pleased to announce that Ben Leonard has joined the staff team as GB-MAC. Ben will be assisting Karan in Membership with the sending of welcome emails to new division members along with other tasks as required.

In addition to the above, Josh Stephenson has rejoined us as Training Support. Josh will be assisting us by offering OJT sessions in an unofficial staff position and as when his free time permits.

2013-05-22 GB-TA4 Appointment

We are pleased to announce that Jack Plumb has been appointed as GB-TA4.

Jack will be taking on the GB-TA4 role in addition to GB-SOC and working with students towards their PP & SPP ratings.

2013-05-18 AD55 Enrollment

AD55 will be starting on Wednesday 22 May. This course will be taking place at Edinburgh (EGPH). The ADC Course lesson structure has now changed and there will only be 4 lessons instead of the previous 6 . (Note the Training System will still say that there are six lessons. Please ignore this).

The lesson structure is now as follows:

All Lessons will start at 1800z

22/05/2013 - AD/1 - Introduction to Aerodrome Control and IvAC

24/05/2013 - AD/2 - Clearance Delivery & Ground Movements

29/05/2013 - AD/3 - Air Control + Emergencies & Abnormal Procedures

05/06/2013 - AD/4 - Questions and Answers

Only a few slots left, you can enrol on the Course Management page in the Controller Training Centre.

2013-05-16 AP14 Enrollment

Dear members,

AP14 has been released and will commence on Wednesday 29 May. The course is taking place at Edinburgh (EGPH). The course consists of seven group theory lessons (each with follow-up practical examples on HAL) followed by individual on-job training (OJT) sessions. The theory course will take place on the following dates:

Lesson 1: Wednesday 29 May
Lesson 2: Sunday 2 June
Lesson 3: Wednesday 5 June
Lesson 4: Sunday 9 June
Lesson 5: Wednesday 12 June
Lesson 6: Sunday 16 June
Lesson 7: Wednesday 19 June

All lessons will take place at 1800Z (1900L).

If you are interested, please enrol at http://ivao.co.uk/atc/training/MyCourses. Prospective students should be fairly confident that they are able to attend a majority of the theory lessons (we can accommodate the odd foreseen absence or exceptional circumstance by covering the theory with the individual student/s at another time*) and book at least one OJT session every fortnight.

* All theory lessons must be completed before the student can start OJTs.

2013-05-13 New Staff Appointment

We would like to welcome Dan Lewington to the staff team!

Dan is taking the role of GB-SOAC to assist Jack. Dan has been working hard behind the scenes with Jack on several S.O. events and is involved in producing manuals and scenery packages along with MTL repaints.

Please join us in welcoming him to the staff team and congratulations Dan.

2013-05-11 Members Update - May 2013

- Director’s Message

Spring must be here now, several days with temperatures in double figures and clear sunny skies, positively tropical weather for where I live in Manchester (doh! spoke too soon). The warm weather and longer daylight hours usually means we get less traffic online, so to tempt you all back we have some interesting and slightly different events for you this month.

There is an IVAO network Stress Test event on May 17th that we hope you can all join in, it will help the logistics and network teams to configure the servers for maximum stability and performance.

We also have a Dan Stress Test over the weekend of May 18th/19th as we pile traffic in/out and around Bristol. This is part of the FSC Weston weekend in Weston-super-Mare that you are all invited to visit, check out the details and fees at www.fscweston.co.uk we will have a small team of members at the convention, so come and have a day out and say hello.

If you would prefer less of flying and controlling and more socialising then we also have our annual meeting for IVAO members at Manchester Airport on the weekend of May 25th/26th. There will be lots of plane spotting at the airport and probably much drinking in the bar. Full details are on our website and in the forum.


- Real World Meet Up - Manchester Airport

The annual summer Manchester airport meet up for IVAO UK is again taking place on the 25th & 26th May 2013.

As is usual, on the first day of the weekend members will be able to meet up with each other at the 'Airport Hotel' pub that is located near the threshold of runway 23R with superb views of arriving and departing aircraft. Members are invited to start arriving from 10:30am onwards to ensure we get the most out of the day. Throughout the course of the day, we will be having a few drinks from the pub along with food provided by the kitchen close to the beer garden and meeting members as and when they turn up. Once the daytime activities have finished and people have parted ways and said their goodbyes, a few of us that are staying for the weekend and anyone else who is interested will be going out into Manchester City Centre. This is however for over 18's only so please bear this in mind. On Sunday, members can choose what they wish to do. Usually we visit the Aviation Viewing Park at the opposite end of the airport and closer to 05L.

This event is a perfect opportunity for members of IVAO UK and our partner VA's to get together in one location, have a good day and a good laugh. We hope to see as many people there as possible - the more people who turn up the better the day will be.

For more information visit http://gb.forum.ivao.aero/index.php?topic=221137.0


- Staff Changes

We are pleased to announce that Oli Batt will be rejoining the staff team and helping towards AP training. We look forward to being able to offer more AP OJTs and courses over the course of the year.

Unfortunately as time goes on we see another member of the IVAO UK Staff Team announcing their resignation. Jordan Webb is leaving to focus on his journalism internship which has started to take substantially more of his time over recent weeks. We would like to thank Jordan for his work as GB-MAC and in particular the screenshot competition.

Our current GB-SOC Dominic has started a new position at his place of work and as a consequence the amount of free time he can commit to his IVAO staff role has dramatically reduced. Dominic has therefore decided to step down from the role to allow the GB-SOC position to be taken by someone with more available time.

I would like to thank Dominic for all his work and help injecting a new lease of life to the department and wish him well in his new position.

In response to the GB-SOC position becoming available we are very pleased to announce that Jack Plumb will be moving staff position to fill this role.

Jack has been very active in promoting the SO department and we hope he enjoys the challenges of this new position.

Congratulations to Jack and we look forward to continuing working closely with him on new SO projects.

Regards,

Karan Gorania
Membership Coordinator
 

2013-04-16 April Update

- Director’s Message

April has arrived and with it we are releasing the new IVAO UK Tours. There are plenty of things to get your flying teeth into here and we hope you enjoy flying them.

The Heathrow RFE was a huge success again this year, which could not have been done without your involvement. Whether you helped control during the event or enjoyed flying with full ATC coverage I would like to say thank you. If you are interested in what goes on behind the scenes then take a look at our Heathrow RFE video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbNra5kZsrU


Two big calendar events for you in the coming months are FSC Weston http://www.fscweston.co.uk which promises to be a fun filled weekend. IVAO UK staff will be flying the flag at the convention courtesy of vMOD, why not have a day out and come and say hello.

May 25th & 26th this year is our annual Manchester Airport meet-up http://gb.forum.ivao.aero/index.php?topic=221137.msg1947991#msg1947991 Manchester Airport has a fantastic viewing area near the threshold of runway 23R with superb views of arriving and departing aircraft. All members old and new are welcome to come and have a drink at the Airport Hotel pub, and weather permitting, get some close up views of the aircraft. Standing behind a departing A380 is always an exciting experience!

- IVAO UK Tours 2013

We are pleased to announce that the IVAO UK 2013 tours have now been released. Information on each of the tours is as follows;

UK IFR Tour 2013 - This tour will follow some of the main line routes of UK operator Flybe and its franchise partners. During this tour you will fly the popular Dash 8 Q400 along with the more unfamiliar Saab 340 and Twin Otter.

UK Special Operations - This tour has been created for members to enjoy some of the more unusual types of flying within IVAO UK.

UK IFR Challenge 2013 - In this tour you will fly to some of the most busiest and challenging airports in Europe. Charts are mandatory and aircraft choice will be crucial to ensure a safe take-off and landing. Briefing: http://www.ivao.co.uk/events/files/tours/2013/ifrbrief.pdf

Concorde Celebration - Join us to celebrate the 27 years of Concorde service by flying some of the earliest, well known and final routes flown over the Concorde era. Detailed information about Concorde procedures can be found on the dedicated website:http://www.concordefpl.co.uk/  Briefing: http://www.ivao.co.uk/events/files/tours/2013/concordebrief.pdf

UK Historic Tour - The UK has always been a pioneer in aviation, in this tour you will visit some of the locations that paved the way for modern aviation as we know it.

UK Island Hopper Tour - This tour will see you hopping around the various islands situated around the UK. You will need to be careful with aircraft selection during this tour.

UK VFR Coastal Tour - In this tour you will follow the coast around England, Northern Ireland and Wales taking in the sights of some of the most iconic UK landmarks including The White Cliffs of Dover. Pilots new to flying VFR will find the documents found on our website useful: http://ivao.co.uk/resources/documents

UK VFR Instructor Rating - In this tour pilots will be working towards am instructors rating while taking part in your flying club's anniversary tour of the UK visiting some of the most popular flying destinations. A good understanding of VFR flying within UK airspace is mandatory for this tour while ensuring you avoid class A airspace and request to enter any controlled airspace when ATC is present.

To begin our division tours, please head to the tours page; http://ivao.co.uk/tours
 

- Real World Meet Up - Manchester Airport

The annual summer Manchester airport meet up for IVAO UK is again taking place on the 25th & 26th May 2013.

As is usual, on the first day of the weekend members will be able to meet up with each other at the 'Airport Hotel' pub that is located near the threshold of runway 23R with superb views of arriving and departing aircraft. Members are invited to start arriving from 10:30am onwards to ensure we get the most out of the day. Throughout the course of the day, we will be having a few drinks from the pub along with food provided by the kitchen close to the beer garden and meeting members as and when they turn up. Once the daytime activities have finished and people have parted ways and said their goodbyes, a few of us that are staying for the weekend and anyone else who is interested will be going out into Manchester City Centre. This is however for over 18's only so please bear this in mind. On Sunday, members can choose what they wish to do. Usually we visit the Aviation Viewing Park at the opposite end of the airport and closer to 05L.

This event is a perfect opportunity for members of IVAO UK and our partner VA's to get together in one location, have a good day and a good laugh. We hope to see as many people there as possible - the more people who turn up the better the day will be.

For more information visit http://gb.forum.ivao.aero/index.php?topic=221137.0


- Staff Changes

We are delighted to welcome Jack Plumb as our new GB-SOAC, Jack has a wealth of experience and knowledge within the Special Operations arena and will be helping Dominic expand the department.

Expect more SO events and information to follow as Dominic and Jack continue their good work.

We are also pleased to announce that Oli Batt will be rejoining the staff team and helping towards AP training.

We look forward to being able to offer more AP OJTs and courses over the course of the year.

2013-04-14 Welcome back to Oli Batt

We are pleased to announce that Oli Batt will be rejoining the staff team and helping towards AP training.

We look forward to being able to offer more AP OJTs and courses over the course of the year.

2013-04-08 2013 Tours Released!

We are pleased to announce that after some delay we have released the 2013 tours to members. The tours can be found on our forum; http://gb.forum.ivao.aero/index.php?topic=221333.0 and they will be added to the IVAO UK tour page within the next couple of days.

We hope you enjoy the new tours!

2013-03-31 Heathrow RFE - Thank you

I would just like to say a massive thank you to everyone involved with the Heathrow RFE! There are so many people who work tremendously hard each year, both visibly and behind the scenes, to make this event happen and I would like to thank each and every one of them for their individual input.

This years event was spearheaded by Carl Chamberlain who did a fantastic job of organising everything from the large scale tasks such as controller planning and co-ordination, down to the smallest details like buying far too much food for the venue. I know however, that Carl would be the first to acknowledge that his task was not possible without the many other members who helped him with flight data, routing, database input, software, networks, etc, etc (I really could make this a long list).

I would also like to thank the controllers both at the vACC and external, these people put a huge amount of effort, time and personal cash into helping make this event as successful as it is (admittedly we had a slight server problem that caused some delays but this was quickly rectified).

Of course we provide this event each year primarily for the pilots, and we hope you enjoyed the experience of the busy Heathrow skies. Many thanks to all who flew on Saturday and made the event such a fun and rewarding one.

We hope you enjoyed the event as much as we did and hope to see you all online again soon.

Kind regards,

Stephen Howarth

2013-03-24 Tour Terminations

Please remember that the following 2012 tours will be terminating on 30th April:

2012 IFR
2012 VFR
Rugby 6 Nations

In addition, the existing divisional tours will terminate on 1st May:

Island Hopper
Scottish VFR
Historical Tour

Pilots are no longer permitted to begin these tours, pilots who have are participating in the tours must complete them by the dates specified above.

2013-03-23 New GB-SOAC

This month we are delighted to welcome Jack Plumb as our new GB-SOAC, Jack has a wealth of experience and knowledge within the Special Operations arena and will be helping Dominic expand the department.

Expect more SO events and information to follow as Dominic and Jack continue their good work.

Congratulations Jack and we look forward to working with you! 
 

2013-03-15 March Update

This month we have a few items we would like to update you on and we have details of several new tours, events and changes to systems.
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We have been aware that communication between members and the staff team have suffered recently due to some of our internal systems failing, we feel this communication is paramount in helping us provide the help, assistance and information required by our members, therefore we have implemented a new support ticketing system. Although still in the early stages of integration we felt it was important to launch the system as early as was practical. You can access the new ticketing system by either simply emailing your questions or suggestions to support@ivao.co.uk or by using the web interface at http://www.ivao.co.uk/tickets/

The current mailing list is also known to have some issues and will be replaced soon...
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We have updated our staff vacancy list recently which can be viewed at http://www.ivao.co.uk/vacancies - additional positions are planned over the coming weeks so if you are interested in joining the staff team please keep an eye open.
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Our events department have been busy recently collaborating on a number of tours and events. The new tours information will be published soon at http://www.ivao.co.uk/tours/ and will include the new 2013 IFR tour, IFR Challenge, UK Historic, 2013 UK Island Hopper, VFR Costal and VFR Instructors Rating tours. Now, that is a lot of tours to get your teeth into, but let us not forget our exciting events.

This coming Saturday 9th March we have a Special Operations event [Operation Joint Warrior], this is part of a new series of SO events and we hope you find them both interesting and challenging. Details can be found at http://www.ivao.co.uk/events/238

Hot on the heels of that is the hugely anticipated annual Heathrow RFE. Saturday the 30th March will see the massive Real Heathrow event. Six hours of excellent air traffic control for over 500 aircraft movements. This event uses real flight data and is a huge undertaking by many members and staff alike. Details can be found at http://www.ivao.co.uk/events/117 and we will soon be releasing the booking system to allow pilots to reserve flights. If you are interested in controlling at the Milton Keynes vACC then get in touch with gb-ec@ivao.aero as soon as possible as places are going FAST!

Let us not forget our weekly UK Online nights - every Tuesday night from 1800z join us in lighting up the airways over the UK. A roster of ATC positions planned is updated by our events department in the forums, details of the event can be found at http://www.ivao.co.uk/events/191
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The UK Training Support Group [TSG] is a group of pilots and controllers who get together to help with student training sessions and we have made a few small changes for 2013.

