How to join as a Fox?
Really easy. Be a Fox.
If you apply as an Air Traffic Controller, Pilot, Dispatcher, FBO, Handler, Authority Official, or a similar professional function, you’re very likely to be approved by Fox Command without delay. Using your work address will help speed up approval. Fox Command will keep all your information top secret, but we do need to know who you are.
What do I get?
You’ll get a Members Handbook once you are approved, telling you more. Once you start reporting, you will get Fox Points for each report you file, as well having each report reviewed by Fox Command and given a rating – so you can learn what’s useful, and get more points. Use these to increase your ranking in the community – be a Top Fox.
What should I report, as a fox?
Three simple rules. Report on critical stuff, keep it short, and write in your own words. And before you post, make sure you’ve read the Reporting Cheatsheet
Then, File a Report.
What are the categories that I should use?
OpsFox has figured out 18 useful categories of information. You’ll see these in the drop down when you make a report.
|Icon||Name||What goes here?|
|Airport||Change to airport hours, availability or status|
|Runway||Change to availability or status, where impact is significant|
|Fuel||Shortage, supply issue|
|Delays||Enroute or Airport delays|
|Parking||Lack of, change to procedures|
|ATC||Change to ATC procedures, facilities, contacts|
|Airspace||Changes affecting FIR, country airspace, equipment requirements, large closures|
|Procedure||Non-ATC or equipment related new rules, procedures affecting Airport or Airspace|
|Permit||Change to Overflight/Landing Permit procedures, contacts|
|Risk||Specific Safety or Security risk specific to an airport or airspace|
|Hazard||Any obstacle, condition or circumstance which could induce an accident|
|Security||Broader political and travel advice without a specific risk, so far, to aviation.|
|Nature||Earthquake, Volcano, Flooding, Fire that has affected airport operations|
|Severe Wx||Hurricanes, Large squall/CB lines, Tornadoes, Snowstorms with unusually large impact on ops|
|Strike||Strikes or potential strikes with impact on flight ops|
|Event||Airshows, Conferences, Special Events affecting Airport operations|
|Costs||Price rises, rip-offs|
|Politics||Diplomatic disputes, government policy affecting flight operations|
What does OPSFOX dislike ?
The NOTAM system is full of irrelevant information about Grass cutting, Military activity, Bird, Distant obstacles, Men working, Fireworks, Trigger Notams, Chart Changes, Unlighted towers, Broken bulbs. Key point: If we stuff the system full of every possible bit of information, we don’t see the CRITICAL items.