Operational NOTAM

NOTAM ECHO 16th October 2015

All,

With effect from 0001Z 17OCT15, the requirement to be validated on positions in Ireland has been REMOVED.

This is with the exception of Shannon Control which will be having its FRA reduced to ADC. However before members can control this position, they will need to be validated to ensure understanding and ability.

All FRA's that currently apply for Irish positions will remain the same.

Address questions to the NOTAM ORIGINATOR - Graeme Wright GB-ADIR / GB-AOC

NOTAM effective 0001Z 17OCT15 until PERMANENT

NOTAM DELTA 8th July 2015

Dear Members,

 

The IVAO Board of Governors, during its recent meeting, has approved amendments to the following Rules and Regulations:
 

5.1.9.1 - DEP and DEL positions shall only be staffed for traffic demands or training purposes, unless otherwise defined by each divisional ATC department.

Please note that with immediate effect, GB/IE Division entirely accepts the changes made by the IVAO Executive 

Members should not connect onto DEL / DEP frequencies unless a specific event exists or the traffic demands the opening of the position. Members may be asked to disconnect from these frequencies in order to comply with this rule.

 

Address questions to the NOTAM ORIGINATOR - Graeme Wright GB-ADIR / GB-AOC

NOTAM effective 0001Z 07JUL15 until PERMANENT

NOTAM CHARLIE 2nd July 2015

NOTAM CHARLIE GB/IE DIVISION

 

Dear Members,

It is with great pleasure that the Training Department of IVAO United Kingdom and Ireland can announce that it's latest Approach Course, No. 23, will be commencing shortly and be based at London Stansted (EGSS) operating Essex Radar (EGEX_APP).

 

YOU MUST HAVE ATTAINED YOUR AERODROME CONTROLLER RATING IN ORDER TO BOOK THIS COURSE

The itinerary is as follows:
 

   Lesson    Date Time Topic
1
Tue 21st July 2015 1830Z      Basic vectoring technique
2
Tue 28th July 2015 1830Z Co-ordination with appropriate units and advanced vectoring
3
Tue 4th August 2015 1830Z Aircraft operating outside Controlled Airspace and abnormal procedures
4
Tue 11th August 2015 1830Z Surveillance Radar Approaches
5
Tue 18th August 2015      1830Z Knowledge Gap Filling



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.

Address questions to the NOTAM ORIGINATOR - Alexander Clover GB-TC / Jack Plumb GB-TAC

NOTAM effective 0001Z 01JUL15 until 2359Z 20JUL15

NOTAM BRAVO 1st July 2015

 

NOTAM WILL BE EFFECTIVE AS OF 0001z 01JUL15 - ALL INFORMATION CONTAINED WITHIN THIS NOTAM SUPERCEDES ANY PREVIOUS INFORMATION REGARDING CONTROLLING AT EDINBURGH POSITIONS 


With effect from 0001Z, Wednesday 1st June 2015, the Facility Rating to control the following positions has changed:

  • Edinburgh Tower - Facility Rating has been reduced from ADVANCED ATC TRAINEE (AS3) to ATC APPLICANT (AS1)

 

This is due to London Stansted becoming a designated training airfield for IVAO GB/IE. All previous training facilities at Edinburgh are now rescinded.


Address questions to the NOTAM ORIGINATOR - Graeme Wright GB-ADIR / GB-AOC.


NOTAM effective 0001Z 01JUL15 until PERMANENT

NOTAM ALPHA 28th June 2015


NOTAM WILL BE EFFECTIVE AS OF 0001z 29JUN15 - ALL INFORMATION CONTAINED WITHIN THIS NOTAM SUPERCEDES NOTAM PAPA DATED 22JUN09


With effect from 0001Z, Monday 29th June 2015, the Facility Rating to control the following positions has changed:

  • Stansted Delivery - RATING CHANGED FROM ATC APPLICANT (AS1) TO AERODROME CONTROLLER
  • Stansted Ground - RATING CHANGED FROM ATC TRAINEE (AS2) TO AERODROME CONTROLLER

The position of Stansted Tower remains unchanged with a facility rating of ADVANCED ATC TRAINEE (AS3)

 


This has become necessary to facilitate the smooth running of OJT's and Aerodrome Controller exams.


Members are reminded that Stansted is a recognised training / examination airfield for the GB/IE division.


Address questions to the NOTAM ORIGINATOR - Graeme Wright GB-ADIR / GB-AOC.