The TSG project is run independently from IVAO and is designed to try and help generate traffic for training sessions by providing a central point of contact. Details of how to join can be found at http://www.ivao.co.uk/training/tsg/index.php?page=leaderboard
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We hope to see you all online very soon!

Kind regards,

Stephen Howarth
Director
IVAO UK
 

2013-03-15 Events Department Staff Update

We are please to be able to announce that Kevin de Leeuw has accepted the role of EAC to assist Carl with his EC duties.

2013-02-20 Exciting Upcoming Events

Hello Avid Pilots and Controllers,

Over the next couple of months we have a host of events for you to get all excited about.

Firstly this Sunday we present "The Atlantic Crossing", this is a huge event organised with the help of over a dozen other divisions. Pilots will be flying from all over Europe heading for Washington and Philadelphia with excellent ATC coverage. This is likely to be a busy event and therefore is it important to read and adhere to the procedures found at http://www.ivao.co.uk/events/175
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Our Special Operations people have been working with the vMOD guys to bring you a unique event called "Joint Warrior" early in March. This promises to be something a bit special and details are available in the forum and will be posted on the website shortly.

http://gb.forum.ivao.aero/index.php?topic=218713.0;all
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Also in March, slightly earlier than usual, we are pleased to announce our main event. In the blue corner we have "The Real Heathrow RFE". This annual event is a massive undertaking by a large number of dedicated people. 100's of real flights and hoards of controllers coordinate six hours of aviation madness. Don't miss this one, clear your diary for 30th March. Details are in the forum and will be posted on the website soon.

http://gb.forum.ivao.aero/index.php?topic=218667.0

Any questions about any of these events or if you have an interesting idea please email gb-ec@ivao.aero / gb-eac@ivao.aero
 

2013-02-11 New Staff Vacancies

We have updated the staff vacancies page today, please feel free to check them out http://www.ivao.co.uk/vacancies

Applications can be filed @ http://www.ivao.co.uk/staffApplication

2013-02-11 Oceanic Pilot Training Course

We are pleased to present our new oceanic pilot course which we plan to offer on a regular basis in the future.

The first course will take place on the weekend of the 16th February 2013 - the weekend before our big Atlantic Crossing Event.

Details can be found on our Oceanic Website @ http://occ.ivao.aero/index.php?site=pilottrainingcourse along with an application form. As this course commences this weekend make sure you sign up as early as possible to avoid missing out.

2013-01-31 New VFR Training Documents

The training department has completed 3 new VFR documents and are now available from the IVAO UK homepage and as PDF files available for download.

http://ivao.co.uk/training/material/vfr1.html

http://www.ivao.co.uk/training/material/vfr1.pdf

The VFR circuit, contains information on submitting a valid VFR flight plan, obtaining a clearance, terminology and flying the circuit

http://ivao.co.uk/training/material/vfr2.html

http://www.ivao.co.uk/training/material/vfr2.pdf

VFR Leaving the zone, contains information on basic flight planning, using PlanG software, basic VFR navigation, R/T for leaving and entering controlled airspace.

http://ivao.co.uk/training/material/vfr3.html

http://www.ivao.co.uk/training/material/vfr3.pdf

VFR cross country flight, contains information on more advanced flight planning such as avoid danger zones and more advance R/T

The documents are aimed and pilots new to the network and pilots wishing to become familiar with the basics of VFR flying, they are not a complete or comprehensive guide to VFR flight

Special thanks to Carl Chamberlain for all the editing he did and the screen shots he provided

Paul

2013-01-24 Welcome Dean Bryce

We are pleased to inform all members that Dean Bryce has joined the IVAO UK staff team as an instructor. Dean will be conducting the neccesary tasks associated with ADC training.

This is a positive development for the training department and in particular the teaching of ADC to our students.

2013-01-18 New Aerodrome Course

AD54 will be starting on Thursday 31st January. This course will be taking place at Manchester (EGCC). The ADC Course lesson structure has now changed and there will only be 5 lessons instead of the previous 6. (Note the Training System will still say that there are six lessons. Please ignore this).

The lesson structure is now as follows:

All Lessons will start at 1900z

31/01/2013 - AD/1 - Introduction to Aerodrome Control and IvAC

04/02/2013 - AD/2 - Clearance Delivery & Ground Movements

07/02/2013 - AD/3 - Air Control

11/02/2013 - AD/4 - Air Control Continued *Includes VFR

18/02/2013 - AD/5 - Emergencies & Abnormal Procedures

Only a few slots left, you can enrol on the Course Management page in the Controller Training Centre.

2013-01-04 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

From all of the staff team at IVAO UK, we would live to wish everybody a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous 2013.

Because it is the festive period please allow for a delay in any responses as although we haven't officially taken time off this year, it is most likely the staff team will not be around as much as we are normally.

2012-12-26 End of Year Awards

Since the awards announcement for 2011, there have been a number of changes within IVAO UK and in particular with divisional HQ. However, the one fundamental part of the division which has remained the same is the commitment and dedication of the members.

To recognise some of the members who particularly stand out, the following awards have been issued;

Pilot Training Assistance - Fred Stopforth, Dean Bryce and Tyler Wood
This has been issued for all their help and support shown during the numerous amount of OJTs we have had throughout the year.

ATC Training Assistance - Alex Clover, Jason Moore and Chris Globe
This is issued as a thank you to those who have consistently supported OJTs as a supporting ATC unit.

Documentation - Paul Gibson and Dominic Russell
This is issued to those who have put in a considerable amount of time and effort to official IVAO UK documentation.

Online Support - Wilm Hendrik Schulz and Lars Zuleger
This is issued to those who have put a lot of work into Oceanic training and OCMS.

Great Divisional User - Phil Reynolds
This is awarded in recognition of those who have shown themselves to be an excellent representative of the division.

Division Spirit - Tom Hurrell and Stephen Howarth
Awarded for commitment and service to the UK Division in helping members and maintaining the Spirit of IVAO.

I would like to congratulate all award recipients and look forward to an even more successful 2013!

2012-12-25 December Exams

We would like to congratulate the following members for passing their exams in December:

Ben Leonard – Aerodrome Controller
Kevin de Leeuw – Aerodrome Controller

We hope to see you online and enjoying your new awards!
 

2012-12-08 Welcome back to Tom Moseley

We are pleased to announce that Tom Moseley will be rejoining the staff team. Tom will be helping us in training with OJTs and theory sessions.

This is good news for the training department and we look forward to being able to offer more consistent OJTs.

2012-12-07 December Monthly Update

As 2012 draws to a close and the festive season starts in earnest, people start to think of friends and family and reflect on the past year. IVAO UK has had a tumultuous last year with many changes taking place, however we look forward to the challenges of 2013 and will be introducing a number of features that will hopefully improve the division for pilots and controllers alike.

Not wishing to write off 2012 just yet, we have our annual Christmas groupflight to Rovaniemi on Saturday 15th December, the official hometown of Santa Claus, and a final chance to flood London Heathrow with air traffic on Tuesday 11th December.

Enjoy the holidays and December events and we hope to see you all again in the New Year.

Kind Regards,
Stephen Howarth
UK Director

- Training Department

The staff at IVAO UK are excited to announce the formation of the IVAO UK Training Support Group (TSG).

The TSG will be made up of volunteer pilots and controllers who wish to aid in the training of students in OJT and exam situations. They will become the backbone of the department, supporting TA's in helping students gain both knowledge and experience in our online environment.

Volunteers accepted to the TSG will be requested to fly one flight with duration of at least 45 minutes once every month or control an ATC position for the same period.

For more information please visit the Division News and Announcements section on the IVAO UK forums.

- FRA Changes

We are pleased to announce that the FRA's on EGKK and EGLL have been reduced to AS3 which will allow full DEL/GND/TWR access to those of you not yet in possession of your C1 rating. All we ask in return is that you observe local procedures for the aerodromes and remain professional at all times. We will try and have staff members around if you find yourself in difficulties.

- Membership

To help streamline communications between our members and the staff team we have setup a new email address for our support ticketing system. The support ticketing system is checked by all staff and will hopefully provide an extra communication channel to compliment the forums. To email the support ticketing system simply send an email to staff@ivao.co.uk

- Events Department

Heathrow Online 11th December 19-21z
For the final time in 2012, join us as we light up the largest airport within the UK that is London Heathrow.

Christmas Groupflight 15th December 18-19z
As per every year and is now tradition, IVAO UK are again holding a groupflight out to Rovaniemi. All division members are invited to fly as one for this event whether you are part of a Virtual Airline or not.

The event is again held alongside that of the Finnish division who are hosting the annual Rovaniemi Flyin between 18-23z. This year we will all departing from one airport, London Gatwick with a departure window of 18-19z.

- Staff Changes

We are happy to announce that Paul Gibson will be moving up to take the GB-TAC position; he will be working closely with Tom Carter to restructure both the format of the training programmes and their content. This will help the division provide more effective and targeted training. We hope you will all join us in wishing him the best.

Josh Stephenson made the decision to resign because his time is becoming increasingly limited with sixth form and university applications taking place at the same time.

Alex Ridge has stepped down from his GB-EA1 position; he is currently actively engaged in other flight simulator related projects.

Ben Gallagher is also unable to fulfil his EGGX-CHA1 role and has left the UK staff team.

Alexander Clover has now taken up his new staff position as ATC Operations Coordinator; he will also continue to perform his duties in the training department. We wish him all the best in this demanding role.

Lars Zuleger is joining the Oceanic team as our new FIR Advisor, Lars has been working with the Oceanic team behind the scenes for some time now and we welcome him to the staff team in an official capacity.

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We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the division members and staff members for their continued support and dedication towards the UK division. We hope you’ve enjoyed the year 2012 with the division and we promise that we’ll work even harder in order to make 2013 a successful year for IVAO UK. So relax and enjoy the festive season and we hope to see you online very soon.

Regards,

Karan Gorania
Membership Coordinator

Jordan Webb
Membership Assistant Coordinator
 

2012-12-06 IVAO UK Training Support Group

The staff at IVAO UK are excited to announce the formation of the IVAO UK Training Support Group (TSG).

The TSG will be made up of volunteer pilots and controllers who wish to aid in the training of students in OJT and exam situations. They will become the backbone of the department, supporting TA's in helping students gain both knowledge and experience in our online environment.

Volunteers accepted to the TSG will be requested to fly one flight with a duration of at least 45 minuets once every month or control an ATC position for the same period.

All members in the group will be invited via email to attend training sessions within the UK division only; the invite will include details of the training location and time as well as any specific training requirements for that session such as emergencies or abnormal procedures. The invite is only a request to pilots, it is not mandatory to fly or fulfil the request, and members are free to perform any flight they wish.

There are no formal entry requirements to join the TSG, we are happy to accept all members regardless of pilot or ATC rating. We would request pilots attend a short briefing before flying for the sessions just to cover any local procedures and co ordinate for a group effort. ATC should be familiar with the position they are to control, and if necessary, help can be arranged through the group or the training department.

Pilots participating in the group will be able to expect guaranteed ATC and additional traffic at the selected aerodrome while the TSG is operational. There will also be informal training regarding local IFR and VFR procedures and hopefully some group training flights. Pilots completing 20 flights with the group will be awarded the pilot training assistance award to have on their profile to show the excellent contribution they have made to help the division in the area of training. Similarly members staffing ATC positions will be awarded the ATC training assistance award.

Controllers will be able to expect a good amount of traffic and provide support to members having their training; we will provide TWR if an APC student is having an OJT or APP for a TWR OJT.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the new IVAO UK Training Support Group and wish to help directly improve the training we offer or have any questions please email me at paul.gibson@ivao.aero

Paul Gibson
Training Assistant Coordinator

2012-12-03 New Approach Course

AP13 is now open for enrolment in the training centre. To be eligible you must have completed the aerodrome & intro courses. The course will take place at Manchester (EGCC) and commences Mon 7th January 2013.

Slots on this course are limited. Before applying ensure you are able to attend ALL the sessions in the calendar.

The lesson structure is now as follows:

Mon 7th January 2013 - 1900z - Basic Vectoring Technique
Fri 11th January 2013 -1900z - Co-ordination with appropriate units and advanced vectoring
Mon 14th January 2013 -1900z - Aircraft operating outside Controlled Airspace and abnormal procedures
Fri 18th January 2013 - 1900z - Surveillance Radar Approaches
Mon 21st January 2013 - 1900z - Knowledge Gap Filling

Only a few slots left, you can enrol on the Course Management page in the Controller Training Centre.

2012-11-27 November Staff Changes

We are happy to announce that Paul Gibson will be moving up to take the GB-TAC position; he will be working closely with Tom Carter to restructure both the format of the training programmes and their content. This will help the division provide more effective and targeted training. We hope you will all join us in wishing him the best.

Alex Ridge has stepped down from his GB-EA1 position; he is currently actively engaged in other flight simulator related projects.

Ben Gallagher is also unable to fulfil his EGGX-CHA1 role and has left the UK staff team.

2012-10-27 New Aerodrome Course

AD52 will be starting on Monday 5th November. This course will be taking place at London Stansted (EGSS). The ADC Course lesson structure has now changed and there will only be 5 lessons instead of the previous 6. (Note the Training System will still say that there are six lessons. Please ignore this).

The lesson structure is now as follows:

All Lessons will start at 1900z

05/11/2012 - AD/1 - Introduction to Aerodrome Control and IvAC

08/11/2012 - AD/2 - Clearance Delivery & Ground Movements

12/11/2012 - AD/3 - Air Control

15/11/2012 - AD/4 - Air Control Continued *Includes VFR

19/11/2012 - AD/5 - Emergencies & Abnormal Procedures

Only a few slots left, you can enrol on the Course Management page in the Controller Training Centre.

2012-10-17 Would you like to control Heathrow & Gatwick?

If you flew and enjoyed our Gatwick RFE at the weekend but wondered how things looked from the ground, then for a limited time we are offering lower rated controllers access to Gatwick and Heathrow.

Until the end of November we have reduced the FRA's on EGKK and EGLL to AS3 which will allow full DEL/GND/TWR access to those of you not yet in possession of your C1 rating. All we ask in return is that you observe local procedures for the aerodromes (http://www.ivao.co.uk/atc/local) and remain professional at all times. We will try and have staff members around if you find yourself in difficulties.

These temporary FRA changes will revert back to C1 from 1st December so hurry up and get controlling!

2012-10-14 Exam Pass

Congratulations to Tyler Wood on his recent C1 exam pass! I know Tyler and his instructor have put a great deal of work into this and I am sure Tyler is a happy man. I look forward to flying in to your controlled aerodrome soon.

2012-09-15 The Real Gatwick Released

The United Kingdom division of IVAO brings you the UK’s second largest international airport and second busiest by total passenger traffic in the United Kingdom, Gatwick also has the world's busiest single-use runway averaging 52 aircraft movements per hour. Gatwick will be fully staffed on the 13th October 2012, with some of the best controllers in the community.
 
Over 200 real flights ranging from short domestic flights to international long hauls are available for you to book during this 6 hour event.

