Inside the FIRs themselves, we have different sectors that ATC use. These make it even easier to manage traffic, as it is broken down into smaller chunks, and resources can be placed where required. Altogether, the UK has more than 15 parent sectors, which also can be further broken down into sub-sectors.
POSCON UK does not simulate all of these sectors, as it is not necessary to break down the traffic to such a high level as it is in the real-world. However, many of our sectors will still have similair names, such as Daventry, Worthing, Lakes and Deancross.
Air Traffic Controllers (ATCOs) and Flight Information Services Officers (FISOs) are allocated to Sectors to advise and guide the aircraft flying in them. The number, type and skills of those allocated to a Sector will vary depending on the nature of airspace it covers.
Airspace Sectors can be created and reduced dynamically to deal with demand. For example, in times when there are high levels of air traffic, more sectors may be opened with more Controllers allocated to manage the aircraft within an area of airspace. This is done to maintain safety as a Controller can only manage a certain number of aircraft at one time.
On POSCON, sectors will often be grouped together, or "band-boxed" to reach as many pilots as reasonably possible.