NOTAM effective 0001Z 29JUN15 until PERMANENT

NOTAM ZULU 6th April 2015

Hello,

We are recently brought out the latest edision of Airways Magazine, the magazine for the United Kindom and Ireland Division. You can read this newletter by clicking here or this link: http://issuu.com/ivaouk/docs/airways_apr15

We would also like to hear what you think of the magazine and what we can do to improve it. Please email the Public Relations Coordinator (gb-prc@ivao.aero)

NOTAM YANKEE 20th July 2012

NOTAM WILL BE EFFECTIVE AS OF 0000z 8TH NOVEMBER 2011 - ALL INFORMATION CONTAINED WITHIN THIS NOTAM SUPERCEDES NOTAM JULIET DATED 21ST OCTOBER 2008

After much consideration we have decided to lower the Facility Ratings Assignments (FRA's) for the majority of Airports within the UK. We hope this change will boost the overall amount of ATC coverage within the UK.

The changes will offer a much wider variety of airports for members to control at; particularly those, who have not yet obtained an ADC rating. We have removed Luton and Liverpool as training aerodromes due to lack of use, so these are now available for appropriately qualified controllers.

We have however decided to keep Heathrow and Gatwick as ADC minimum aerodromes.

All area sectors will however; remain the same.

See below for further information.

http://www.ivao.aero/fras/list.asp?id=GB
 
Address any questions to the NOTAM originator(s)

08 NOV 00:00z 2011 Until PERMANENT

NOTAM Originators - Martyn Tobin / Adam Hillier

NOTAM X-RAY 1st September 2011

Change to Leeds Radar Frequency


Leeds Radar frequency 125.575 has been replaced by the standby frequency, 133.125. This is now the primary frequency. The aerodrome procedure pages and the quick reference pages have been updated to reflect the change.
 

Address any questions to the NOTAM originator.

01 SEP 23:59Z 2011 Until PERMANENT

NOTAM Originator - Jonjo Robb

NOTAM WHISKEY 15th June 2011

Please note, we have made a change to the instructor allocation for Aerodrome and Approach OJTs.

Students may now book slots with any available instructor, regardless of who their course instructor is. We hope this change will allow a more continuous learning experience for students when instructors are unavailable for periods of time. 

There is of course no obligation to book with multiple instructors - you may stick to just one or two as it suits you.

To book OJTs, please visit the Course Management page

 

For any questions, please email: training[at]ivao.co.uk

15 JUN 18:04Z 2011 Until PERMANENT

NOTAM Originator - Tom Hurrell

NOTAM VICTOR 2nd June 2011

Changes to sandbox FRA's

The following airfields are designated as sandbox airfields:
- Exeter (EGTE)
- East Midlands (EGNX)
- Leeds Bradford (EGNM)
- Aberdeen (EGPD)
- Belfast Aldergrove (EGAA)

Sandbox airfields are places that have been selected as airfields where new members or members who do not wish to complete our training program can control with a trainee rating.

Training aerodromes are NOT designated sandbox airfields. These are airfields that have been specifically set aside to train our controllers. Our current training aerodromes are:
- Edinburgh (EGPH)
- Liverpool (EGGP)
- Luton (EGGW)
- Stansted (EGSS)

We have recently changed the FRA's on sandbox airfields. From now on, a AS3 (S3) rating will be required to log onto a APP position at the sandbox airfields. DEL/GND/TWR positions remain AS1 (S1) rated.
 

Address any questions to the NOTAM originator.

02 JUN 12:00Z 2011 Until PERMANENT

NOTAM Originator - Jonjo Robb

NOTAM UNIFORM 2nd May 2011

This NOTAM is to inform members of new sectorisation plans for London AC, London TC and Scottish AC. The new sectors will be effective in the next few weeks, and when a switch over date has been confirmed a further NOTAM will be released. To view images and tables in a larger size, please click on them.

London Area Control

 

London Area Control sectorisation is as above. There have been significant changes, not only sector names - but frequencies and boundaries. The Area Control/Prestwick Centre boundary over the north sea has been simplified, and the south east has been re-structured, with the introduction of Clacton, Dover and Worthing. To simplify operations, sectors will log on as EGTT_N_CTR, EGTT_SE_CTR etc. Clacton, Dover and Worthing (SE group) are bandboxed permanantly, and splilt for events or abnormal traffic levels. Another major change is that London AC does NOT provide top down cover to the Scottish Manchester sectors.

The bandboxing policy has also changed. From when this sectorisation becomes effective, AC controllers will no longer have to operate the entire FIR bandboxed. LKS, DTY, STU and the SE group (DVR, CLN, WOR) can be opened by themselves and operate completley independant of any other sector. If a controller wishes to operate the AC sectors bandboxed (much like the current S10) they must open DTY. DTY is then responsible for any AC sector not already open. DVR sector provides top down cover to London TC, and this will be provided by DTY when DVR is not online.