This year IVAO UK has teamed up with Global ATS Limited to host our Gatwick RFE. Global ATS Limited is fully certified by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to provide UK Air Traffic Control courses at its air-side training facility at Gloucestershire Airport.

Hosting our Gatwick RFE with Global ATS not only combines the drive and professionalism of their staff with our talented and enthusiastic controllers, but offers a unique opportunity for members seeking to further their careers in air traffic control to speak directly with the largest independent air traffic control training organisation in the UK

Any member is welcome to come and join us at the ACC to help control, non controlling visitors and anyone who would like to assist us with flow control and coordination with surrounding airspace are also welcome. As an added bonus IVAO UK are being funded for this event so visiting controllers to this event will not need to pay - yes that means FREE!

Visitors to the ACC at Global ATS will be treated to:

A tour of the ATC training college
Demonstration of their ATC Simulator
Supervised Airside Access
Free parking

If you are keen to get involved in this year’s Gatwick RFE or just intrigued by what is on offer and what goes on behind the scenes, then head on over to our Gatwick RFE Event page and read all about it. This will be run on a strict first come, first serve basis & please do not make any plans to attend until you have confirmed a place with the events department.

2012-08-20 Welcome, Dan Nicholas

Please join us in welcoming Dan Nicholas as a new Training Advisor!

Dan will initially be helping out with ADC course work and OJT sessions.

We look forward to working with you Dan.

2012-08-17 Welcome Graeme Wright

Please join us in welcoming our latest addition to the IVAO UK staff team, Graeme Wright.

Graeme is taking over the GB-FOC position and is looking forward to helping update some of our old documentation. I am sure Graeme is keen to get stuck in and hope you will all help him settle in.

We look forward to working with you Graeme.

2012-08-10 Adam Reed Promotion

We are pleased to announce that Adam Reed will be moving up from GB-EA1 to GB-EAC.

Adam will be working with Josh towards the future of our events department and we look forward to some exciting new events!

Best of luck Adam.

2012-08-08 New Aerodrome Course

AD51 will be starting on Wednesday 22nd August. This course will be taking place at Edinburgh in Scotland. The ADC Course lesson structure has now changed and there will only be 5 lessons instead of the previous 6. (Note the Training System will still say that there are six lessons. Please ignore this).

The lesson structure is now as follows:

All Lessons will start at 1800z (1900 local (BST))

22/08/2012 - AD/1 - Introduction to Aerodrome Control and IvAC

24/08/2012 - AD/2 - Clearance Delivery & Ground Movements

29/08/2012 - AD/3 - Air Control

31/08/2012 - AD/4 - Air Control Continued *Includes VFR

05/09/2012 - AD/5 - Emergencies & Abnormal Procedures

Only a few slots left, you can enroll on the Course Management page in the Controller Training Centre.

2012-08-06 Division Monthly Update

Director's Message -

As the cold, wet and windy weather continues, we have been busy working away at Divisional HQ. Firstly I would like to say thank you to the large number of you who have completed our Summer Survey so far. The survey is still open until the end of August but we have already highlighted a number of areas that have been requested and commented on which gives us a head start with planning changes.

We are also delighted to welcome to the division the Virtual Ministry of Defence which covers “The Royal Air Force”, “The Fleet Air Arm” and “The Army Air Corps”. This has been a timely arrival as we are currently re-launching the Divisions Special Operations Department. We hope to see more of these guys flying around in the months to come.

I am also excited that August will play host to the Manchester Real World Meet up, where traditionally IVAO members descend on the Airport to chat, drink and enjoy the planes (weather permitting) – I look forward to meeting you all!

Regards,

Stephen Howarth
IVAO UK Director

- Upcoming Events
 


After a couple of the smaller UK airports, we head to the third busiest airport in the UK, Manchester.

Manchester Airport is the largest airport outside of London handling 18,892,756 passengers in 2011. The airport comprises of three terminals, a goods terminal and a railway station. The airport regularly handled Concorde and is currently home to British Airways G-BOAC flagship Concorde at the Runway visitor Park. The airport is 8.5 miles from Manchester City Centre and is a hub for Monarch Airlines, Thomson Airways, Thomas Cook, Jet2 and Virgin Atlantic.
 


The groupflight will depart from London-Stansted at 17z and arrive into Prague 18:30z onwards. We will organise block to block ATC to ensure the event is enjoyable for all participating pilots.

Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic. It is situated in the north-west of the country on the Vltava river, the city’s population is about 1.3 million. The airport, Prague Ruzyne, is located 10 KM west of the city centre and was opened on 5th April 1937. Most flights depart from the North Terminals (Terminal 1 and 2) but the south terminals (3 and 4) also handle some irregular flights, as well as VIP flights and General aviation.

- Staff Changes

Adam Hillier has announced his intention to resign from the IVAO UK staff team.

This is to enable him to focus on completing his real world IR, MEL and ATPL pilot qualifications. Adam will still be part of the division and we would like to thank him for his time spent on the team as GB-DIR and GB-TAC respectively.

Paul Gibson is stepping down from GB-TA5 with immediate effect due to other commitments. Paul has been a great help to the training department and we hope to see him flying/controlling again soon when his real world schedule allows him the time.
 



Finally, we hope you are all enjoying your summer (apologies for the weather!) and that you are enjoying a summer full of sport. IVAO has had a history of showing a declining activity during the summer months, but this year has been different. We thank you for your support and wish you a pleasant August!

Regards,

Jordan Webb
Membership Assistant Coordinator

Karan Gorania
Membership Coordinator

2012-07-16 AP12 Open for Enrolment

We are pleased to announce that our next approach course will shortly be available for student enrollment via the training system. The course (AP12) will commence on Wednesday, August 1st.

The new approach course teaches all of the knowledge, skills, and techniques required to approach radar with accuracy and efficiency.

In our ongoing aim to provide high quality ATC within the division, all members wishing to take the APC skills test are required to participate in the approach radar course.

If you have any further queries concerning the new system please contact us at training@ivao.co.uk or post in the training forum.

2012-07-01 Division Monthly Update - July 2012

Director's Message -

It is officially summertime and we are half way through the year already, so what have we got lined up for you in July?

All the July events are listed below with our new Events Coordinator Josh enjoying getting his hands dirty. We have a special screenshot competition lined up for you in the next couple of weeks and we would like to ask you, the members, for some valuable feedback. We are compiling a member’s survey that we hope you will take the time to complete, this is your division and we want to make sure that we are providing the kinds of services and support you want.

Kind regards,


Stephen Howarth
UK Director


 



- Upcoming Events

Leeds Online | 10th July | 18z-20z

 


Following on from our hugely successful Gatwick Online event, we are heading north to Leeds Bradford airport.

Leeds-Bradford is Yorkshire’s airport serving primarily the cities of Leeds and Bradford as well as West and North Yorkshire as a whole including towns such as York and Harrogate. It was opened in 1931 and is the 16th busiest airport in the UK. It acts as a hub for Low-cost airline Jet2.com whose Headquarters are also located at the airport. Ryanair and Thomas Cook also use Leeds-Bradford as a hub.

- [UK & IE] Online Night | 5th July 2012 | From 1700Z...

 


The UK and Irish divisions will be providing high levels of ATC staffing in order to offer an enjoyable, realistic and high quality service to pilots. We aim to staff as many airports as possible.

- Division Tours

 


Here in the UK, we currently offer 6 varied and exciting tours that push your flying skills to the limit. At present, the tours offered are:

2012 IFR Tour
2012 VFR Tour
Rugby 6 Nations Tour
Island Hopper Tour
Scottish VFR Tour
Historical Tour


Details of these tours can be found at http://ivao.co.uk/tours

- Overseas Events

There a number of exciting events occurring in other divisions this month that may take your fancy.

- [IL] Ben Gurion Int'l Airport Real Flight Event July 10th 11:00-18:45 UTC

 


 

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The IL Division invites you to LLBG - Ben Gurion Int'l Airport, located in Tel Aviv, for a real flight event in July 10th between 11:00 to 18:45 UTC.
 


Further information can be found at http://ivao.org.il/RFE/

- [US] Summer Real Flight Event - 21st July

 


Keep your eyes on the IVAO Events forum for this, but it promises to be big. Watch this space!

- Exam Passes

Congratulations to Franklyn Fisher who passed his ADC exam.

Keep an eye out on the division forums for information regarding exam times etc, and fly/control to help other members out to gain their new ratings!

- Staff Changes

Please join us in welcoming Josh Stephenson to the staff team as he takes on the role of Events Co-ordinator. Furthermore, we also welcome Wilm Hendrik Schulz as Shanwick Assistant Chief.

We wish them both the very best of luck in their new roles.

- Staff Vacancies

The following positions are currently vacant and any budding applicants may apply at the division webpage http://ivao.co.uk/

GB-AOC
GB-FOC
EGPX-CH


- Recent Password Issues

I am sure you are all aware of the recent issue with passwords etc. I would like to apologise about these complications, however these events have been beyond our control and are related with HQ. We hope (fingers crossed) that there shall be no more complications regarding passwords.

If you do find yourself in difficulty and you need assistance regarding passwords or ID's then don't hesitate to get in touch with a member of UK staff, or contact a member of HQ staff. We are always more than willing to help.

 



To conclude, I, along with many other staff members have noticed the increased numbers of new members flying over the past few weeks. Not only does this bode well for the future of the division, it sends a message to the rest of Europe to show that IVAO UK is an ever-expanding and flourishing division.

Regards,

Jordan Webb
Membership Assistant Coordinator

Karan Gorania
Membership Coordinator

2012-06-27 New Aerodrome Course

AD50 will be starting on Wednesday 4th July. This course will be taking place at London Stansted. The ADC Course lesson structure has now changed and there will only be 5 lessons instead of the previous 6. (Note the Training System will still say that there are six lessons. Please ignore this.)


The lesson structure is now as follows:

04/07/2012 - AD/1 - Introduction to Aerodrome Control and IvAC

06/07/2012 - AD/2 - Clearance Delivery & Ground Movements

11/07/2012 - AD/3 - Air Control

13/07/2012 - AD/4 - Air Control Continued *Includes VFR

18/07/2012 - AD/5 - Emergencies & Abnormal Procedures

Only a few slots left, you can enroll on the Course Management page in the Controller Training Centre.

2012-06-20 Forum Password Change

After another unfortunate occurrence of technical difficulties with the IVAO server, a number of password changes have had to be made.


The only changes that will affect you directly is the forum password change. These have been reset to your IVAO website password. If you wish to change your forum password to something more memorable to yourself, please do this once you have logged in.


If you are unsure of your IVAO connection details, you can send a request for them to be emailed to you here; http://www.ivao.aero/members/person/password.htm

2012-06-19 Welcome Josh Stephenson

Please join us in welcoming our latest addition to the IVAO UK staff team, Josh Stephenson.

Josh is taking over the GB-EC position from Carl Chamberlain, this is an exciting role for Josh and one we know he is very keen to excel at.

We look forward to working with you Josh!

2012-06-16 Welcome Wilm Schulz

Please join us in welcoming our latest addition to the IVAO UK staff team, Wilm Hendrik Schulz.

Wilm joins the team as Shanwick Assistant Chief and will be working with Simon and Ben to expand the Oceanic Department.

We look forward to working with you Wilm!

2012-06-11 New Aerodrome Course

AD49 will be starting on Wednesday 20th June. This course will be taking place at London Stansted. The ADC Course lesson structure has now changed and there will only be 5 lessons instead of the previous 6. (Note the Training System will still say that there are six lessons. Please ignore this.)


The lesson structure is now as follows:

20/06/2012 - AD/1 - Introduction to Aerodrome Control and IvAC

23/06/2012 - AD/2 - Clearance Delivery & Ground Movements

27/06/2012 - AD/3 - Air Control

30/06/2012 - AD/4 - Air Control Continued *Includes VFR

04/07/2012 - AD/5 - Emergencies & Abnormal Procedures

Due to the recent backlog, this course has been primarily assigned to those who were already waiting for a course. If you were one of those people, please check to see if you have been offered a place on the course. This can be checked under the practical training tab in the Controller Training Centre. Students assigned to the course will  receive an email to the account which was registered during the training sign up proccess containing further details.

2012-06-05 Password Changes

There have been some changes made to the system by IVAO HQ due to security reasons. This means your IVAN and Web passwords will have changed.

Please visit http://ivao.aero/members/person/password.htm and request your details to be emailed to you.
 

2012-06-03 Division Monthly Update - June 2012

Dear Members,

After a period of significant change here at IVAO UK, it is with great pleasure to reinstate our monthly newsletter. Here you will find a brief but informative overview of the upcoming events, changes and recent news within the division.

To kick-start this months newsletter, our new division director, Stephen Howarth, would like to say a few words:

Dear member, welcome to this month’s newsletter!

It has been a while since we sent out our newsletter as there have been a lot of changes and updates behind the scenes that have taken a great deal of time to co-ordinate and arrange.

The main change you may be aware of is that of the Division Management, Adam Hillier and Martyn Tobin have stepped down and Carl Chamberlain and I have moved into their positions. This does not mean that we will lose them, as both of them are firmly lodged in our training department. We’ve also expanded the training department to help provide more training places for Pilots and Controllers.

We hope to make some exciting changes in the near future and are delighted that members are feeding back opinions and ideas through the forum.

As ever, our inboxes are always open.

Kind regards,

Stephen Howarth
UK Director



As always, we aim to deliver quality events that offer different flying experiences, heightened traffic levels and occasionally challenging situations. This month is no different and here are just a few events we have in-store.

- Bristol Online | 12th June | 18-20z

 

Following on from the recent Luton Online, we are now leaving London and heading west to Bristol.

Bristol Airport was opened in 1955 and has since gone on to be the 9th busiest airport in the UK. Bristol is one of the UK airports that has a flying school based at the airport along with the civilian airline operations. There are 19 airlines that operate at Bristol, some of those airlines are; Aer Lingus Regional, Eastern Airways, easyJet, Flybe and Ryanair.

- Gatwick Online | 26th June | 18-20z


Gatwick Airport is the 2nd busiest airport in the UK after Heathrow and is known as the worlds busiest single runway airport with an average of 52 movements within an hour. Gatwick is preferred by a number of charter airlines as opposed to Heathrow however there are still a number of international flights operated here such as Barbados and Charlotte in USA.

Online Nights | 7th & 21st June 2012 | From 1800Z...


Welcome to our fortnightly Online Nights under our new event series for 2012. The UK and Irish divisions will still be providing high levels of ATC staffing in order to offer an enjoyable, realistic and high quality service to pilots. We aim to staff as many major positions as possible.

This month, our Online Nights shall be held on the 7th and 21st from 1800z.

- Staff Changes

Following on from Stephen's introductory message, there have also been a couple of changes within the staff body. We would like to welcome the following members to the staff team! We wish them all the best with their new roles.

Ben Gallagher - Shanwick Advisor
Paul Gibson - Training Advisor

At the same time, we also announce that Gaz Richardson has stepped down from his staff position due to real world commitments. Gaz has been a significant presence in the division and is well known by many of the members in the division. We wish him the best of luck with his real life workload and hope to hear from him soon.

