Below are outlined some of the additional rules regarding Controller Bookings. These rules are
not designed to prevent you from controlling, but instead to give everyone the opportunity to
log on and control. Above all, please remain considerate of others when making controller
bookings and ensure that you arrive and control for any bookings you make.
A booking on the CT System shall reserve a position on the VATSIM network during the time
period specified. Bookings may synchronise to external sources, however must appear on the
CT System in order to be considered valid;
A controller may only make a booking if they are currently allowed to control that position
and will be allowed to do so at the time booked;
A member may make a maximum of six advance bookings up to 90 days in advance at any one time
and no more than two of these bookings may be on Gatwick Ground (EGKK_GND) or Gatwick Delivery
(EGKK_DEL) in any combination.
Members may not book less than two hours in advance unless they are currently controlling that
position and are booking to extend their current controlling session.
Bookings shall not be excessive in duration (note that an excessive duration at an aerodrome
that is more in demand by controllers will be different than at an aerodrome that has
lower controller demand);
A controller must vacate a position if a member with a valid booking arrives to take over;
Members should honour their bookings (including allocated controlling during events) and not
book positions they are unlikely to be available for.
A booking ceases to be valid if the member is more than 15 minutes late logging onto the
position or voluntarily vacates the position unless specified otherwise below;
If a student does not arrive in adequate time for their mentoring session, the mentor may
choose to assume the booked time for their own controlling, or nullify the booking.
Mentoring session bookings ceases to be valid if the student or mentor has not logged in to
control within 30 minutes of the session start time;
Bookings may be overridden by mentoring sessions. This includes bookings for
underlying splits, for example a GND booking for a TWR mentoring session;
Active exam or endorsement bookings remain valid until completed. Such bookings override
other controller bookings, including when the session continues beyond the booked time;
When approved by the Marketing Director, controllers may be allocated positions to control.
Allocated controlling shall take priority over controller bookings.
When a position split is opened, the first controller to book may choose the split position
they will control, regardless of the positions booked on the CT System, with the exception
Controllers wishing to bandbox two or more primary area sectors should book a
single sector and then log on to the bandboxed position. Other members may then
log on to or book the other Primary or Secondary sectors without the need for
obtaining the first controller’s preference;
If a controller does choose to book a position bandboxing the Primary area
sectors, other controllers may choose to log on to or book a contained Primary or
Secondary sector without obtaining the first controller’s preference. This
action must leave the bandbox controller with a minimum of one Primary or Secondary
sector to control.
Primary and Secondary Sectors are defined on the Area Sectors page.