London Terminal Control

 


London TC has seen some significant changes in it's shape and Area of Responsibility. NW DEPS has lost a significant amount of airspace over the Midlands, which is now controlled by AC Daventry. The NW DEPS northern boundary is now in line with the real world sector. Another major change is the removal of REDFA sector, and this sectors airspace is now controlled by AC Clacton.

In terms of bandboxing, the master sector (the sector to be opened first) is NW DEPS. If a second sector is required to be opened, it will be SW DEPS. In this configuration, London TC will operate with a north/south split. Further sectors may then be opened when necessary.

Scottish Area Control

 

Scottish AC has seen the introduction of a new sector, Humber. This sector operates on 133.875 and controls the airspace over the North Sea and the East Coast. This further splits the FIR to assist controller workload should more then one sector be required.

The bandboxing policy has changed significantly for the Scottish sectors. It operates similarly to London AC, in which WEST, HUMBER and TLA can be opened independantly. When MORAY is open, it is bandboxed with all other Scottish sectors (including the Manchester sectors). We have also re-introduced the abilty to open the former Manchester Control sectors as a primary sector. EAST is the master sector, and is bandboxed with WAL and STAFA.

Address any questions to the NOTAM originator.

NOTAM Originator - Jonjo Robb

NOTAM TANGO 10th December 2009

Over the last few years, it has become apparent that a lot of members try to get advanced ATC ratings in divisions with low traffic and lower requirements. As soon as they have the rating, they begin to control outside of the division where the exam was taken on busy positions that they are not fully competent on. In the end, this leads to a bad quality of ATC on the network.

At the moment, each division performs the exams of their members with their own requirements. The HQ Training Department provides a minimum standard that must be fulfilled but divisions can increase these requirements if they wish. (This is something that we do here in the UK division). This leads to members with the same ATC ratings controlling at different abilities across all the divisions. As a result, the HQ Training Department has decided to take necessary action to combat this common problem.

It is envisaged that eventually, an ATC rating will only be valid in the country in which it was gained. Before this can be done, some tests first need to be made. Certain divisions are participating in these tests. The UK division is one of them. Other participating divisions include:
- AT
- CO
- DE
- EG
- FR
- GR
- HU
- ID
- IE
- KW
- NL

The test period runs from 15th December 2009 until 30th March 2010. During this time, only members registered in the UK division are permitted to control in the UK division. Members from other divisions can be permitted to control here but they need specific approval from the Division HQ. (This goes for all other divisions participating in the trial also). If approval is granted, a note will be placed on the members profile under "Staff Comments" confirming that this is the case. (Any members requesting division changes also need to have their existing ratings approved before the transfer takes place.)

If any member not belonging to the division logs onto a position without approval from the division HQ, they will be asked to close their connection. If they refuse to do so, a supervisor may be called to help deal with the situation. This may involve the user being manually disconnected by the supervisor.

If you do not belong to the UK division and would like to control here after the 15th December, please email div-hq@ivao.co.uk with details. A member of our training department will then contact you to arrange a practical check. A practical check will be made before approval is granted.

There are some members in the division who are registered with us but got ratings in other divisions in the past. We would like to improve the overall quality of controllers in the division so if you fit this description, we would please ask that you email training@ivao.co.uk with details about when and where you got your ratings. It may be that we require you to go through a short period of training with us to get you to the required standard that we expect in the UK division.

Address any questions to the NOTAM originator.

10 DEC 00:00Z 2009 until 30 MAR 23:59Z 2010

NOTAM Originator - Gareth Richardson

NOTAM SIERRA 16th October 2009

The level of service provided by area controllers at airports outside controlled airspace has been changed. Effective immediately no service should be provided within 5nm and 3000ft of an aerodrome or it's instrument approach, if active.

Pilots departing an aerodrome outside controlled airspace should call the appropriate area or approach unit for clearance to enter controlled airspace, or a service outside controlled airspace, once airborne.

If the shape of controlled airspace is such that there is little room to manoeuvre before entering controlled airspace a clearance may be obtained on the ground, however the pilot should depart the airfield broadcasting intentions on 122.8 and contact the controlling unit again once airborne.