- Latest Exam Passes

Congratulations to the following who have all successfully passed a range of exams over the past few weeks, further enhancing the division's dedication to realism and professionalism:

Alex Ridge - SPP
Luke Osbiston - ADC
Paul Gibson - ADC & SPP
Carl Chamberlain - PP
Jason Moore - SPP
Dominic Russell - PP
Josh Stephenson - PP
Thomas Carter - ACC
Chris Globe - ACC

- Staff Vacancies

IVAO UK is proud to have a strong staff body that are vital in the smooth running of the division. The following positions are currently vacant and any budding applicants may apply at the division webpage http://ivao.co.uk/

GB-EC
GB-AOC
GB-FOC
EGPX-CH


- Special Operations

Dominic Russell is now Special Operations Coordinator, an area of the division that has somewhat been neglected over the past few years. Dominic has a few ideas of his own in how to get SO to become a popular and approachable area within the division, after all, military flying follows numerous different procedures to civil aviation, but at the same time, offers a unique and completely different flying experience.

For those of you who are keen to voice your suggestions and thoughts, you can post these on the Special Operations room of the GB Forum at http://gb.forum.ivao.aero or contact Dominic directly at dominic.russell@ivao.aero


- Training Sessions

To make training successful, we rely on members to fly in and out of relevant aerodrome during the session. Without your help, we cannot get trainees enough quality practice time - so we kindly ask that if able, you try to fly for as many of the sessions as possible.

A list of exams and training sessions can be found here and let us not forget that not only will you be helping your fellow members improve their ATC skills, which will benefit us all in the future, but there is also the Pilot Training Assistance Award and ATC Training Assistance Award available.

Finally, a massive thank you to you, the members, for your continued support and helping make the division as successful as it is today.

Best wishes,

Jordan Webb
Membership Assistant Coordinator

Karan Gorania
Membership Coordinator

2012-05-31 Staff Vacancy

A vacancy for the UK Staff position of Events Coordinator has now been released.

Details of the vacancies can be found @ http://www.ivao.co.uk/vacancies and in the forum @ http://gb.forum.ivao.aero/index.php?board=450.0

We look forward to hearing from you!
 

2012-05-31 Planned Network Maintenance

Dear Members,

The Logistics Department is planning major network maintenance on the upcoming 1st of June.

The complete network will be upgraded with new server software, and therefore we need to disable all the servers for a period of approximately two hours.

Maintenance will be done between 22:00z and 0:00z. During this period you won't be able to use the network as a pilot, nor ATC. The forum will stay available where we keep on posting updates about the maintenance.

Best regards,

Marco & Erwin
IVAO Logistics

2012-05-30 UK Staff Vacancies

Three UK Staff positions are currently vacant; the positions available are Flight Operations Coordinator, ATC Operations Coordinator and Scottish FIR Chief.

Details of the vacancies can be found @ http://www.ivao.co.uk/vacancies and in the forum @ http://gb.forum.ivao.aero/index.php?board=450.0

We look forward to hearing from you!

2012-05-27 Welcome Ben Gallagher

Please join us in welcoming our latest addition to the IVAO UK staff team, Ben Gallagher.

Ben joins the team as a Shanwick Advisor and will be working with Simon to ensure the future progression of the Oceanic Department.

We look forward to working with you Ben!

2012-05-26 New Staff Appointment

Carl and I would like to welcome Paul Gibson to the team in his new role as a Training Advisor.

Paul has been very active within the division and we look forward to working with him and wish him all the best in his new role.

Congratulations Paul.

2012-05-05 An Introduction from Divisional HQ

Stephen and I would like to thank everybody for the positive comments and best wishes that have been given.

We would like to extend our thanks to Adam and Martyn who took the division on at a time when the future was very unclear. They took the initiative with what they thought was right at the time to stimulate activity and reduced the FRA's. It is safe to say that this was clearly the right decision and had a positive impact on the division. Since they were reduced we have seen more new members joining the division and remaining with us now they have a wider range of airfields they are able to control.

One of the main reasons that Stephen and I agreed to take on the roles when we were offered them was because of the community that has been built up here over the years. For me personally when I joined IVAO UK back in July 2007, I never thought it would see me travelling up and down the country to places such as Bournemouth for a house party with Gaz and others, to Manchester for a meet up with the members or abroad with Adam, Martyn and Josh to Amsterdam. It really is a brilliant aspect of the division that close groups of friends are formed and I have no doubt that this will continue well into the future.

We would also like to remind members that if you have any ideas, comments or criticism with regards to IVAO UK, please send them to us as our email inbox's will always be open and we would like everyone to feel they can share their thoughts with us and contribute to the future of IVAO UK.

Finally, Stephen and I look forward to taking the division forward and we hope you continue to enjoy the division for many years to come.

Regards,

Carl Chamberlain
Assistant Director

Stephen Howarth
Director

2012-05-05 New Aerodrome Course

AD48 is now open for enrolment in the training centre. To be eligible you must have completed the intro course. The course will take place at the new training airfield we are going to trial; Leeds (EGNM) and commences Monday 19th March. The ADC Course lesson structure has now changed and there will only be 5 lessons instead of the previous 6. (Note the Training System will still say that there are six lessons. Please ignore this.)


The lesson structure is now as follows:

19/03/2012 - AD/1 - Introduction to Aerodrome Control and IvAC

22/03/2012 - AD/2 - Clearance Delivery & Ground Movements

26/03/2012 - AD/3 - Air Control

29/03/2012 - AD/4 - Air Control Continued *Includes VFR

02/04/2012 - AD/5 - Emergencies & Abnormal Procedures
 

Slots on the course will be assigned on a first come first serve basis. Before applying please ensure you are able to attendALL the sessions in the calendar.

You can enroll on the Course Management page in the Controller Training Centre. 

2012-05-05 New Staff Appointments

We are please to be able to announce a number of additions to the IVAO UK staff team. The following positions have now been filled:

GB-AOC - Gareth Richardson
EGTT-ACH - Alex Ridge

I hope you will all join us in congratulating them in their new roles, and we look forward to working with them.

Well done guys!

2012-05-05 Latest Exam Passes - March 2012

Congratulations to the latest batch of students who have passed their exam in February and March, in the last months they have participated in our AD and AP courses. Over the next month we have many students who will be taking their exams, and will hopefully be found here next month.

- Connor Sullivan- Aerodrome Controller

- Ryan Davies - Aerodrome Controller

- Stephen Howarth - Aerodrome Controller

- Philip Reynolds - Approach Controller




From all the staff at IVAO UK, well done!
 

2012-02-03 Rugby 6 Nations Tour

To celebrate the Royal Bank of Scotland Rugby 6 Nations Championship 2012 we are proud to present to you our “Rugby 6 Nations Tour”.

Help ferry the loyal rugby fans around the world in this exciting 14 leg tour.

Details of the tours can be found here.

2012-02-02 2012 Tours Released

Our 2012 IFR and VFR Tours have now been released! This year the IFR Tour uses real world flights to give you that extra special realism touch.

With the VFR Tour we introduce you to our busy hotel managing director, I am sure he has a name. Be a flying chauffeur and enjoy the scenery while you work.

Details of the tours can be found here, start flying now!

2012-01-31 Real World Manchester Meetup

IVAO UK is pleased to announce, another one of our famous real world meet up events at Manchester airport.

The meet up takes place on the weekend of the 24th & 25th March 2012.

On the Saturday, we will be meeting at the 'Airport Hotel' pub which is situated at the start of runway 23R and gives a fantastic view of arrivals and departures. We will meet in the morning, have a few drinks, some food and meet members (and a bit of plane viewing!) After the daytime event, we will be going out to Manchester City Centre. Please note, for obvious reasons, this part of the event is strictly for over 18's only. During the day on Sunday, it will be up to members as to what they wish to do. Usually, we visit the Aviation Viewing Park, but we will be open to any suggestions at all regarding the day's events.

Members are free to attend one or both days if they wish. Some people will be staying in hotels close to the airport on the Friday and Saturday nights, anyone is welcome to join us. (On the Friday evening, we usually go for a curry and a few drinks.) This event is a perfect opportunity for members of IVAO UK and our partner VA's to get together in one location, have a good day and a good laugh. We hope to see as many people there as possible - the more people who turn up the better the day will be.

The event itself will start at about 10:30am on the 24th, and we will meet in the beer garden of the Airport Hotel. The pub car park does require a £5 charge but you can redeem £4 of this at the bar once you purchase something. We will probably run through until mid to late afternoon and then try and be out in Manchester for about 20:00. Please remember to bring some form of ID with you, as many places in Manchester demand to see ID to gain entry.

For more information please read the forum post here.

2012-01-31 Latest Exam Passes - December 2011

We continue our pilot and controller training programmes as we near the end of the year. Here we have a list of the exam passes in December; congratulations to the following members for passing exams over the past few weeks!

Aerodrome Controller Exam - Jonny Treston - Aerodrome Controller

Private Pilot Exam - Adam Reed - Private Pilot

Private Pilot Exam - Stephen Howarth - Private Pilot

Aerodrome Controller Exam - Matthew McCrudden - Senior Private Pilot

Aerodrome Controller Exam - George Complin - Approach Controller

Aerodrome Controller Exam - Alex Ridge - Approach Controller

From all the staff at IVAO UK, well done!

2012-01-31 Latest Exam Passes - November 2011

November has been a busy month for the training deparment with 5 exams completed with 2 more scheduled. So here we have a list of the exam passes in November; congratulations to the following members for passing exams over the past few weeks!

Private Pilot Exam - Yuri Nosovets - Private Pilot

- Jamie Luca Dobinson  - Senior Private Pilot

Aerodrome Controller Exam - Andrew Smith - Aerodrome Controller

Aerodrome Controller Exam - Josh Stephenson - Aerodrome Controller

- Adam Hillier - Approach Controller

From all the staff at IVAO UK, well done!

2011-12-02 New Approach Course

AP10 is now open for enrolment in the training centre. To be elegible you must have completed the aerodrome & intro courses. The course will take place at Edinburgh (EGPH) and commences January 11th 2012.
 
Slots on this course are limited. Before applying ensure you are able to attend ALL the sessions in the calendar.
 
We realise this is a long awaited announcement and I'm sure there are a number of people who are ready to start; however because of the limited capacity we 'may' not be able to accommodate everyone who applies. We hope to start another course in the not too distant future for those that are not able to get onto this course.
 
Cheers,

2011-12-02 New Aerodrome Course

AD46 is now open for enrolment in the training centre. To be eligible you must have completed the intro course. The course will take place at the newly reinstated training aerodrome of Birmingham (EGBB) and commences 9th January. The ADC Course lesson structure has now changed and there will only be 5 lessons instead of the previous 6. (Note the Training System will still say that there are six lessons. Please ignore this.)


The lesson structure is now as follows:

09/01/2012 - AD/1 - Introduction to Aerodrome Control and IvAC

12/01/2012 - AD/2 - Clearance Delivery & Ground Movements

16/01/2012 - AD/3 - Air Control

19/01/2012 - AD/4 - Air Control Continued *Includes VFR

23/01/2012 - AD/5 - Emergencies & Abnormal Procedures
 

Slots on the course will be assigned on a first come first serve basis. Before applying please ensure you are able to attend ALL the sessions in the calendar.

You can enroll on the Course Management page in the Controller Training Centre. 

2011-10-20 Latest Exam Passes

IVAO is all about furthering your knowledge, and one of the ways you can do this is through passing exams, both as a pilot and an air traffic controller. Here we have a list of the exam passes in October; congratulations to the following members for passing exams over the past few weeks!

Private Pilot Exam - Jonny Treston - Private Pilot

Private Pilot Exam - Thomas Carter - Private Pilot

Aerodrome Controller Exam - Paul Jones - Aerodrome Controller

We'll make this a monthly feature, so check back soon for the next list of passes.

From all the staff at IVAO UK, well done!

2011-10-04 Management Staff Changes

Dear IVAO UK Member,

After many years of dedicated service to IVAO UK, it is with regret that we need to announce the resignations of Splendor Bouman (Director) and Tom Hurrell (Assistant Director). This is not a decision that has come easily to either of them as together with Gareth Richardson and many others they have dedicated a huge part of the their lives building up the Division to what it is today. Unfortunately changes in circumstances and other commitments leaves them without the huge amount of time needed to manage IVAO UK and therefore they feel that now is the right time to step aside and handover to a new generation.

The staff of the UK Division wish to take this opportunity to publically send our thanks to both Splendor and Tom for all their hard work and all the time they have given over their combined 15 years, and wish them both the very best for their future plans.

Staff Changes

Stephen Howarth, former Membership Assistant Coordinator will be appointed as the new Division Director after completing his ADC and PP ratings, (Splendor will stay on as Director for a short time to help out with some final training duties).

Martyn Tobin will re-join the UK staff team as Assistant Director. Martyn has extensive knowledge of IVAO practices having previously been a key component of the training department; it is good to have him back.

There has also been a re-structuring of the departments with some staff changing roles and new staff being appointed, we will bring you a full update as soon as possible.


Best Wishes,

Stephen Howarth
Acting Director

Martyn Tobin
Assistant Director

2011-09-16 New Aerodrome Course

Aerodrome Course 44 (AD44) has now been opened for enrollment. To be eligible you must have completed the compulsory introduction courses, and be a member of IVAO UK. The course will take place at Edinburgh (EGPH/EDI). For help and assistance with completing the introduction, please head over to http://ivao.co.uk/atc/training/help.

Please ensure you are able to attend ALL the sessions scheduled for the course.

Apply for the course via Controller Training > Practical Training > Course Management or click here.

If you have any questions or queries, please email training[at]ivao.co.uk

2011-09-05 Xtreme Simulation Weekend Cancelled

Unfortunately, the organisers of the Xtreme Simulation weekend 2011, at RAF Cosford, have chosen to cancel the event.

We don't have any further information as to why it was cancelled, but it is certainly a shame for all involved.

Therefore, obviously, IVAO UK won't be exhibiting. 

We wish Astrasim all the best, and hope they can successfully run the show next year.

http://www.astrasimexpo.co.uk/

2011-07-05 Social Media

Click here to "Like!" IVAO UK on Facebook and keep up to date with our latest news and events. The IVAO UK Facebook 'page' replaces the Facebook 'group' as a more subtle, simpler and easier way to keep up to date with our news without it affecting your personal Facebook page.

Also, don't forget to follow us on twitter in order to watch our latest tweets to keep up to date by the minute! 

 

         

2011-07-04 Staff Vacancies

The staff team at IVAO UK is essential to the day to day operation of IVAO UK. We are looking for a number of positions to be filled on our team. 

- Web Development Assistant
- Flight Operations Coordinator
- Training Advisor

For full details on these positions, and to find out how to apply, please visit this page. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us: div-hq[at]ivao.co.uk

2011-06-10 New Assistant Director

Tom Hurrell has been appointed Assistant Division Director by the IVAO Executive. He will assist Splendor with the daily management of the division in addition to his current responsibilities as Community Manager.

