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Hello All! |
Well its been a long week away from home sunning myself on the Spanish Costa's, even took a daytrip to Gibraltar, which I always love, Can't beat walking across an active runway, then the barriers coming down and watching a A320 hurtle past you from 100 feet away - even more fun when your camera batteries ran out 3 minutes previously (girlfriend gets 70 pictures of the Barbary Apes, Alex gets none of Aircraft - typical!)
Anyway, I come back to plenty of emails from you lot, and what is more surprising, several emails from IVAO UK members passing on useful information and other nuggets which I've missed out on, despite me being an active member for only 2 days before I left. Which I thought was brilliant.
How has everyone else got on with IVAO? for those of you that tried it that is.
In answer to Alan's question about VATSIM. I did give it a go before I left and I'm afraid that it just didn't do anything for me, the GA ops was good for the time I was flying around, however was made to feel a bit of a nuisance when requesting airspace transits, a bit too much like real life for it to be hobby like.
Also it just felt more of a competition to be better than everyone else, pilots and controllers alike. Far too much snobbery, it just didn't feel like an organisation where one could feel at home. The software isn't as slick as IVAO's, the web systems don't seem to be advanced. I'm sure its an excellent network for those who want to plug in, fly by the book, log out and do their flight reports at their little desks. However I want to be part of a community.
As with Bones I joined way back when it was SATCO, down in the dark days when one could see names like Miguel Blaufuks, Mungo Amyatt-Leir and Nels Anderson flying round. In fact I was one of the first UK Division staff members, I remember the long nights of sitting as EGTT CTR and having only one aircraft come in and out of Heathrow, FS awareness of SID's and STARS back then was almost non existent and their introduction as things got more busy caused many problems.
It was at the introduction of membership entry exams that I left, something I protested most strongly, and loudly, about. I'm glad to see those have gone now.
I will give VATSIM further tries over the week, however for the moment IVAO is certainly at the top of the pile for me - things could change of course!