Head of Project
Hi, thanks for taking the time for reading this. I initially
started the vStrips project as I was getting frustrated that
there was no realistic flight strip program available to VATSIM
controllers, add that to the fact that my main controlling
airfield is Gatwick and events can be stupidly busy and was
very difficult when you could see 40+ strips of which most of
those weren't under your control. Therefore I started to think
of how that could be changed and controllers only see Strips
relevant to the position their controlling.
I hope you enjoy the program as much as I do and please do
contact us if you need help or have an issue.
You can contact Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dave (a software engineer with more than 30 years
experience) joined VATSIM and obtained his S1 rating around mid
2014. Then (not happy with the EuroSope interface), he created
a little program called XVS (eXtra VatSim) which talked to
EuroScope and helped him on GND. With that flush of success,
when Matt asked him to create another "simple" tool to emulate
some of the EFSS system currently in use at airfields in the UK
today, he unwittingly said "Ok" and vStrips was born. At first
the main objective was simply to be able to move strips around
from bay to bay as the aircraft progressed through its journey
from clearance to push and taxi to take-off and eventually
handoff to far cleverer controllers. Little did he realise
that as soon as Matt got hold of the early versions, vStrips
would expand somewhat with "extra clever bits" and "wouldn't it
be good if" and "how about we add" and "let's talk about
Manchester"... Well, you get the idea.
Don't tell Matt, but Dave thoroughly enjoys writing vStrips,
and wishes he had more time to devote to it... and that it paid
I was first asked by Matt to help with vStrips in mid
September 2014 in order to enable different vStrips instances
to communicate with each other when more than one controller is
using vStrips at a single airport, by creating a system to
store and retrieve information about each running vStrips
instance on a webserver. After the success of this system I
created the initial version of the vStrips website - the front
end of which has since been replaced by Dale - and now maintain
all of the existing backend web systems used by the vStrips
application and website, and also create new systems from time
to time while taking care of any required server maintenance.
Aliaksei started off as a one of the original beta testers
for vStrips and was there from (almost) the start. He impressed
Matt with his nearly daily feedback and suggestions and was
soon promoted to vStrips staff and joined the Marketing team.
He wrote the vStrips documentation and created the stand and
hold popup drawings, alongside other "odd jobs" that Matt is
usually to lazy to do.
I joined the VATSIM network in November 2014 where I met
Dave and Matt through observing their "amazing" ATC. After Matt
moaning (no surprise) at the amount of graphics that needed
doing I happily and kindly offered to do it with my background
in IT and Graphics. With a degree to study for, time was hard
to find to get Matt extensive list of task done. And till this
day Matt still has requests for more graphics to be created!
I was interested in and eager to be involved in the vStrips
project as I had previously looked in to designing a program
that gave virtual controllers similar tools to that we use in
the real world.
I'm involved cos I'm good like that.