2011-05-03 New AD course

We are happy to announce a new aerodrome courses for May. The ADC course is suitable for anybody wishing to achieve their ADC rating whether it is from zero knowledge, or have lots of prior practice - your training will be tailored to your abilities.

AD40 is now open for enrolment in the training centre. To be eligible you must have completed the Introduction Theory Course.

- AD40 will take place at Edinburgh (EGPH) and will commence on the 17th May.

Slots on the course will be assigned on a first come first serve basis. Before applying ensure you are able to attend all of the sessions (or have emailed the instructor to make suitable arrangements.)


Tom Moseley | GB-TC
training[at]ivao.co.uk

 


2011-04-30 Division Update - 30th April

Dear IVAO UK Member,

We hope you are enjoying the start of such good weather - let's hope it lasts! There have been a number of changes in the division so please find details below:

- Staff Changes

Gareth Richarson, Division Director since 2006 has stepped down due to personal reasons.
We would like to thank Gaz for the thousands of hours he has put into the division over the last 5 years and wish him all the very best.
Splendor Bouman, former Assistant Director, has been appointed as the new Division Director by the IVAO Executive committee.

Chris Rolland has re-joined the staff team as Tours Manager - so keep an eye out for the 2011 tours very shortly. 

Stephen Howarth has joined the staff team to assist Karan & Tom H in the membership department. 

Martyn Tobin has stepped down from his Training Instructor position in order to focus on his University studies - we also thank him for his many hours of work in the training department, he will be missed.

Finally, we have slightly changed the operating structure of the staff team. Operational issues (Flight Ops, ATC Ops, Spec Ops & FIR issues) will be overseen by Jonjo Robb (AOC) The Community (Events, Tours and Membership) will be managed by Tom Hurrell (EC) and training will continue to be run by Tom Moseley (TC.) 

- Overload the staff team > Heathrow/Frankfurt Airbridge



Remember - tomorrow we are holding our next huge event in the IVAO Calender. (Sunday 1st May 2011 - 16z-20z.)

Following the recent success of our annual Heathrow RFE we will be teaming up with IVAO Germany to hold a mega air-bridge between Heathrow & Frankfurt - this time with a twist! At each end, the UK/DE staff teams will be the only controllers! This means all members can fly in between the 2 airports and try to 'overload' the staff team!

Routes, charts, scenery & full details can be found here: http://ivao.co.uk/events/180

We'd like to dedicate this event to Gaz, our former director who recently decided to step down due to a number of reasons (full details here:http://gb.forum.ivao.aero/index.php/topic,176705.0.html.)

As a way to thank him, we would like to make this event a huge success, and we encourage everybody to fly in between Frankfurt & Heathrow, to thank Gaz for the tremendous amount of hard work he has put in over the years.

Hope to see you all tomorrow.

- New Pilot Afternoon



We are glad to announce that after the successful return of our New Pilot Afternoon, we will be holding another one. These light-hearted and informal afternoons are aimed at helping people who are new to the network learn basic flying skills whilst getting familiar with ATC and the IVAO software. Therefore the sessions will be based around flying VFR circuits at a small/medium airfield with a Tower Controller. They will be taught by Staff & members side-by-side.  

Details
- Sunday 22nd May 2011
- 1400z Onwards

For full information on how to join in, please see the website here: http://ivao.co.uk/events/172

- UK Online Night



Remember that every week, from 1700z, the UK and Irish divisions aim to provide high levels of ATC staffing in order to offer an enjoyable, realistic and high quality service to pilots. We aim to staff everything from major airfields such as London Heathrow to smaller airfields such as Edinburgh, so why not come and fly?

- Manchester Meetup
Thanks to all of those who came to our meet up in Manchester at the beginning of March. We had a great weekend at the airport hotel - and it was great to put names to faces. We look forward to another one over summer.

- Heathrow RFE
We also had an excellent Real Flight Event again on the 9th April, and once again thank everybody who took part; whether that's the army of controllers who came to Milton Keynes, or the vast amount of you who flew in and out all day! Keep your eyes peeled for our next RFE in the 2nd half of the year.

- Tours
We realise they are a little late, however, ours tours for 2011 are almost ready and we have some exciting things planned - so keep an eye out on the website for full details.

If you have any comments or suggestions about anything, we are always here to listen. Please don't hesitate to get in contact with us at any time.

Best Regards,

Splendor Bouman
Director

2011-04-22 New Division Director

Gareth Richarson, Division Director since 2006 has stepped down due to personal reasons.

We would like to thank Gaz for the thousands of hours he has put into the division over the last 5 years and wish him all the very best.

Splendor Bouman, former Assistant Director, has been appointed as the new Division Director by the IVAO Executive committee.

2011-01-16 Real world meet up - Manchester Airport

IVAO UK is pleased to announce, in conjunction with our partner Virtual Airlines, another one of our famous real world meet up events at Manchester airport.

The meet up takes place on the weekend of the 5th and 6th March 2011.

On the Saturday, we will be meeting at the 'Airport Hotel' which is situated at the start of runway 23R and gives a fantastic view of arrivals and departures. After the daytime event, we will be doing what we do best and hitting Manchester City Centre. Please note, for obvious reasons, this part of the event is strictly for over 18's only. During the day on Sunday, it will be up to members as to what they wish to do. Usually, we visit the Aviation Viewing Park, but we will be open to any suggestions at all regarding the day's events.

Members are free to attend one or both days if they wish. Some people will be staying in hotels close to the airport on the Friday and Saturday nights, anyone is welcome to join us. (On the Friday evening, we usually go for a curry and a few drinks.) This event is a perfect opportunity for members of IVAO UK and our partner VA's to get together in one location, have a good day and a good laugh. We hope to see as many people there as possible - the more people who turn up the better the day will be.

The event itself will start at about 10:30am on the 5th, and we will meet in the beer garden of the Airport Hotel. The pub car park does require a £5 charge but you can redeem £4 of this at the bar once you purchase something. We will probably run through until mid to late afternoon and then try and be out in Manchester for about 20:00. Please remember to bring some form of ID with you, as many places in Manchester demand to see ID to gain entry.

- Accommodation

There are various hotels situated around the vicinity of Manchester Airport and most of us will be staying at Bewleys near the Airport Train Station. It usually works out at about £60 - £70 per night per room, so two sharing is only £30 (ish) each. For further details on accommodation, see here

- Directions

Manchester Airport is easily accessible via train, bus or car.

For more information on the 'Airport Hotel' and for directions please see here

For information regarding flights or other forms of transport to Manchester Airport, please see here. If required, transport from the airport to the Airport Hotel can be provided to you by a fellow member. Please try to advise in advance if you require this.

- Attendance List

If you plan on attending the event, please let us know in our division forum so that we know how many people to expect

2011-01-11 2010 Division Tours

The 2010 IFR, VFR, Special Ops and Heli tour will be available to start until 2359Z on Monday January 31st 2011. Members will not be permitted to start the tours after this time. Members must then complete these tours before 2359Z on Thursday 31st March 2011. NOTE - The Scottish VFR, Historical and Island Hopper tours are not affected.

Details on the 2011 tours will be released in due course.

2010-12-19 New 2011 Aerodrome Courses

We are happy to announce the first structured aerodrome courses for 2011. The ADC course is suitable for anybody wishing to achieve their ADC rating whether it is from zero knowledge, or have lots of prior practice - your training will be tailored to your abilities.

AD36 & AD37 are now open for enrollment in the training centre. To be elegible you must have completed the Introduction Theory Course.

- AD36 will take place at Luton (EGGW) and will commence on the 10th January.

- AD37 will take place at Edinburgh (EGPH) and will commence on the 7th February.

Slots on the course will be assigned on a first come first serve basis. Before applying ensure you are able to attend all of the sessions (or have emailed the instructor to make suitable arrangements.) 

We look forward to growing the training department in the New Year. Keep an eye out for more news.

Tom Moseley | GB-TC
Tom Hurrell | GB-TAC
training[at]ivao.co.uk

2010-09-07 New Flow Charts added

Flow charts for Birmingham, East Midlands and Manchester are now available in the Controllers' section of the website. These innovative charts depict the arrival and departure transitions to the airports and include the various inter-sector agreements as well as intermediate step levels.

Charts for the London TMA, Bournemouth and Southampton are already available, and more aerodromes will be added soon.

2010-06-17 Staff Vacancies

We have a number of staff vacancies at the moment, all of which offer exciting new opportunities. Please visit our vacancies page for further details

2010-05-18 What is IVAO?

You can find out all about it in our new promotional leaflet which can be downloaded here

Steve Sant from Sant Media has very kindly donated his time and resources to provide us with this leaflet design free of charge and we thank him a great deal for doing so. Please feel free to download the leaflet and pass it onto your friends!

2010-05-18 Great Division Users

The following people have been awarded the "Great Division User" award for the help and support they offered at the recent Flight Simulator Convention in Weston-Super-Mare. The event would not have been a success if it wasn't for the work put in by these people:

- Splendor Bouman
- Tom Moseley
- Tom Hurrell
- Martyn Tobin
- Carl Chamberlain
- Jordan Webb
- Tristan Marchent
- Dan Nicholas

2010-04-26 AD32 open for enrollment

AD32 is now open for enrollment in the training centre. To be elegible you must have completed the intro course. The course will take place at Stansted (EGSS) and commences April 30th.

Slots on the course will be assigned on a first come first serve basis. Before applying ensure you are able to attend ALL the sessions in the calendar, and you must have passed ALL the assessments of the intro course or your application will be deleted.

2010-04-22 Real Heathrow - Thank You

When it comes to organising an event like this, a huge amount of work has to go on in the background, more than many people would imagine. I would therefore like to publicly thank the following people:

Luke Bowes for his work on the booking system. A few issues occured with the system but Luke (despite being in the middle of a house move with very limited internet access) managed to fix the problems as and when they occured without delay.

Lee Oxborough, Ross McLennan, Tom Hurrell & Karan Gorania for their initial organisation and promotion of the event across the flight sim world.

Splendor Bouman & Michele Galmozzi for their organisation of the ATC staffing and coordination with external ATC agencies.

Ben Horsfall for his creation of the Datalink clearance system

Samy Jay Greve, Conrad Oldcorn & Jake Cresswell for their collection and inputting of routes into the flight database

Chris Rolland for his technical expertise at the ACC

Nige Pay for donating a healthy supply of network cables that we will be able to use for future events

I would also like to thank the following controllers and support staff who took part during the event:
- Splendor Bouman
- Michele Galmozzi
- Luke Bowes
- Ben Horsfall
- Jake Cresswell
- Tom Moseley
- Samy Jay Greve
- Chris Rolland
- Karan Gorania
- Tom Hurrell
- Oliver Batt
- Stephen Young
- Conrad Oldcorn
- Tim Chambers
- Martyn Tobin
- Chris Globe
- Nige Pay
- Matt Davies
- Jordan Webb
- Dan Dvoracek
- Pavlina Pecoldova
- Les Cooper
- Iain Butler
- Mikkel Gylling Hangaard
- Robert Allen

And of course, the most important thank you must go to all the pilots that took part - Without you all, the event wouldn't have been a success.

I am very pleased that we managed to have yet another successful Heathrow RFE. The fact that we managed it is a real testement to the amount of time and effort people put into this hobby. I feel incredibly lucky to be part of such a fantastic network.

Thank you United Kingdom Division

Here's to many more years to come

Best Regards,

Gareth Richardson
Director - IVAO UK

2010-04-06 The Real Heathrow

The UK's biggest airport and the world's busiest international airport awaits you, fully staffed for an event you will never forget.

Over 500 real flights ranging from short domestic flights to international long hauls are available for you to book during this 6 hour event.

ATC will be provided from a live ACC in West Sussex with over 25 active positions! We are expecting a few real London controllers to join our team as well. 

If you like to be number 6 on the ILS, taxi behind 4 other aircraft towards the runwayor join a holding pattern with several other aircraft, then this is the event for you.

Make sure you're there, we're waiting.


 Further details available here

2010-03-14 AD31 Open for enrolment

AD31 is now open for enrolment in the training centre. To be elegible you must have completed the intro course. The course will take place at Luton (EGGW) and commences March 22nd.

Slots on the course will be assigned on a first come first serve basis. Before applying ensure you are able to attend all the sessions in the calendar, and you must have passed all the assessments of the intro course.

2010-03-03 Contrail - We need your help

We hope you enjoyed the February version of Contrail, which is the UK Division's community magazine and we'd like to make it just that; a magazine written by members of the community for each other.

To that extent we'd like to invite everybody to contribute.

So - what can YOU do? Well we welcome submissions during any point in the year. They will be included in the next available edition of control. Here are some simple ideas:

- Letters to the editor (feedback, ideas, questions or suggestions)
- Letters to staff (send us a technical question and we'll answer it in the next edition)
- Flight Reports (Write an interesting report about your last flight? Add some pictures and send it over.)
- ATC Reports (Feel like writing about an interesting shift? Let us know.)
- Reviews (What was your latest FS addon? A must buy or a waste of money? Let us know!)
- Hardware tips (Any budding cockpit builders? Share your experiences with the community.)

And anything else you can think of that you'd like to have included

Please email all submissions to: gb-mc[at]ivao.aero & gb-mac[at]ivao.aero Replace [at] with @

Feel free to ask if you have any questions.

Thanks,

IVAO UK Membership Department

2010-02-25 Contrail - February

The United Kingdom division is pleased to announce the release of the 7th edition of our division newsletter, Contrail.

You can download the latest copy, as well as previous ones from http://ivao.co.uk/community/newsletter.

Features in this edition include:

  • Division updates
  • Destination focus - Bristol
  • Real Gatwick write up

and much more!

We are always looking for members to contribute articles. If you feel you have something to contribute for future editions, please contact us!

Any comments or feedback can be left in our Contrail forum topic.

We hope you enjoy this issue.

2010-02-21 United Kingdom Division Survey - 2010

Feedback from members is something which we value enormously so that we can try and improve things to make your online experience the best it can be. We wouldn't be where we are today if it wasn't for the feedback given to us over the years.

We would appreciate it if you could take 15 minutes of your time to fill out the survey

Please try to answer all the questions and answer them honestly and to the best of your ability. The survery is completely anonymous however if you would like us to respond directly to any of your feedback, please leave your name and a contact email address in one of the comment fields.

Important Note - Abuse of this survey system will not be tolerated.

Thank You

2010-02-04 IVAO UK Community - Get Involved!

Here at IVAO UK, we pride ourselves in the fact that our most important asset is our active and friendly divisional community. As a member, you are not just a number to us. You are a valued member of the community. IVAO UK isn't only about flying and controlling, it is also a chance to meet new people and make friends with like minded people from around the globe.

There are a number of ways you can get actively involved with the community:

- Division Forum
- 24/7 Teamspeak voice channel
- 24/7 IRC channel

Division Forum

As a member of IVAO UK, we encourage you to use the forums. This is the best way to keep up to date with exactly what is going on in the division. If you are new to IVAO, this is a great place to get started. Feel free to pop along and introduce yourself and get to know other members of the division.

