ATIS Policy

VATNZ ATIS Policy

The VATSIM EC policy mandates that ATIS shall have not more than 4-lines.

Note: A "line" is technically a standard 64-character data packet for transmission purposes.

All ATIS used within the VATNZ Division:

  • MUST comply with the VATSIM 4-line rule.

The purpose of ATIS is to:

  • Provide proper voice channel switching (1st line in ASRC)
  • Provide operational information, similar to real world ATIS (remaining lines), based on the on-line weather from the network.

Content

Operational information follows immediately after the voice channel switching line and MUST begin with the Aerodrome name and the ATIS Identifier.

Operational information should be presented in the sequence shown, and use standard abbreviations where possible, eg; APCH, ARR, DEP, EXP, PARL, RWY, WND, XW, DW, KTS, VIS, CLD, SKC, FEW, SCT, BKN, OVC, CAVOK, TMP, QNH, WX, Z.

The following items should NOT be included in an ATIS:

  • Controller name and/or rating.
  • The controller’s frequency.
  • Raw METAR data that has not been decoded by the controller.
  • Unnecessary or insignificant optional information.
  • Information that should realistically be provided by voice interaction with ATC.

If space permits, at the end of the ATIS a controller may optionally include important online information explicitly necessary for a pilot whilst conducting their on-line flight. This additional information may include, but it not limited to:

  • The location of necessary maps/charts/routes/procedures

    Note: Additional information should not be included at the expense of required operational information since that would defeat the basic purpose of ATIS.

Blank lines at the end should be eliminated.

The ATIS Identifier should be incremented for each ATIS change.

Note 1: ATIS Identifier codes should be allocated according to the relevant TMA document, otherwise starting from ALPHA. (See special arrangements within a TMA that ensure nearby adjacent ATIS are never the same as each other)

Note 2: ATIS Identifier ZULU is reserved and should not be used.

ATIS Format

VATNZ uses the UNIAtis format

The following line should be added to the ATIS Maker URL in Euroscpe:

http://uniatis.net/atis.php?depfreq=120.800&metar=$metar($atisairport)&arr=$arrrwy($atisairport)&dep=$deprwy($atisairport)&apptype=ILS&info=$atiscode

 

Aliases

VRC

In VRC the voice switching line is automatically inserted and only the operational information is required to be entered by the controller.

For complete documentation refer to the VRC manual.

Position Specific Guidelines

Different ATC positions have different ATIS requirements. This section provides guidelines for each position. The description column provides examples that may be used to provide the minimum compliance. It should be read in conjunction with the Content section above.

PositionATISDescription
DELNone[Optional] a 1-line statement about Availability - Log off time (UTC)
GNDRedirect

Ground ATIS should refer pilots to the associated local Tower ATIS

ATIS AVBL FROM TWR

Note: If Tower is not online, Ground should provide a FULL ATIS if there is a controller providing local control (tower) services at the field for which the ATIS is being created. This can be an overlying center or approach controller. Reference VATSIM Code of Conduct under section C11.1 - C11.7 

TWRFull ATIS

Tower must at all times provide a FULL ATIS that complies with the content guidelines.

ATIS Changes - should be broadcast on the ATC channel to inform adjacent controllers of the new ATIS Identifier and also new RWYs where these have changed.

NZCH_TWR> NOW BRAVO, RWY20 ALL OPERATIONS
APP (with TWR)Redirect

Approach ATIS should refer a pilot to the associated local Tower ATIS:

ATIS AVBL FROM TWR. USE .INFO (CALLSIGN)

APP (without TWR)Full ATISApproach should provide a FULL ATIS in lieu of the missing local Tower service, in accordance with the content guidelines set for Tower.
DEPNone[Optional] a 1-line statement about Position name
CTRNone[Optional] a 1-line statement about:
  • Position name
  • Service coverage.
  • Availability - Log off time (UTC)
CHRISTCHURCH CONTROL, EXTENDED COVERAGE AVAILABLE,
LOGGING OFF AT 1130Z
FSSNone[Optional] a 1-line statement about:
  • Position name
  • Service coverage.
  • Availability - Log off time (UTC)
AUCKLAND RADIO, OCEANIC COVERAGE IN THE AUCKLAND OCEANIC FIR,
LOGGING OFF AT 1130Z