There is no change to the top-down cover philosophy at airports within controlled (class A or D) airspace, these airports are: EGLL, EGLC, EGKK, EGGW, EGSS, EGHI, EGHH, EGFF, EGGD, EGBB, EGNX, EGCC, EGGP, EGNM, EGNS, EGNT, EGCN, EGAA, EGAC, EGPH, EGPF, EGPK, EGPD, EGPB and the Channel Island airports. A map of controlled airspace can be found here.

Address any questions to the NOTAM originator.

16 OCT 17:00Z 2009 until PERMANENT

NOTAM Originator - Splendor Bouman

NOTAM ROMEO 1st August 2009

Unfortunately, all pilot training within the division is suspended until further notice. This does not apply to pilot exams, they can continue. At the moment, we do not have the required man power within the training staff to be able to offer pilot training. We hope that this suspension will have been lifted no later than Monday 17th August 2009.

We are looking for new members to join our pilot training team and have so far received a number of applications. We hope to appoint some new members to the team in the next 10 days.

We are also looking to completely revolutionise the pilot training system within the division and are currently working in the background to accomplish this.

New members who need help getting online as a pilot may find the getting started guide located on the division website helpful. It can be accessed here: http://www.ivao.co.uk/new/getstarted,pilot

If any new member requires any assistance getting online as a pilot, you can contact our membership department at members@ivao.co.uk They will do their very best to assist you in any way possible.

We would like to thank everyone for their patience, understanding and continued support to IVAO UK.

Address any questions to the NOTAM originator.

01 AUG 03:05Z 2009 until further notice

NOTAM Originator - Gareth Richardson

NOTAM QUEBEC 5th July 2009

ALL INFORMATION CONTAINED WITHIN THIS NOTAM SUPERCEDES NOTAM OSCAR DATED 28TH APR 2009

ATC training within the division has now resumed. We will be trying to run courses on a regular cycle with 4-6 students per course. Enrollment will be opened for each course 2 to 3 weeks ahead of the start date and will be closed 3 days beforehand.

To ensure students are better prepared for the course they must pass all the mini-assessments of the Intro theory course before starting rating courses. These assessments are multiple-choice with 3-8 questions. Before attempting the tests we strongly recommend students read through the relevant section of the theory course if they don't already know the subject.

The current proposed course schedule is as follows (NOTE - This could be subject to change)

Aerodrome:
AD24 Commencing second week of July at EGGD (Now closed for enrollment)
AD25 Commencing third/fourth week of July at EGSS
AD26 Commencing second week of August at EGPH
AD27 Commencing first week of September at EGGD
AD28 Commencing last week of September at EGSS
AD29 Commencing third week of October at EGPH
AD30 Commencing second week of November at EGGD

Approach:
AP6 Commencing last week of July at EGGD
AP7 Commencing last week of August at EGPH
AP8 Commencing last week of September at EGSS
AP9 Commencing last week of October at EGGD
AP10 Commencing last week of November at EGPH

Area:
For now, a 2 hour basic area masterclass once a month. Further training by ad-hoc mentoring sessions organised directly between Instructors and students.

Address any questions to the NOTAM originator.

05 JUL 00:30Z 2009 until further notice

NOTAM Originator - Gareth Richardson

NOTAM PAPA 22nd June 2009

We would like to remind all members that the following airfields are designated as sandbox airfields:
- Exeter (EGTE)
- East Midlands (EGNX)
- Leeds Bradford (EGNM)
- Aberdeen (EGPD)
- Belfast Aldergrove (EGAA)

Sandbox airfields are places that have been selected as airfields where new members or members who do not wish to complete our training program can control with any rating.

Training aerodromes are NOT designated sandbox airfields. These are airfields that have been specifically set aside to train our controllers. Our current training aerodromes are:
- Edinburgh (EGPH)
- Birmingham (EGBB - This will no longer be a training airfield once all those currently under training at Birmingham have finished)
- Bristol (EGGD)
- Stansted (EGSS)

It has become apparent that members who do not have a C1 rating (or above) or are not under training have been opening lots of positions at the training airfields and treating them as sandbox airfields. This can not be done for 2 reasons:

1) Members under training are encouraged to log onto the network outside of training sessions to practice without the instructor being there so that they get exposure to traffic and gain valuable experience. They are unable to do this when all the positions at the airfield are being taken up by people not under training. They are also not able to fully practice everything they have learned when ground and delivery positions are open at the airfield under conditions when they are completely unneccessary. We have had a number of complaints about this over recent weeks.

2) Members flying into and out of training airfields appreciate that the controllers are under training however it is quite obvious when a member who has not received any training at all attempts to control. This spoils the fun for these pilots. There have been a very large number of complaints from pilots (and other controllers) over the last 2 weeks about controllers attempting to control at the airfields and not providing the high quality service that they come to expect from the division.