If you need help with anything, the forums is the best place to start. It is full of answers to all the questions you may be afraid to ask. There are always lots of people around to assist you.

We also run a monthly screenshot competition in the forum. Each month, we are dazzled by the fantastic entries. Why not give it a go? You may win one of the prizes we give out ever so often.

Visit the forums here

24/7 Teamspeak voice channel

We have a 24/7 Teamspeak channel located on the CC Teamspeak server. Details on how to connect can be found here

The channel is a perfect place to get together with other members and chat about anything. Members of the staff team are often in there so can assist you with any problems that you may be experiencing. Pop along and give it a try!

24/7 IRC Channel

We have a 24/7 IRC channel located on the IVAO IRC server. Details on how to connect can be found here

This channel is ideal for those members who are unable to communicate via voice or are apprehensive at doing so. Again, if you are having any problems or want to get to know people, give it a try!


The community is what makes IVAO UK - Come and be a part of it.

2010-01-13 Real World Meet Up - Manchester Airport

IVAO UK is pleased to announce, in conjunction with Fly UK Virtual Airways, Skylines Virtual & British Airways Virtual, another one of our famous real world meet up events at Manchester airport.

The meet up takes place on the weekend of the 27th and 28th March 2010.

On the Saturday, we will be meeting at the 'Airport Hotel' which is situated at the start of runway 23R and gives a fantastic view of arrivals and departures. After the daytime event, we will be doing what we do best and hitting Manchester City Centre. Please note, for obvious reasons, this part of the event is strictly for over 18's only. During the day on Sunday, it will be up to members as to what they wish to do. Usually, we visit the Aviation Viewing Park, but we will be open to any suggestions at all regarding the day's events.

Members are free to attend one or both days if they wish, the more people the merrier! Some people will be staying in hotels close to the airport from the Friday to Monday, anyone is welcome to join us. This event is a perfect opportunity for members of IVAO UK and our partner VA's to get together in one location, have a good day and a good laugh. We hope to see as many people there as possible - the more people who turn up the better the day will be.

The event itself will start at about 10:30am on the 27th, and we will meet in the beer garden of the Airport Hotel. The pub car park does require a £5 charge but you can redeem £4 of this at the bar once you purchase something. We will probably run through until mid to late afternoon and then try and be out in Manchester for about 20:00. Please remember to bring some form of ID with you, as many places in Manchester demand to see ID to gain entry.

Accommodation

There are various hotels situated around the vicinity of Manchester Airport and most of us will be staying at Bewleys near the Airport Train Station. It usually works out at about £60 - £70 per night per room, so two sharing is only £30 (ish) each. For further details on accommodation, see here: http://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/manweb.nsf/Content/BookHotels

Directions

Manchester Airport is easily accessible via train, bus or car.

For more information on the 'Airport Hotel' and for directions please see here: http://www.theairporthotel.com/index.php

For information regarding flights or other forms of transport to Manchester Airport, please see here: http://www.manchesterairport.co.uk If required, transport from the airport to the Airport Hotel can be provided to you by a fellow member. Please try to advise in advance if you require this.


If you plan on attending the event, please let us know via the forum so that we know how many people to expect

2010-01-10 January Member/Staff Meeting

The third Member & Staff meeting will take place on Friday 29th January 2010 at 1900Z. The meeting will be held on the IVAO UK IRC chat channel. Full details on how to get connected to the channel can be found here: http://www.ivao.co.uk/community/irc (You may want to try to connect to the IRC server sometime in advance of the meeting date to check that you are able to connect without any problems)

The idea of the meeting is for members to come along and ask questions to the staff team about absolutely anything IVAO related. There will also be an opportunity for discussions to take place about any issue. There is no agenda, the direction the meeting will take will be entirely up to you, the members.

We would appreciate it if any questions you do have could be sent to us before the meeting takes place. This is so that we have an idea about the sort of things you are looking for answers to in case we need to go off and prepare anything in advance to be able to answer the questions. If you are unable to attend the meeting, you can also email your questions and they will be answered during the course of the meeting. A log of the meeting will be made available to all members afterwards. All questions should be sent to div-hq@ivao.co.uk

Don't worry if you cannot think of a question before the meeting starts, there will be an opportunity for people to ask any other questions once the advanced questions have been answered and discussed.

We look forward to seeing as many of you present as possible!

2010-01-07 ATC/Training Awards

With the extended downtime of MoDA, we had to suspend reporting for our ATC/Training awards. Although MoDA is now restored, we only have partial access to manage non-tour awards. We are therefore planning to create an alternative system to MoDA for these awards.

In the meantime, we shall manage the awards manually, and are now accepting reports for the following:

Reports

All reports should be emailed to members@ivao.co.uk.

ATC & ATC Training Assistance Awards

Reports should include:

- VID
- ATC Position
- Date of session
- Session start time (z)
- Session end time (z)
- No. of contacted pilots
- Any comments (e.g. disconnections)

Pilot Training Assistance Award

Reports should include:

- VID
- Date of flight
- Departure aerodrome (ICAO)
- Take-off time (z)
- Arrival aerodrome (ICAO)
- Landing time (z)
- Callsign
- Contacted ATCs
- Any comments (e.g. disconnections)

Already reported towards an award?

If you have already reported a session/flight in MoDA towards the above awards, we should be able to continue your tally.

ATC & ATC Training Assistance Awards

When you email Members your next report, please include a screenshot of http://moda.ivao.aero/moda/atc/hsesslist.php, so we can verify your past progress.

Pilot Training Assistance Award

When you email Members your next report, please include a screenshot of http://moda.ivao.aero/moda/pawards/hlegslist.php, so we can verify your past progress.

2010-01-05 AD30 Open for enrolment

AD30 is now open for enrolment in the training centre. To be elegible you must have completed the intro course. The course will take place at Edinburgh (EGPH) and commences January 14th.

Slots on the course will be assigned on a first come first serve basis. Before applying ensure you are able to attend ALL the sessions in the calendar, and you must have passed ALL the assessments of the intro course or your application will be deleted.

2010-01-02 2010 Tours

We are very pleased to announce the release of the 2010 division tours.

This year we have IFR, VFR and Helicopter tours, each with a unique theme. Additionally the Island Hopper, Scottish VFR and Historical tours are now available in the new tour management system.

For further information visit the Tours section of the website.

2009-12-27 Airport of the Week

IVAO UK are pleased to announce the start of the "Airport of the Week scheme".

This scheme has been created to give an incentive to members to log on and control. We know that if we have the ATC online regularly, we will get traffic into the airports regularly.

For further details, see the Community menu of the website.

2009-12-19 Season's Greetings

The UK Division staff would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2010!

2009 has been a fantastic year for IVAO UK - We look forward to making 2010 the best ever!

2009-12-07 Happy Birthday IVAO UK!

This month marks a major milestone in the UK division. It is now 10 years since the division was first founded. Over the last 10 years, things have changed massively. We would like to thank every single member of the division for their hard work, effort and dedication to our hobby. We wouldn't be where we are today without you.


A big thank you also to everyone who took part in our 10th birthday 36 hour ATC celebration event. Over the course of the 36 hours, over 1000 flights departed from/arrived to/overflew the UK skies and just short of 300 hours total ATC time was logged. A staggering achievement!

2009-11-09 AD29 Open for enrolment

AD29 is now open for enrollment in the training centre. To be elegible you must have completed the intro course. The course will take place at Stansted (EGSS) and commences November 18th.



Slots on the course will be assigned on a first come first serve basis. Before applying ensure you are able to attend ALL the sessions in the calendar, and you must have passed ALL the assessments of the intro course or your application will be deleted.

2009-10-20 Real World Meet Up - London

On Saturday 28th November 2009, we will be holding another one of our fantastic real world meet ups. Our last meet up was in the North so this time we are moving South to the best city in the world, London!

Times are hard and people are skint so we wanted to look for something to do that was relatively cheap. We have therefore decided to go for a visit to the Science Museum in South Kensington. The best bit about it - Entry is free!

For those who haven't been before, it is a fantastic day out. The museum is split into many different sections which contain lots of interesting and exciting exhibitions. There is an aviation section as well.

We plan on meeting outside the museum at 11am. Once you are in London, it is very easy to get to the museum from South Kensington tube station on the District, Circle and Piccadilly lines. When you exit the station, just follow the signs for the museum.

We don't anticipate that the visit will take all day, so those people who want to stay longer are more than welcome to do so. We will decide on the day exactly what we want to do afterwards whether that be go see some of the sights, go for a meal or find a nice pub.

For more information on the science museum, visit the following link: http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/

If you plan on attending the event please visit the forum thread here to confirm your attendance

We hope to see lots of you there! The last real world meet ups we have done have been great fun. You don't want to miss it!

2009-10-15 AD28 Open for enrolment

AD28 is now open for enrollment in the training centre. To be elegible you must have completed the intro course. The course will take place at Bristol (EGGD) and commences October 26th.

Slots on the course will be assigned on a first come first serve basis. Before applying ensure you are able to attend ALL the sessions in the calendar, and you must have passed ALL the assessments of the intro course or your application will be deleted.

2009-09-29 The Real Gatwick 2009 - Survey

A big thank you to all members who took part in the Real Gatwick event last Saturday. The event was a huge success!

A survey has been created regarding the event. It can be accessed here

Feedback from members is something which we value enormously so that we can try and improve things to make your online experience the best it can be.

We would appreciate it if you could take 5 to 10 minutes of your time to fill out the survey.

Please try to answer all the questions and answer them honestly and to the best of your ability. The survery is completely anonymous, however, if you would like us to respond directly to any of your feedback, please leave your name and a contact address.

Even if you didn't take part in the event, you can still fill out the survey (You will get a series of different questions)

The survey will be open until 2359Z on the 8th October 2009 after which the results will be collated and published to members. They will then be used to help improve future events which take place in the division.

Important Note 1 - Abuse of this survey system will not be tolerated.

Important Note 2 - Please ensure you hit SUBMIT once you have completed the survey otherwise your responses do not get saved.

Thank you in advance

2009-09-07 The Real Gatwick

The UK's 2nd biggest and the world's busiest single runway airport awaits you, fully staffed for an event you will never forget.

Over 250 real flights ranging from short domestic flights to international long hauls are available for you to book during this 6 hour event.

ATC will be provided from a live ACC in West Sussex with over 11 active positions! We are expecting a few real London controllers to join our team as well.

If you like to be number 4 on the ILS, taxi behind 5 other aircraft towards the runway or join a holding pattern with several other aircraft, then this is the event for you.

Make sure you're there, we're waiting.



Full details available here

2009-07-14 Real World Meet up - Manchester Airport

We will be holding another real world meet up at Manchester Airport on the 8th & 9th August. Further details can be found here. Please confirm your attendance in the forum topic.

2009-06-19 BE FS Lan Party 2009

This year, our friends over at the BE Division are once again holding their (8th) annual FS Lan Party in Everberg, Belgium on the 3rd October.

This is a very popular event and a great opportunity to meet lots of IVAO members. Several members from the staff team will be heading over for the weekend to fly the flag. It would be nice to see some of you join us.

Full details (including accomodation details) can be found on the Lan Party Website:

http://www.fslanparty.be/

2009-06-05 Member/Staff Meeting

The first ever Member & Staff meeting will take place on Saturday 13th June 2009 at 1700Z (1800BST). The meeting will be held on the IVAO UK IRC chat channel. 

Full details on how to get connected to the channel can be found here: http://www.ivao.co.uk/community/irc

The idea of the meeting is for members to come along and ask questions to the staff team about absolutely anything IVAO related. There will also be an opportunity for discussions to take place about any issue. There is no agenda, the direction the meeting will take will be entirely up to you, the members.

We would ask that anyone who does have any questions could email those questions in advance so that we have an idea about the sort of things you are looking for answers to in case we need to go off and prepare anything in advance to be able to answer the questions. If you will be unable to attend the meeting, you can also email your questions and they will be answered during the course of the meeting. A log of the meeting will be made available to all members afterwards. All questions should be sent to div-hq@ivao.co.uk

Don't worry if you cannot think of a question before the meeting starts, there will be an opportunity for people to ask any other questions once the advanced questions have been answered and discussed.

We look forward to seeing as many of you present as possible!

2009-05-08 Flight Sim Convention 2009

On Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th May, IVAO United Kingdom will be exhibiting at the Flight Simulator Convention 2009, taking place at the Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare.

This is the first year of what promises to be a great convention, featuring open cockpits, real helicopter flights, a 737 sim to fly and a collection of over 80 helicopters, making it the world’s largest collection of helicopters under one roof. Many other VAs, vendors and flight simulation organisations will also be joining us at the convention.

The event will be running from 1000 to 2100 local on Saturday as part of the museums at night initiative, and from 1000 to 1700 on Sunday.

We will be promoting both our division and the IVAO network with live ATC from our stand, allowing members of the public to have a go at controlling or a quick flight online with the assistance of our staff. It would be really nice to see some of our members there!

Fees for entry to the museum and convention are as follows (all of which will be donated to the museum):

Adults: £5.50

Children(5-16): £3.50

Family(2 Adults & 2 children): £15.50 

Family(2 Adults & 3 children): £17.50

Senior Citizens & Disabled Persons: £4.50  

If you are unable to make it in person however, find out how you can help us from home by taking part in our online Flight Sim Convention event.

For more information on the convention and the museum, please visit: www.flightsim2009.com

We look forward to seeing you there, whether it be in person or online.

2009-05-07 New Website

A brand new version of the division website is now online and can be accessed via http://ivao.co.uk or http://ivao.co.uk
Please report any errors that you find with the website via the contact us form which can be accessed here: http://www.ivao.co.uk/contactus

I would like to thank Luke Bowes, George Santos and Splendor Bouman who have worked incredibly hard over the last couple of months to get the website online. An awful lot of man hours have gone into its creation and it would not have been possible without them.

Note - All those divisions using the existing UK division template are more than welcome to update to the new version. Please contact the web team directly for the new template.

2009-05-04 New Staff

Congratulations to Ben Horsfall who has been appointed the new division Flight Operations Coordinator, and to Lee Oxborough; our new Assistant Events Coordinator.

We're pleased to welcome back Ben who has played a key role in our division's history and brings with him a wealth of experience. We're also excited to welcome Lee on board who will play an important role along with Ross our new EC, in bringing the division an exciting events programme.

We wish Ben, Lee and Ross all the best in their new roles!

2009-04-24 Staff Changes

It is with great sadness we announce that due to the pressures of the real world, we say goodbye to 4 members of the staff team:

- Robin Bilgil (TA2)
- Lucas Rothamel (TA5)
- Chris Rolland (FOC)
- Thomas Perry (EC)

We would like to thank each of them for their hard work and dedication over the years, it's not going to be the same without them.

We would also like to wish Robin and Tom good luck with their A levels and Lucas good luck with University.

