Controller Ratings

AS PER VATSIM'S GLOBAL RATINGS POLICY (GRP)


RATINGS OVERVIEW

  • S1 - Tower trainee: This rating does not come with any authorization to staff an ATC station. All staffing authorizations for S1 holders are given by the local ATC Training Department. S1 is a training rating and it allows you to train for your first Controller Practical Test (CPT). You will probably start by controlling Delivery (_DEL) and Ground (_GND). Then you will move up to Tower (_TWR). A delivery controller has quite an important job. He must ensure that the pilot's flightplan follows a correct route at a correct flightlevel and assign the flight a squawk (a unique 4-digit code which will be used later by other controllers to identify the aircraft on the radar screen). Gound controllers handle all traffic on the ground apart from traffic on the runway.
  • S2 - Tower controller: With this rating you are permanently allowed to control up to Tower (_TWR). Tower controllers handle VFR traffics within the CTR, which is usually a 5nm (≈9km) radius circle round an airport covering up to 3000ft above ground level (the exact numbers may differ from airport to airport). With this rating, you will also be able to 'control' IFR aircraft arriving at your field. You will be in charge of keeping enough separation between them on the localizer after the overlying approach controller has sequenced them for approach.
  • S3 - TMA controller: This rating will show you how important playing Tetris has actually been in your life. You will be able to control Approach (_APP) and/or Departure (_DEP). Basically, the job of an approach controller consists on getting the aircraft into and out of an airport as quickly, safely and orderly as possible. This normally involves getting the airplanes as close as possible one behind the other, allowing for an efficient use of space and time.
  • C1 - Enroute controller: This is the highest rating which will allow you to provide ATC services to enroute traffic (_CTR). Its main job is to keep an ordered and safe flow of traffic in the airspace. This includes issuing initial descend clearances before handing them over to neighbouring approach controllers - or giving climb clearances after the hand-over from the departure controller.

DISTINCTIVE RATINGS

NOTE THAT THESE RATINGS ARE NOT HIGHER THAN THE C1 RATING, AND ARE ONLY TO GIVE RECOGNITION OF SENIORITY, PERFORMANCE OR ANY ADDITIONAL ROLE BEYOND THAT OF A C1.

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Content updated: 14. November 2019.