As a result of all this, the following FRA's will be in force at our training airfields:
EGPH_GND - C1 FRA
EGPH_TWR - No FRA
EGPH_APP - C1 FRA

EGBB_DEL - C1 FRA
EGBB_GND - C1 FRA
EGBB_TWR - No FRA
EGBB_I/F_APP - C1 FRA

EGSS_DEL - C1 FRA
EGSS_GND - C1 FRA
EGSS_TWR - No FRA
EGSS_APP - C1 FRA
EGEX_APP - C1 FRA

EGGD_GND - C1 FRA
EGGD_TWR - No FRA
EGGD_APP - C1 FRA

Once Birmingham has been removed as a training airfield, a C1 FRA will be introduced to EGBB_TWR. We would like to thank everyone for their understanding.

Address any questions to the NOTAM originator.

22 JUN 00:59Z 2009 Until PERMANENT

NOTAM Originator - Gareth Richardson

NOTAM OSCAR 28th April 2009

As you may be aware, we recently lost 2 members of our training staff. We would like to once again thank Lucas and Robin for their hard work.

As a result, we now have a bigger backlog of students than before and only a limited number of people available to work to clear it. We have therefore had to take some remedial action. As of 28th April 2009, all Aerodrome and Approach courses are suspended (except those that are already in progress) until further notice. This is likely to be for at least one month but could be longer.

This has been done so that we can get all the students currently undertaking training through the courses and through exams. We understand that some members will be disappointed by this but it was the only workable solution we could find to ensure that the training department kept running smoothly.

All 40 students currently undertaking training will not be affected although some people may have a change of instructor. You will be contacted over the next couple of days if this is the case.

Instructions for anyone who would like to enroll on a course that will start after the suspension will be provided here shortly.

We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding.

Address any questions to the NOTAM originator.

28 APRIL 19:45Z 2009 Until further notice

NOTAM Originator - Gareth Richardson

NOTAM NOVEMBER 3rd March 2009

NOTAM MIKE detailed some changes to FRA's that were due to take place on 1st March 2009. It has been decided that these changes are being further delayed and will be introduced on 0000Z on Friday 1st May 2009. This is the final time these changes are to be delayed - They will be introduced without fail on the new date.

As well as the current FRA's, from the 1st May 2009, the following FRA's will be introduced:

Airports

1

This will give us the following active FRA's within the division from 0000Z on Friday 1st May 2009:

Area

2

Airports

345

Address any questions to the NOTAM originator.

01 MAY 00:00Z 2009 Until PERMANENT

NOTAM Originator - Gareth Richardson

NOTAM MIKE 21st December 2008

NOTAM WILL BE EFFECTIVE AS OF 0000Z THURSDAY 01ST JANUARY 2009 - ALL INFORMATION CONTAINED WITHIN THIS NOTAM SUPERCEDES NOTAM JULIET DATED 22ND OCTOBER 2008 AND FRA DATA CONTAINED WITHIN NOTAM KILO DATED 22ND NOVEMBER 2008.

NOTAM JULIET contained information about FRA changes that were due to occur on 01st January 2009. We have looked again at these changes and made some slight alterations.

From 0000Z on Thursday 01st January 2009, the following FRA's will be in use:

Area

fra1

Airports

fra2fra3fra4

As a result of the increase in Area FRA's we have decided, as a compromise, to delay the introduction of some of the airport C1 and C2 FRA's until 01st March 2009 to allow members to gain C2 ratings.

From 0000Z on Sunday 01st March 2009, the following FRA's will be introduced:

Airports

fra5

This will give us the following active FRA's within the division from 0000Z on Sunday 01st March 2009:

Area

fra6

Airports

fra7fra8fra9

At the following airports, a TWR position must be manned before the GND position can be opened:
- EGHH
- EGGD
- EGGP
- EGNT

Sandbox Airfields

The following list of airfields are designated as "Sandbox airfields" and are for members who do not wish to follow our training program and progress through the rating system. No FRA's will exist at these airports. They are:
- EGPD
- EGAA
- EGAC
- EGNH
- EGCN
- EGNV
- EGTE
- EGPE
- EGNM
- EGMH
- EGPK
- EGMC

The sandbox airfields are subject to change at any time without prior notice.

We hope this increase in the FRA system will help to improve the quality and standard of controlling within the division.

Address any questions to the NOTAM originator.

