NOTAM: Solo Approach Validation Trial
Solo Approach Validation Trial
Written by Gunnar Lindahl (967365),
22nd Jan 2012 at 20:59
This afternoon VATSIM-UK was given permission to trial Solo Approach Validations. The trial will come into effect on the 1st of February 2012 until the 30th of April 2012 (90 days).
We will be using the same policy that is currently in use for STVs. As a reminder, that policy is as follows:
An SAV is a privilege that can be granted to an S2 controller who has undertaken sufficient APP training, allowing them to control an APP position solo for a temporary period. SAVs are granted by the Training Department to allow a student to practice controlling in the run up to their exam. They are to be used to accelerate progression of a student who is almost ready for exam and are to be granted according to the following guidelines:
SAVs will be issued by relevant RTS Staff with the approval of the Training Director. Mentors are not to indicate that a student will be granted an SAV before it is issued;
An SAV may be issued for one ATC position only. An S2 controller may control the specified position solo provided they hold a valid SAV;
An SAV will have a validity period of one month, which may be renewed with the agreement of the Training Director. Repeated renewals of an SAV should not be the norm;
Renewals will not be considered if the student has not sufficiently exercised their SAV in the previous month;
Students must have achieved a minimum grading of “Satisfactory” in all areas of APP mentoring before an SAV can be issued. Students holding an SAV will still be subject to UK Divisional Policy 1.12.1 and as such must be at an acceptable skill level in all areas;
Following a failed exam, the examiner is to be consulted before issuing/revoking the candidate’s SAV;
Members shall not control the APP position unsupervised once their SAV has expired
For more details about the training process, see our Training Syllabus (now v2.2). If you have any questions about STVs and SAVs please contact either the ATC Training Director or your RTS Staff.