[jhb_airlines] Re: JHB037 hours and VATSIM

  • From: "Bones" <bones@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2005 02:10:54 +0100

Hi Phil,

VATSIM isn't an ogre's nest (den?) but most of the guys there like a
reasonable degree of competence in pilots. It's the age old problem - as the
traffic gets busier you can only operate a system if everyone has a
reasonable skill level. Drop a newbie into a busy traffic environment and it
could spoil the situation for everyone else. FPI will go the same way if it
ever gets busier.

You already have the skills to jump into VATSIM - just the confidence was
lacking. Now you are bedded in I'd recommend you build up some time with
them - you will learn a lot more than you will in FPI. I just wish the
VATSIM ASRC software was as easy to use as the pilot software!


-----Original Message-----
From: jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Phil Reynolds
Sent: 22 September 2005 21:47
Subject: [jhb_airlines] JHB037 hours and VATSIM

Hi bones,

A few hours to add, it's been a while!

JHB037G EGKK EGCC 1437 1534 00:57
Route - <LAM4M> N57 WELIN T420 TNT <DAYN2A>

JHB037H EHAM EGLL 1346 1443 00:57
Route - <VALKO1S> UL980 LOGAN <LAM3A>

JHB037J EGLL EHAM 1608 1712 01:04
Route - <BPK6F> UM185 CLN UL620 <REDFA>

JHB037K EGCC EGSS 1713 1813 01:00
Route - <HON1R> HON <LOREL1J>

The first and last of these flights were made on VATSIM, the first time I've
tried the network...I must say I'm extremely impressed.  The new SB3
software was a doddle to install, just a single installation exe which loads
everything you need to get going.  Connection (once the settings are
inputted, a one time job) is a single click and you're away. Controllers can
be contacted by dialling the frequency directly into the radio stack and for
many aircraft (my PMDG 737 included) the transponder also sets mode
standby/charlie via the stack. No dropping out to menus or external
programs! Weather is a great online bonus (which FPI is still sadly lacking)
but the main plus point between the two networks for me was the amount of
controllers/traffic.  For my last flight from EGCC to EGSS I was passed
through EGCC_GND, EGCC_APP, EGTT_CTR, ESSEX_APP, EGSS_TWR.  I was number 3
for departure at EGCC, had multiple TCAS targets during the cruise (not too
close to activate a warning though!!!) and number 3 for landing at EGSS
(scarily busy with constant controller chatter all the way down from the end
of the STAR).  I parked up on stand literally sweating! However, what I was
surprised (and very pleased) to find was that the controllers weren't as
intimidating as I had imagined them to be.  It's taken me ages to finally
take the plunge with VATSIM due to the various tales/rumours I've heard in
the past of VATSIM being full of professional pilots/controllers with no
room for the true armchair pilot to fit in.  This I've found to be
completely wrong.  The only exception I've found was on my first ever flight
on VATSIM (JHB037G above) where I had a French controller running EGKK_GND.
He seemed intent on blurting clearances out so fast that every pilot I heard
had to request a "say again?" on at least one occasion. This was the only
exception however, and I will certainly be doing a lot more flying on VATSIM
in the future.

Of course, I shall still try to make as many FPI Wednesday evenings as well!


Phil Reynolds

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