01 JAN 00:00Z 2009 Until PERMANENT

NOTAM Originator - Gareth Richardson

NOTAM LIMA 2nd December 2008

Data updates have been created so that IvAe shows the new London and Scottish sectors correctly. These updates have been sent to the Software Development department and will be included in the next data update which should be released in the next couple of days.

Unfortunately, due to limitations with IvAe, we have had to slightly change some of the IvAc callsigns for certain sectors. If we had not done this, the sectors would not have displayed correctly in IvAe when online.

As of 2300Z on 01st December 2008, the following IvAc callsigns will change:

EGTL_BIG_CTR becomes EGTL_BI_CTR
EGTL_BNN_CTR becomes EGTL_BN_CTR
EGTL_LAM_CTR becomes EGTL_LA_CTR
EGTL_OCK_CTR becomes EGTL_OC_CTR
EGTL_SAB_CTR becomes EGTL_SA_CTR

EGPX_TLA_CTR becomes EGPX_TL_CTR
EGPX_MOR_CTR becomes EGPX_MO_CTR
EGPX_WST_CTR becomes EGPX_WS_CTR

These are the only callsigns that change. All EGTT and EGTM sector callsigns remain as they were.

The website is currently being updated to reflect these changes.

Address any questions to the NOTAM originator.

01 DEC 23:00Z 2008 Until PERMANENT

NOTAM Originator - Gareth Richardson

NOTAM KILO 21st November 2008

After 6 months of hard work, we are pleased to announce the release of the new London and Scottish FIR's.

Full details about the new FIR's can be found on the IVAO UK Website:

http://ivao.co.uk/atc/local.html

In order to understand the new FIR, it is essential that you more or less forget how the old one worked. Trying to compare it to what we had, especially the IvAc identifiers, will complicate the issue more than it needs to be.

The London and Scottish FIR's now look like this:

a

London FIR

The London FIR is split into 3 ACC's - London Area (AC), London Terminal (TC) and Manchester ACC (MACC)

London Terminal Control (TC)

TC is divided into 5 sectors and covers the London TMA and part of the Clacton CTA upto FL215. Do note the ceiling is variable depending on where you are. All TC sectors can be combined into one sector which can be opened without London AC being online, however the ceiling will always be FL175-215. London TC will use the IvAc identifier EGTL_***_CTR.

Manchester Area Control (MACC)

MACC is divided into 3 sectors and covers the Manchester TMA and Irish sea. It's ceiling is FL285, above it sits S10 and S28. As with London TC Manchester can be opened as one single sector but the ceiling remains FL285. Manchester will use the IvAc identifier EGTM_***_CTR.

London Area Control (AC)

AC is the area sector by default, covering most of the FIR down to the base of controlled airspace, excluding London TC and Manchester. London AC will use the IvAc identifier EGTT_***_CTR.

Scottish FIR

The Scottish FIR contains only 1 ACC - Scottish ACC (SACC)

SACC is divided into 3 sectors which cover the entire Scottish FIR and the northern parts of the London FIR. Scottish ACC will use the IvAc identifier EGPX_***_CTR

The biggest differences

- S2 is removed as an actual sector. It's levels are distributed to the previous 'mid-level' sectors.
- Manchester ACC nearly doubles in size getting an extra 9 levels vertically.
- EGTS is no longer used.
- Most common routes through the UK are now governed by standing agreements. No more guessing what level an aircraft should be at.
- The boundary between Scottish ACC and London ACC moves south permanently. We don't use the FIR border at all anymore.

FRA's

For the moment, FRA's will be set as follows:

AC Sectors = C2
TC Sectors = C2
MACC Sectors = C1
SACC Sectors = C1

These FRA's will be reviewed after a few months.

Sectorfile

A brand new sectorfile which covers the entire UK (Both London FIR and Scottish FIR) has been created and is now available for download from the website:

http://ivao.co.uk/resources/sfiles.html

Known Issues

- Moray sector page for SACC is missing (Will be added shortly)
- IvAe and other network viewing tools do not show the new sectors correctly (Updates are being prepared)

Comments/Questions?

A topic has been created within the London FIR and Scottish FIR section of the forums. Please use these posts to comment on any of the changes and ask any questions that you may have.

Address any questions to the NOTAM originator.

21 NOV 19:00Z 2008 Until PERMANENT

NOTAM Originator - Gareth Richardson

NOTAM JULIET 21st October 2008

NOTAM WILL BE EFFECTIVE AS OF 0000Z WEDNESDAY 22ND OCTOBER 2008 - ALL INFORMATION CONTAINED WITHIN THIS NOTAM SUPERCEDES NOTAM INDIA DATED 2ND OCTOBER 2008

We have taken on board all comments received from members since the publication of NOTAM INDIA and have made some changes to the FRA's that will be active within the division. We believe the changes that we have made are a fair and thought out compromise from the original FRA's we would have liked to have remained.

