The Club's Air Traffic Services Manager has for many years championed the cause of General Aviation with his several tutorials dealing with Radio Telephony (R/T) and promoting the Club's R/T Proficiency Ratings. This work is twofold. Firstly many of the tutorials are geared to enabling Club pilots to be highly professional when connected to VATSIM or IVAO and talking to an Air Traffic Controller, and our ATS Manager's efforts are indeed recognised on VATSIM. Secondly, other tutorials he has developed are to encourage those Club members who are interested, to become proficient in providing ATC services for Club Events. He has also introduced the two less demanding ATC ratings to Club Members - the Aerodrome Flight Information Service (AFIS) and Air-Ground Radio (AGR). Although aerodomes served by AFIS and AGR services are very common throughout the UK, they are poorly supported by VATSIM-UK or IVAO because there is little demand from their members. Indeed most VATSIM and IVAO members prefer to fly heavy passenger or freight aircraft, whereas the Club is almost unique in being exclusively a General Aviation/Light Aircraft Club.
The tutorials and links in this section of the website are primarily designed to provide Club members with the knowledge and the tools to conduct Air Traffic Services (ATS) for Club events, either as qualified controllers on the VATSIM network, or as Club qualified controllers operating on the Club TeamSpeak channel. The information provided is also very useful to pilots too of course, helping them understand how Air Traffic Services in the UK work.
A page describing broadly how the two online services VATSIM and IVAO operate ATS is also included in this section of the website.