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Kyprianos Biris

UIR ATC in VATSIM Europe

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As of November 8th, 2002, Europe Division of VATSIM Europe Region will put in effect a new kind of airspace sectors online that have been agreed and voted by the majority of all its vACC staff members.They are Europe's joint Upper Information Regions (UIRs) ATC also to be known as "UIR ATC". The whole of Europe Division has been split in five parts (Identifiers: N, E, S, W & M). Each UIR ATC, when online, will be controlling all air traffic flying in airspace above FL245 and belonging to the one of the five sectors.Once a local CTR comes on line, all local upper level traffic will be transfered over to the CTR (the same way its been functioning until today). Only controllers with senior ratings will be allowed to man these positions. For more detailed information you can checkout EUD's updated policy page.Both WhazzUp and ServInfo have been updated to recognize and display the UIR ATC positions. Once online in VATSIM Europe's skies you can now contact any of the five EURx_V_FSS stations when flying above FL245. "_V" is for voice service, "x" is the sector identifier and "_FSS" will be used until VATSIM server code in future version will allow _CTR radar ranges close to 1500 Nm.Although the suffix looks like one of "Flight Servise Station", the UIR ATC will be providing "Radar Control" and not "Advisory" service. This is Europe before and after UIR ATC.No more lonely flights across those upper European Skies !Kyprianos Biris :-cool[link:avsim.com/greece/hvacc]Hellenic vACChttp://vatsim-eur.org/images/VATSIM-EURs.gif

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