Preparing for Duty

... Getting information and prepare ...


  • How to prepare and collect information
  • What to collect ....

Entering the briefing office...

In real life a series of events take place before the pilot or ATC finally can sit in his chair and could start his work.

For the pilots,

they will pass the airline company's briefing room to pick up papers for their flight together with their mail. There may be special notes about particular procedures, changes of policies, new security rules, etc.
They will visit the meteorological briefing to see what the weather is and what it will be. And they will sit down in the preparation room to prepare their flight by making the flightplan calculations, like fuel consumption based on the weather, etc.
After all that "office" work they may meet the rest of the (cabin) crew, have a crew briefing and finally will leave to the aircraft.

At the aircraft, normally one of the pilots will start setting up the cockpit, eventually together with the ground technician, while the other one will inspect the aircraft from the outside.
After that, together they run through the further technicalities in the cockpit and prepare for their flight, while meanwhile the passengers enter and the last pieces of baggage are being stored in the belly of the aircraft.
Only than the big moment arrives: Doors closed. We are ready!

For ATC,

it is less complicated, although they would normally pass the "office" as well to collect the latest information on changes in procedures, updates of manuals and there may be a team briefing. Meteorological info is available and should be viewed to know what to expect during their tour of duty.
Finally they go up to their working space and report to the assigned position. They will make themselves acquinted with the local situation, have a look at the radar picture, receive an explanation on the actual traffic picture and tell the working collegue that they are ready for the hand-over.
That is a very important moment, where the leaving controller has to inform the new controller of all the ins and outs of that moment.
Only when the new controller states that he has the situation and will accept it, the real change of chairs will take place and ..... the newly arrived controller will now be responsible.


like with many other 'virtual' things, it all differs a bit from the 'real life' way of doing.
Still, prepare yourself for the duty you want to take up.
Pilots will collect their maps, check lists, make fuel calculation and prepare the FMS, where controllers will look at the radar to see the traffic situation, prepare the quickviews and other material.

Note that in IVAO it is a rule to control for at least half an hour if logged in or for a pilot to finish his flight if started ......

Fully prepared?

Only when you are really ready and fully prepared, you will "sit" and start.

Don't just jump onto any position because you happen to notice that their are some aircraft for now .....

Start reading :)

Now sit and start reading all the relevant Chapters that follow here. It will show you the way in this virtual aviation world and more over, how to behave, what to do and how to do it. Let this be your guide that will show you around and explain it all to you.

Log in and have your IVAO fun.


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