18 months ago we embarked on a massive new training scheme within the division. At that moment in time, training was not structured, wishy-washy, contained lots of cross instruction and was becoming a huge task to try and accomplish. An idea whereby we would create structured courses to train people was dreamt up and after nearly 12 months of hard work and effort from the training staff, the new courses were born.

Before the training courses, we used to get lots of complaints about the quality of ATC being provided, so it was our intention to improve the overall quality - One way of doing this is through the use of FRA's. We decided that after a number of months of training on the new courses, FRA's would be gradually increased to match the new standard of controllers.

As training in our ATC courses progresses and more people pass exams, we need to reflect this higher standard of controlling online on the network. As we now have more controllers than ever, the time has come to increase the FRA's to what was first discussed between the staff before we embarked on our new training system.

These changes effect Airport FRA's only - Area sector FRA's will follow in a few months.

The following FRA's will remain as per NOTAM INDIA:

fra1fra1fra3

The following FRA's have been changed from NOTAM INDIA based on comments received from the membership:

fra4

At the following airports, a TWR position must be manned before the GND position can be opened:
- EGHH
- EGGD
- EGGP
- EGNT

Note - Before FRA2 is introduced for the first set of airfields, a check will be made to ensure that training availability is enough to get members up to the required ratings.

Sandbox Airfields

The following list of airfields are designated as "Sandbox airfields" and are for members who do not wish to follow our training program and progress through the rating system. No FRA's will exist at these airports. They are:
- EGPD
- EGAA
- EGAC
- EGNH
- EGCN
- EGNV
- EGTE
- EGPE
- EGNM
- EGMH
- EGPK
- EGMC

The sandbox airfields are subject to change at any time without prior notice.

We hope this increase in the FRA system will help to improve the quality and standard of controlling within the division.

Address any questions to the NOTAM originator.

22 OCT 00:00Z 2008 Until PERMANENT

NOTAM Originator - Gareth Richardson

NOTAM INDIA 1st October 2008

NOTAM WILL BE EFFECTIVE AS OF 0000Z TUESDAY 2ND OCTOBER 2008

As training in our ATC courses progresses and more people pass exams, we need to reflect this higher standard of controlling online on the network. As we now have more controllers than ever, the time has come to increase the FRA's to what was first discussed between the staff before we embarked on our new training system.

The following effect Airport FRA's only - Area sector FRA's will follow in a few months.

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Note - Before FRA2 is introduced, a check will be made to ensure that training availability is enough to get members up to the required ratings.

Sandbox Airfields

The following list of airfields are designated as "Sandbox airfields" and are for members who do not wish to follow our training program and progress through the rating system. No FRA's will exist at these airports. They are:
- EGPD
- EGAA
- EGAC
- EGNH
- EGCN
- EGNV
- EGTE
- EGPE
- EGNM
- EGMH
- EGPK
- EGMC

The sandbox airfields are subject to change at any time without prior notice.

We hope this increase in the FRA system will help to improve the quality and standard of controlling within the division.

Address any questions to the NOTAM originator.

02 OCT 00:00Z 2008 Until PERMANENT

NOTAM Originator - Gareth Richardson

NOTAM HOTEL 8th May 2008

As an essential part of the longer term plans for the restructuring of controller training within the division, we will be increasing the FRA's on a number of Approach radar positions at major airfields. Since attaining the higher level control ratings is far easier with the new structured courses (and the introduction of the Approach Radar (C2) course is imminent), we want to ensure that we have able, qualified controllers providing radar services at major aerodromes in the division.

On Tuesday 20th May 2008 at 0000Z, a C1 FRA will be introduced to the following positions:

EGGW_APP - Luton Radar
EGKB_APP - Biggin Hill Approach
EGLF_APP - Farnborough Radar
EGCC_APP - Manchester Radar
EGBB_APP - Birmigham Radar
EGBE_APP - Coventry Radar
EGPH_APP - Edinburgh Radar
EGPF_APP - Glasgow Radar
EGGP_APP - Liverpool Radar
EGHI_APP - Southampton Radar
EGHH_APP - Bournemouth Radar
EGFF_APP - Cardiff Radar
EGGD_APP - Bristol Radar
EGNS_APP - Ronaldsway Approach

For members who do not wish to progress through our training courses to gain advanced controller ratings, a number of main airfields have been designated as "Sandbox" airfields. No FRA's will exist at these airports. They are:

EGTE - Exeter
EGNM - Leeds Bradford
EGNX - East Midlands
EGPD - Aberdeen
EGAA - Belfast Aldergrove

We have many places available on our C1 course, so if the increase of FRA affects you being able to control in the position you would like to control, you are more than welcome to sign up.

