NavCanada recently issued an Aeronautical Information Circular that all controllers should be aware of: AIC 12/21 https://www.navcanada.ca/en/5aic_eng_2021_12.pdf
To summarize, due to operational irregularities that have occurred, controllers cannot create a transition from an open STAR to an RNAV Approach.
(An open STAR is any STAR that does not share a common waypoint with an IFR approach procedure, but usually ends with either a vector or a hold.)
If there is no common waypoint between the approach and the STAR, the controller MUST VECTOR the aircraft towards the final approach course.
As an example, consider an aircraft on the DISCO arrival for CYYJ (Victoria, BC). (All diagrams are posted below.) If the aircraft is planning an ILS to 09, there is no transition point to the ILS 09 that is on the STAR, so the controller MUST vector the airplane to final. Conversely, if the aircraft is planning ILS to 27, LAFFO is on the ILS 27 and thus a controller may clear the aircraft "Cleared ILS Rwy 27, LAFFO transition."
Example of what is not permitted: "After OMINU, direct BRANY, cleared ILS 09." This transition must be made using vectors.
By contrast, many airports are now publishing transitions to the approach, such as CYWG (Winnipeg, MB). If an aircraft is on the BEFAN2 for the ILS 36, note that the waypoint BOTUR is on both procedures, the STAR and the approach. Therefore, a controller can clear an aircraft "Cleared ILS Z Rwy 36, BOTUR transition."
Basically, we cannot create transitions that have not been published.
(Another further aside, and one of the reasons we can't do this, is that turns made at a fix using RNAV cannot exceed 90degrees, whether published or controller made. We cannot issue a direct-to a fix that would require an aircraft to make a greater than 90degree turn to join the next leg of the flight plan or instrument procedure. Published procedure turns and Radius-To-Fix legs are exempt from this limit as they are specifically evaluated for their turn radius.)
I hope I made this explanation fairly clear. please feel free to ask questions if something does not make sense.
After careful consideration of all the candidates, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Tristan Mann (1434459) to the position of Toronto FIR Deputy Chief. Tristan is a detail-oriented individual that brings a wealth of local knowledge being a real-world pilot in the GTA area as well as some staff experience in our Events group. Tristan will be hitting the ground running helping to overhaul our documentation back up to current standards and procedures.
Congrats Tristan and I wish you luck in your new role with us!
POSITION VACANCY: Edmonton FIR Chief (CZEG)
REPORTS TO: VATCAN Division Director, VATCAN1
RESPONSIBLE FOR: Management of the Edmonton (CZEG) FIR, including but not limited to the following duties:
- Providing strong leadership, direction and vision to the Edmonton FIR.
- Monitoring, mentoring, reviewing, and enhancing all FIR's staff positions.
- Continue work to improve the infrastructure of the Edmonton FIR.
- Ensuring that an online presence of ATC is maintained throughout the FIR, promoting more pilots flying to the area.
- Ensuring that events are arranged regularly, both within the FIR and nationally and internationally.
- Collaborate and communicate with FIR members on a regular basis to improve SOPs and process for the FIR.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: The successful applicant should meet the following minimum standards:
- A familiarity with Edmonton ATC operations and general pilot operations and regulations is considered an asset.
- Minimum of C1 rating, and be in good standing within the VATSIM Network.
- Demonstrated past experience in staff roles, or other managerial experience.
- A commitment to maintain a strong online presence throughout their appointment, including (but not limited to) keeping a regular eye on e-mails and messages online (Discord, TS etc). Minimum of 5 hours per week on the network is required.
- The ability to communicate clearly and professionally through various mediums to people of different experience levels and cultures throughout the FIR.
Applications will be accepted until 0459Z on 27 May 2022. Any applications received after this deadline will not be considered. All applications shall be e-mailed to vatcan1[at]vatcan.ca.
I am sad to announce the resignation of Todd Blanchette as Edmonton FIR Chief.
Todd has been with Edmonton for around a year as Chief. Taking over from me (as caretaker) and did amazing work with the FIR branding, website and along with his team in Edmonton built up a strong staff and controller group. Todd has, like many, found that time is lacking for the demands of the role and has chosen to consequently step down.
Please join me in thanking Todd for his efforts over the last year.