This is a special one for you! I’ve managed to get my fellow VATISM ATC collegue Otto Suhonen along for a pleasant evening of Zello controlling! Let’s show him how much traffic we can get here!
Otto is an S2 controller like me, but he has his S3 (approach) checkout soon, which means he will be manning an approach position!!
As usual: Please read through all info before connecting, as this will ensure the best service for everyone!
[details= Zello channels / frequency information (EGKK)]
This time, to increase workflow, I will merge most frequencies into one channel (don’t worry, this is done in real life as well). However, DEP/APP remains in a separate channel.
EGKK TWR channel: EGKK TWR 124.225
(Station name: Gatwick Tower.)
Tower will handle all Clearance Delivery requests, as well as ground. You don’t call ground for anything, only Tower. Thus, it will be “Gatwick Tower, NAX2964 requesting IFR clearance to Birmingham as filed” or “Birmingham Tower, NAX2964 ready for P&S”.
If you have been given a SID departure, then follow it. I will give you a heads up if you aren’t following it.
If you aren’t able to follow a SID, request a Omni-directional departure from Tower. This can be done just by saying “Gatwick Tower, NAX2964 requesting clearance to Birmingham as filed, non RNAV capable”.
Gatwick DIR channel: EGKK DIR 126.825
(Station name: Gatwick Director.)
This is basically the same as departure/approach, but with a different station name. If you have been given a SID departure, then follow it. I will give you a heads up if you aren’t following it.
If you aren’t able to follow a SID, request a Omni-directional departure from Tower.
All frequencies will be ‘listen only’ until the event is close by. Connect to the channels and I will make an announcement prior to starting.
###Charts will be used. Please make sure you have all charts available for the best service possible.
Please have the following charts available.
Aircraft Ground Movement chart
Your assigned SID / STAR chart
Instrument approach chart for the runway in use
[details=Verbal ATC information]
IF using Zello is a way to fly with verbal ATC communication. In order to avoid misunderstandings and bad service, pilots are expected to have at least basic understanding of verbal ATC communication. This is not the same as knowing the commands in IF. Verbal ATC is more complex and more reliant on pilot knowledge.
To give you a little idea of what you should know, here’s a list of things I expect you to know:
- Properly requesting a IFR / VFR clearance, and reading back (CRAFT can be a good help here).
- Understanding and being able to fly SID/STAR procedures
- Think before you talk principle, being short and concise on the frequency to not clutter it up.
- Understanding traffic reports, and how to maintain visual seperation
- Properly flying VFR (If that’s what you want), including VFR reporting points, altitude restrictions etc.
- Difference between EAA/FAA (Europe/US) procedures.
If you are unsure as to how to proceed with verbal ATC, fear not! Look at this guide, and it will explain it to you in a easy-to-understand manner.
A thing I see all the time when controlling Zello is people interrupting another transmission. When you connect, please listen for at least 10 seconds before transmitting. When you hear me give an instruction to a pilot, or a pilot reads back, you are NOT allowed to interrupt. Please wait until the channel is free before transmitting.
Also, I’m here to help. Reply here or send me a PM if you have any questions!
DO NOT USE THE FREQUENCY FOR QUESTIONS OR UNECESSARY CHATTER.
Repetitive interruptions in an transmission, not following instructions and/or any other offenses might get you banned from the channel. You are then out of the event, and will be treated as a rogue aircraft.
[details=Misc. information (IMPORTANT)]
- ATIS might be available if demand is high.
- Have a finished flight plan filed a couple of minutes before requesting clearance. All planes without flight plans will be denied (this also applies to VFR circuits)
- Please use a company callsign if flying commercial, or valid GA callsigns if flying GA (Please note that for GA I will shorten your callsign, do not shorten until I do it. Once I do it, use the shortened one, not the full. :)
- If you do not hear a command 100%, don’t be afraid to tell me to repeat it with a “say again [command]”.
- Don’t read back unless you know exactly what you are reading back.
- When you connect, please listen for at least 10 seconds before transmitting. When you hear me give an instruction to a pilot, or a pilot reads back, you are NOT allowed to interrupt. Please wait until the channel is free before transmitting.
- Minimize the amount of “ehh”, “uhm” etc. and keep your messages short and concise.
[details=What is Zello?]
Zello is an external app for both iOS and Android devices, used simulating voice based ATC communication like in real life. It works much like a walkie talkie. Go to their website and download it, and plot in the channel names located under “Zello channels / frequency information”. Please read through all of the information here before flying, though!
More information might be added at a later time, so check back regularly.
See you on the frequencies!