Address any questions to the NOTAM originator.

20 MAY 00:00Z 2008 Until PERMANENT

NOTAM Originator - Gareth Richardson

NOTAM GOLF 10th April 2008

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.

Address any questions to the NOTAM originator.

09 SEP 00:00Z 2008 Until PERMANENT

NOTAM Originator - Gareth Richardson

NOTAM FOXTROT 27th October 2007

Shanwick Oceanic Policy

Only approved members may open a Shanwick (EGGX) Oceanic position. Approved members are those who have had training and have been cleared by Andras Nyeste or those with approval from United Kingdom HQ. This NOTAM applies to UK based controllers as well as controllers from other divisions.

It has been decided to keep the FRA to a C1 so that those C1 + members who have approval are still able to log onto the position and control at any time. Any member controlling who does not have approval may continue to provide a service but should request a training session as soon as possible so that they can become familiar with the correct procedures.. To request training and get an oceanic clearance, visit the United Kingdom Training Website and request Oceanic controller training.

Address any questions to the NOTAM originator

22 OCT 20:00Z 2007 Until PERMANENT

NOTAM originator - Gareth Richardson

NOTAM ECHO 15th October 2007

Changes to UK Instrument Landing System (ILS) Phraseology

In the UK, the standard ICAO phraseology "Cleared for ILS Approach" has never been used. This is due to the procedure design, UK Airspace complexity and lessons learned from flight safety related incidents involving traffic conflicts caused by aircraft descending below their cleared level.

Problems have arisen with the current ILS clearance system, where, on occasions, pilots have not received clearance to descend in sufficient time to follow the ILS glideslope and this has led to unstable and rushed approaches. To reduce the likelihood of pilots not receiving descend clearance in sufficient time, new phraseology is to be introduced. This new phraseology provides, in a single transmission, clearance to descend on the ILS once established on the localiser.

With effect from 15th November 2007, the following revised ILS phraseology will be used for radar vectored ILS approaches in the UK:

a) ATC Instruction:

(Callsign and vectoring instructions as at present)

followed by

"when established on localiser, descend on ILS (QNH)"

b) Pilot Response:

(Read back vectoring instructions as at present)

followed by

"when established on localiser, descend on ILS (QNH), (callsign)"


Example:

"BAW123, turn right heading 245, when established on the localiser (Runway XX), descend on the ILS"
"Turn right heading 245, when established on the localiser (runway xx), descend on the ILS, BAW123"

- QNH can be omitted if it has already been passed once during the approach
- Runway number should be added in the transmission at airports with more than one runway


Pilots will maintain the last assigned level until established on the ILS glideslope. It is not necessary for pilots to report when descending on the ILS.

When a controller deems it necessary, for traffic separation purposes, to ensure that an aircraft joining the ILS does not commence descent until specifically cleared by the controller, the following alternative should be used:

a. ATC Instruction:

(Callsign and vectoring instructions as at present)

followed by

"report established on localiser, maintain (level )"

b. Pilot Response:

(Readback vectoring instruction as at present)

followed by

"report established on localiser, maintaining (level ) (callsign)"

followed by

"Localiser established (Callsign)"

c. Subsequent ATC Instruction:

"(Callsign) descend on ILS (QNH)"

d. Subsequent pilot response:

"(QNH) - descend on ILS (callsign)"

Example:

"BAW123, turn right heading 245, report established on localiser (runway XX), maintain 3000ft"
"Turn right heading 245, report established on localiser (runway XX), maintaining 3000ft, BAW123"
---
"localiser established, BAW123"
"BAW123, descend on ILS"
"Descend on ILS, BAW123"

- QNH can be omitted if it has already been passed once during the approach
- Runway number should be added in the transmission at airports with more than one runway

Pilots must maintain the last assigned level until either a clearance to descend to a lower level or an aircraft has been told to descend following the ILS.


Address any questions to the NOTAM originator.

15 NOV 00:01Z 2007 Until PERMANENT

NOTAM Originator - Gareth Richardson

NOTAM ALPHA 7th June 2007

On the 7th of June 2007 due to magnetic variation, the runway identifiers at Manchester Ringway airport (EGCC), have changed from 24/06 to 23/05. You can see all these updates on the new charts published for Manchester (EGCC) on the AIP website.

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