Tom will still be staying in the EC role for a couple of weeks until we find someone to assist in the events department. Once Tom leaves, Ross McLennan will become the EC.

Once again guys, thanks for everything. You will be missed - Today is a very sad day for the division.

2009-03-30 Real Heathrow Event Survey

A big thank you to all members who took part in the Real Heathrow Event held on March 21st.

As usual, a survey has been created. The survey can be accessed here:

http://ivao.co.uk/surveys/index.php?sid=76994&lang=en

Feedback from members is something which we value enormously so that we can try and improve things to make your online experience the best it can be.

We would appreciate it if you could take 5 to 10 minutes of your time to fill out the survey.

Please try to answer all the questions and answer them honestly and to the best of your ability. The survery is completely anonymous, however, if you would like us to respond directly to any of your feedback, please leave your name and a contact address.

Even if you didn't take part in the event, you can still fill out the survey (You will get a series of different questions)

The survey will be open until 2359Z on the 31st March 2009 after which the results will be collated and published to members. They will then be used to help improve future events which take place in the division.

Important Note - Abuse of this survey system will not be tolerated.

2009-02-08 GB IFR Tour 2009 Released

We are proud to announce the release of the 2009 IFR Tour! The tour this year contains 12 legs.

Each leg will be released and made available to fly at 1800Z every Tuesday evening at the start of our online night for the next 12 weeks. This is to encourage people to fly each leg in groups.

We will try to ensure that the 2 airfields have full ATC coverage on the night so that you get even more enjoyment out of the tour. (Booking for the tour legs will be incoperated into the Weekly ATC Planner).

The first leg of the tour is between Exeter and Leeds. The leg is now available in MODA but reports will not be accepted for the leg until after 1800Z on Tuesday 10th February. Each leg can be flown after the online night, there is no restriction that it must only be flown on the night.

Further information can be found on the website: http://ivao.co.uk/events/enifr09.html

Enjoy!

2009-01-20 Staff Changes

There have been a number of staff changes within the division...

Stephen Ellis has stepped down from the SOC position. This is due to the amount of time it is going to take him to get BA Virtual up and running again with its new systems and website. He just doesn't have the time for IVAO duties as well at the moment. I would like to thank Stephen for his hard work and dedication over the months helping to get SO back on the map.

As a result, Nathan Aspinall has moved into the SOC position. We will now be recruiting for a new SOAC.

Adam Hillier has stepped down from the MAC position to carry out duties within another department. I would like to thank Adam for all his hard work in the membership department. Adam does intend to continue to help us out organising real world meet ups.

As a result, Chris Rolland has moved into the MAC position on a trial basis.

Adam Hillier has joined the Training Department as a Training Advisor and will be assisting with Aerodrome (C1) training.

Tom Moseley has joined the Training Department as a Training Advisor and will be assisting with Aerodrome (C1) training.

We thank those who are leaving positions for their work, and congratulate those in new positions.

2009-01-03 2008 Overview/2009 Preview

2008 has been a very successful year for the UK Division. The division has continued to grow at a rate never experienced before and currently has around 450 active members. Just like in 2007, a number of tasks have been accomplished.

Here are just some of the things that happened during 2008...

January

- Lucas Rothamel left the EC position

- Tom Perry became the EC
- Splendor Bouman joined the staff team as TAC
- Wayne Basson joined the staff team as EAC
- Conrad Oldcord joined the staff team as TA3
- Iain Butler joined the staff team as TA4

- The brand new Introductory Theoretical and Aerodrome training Courses were rolled out to members
- The 2008 IFR and Special Operations tours were released
- The IVAO Route Database was updated with routes taken from the UK Standard Route Document
- The global IVAO event, Crowded Skies 5 was held with lots of coverage within the UK
- Matthew Landells won the January Screenshot Competition

February

- Luke Bowes left the TC position

- Splendor Bouman became the TC
- Iain Butler became the TAC

- A successful event called "Ski Charter" was held between several UK airports and Geneva.
- The "treasure hunt" event was held
- The 8th edition of the division groupflight event was held between Edinburgh and Bristol
- Mark Curtis won the February Screenshot Competition

March

- Wayne Basson left the EAC position

- The 2008 VFR and Heli tours were released
- The 9th edition of the division groupflight event was held between Bristol and Aldergrove
- The "New Heathrow" event celebrating the opening of the brand new terminal 5 was held
- Robin Bilgil won the March Screenshot Competition

April

- Samy Jay Greve became the EGGX-CH
- Ross McLennan joined the staff team as EAC

- The April edition of the division newsletter, Contrail, was released
- A new pilot guide was made available on the division website
- The 2007 division tours officially closed with a total of 2430 validated legs and 137 badges issued
- The 10th edition of the division groupflight event was held between Aldergrove and Luton
- Mike Chaplin won the April Screenshot Competition

May

- The brand new Approach training course was rolled out to members
- Some major FRA changes came into effect
- 4 new UK based Virtual Airlines became partners of the division
- The 11th edition of the division groupflight event was held between Luton and Liverpool
- The first of several new pilot nights started
- The "Europe Hubs" event involving Heathrow was held
- Splendor Bouman won the May Screenshot Competition

June

- Stephen Ellis joined the staff team as SOC
- Neil Boulton joined the staff team as TA7

- Fly UK Virtual Airways held a real world meet up at the Airport hotel next to Manchester airport which several IVAO members attended
- An Atlantic crossing event was held between Gatwick and Boston

July

- Rico Allee left the MC position

- Karan Gorania became the MC
- Adam Hillier joined the staff team as MAC

- The first special operations event, Operation Excalibur, was held
- Matthew Landells won the July Screenshot Competition

August

- Jake Cresswell joined the staff team as TA3
- George Santos joined the staff team as AWM

- Christoph Fuchs won the August Screenshot Competition

September

- Conrad Olcorn left the TA1 position

- Christoph Fuchs joined the staff team as EGGX-ACH

- The September edition of the division newsletter, Contrail, was released
- The division participated in the Sherburn Aero Club Event in Sherburn-In-Elmet, North Yorkshire
- A real world meet up took part at the Brooklands Aviation and Motorsport Museum in Weybridge
- Members from the division took part in the Belgium FS Lan Party
- The 12th edition of the division groupflight event was held between Liverpool and Bournemouth
- Zach Mehdizadeh won the September Screenshot Competition

October

- Splendor Bouman became the EGTT-CH
- Nathan Aspinall joined the staff team as SOAC

- Some major FRA changes came into effect
- The 13th edition of the division groupflight event was held between Bournemouth and Guernsey
- Robert Allen won the October Screenshot Competition

November

- The London and Scottish FIR's were restructured
- Our first eastbound Atlantic crossing event was held overnight
- Heathrow and Gatwick advanced airport procedures pages were created
- IVAO UK exhibited at one of the biggest flight simulator conventions, FS Weekend in Holland
- Robert Allen won the November Screenshot Competition

December

- A number of awards were given out to members of the division
- Several of the UK based VA's got together to hold a Christmas Event from several UK airports to Rovaniemi, Finland

2009 Preview

2009 is going to be another superb year for IVAO UK. Here are just a few things we are planning:

- New Division Tours
- Structured C3 course
- Structured pilot training course
- Completion of main AFCAD's, sectorfiles and quickviews (ATC and pilot)
- Various real world meet-ups throughout the year
- Several editions of the division newsletter, Contrail
- A possible LAN party
- Division promotional video
- Lots of external PR
- Lots of fantastic events
- Airspace Endurance scheme
- Website design, structure and content updates

We hope you look forward to seeing some of these exciting projects come to life. Lots more ideas will be added to this list as the year progresses. If there is something you would like to see included on the list, then please get in touch.

Thank you for your continued support to IVAO UK!

2009-01-03 2008 Tours

The 2008 IFR, VFR and Heli tour will be available to start until 2359Z on Saturday January 31st 2009. Members will not be permitted to start the tours after this time.

Members must then complete these tours before 2359Z on Tuesday 31st March 2009. NOTE - The Special Operations, Scottish VFR, Historical and Island Hopper tours are not affected. Individual closing dates will be announced shortly.

Details on the 2009 tours will be released in due course.

2008-12-22 End of Year Awards

2008 has been a fantastic year for IVAO UK. We have accomplished a lot of things, none of which could have been done without the support from our members. Without you, we would not be where we are today.

In recognition of this, we have given out the following awards to members:

Tom Moseley, Ben Guest, Robert Allen, Tom Hurrell, Phil Reynolds & Karan Gorania have all been awarded the Great Division User Award for their all round willingness to assist members and striving to make the UK one of the best divisions around.

Chris Globe, Adam Hillier, Graham Johnson, Nathan Aspinall & George Santos have all been awarded the Documentation Award for all their assistance in creating things such as documentation, scenery, AFCAD's & sectorfiles.

Justin Van Den Oosten & Nigel West have been awarded the Pilot Training Assistance Award for all there help in controller OJT sessions.

Conrad Oldcorn, Splendor Bouman, Iain Butler, Robin Bilgil, Jake Cresswell, Lucas Rothamel, Samy Jay Greve & Neil Boulton have all been awarded the Online Support Award for all the hard work and effort they have put into the UK Training Department.

Finally, we would like to recognise Rico Allee who has been awarded the Division Spirit Award. Rico has done a lot of work for the UK division over the years and we can't thank him enough for his help and support.

A big congratulations to everyone who has been awarded - Without your dedication and support, the division would be nothing.

2008-12-21 Real World Meetup

The IVAO GB Division are pleased to announce that a real world meet up will be taking place at the Imperial War Museum - Duxford on Sunday 11th January 2009. We will be meeting outside the main entrance of the visitor centre at around 10:00am. This event is open to anyone who wishes to come along and as always, the more the merrier, however due to legal reasons it is important that if you are under the age of 18, a brief email should be sent to gb-mac@ivao.aero from your parents or guardian stating that you are permitted to attend.

Duxford is located just to the south of Cambridge and is easily accessible via Stansted Airport and also junction 10 of the M11. A map of the general area can be found here:

http://duxford.iwm.org.uk/server/show/nav.00d002001

Admission fees to the museum are:

Adult (person aged 16-59 years) £16.00

Senior, aged 60 years and over £12.80

Student, (requires valid card) £12.80

However if we can get more than 10 people to attend, then we can take advantage of the group discount offer which will mean that adult prices go down to £12.80 per adult.

Duxford has a lot to offer in terms of displays and exhibitions, with more than 180 aircraft on show as well as countless other military vehicles and maritime vessels, it will surely not be a wasted day with so much to see. There are also a number of food and drink outlets around the museum, so at some point during the day we will make time to stop for dinner. The main restaurant is open between the hours of 10:00 and 15:30.

For more information regarding the Museum itself and what's on offer please go to the Imperial War Museum website at:

http://duxford.iwm.org.uk/

Get 2009 off to a flying start, we would really like to see you there! If you intend on coming to this event, could you please reply to this thread stating so.

Merry Christmas and Best Regards

IVAO GB Staff Team

2008-12-17 Happy Holidays

The IVAO United Kingdom staff would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2009!

2008-12-10 December Screenshot Competition

Congratulations to Robert Allen who won November's competition with his entry 'KLM Escort'.

Entries for Decembers' theme, 'Festive Winter Wonderland', are now being accepted. For more information, see the competition forum.

2008-11-13 Atlantic Crossing

The US and UK divisions of IVAO are proud to present another collaborative event like no other before! More information is available here and also on the forum.

2008-11-10 November screenshot competition

Congratulations to Robert Allen who won October's competition with his entry 'Final Destination'.

Entries for November's theme, 'Formations', are now being accepted. For more information, see the competition forum.

2008-11-01 FS Weekend

As some of you may be aware, the international Flight Simulator Weekend is about to start in the Netherlands. Staff and members from several IVAO divisions will be there flying the flag, including the GB.We will have UK ATC and pilots demonstrating at the show.

Therefore it would be really great if we could see as many of us as possible online over this weekend, either controlling or flying, to make a good impression on the show's visitors, and attract more members!

The show will be running from 0900z until 1600z on both Saturday and Sunday. We look forward to seeing you online soon!

2008-10-15 October screenshot competition

Congratulations to Zach Mehdizadeh who won September's competition with his entry 'Dubai Dusk'.

Entries for October's theme, 'Defunct British Airlines', are now being accepted. For more information, see the competition forum.

2008-09-11 September screenshot competition

Congratulations to Chris Fuchs who won August's competition with his entry 'Rainy night shift'.

Entries for September's theme, 'Finding the Sun', are now being accepted. For more information, see the competition forum.

2008-09-09 New online pilots training night

IVAO UK are organising a training night aimed at pilots new to online flying, and those who would like more experience in phraseology and the basics of using IvAp.
The training session will be fairly informal and will consist of a VFR flight from Glasgow (EGPF) to Edinburgh (EGPH) to allow pilots to gain confidence in communication with online controllers, and to brush up on phraseology.
The training session will take place on Thursday 18 September 2008, commencing at 1800Z (1900 local UK time) at Glasgow, with departure approximately 20 mins later, following introductions and briefings.
No booking is necessary but to get some idea of numbers, it would be useful if any pilots who are intending to take part would drop a line to Neil Boulton, e-mail gb-ta7@ivao.aero or announce their intentions in the GB Training Forum.
In addition, IVAO UK have published a VFR pilot guide as an aid to flying in UK airspace. This can be found at: http://ivao.co.uk/pilot/vfr.html

2008-08-30 Real world meet up - Brooklands

IVAO GB will be holding a real world event at The Brooklands Aviation and Motorsport Museum (Weybridge) on Saturday 13th September. Members will be arriving at the venue from around 10:30am. Entry for adults (over 16's) is £8.00 and anyone under the age of 16 is £5.00.

A small information PDF file about the event can be found here

Anyone is more than welcome to attend. Full details are available in the forum

2008-07-19 FS Lan Party 2008

This year, our friends over at the BE Division are once again holding their (7th) annual FS Lan Party in Everberg, Belgium on the 20th September.

This is a very popular event and a great opportunity to meet lots of IVAO members. Several members from the staff team will be heading over for the weekend to fly the flag. It would be nice to see some of you join us.

Full details (including accomodation details) can be found on the Lan Party Website:

http://www.fslanparty.be/

2008-07-17 Membership Department Changes

There have been some changes within the membership department

Rico Allee went away 2 months ago to visit family for a couple of days and we have not heard anything from him since. Despite several attempts to get in contact with him, we have been unable to do so. We have therefore taken the difficult decision to remove Rico from the MC position. We would like to publically thank Rico for his hard work and dedication in the position over the last couple of years and hope that he is safe and well.

Karan Gorania has been promoted to the MC position - Congratulations to him!

We are now accepting applications for the MAC position. All people interested can find out more and fill out an application by visiting Division Staff -> Vacancies

2008-07-01 July Screenshot Competition

This month's screenshot competition is now open for entries. In celebration of the summer months, the theme is 'VFR Flight'. For more information see the forum topic.

