vStrips is a flight strip bay plug-in designed to provide a realistic system for the management and control of virtual aircraft at an aerodrome, for Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) using the EuroScope Controller Client on the VATSIM ATC Network. vStrips tries to emulate the real-world electronic flight strip system - which replaced the original "paper strip" system - which is used in many UK aerodrome control towers. vStrips is therefore only intended for usage for Air Traffic Control positions at Aerodromes up to the Tower (AIR) position.

The vStrips project was originally started as the Electronic Flight Strip System (EFSS) project in May 2014 by Matt Middleton who first thought of the idea of bringing a realistic electronic flight strip application to VATSIM controllers in the UK. Matt then teamed up with Dave Ramsey who started to program the application in C# and before long the first prototypes of the EFSS application were ready and volunteers were found to act as beta testers for the quickly improving versions of the EFSS application.


The Team

Head of Project

Matt Middleton

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 m.middleton@vstrips.co.uk.

Technical Services

Dave Ramsey

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 better.

Technical Services

Sam White

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 Pilko

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.


George Newton

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!


Johan Grauers

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.


Michael Benson

I'm involved cos I'm good like that.