2008-05-28 Pilot Training Nights

The United Kingdom Division Training Department is pleased to announce the introduction of Pilot Training Nights! Held every fortnight, albeit on different evenings, these Pilot Training Nights are a perfect opportunity for new and experienced pilots to improve their skills in a relaxed and friendly environment. Multiple instructors will be on hand to assist you in your flying.

The first Pilot Training Night will be held at Glasgow (EGPF) aerodrome on Wednesday 4th June at 1830z (1930 UK local). All pilots, new and experienced, are very welcome to attend!

For further information please see the event web page.

2008-05-26 Pilot Training Assistance Award

We're proud to announce the release of the Pilot Training Assistance Award. To earn this award, all you have to do is help out at Controller On-The-Job Training sessions by flying in or out (or even just circuits)!

For more information see the forum announcement.

2008-05-10 C2 Course Available

We are pleased to announce that our approach courses will shortly be available for student enrollment via the training system. The first course (AP1) will commence on Wednesday, May 14th.

The new approach course teaches all of the knowledge, skills, and techniques required to approach radar with accuracy and efficiency. These courses will replace individual training for C2, which has been halted for the last few months.

In our ongoing aim to provide high quality ATC within the division, all members wishing to take the C2 skills test are required to participate in the approach radar course.

If you have any further queries concerning the new system please contact us at training@ivao.co.uk or post in the training forum.

2008-04-15 New EAC

Congratulations to Ross McLennan who has been appointed to the position of Events Assistant Coordinator. We wish him all the best in his role.

2008-04-12 Contrail - April

The April edition of the Division newsletter, Contrail, has now been released.

Contrail can be viewed by visiting Members -> Newsletters.

We would like to thank everyone who has put a great deal of time and effort into producing this edition, especially Karan (GB-MAC) who has put a tremendous amount of work into it - Well Done!

Please feel free to leave feedback in our community forum

2008-04-09 Heathrow FRAs

The FRAs on Heathrow Tower (EGLL_N/S_TWR) and Heathrow Ground (EGLL_N/S_GND) have been increased to a C1 FRA between the hours of 16Z (1700 local) and 23Z (0000 local). Outside of these hours, they will remain an S3 FRA.

If you would like to join the ever growing number of high standard controllers within the division, there are many places available on our C1 training courses.

2008-04-08 Shanwick FIR Chief

Congratulations to Samy Jay Greve who has been appointed the new Shanwick FIR Cheif. If you have any questions about oceanic controlling/flying, visit the Shanwick FIR website or contact Samy directly.

2008-04-03 New Heathrow Event Survey

The United Kingdom Division would like to draw your attention to the New Heathrow Event Survey.

We would appreciate it if as many members as possible could take a few short moments to complete the survey (even if you didn't take part).

2008-03-16 The new Heathrow

The IVAO UK division is proud to present an event at the airport you've all been waiting for - Heathrow.

For full details, see the event's web page.

2008-03-02 VFR & Heli 2008 Tours Released

We're pleased to announce that the United Kingdom VFR and Heli tours for 2008 are now ready to be flown.

For full details, see the events section of the website. We hope you have fun flying them!

2008-02-25 New TC & TAC

We would like to congratulate Splendor Bouman who is our new Training Coordinator, and Iain Butler who has taken the position of Training Assistant Coordinator. We wish them all the best in their new roles!

2008-02-04 Aerodrome Course Open

We are pleased to announce that our aerodrome courses are now open for student enrollment here. The first course (AD1) will commence on Tuesday, February 5th.

The new aerodrome course teaches all of the knowledge, skills, and techniques required to control delivery, ground, and tower positions with efficiency. These courses will replace individual training for C1.

For more information see the forum.

2008-01-30 New Training System

In May 2007, it was decided that the way training is conducted in the UK division would be changed. The first stage of this program is about to be rolled out.

There will shortly be 4 main courses available to members: Introductory Theoretical Course, Aerodrome Course, Approach Radar Course, Area Course.

For full details, see the forum.

2008-01-30 2008 Tours

The 2008 IFR and Special Operations tours are now available - These can be accessed on the "Events" section of the website.

The 2008 VFR and Helicopter tours will follow in the coming days.

2008-01-13 Staff Update

We are pleased to announce 4 new members to the division's training department: Conrad Oldcorn (TA3), Iain Butler (TA4), Chris Prophet (TA5), Samy J Greve (TA6).

These new members to the training department will prove incredibly useful when our brand new controller and pilot training systems are released.

We also welcome Wayne Basson, our new Assistant Events Coordinator who will assist Tom in the organisation, preparation and publication of events within the division as well as assisting to keep the events section of the website up to date.

Congratulations to all our new staff!

2008-01-07 New TAC

Congratulations to Splendor Bouman who has been appointed to the position of Training Assistant Coordinator. Splendor brought us his vision of a new training system, one which will soon become a reality thanks to his continued support.

We wish Splendor all the best in his new role.

2007-12-23 Happy Holidays

The United Kingdom staff would like to wish all members a very merry Christmas and a prosperous 2008!

The staff will try to help you as much as possible over the festive period but please be prepared to experience a slight delay.

2007-12-16 Real Manchester TMA Success

Thank you to all members who took part in the Real Manchester TMA event yesterday. Overall, the event was a huge success and has really helped to put the UK Division on the map of IVAO Worldwide!

As always, we want to know your opinions of the event. A survey has been made available for memebers to fill in. The results of this survey will be used to improve future events within the division.

2007-12-14 Christmas Screenshot Competition

Entry for the December Screenshot Competition is now open. To give us a festive feeling, the theme for this month's competition is "Winter Wonderland".

As it is Christmas, we have decided to offer a fantastic prize to the winner. That lucky person will win a real one hour flying lesson in a PA28!

Full details can be found in the Screenshot Competition forum

2007-12-02 November Screenshot Competition Vote

Voting is currently underway for the November Screenshot competition. Cast your vote here

Details on an exciting December Competition will be posted in the next few days - The prize is going to be fantastic!

2007-11-20 New EGLL AFCAD released

We are pleased to announce that the first in a series of free AFCAD files has been released.

If you are using the default MSFS scenery for Heathrow, we strongly recommend that you download this file (which is easy to install), from our Resource centre on the division website.

2007-11-15 Contrail Edition 2

The second edition of the Division Newsletter, "Contrail", has been released. Contrail can be downloaded here Any Comments can be posted in our Community Forums

2007-11-06 Division Mailing List

Division updates, announcements, and any other things along those lines are now be sent out via a mailing list.

You do not have to sign up to the mailing list, but it would be in your best interest to so that you can keep up with whats going on in the division.

To sign up to the mailing list, visit Members > Members Services > Subscribe to Division News or click here

2007-10-21 Gareth awarded 'Spirit of IVAO'

Congratulations to our Division Director Gareth Richardson, who has received the Spirit of IVAO award!

Gareth has been a big and positive influence in the division since he joined staff, and has lead the team to make it into the great division it is today. With his strong commitment to both the division and ATC Operations, we'd like to take the opportunity to thank him for all the hard work and time he has put into IVAO so far.

2007-10-16 October Screenshot Competition

Entry for October's screenshot competition is well under way. The theme for this months competition is:

"Weather"

Each screenshot must include some sort of visible weather phenomena.

Full details can be found in our Screenshot Competition Forum

2007-10-16 FS Weekend

On the weekend of 3rd and 4th November 2007 the World's Biggest International Flight Simulation Event will take place again in Lelystad (EHLE) in the Netherlands.

IVAO, along with many other organisations, will be present. This is a perfect opportunity to meet like minded aviation enthusiasts!

Full details can be found on the FS Weekend website

2007-10-08 Oceanic Controller/Pilot Training

We are pleased to announce that we can now offer Oceanic Controller and Pilot training. Visit the Training section of the website and select "Oceanic" in the ATC/Pilot speciality section

2007-10-03 Voting for the Division Groupflight #4 open

Voting for the next Destination for the Division Groupflight, which will be held on Friday 12th October, is now open. Options this time are Aberdeen, Isle of Man and Doncaster Sheffield.

Vote here

2007-10-01 Cor De Jong Memorial Flight

Thank you to all members who participated in the Cor De Jong memorial flight last Saturday. It was a huge success and a perfect tribute to a wonderful man.

Rest in Peace Cor

2007-10-01 September Screenshot Competition Voting

Voting for the September Screenshot Competition is now under way. Cast your vote here

2007-09-28 Last Chance!

Today is your last chance to enter the September Screenshot Competition! The theme this month is "Island Hopper Tour". Full details can be found in our forum

The prize for this month is still to be finalised but it's an exciting one!

2007-09-21 Goodbye to Faraaz

Unfortunately Faraaz De Belder has stepped down from the position of GB-FOAC. We would like to thank Faraaz for all his hard work over the months and wish him good luck with his first year at University.

2007-09-21 New Staff

There have been some new staff appointments in the division this week.

Robin Bilgil has been appointed GB-TA4. We wish him every success in his training role, helping members get started with ATC.

Ken Hughes has been appointed the new GB-SOC. We wish him every success in his new role and look forward to seeing special operations revived in the division once again!

Tom Perry has been appointed the new GB-EAC. We look forward to seeing lots of exciting events from the newly formed Events Department!

Graham Johnson has been appointed the new GB-AOAC. We look forward to seeing lots of new ATC material from Graham!

Congratulations to all!

2007-09-10 September Screenshot Competition

Congratulations to Aaron Postle who won August's screenshot competition with his fantastic shot titled "You've Got Mail... Or Maybe Packages!" We are now accepting submissions for September's Screenshot Competition. The theme for this month is "Pilot Hopper Tour" - All screenshots must be taken whilst flying the Division Pilot Hopper tour. Full details can be found here Good luck to everyone!

2007-08-31 Group Flight Event 2 Voting

Thank you to all members who participated in the first group flight event. It was a fantastic event and proved more popular than expected. Voting for our 2nd flight, to be held on 14th September, is now under way. The options for our next destination are Belfast Aldergrove, Prestwick and Newcastle. You can vote for you preferred choice here in our forums

2007-08-31 Screenshot Competition - August Vote

Voting has begun for the latest screenshot competition. Please take a few short moments to vote for your favourite shot here Thanks to our friends at Just Flight, the winner of this months competition will win a free copy of any Just Flight product of their choice, regardless of the price! We are still looking for ideas on themes to base future competitions on. If you have any ideas, tell us about them here

2007-08-30 New Assistant Director

Congratulations to Luke Bowes who has been appointed to the position of Assistant Director of the UK Division! We wish him every success in his new role.

2007-08-27 We're going to Cardiff!

Voting for the first Division Group Flight event has been closed. It was a close call, but I confirm that our first flight will be between Glasgow (EGPF) and Cardiff (EGFF). Further details can be found here.

2007-08-26 Screenshot Gallery Online

We are pleased to announce the release of the Screenshot Gallery on the Division Website. This can be found under Members > Community > Gallery This is a place for you, the members, to share your experiences in the form of pictures to the rest of the community. Before being visible in the gallery, all screenshots have to be approved by members of staff. This is to stop abuse of the system. We hope you will enjoy this new feature

2007-08-26 Events Department Changes

Unfortunately, Conrad Oldcorn has stepped down from the position of GB-EC. He will be staying in the staff team as a Training Advisor Lucas Rothamel has stepped into Conrad's shoes and has been appointed the new EC. We are now looking for someone to join the staff as an EAC. Interested applicants should visit The Division Staff > Vacancies

2007-08-23 Group Flight Event

The Division is proud to announce the Group flight event. This will be the first of a series of regular Group Flight events which will be happening every second Friday. Our first departure destination has been chosen completely at Random. Glasgow (EGPF) will be that airport. Each week, a poll will be created in our forums for members to decide our next destination out of a list of 3. The 3 for our first flight is Cardiff, Stansted and Jersey. Vote for your favourite here The first event will take place on Friday 31st August - Get voting!

2007-08-09 Division Survey

A number of changes have taken place in the United Kingdom division over the last few months, hopefully for the good of the division. Feedback from members is something which we value enormously so that we can try and improve things to make your online experience the best it can be. We would appreciate it if you could take 10 minutes of your time to fill out the following survey Please try to answer all the questions as honestly as possible. Without input from you, the members, the division could not continue to achieve the things it has done recently. Thank you

2007-08-09 Who's Online Script Fixed

The "Who's Online" script on the right hand side of the website has been fixed. A big thanks to our web team who solved the problem.

2007-08-07 Screenshot Competition Winner!

Congratulations to Robin Bilgil who has won July's screenshot competition! Submissions for the August screenshot competition are now being accepted. This months theme is "Touchdown". Full details can be found in our forum

2007-07-25 "Who's Online"

We are currently experiencing problems with the "Who's online" script on the homepage. We are fully aware of the problem and hope to get it fixed within the next few days. Thank you for your patience

2007-07-16 Screenshot Competition

We are pleased to announce the first IVAO UK Screenshot competition has been created. The theme for this month's submissions is "Landmarks". Thanks to our friends at UK2000 Scenery this months winner will receive a free copy of UK2000 Gatwick Extreme for FS2004! Full details can be found in our forum

2007-07-11 Island Hopper Tour Released

The brand new Island Hopper Tour has been released. This tour is the first of its kind ever to be released on IVAO. Full details can be found here

2007-06-29 New Callsigns

There have been a number of changes to Area Control Centre callsigns. Full details on these changes can be found here A number of Sector Files have also been completed and are available for download. Full details can be found here

2007-06-29 Live Help System

The United Kingdom Division of IVAO is proud to announce the release of a brand new "Live Help" system to the division website. The live help system is for members to get in contact with any staff who may be online, to ask any questions without having to open up any software and connect to the network. Perhaps you have a quick question about something you have seen on the website, and need a quick answer but don't have the time to email? Or you are flying through the UK and want to ask a question about the procedures? - Then this is the system for you! The staff will try and be as active as possible in the system. The system link can be found in the top menu of this page.

2007-06-20 New Airport Pages

Pages for London Heathrow (EGLL) and London Gatwick (EGKK) are now complete - These can be accessed via Controllers > London FIR > LTCC.

2007-06-19 Real Gatwick event Survey Results

The results for the recent Real Gatwick event survey have been published. They can be found here A topic has also been created to discuss the results in our community forums. Join in the discussion here

2007-06-11 New 2007 VFR Tour

The GB Flight Operations Department is proud to release yet another spectacular tour. This time it is the long awaited 2007 VFR Tour! This tour will have you crossing the length and breadth of the UK, flying along the coast, over the mountains, and weaving through some of the busier traffic areas in the UK. We've introduced some airfields we have never visited before with a variety of different landing surfaces to test you. Full details can be found in the events section of the website - Happy Flying!

2007-06-09 New Website Launched

The United Kingdom Division is pleased to announce the launch of its new Website. The navigation has been improved, and sections have been reworked to ease navigation for members. We hope you enjoy the result!

2007-06-02 New Special Operations Tour

The new Special Operations tour "Active Fields" has been released. This features 16 legs starting at St.Mawgan and ending at RAF Scampton. You can also find a TACAN file with scenery and addons to these airfields. You can get the tour legs here


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