You may have recently watched one of the shows on TV such as City in the Sky or Britain’s Busiest Airport and thought that a career as an air traffic controller is for you, but how do you apply and what are your chances of being successful?
There are lots of myths about applying to become an air traffic controller, and while it is true only a small percentage of applicants make it to our training college, the good news is those that do enjoy a rewarding career. Right now we have opportunities available for those who wish to try and be selected for training.
Successful candidates will be invited to attend a Stage 2 assessment at our headquarters in Hampshire. We are often asked by those who have reached this stage what they can do to prepare for this part of the process. There is no guaranteed way to “revise”, but we suggest looking at our online games, listed below. These are free to play and will help you see if you have the eye hand coordination you will need.
- Shape tracking – This game will test your ability to follow an element on screen, with each level increasing in difficulty.
- Sequential memory – following a sequence of events suggests you are demonstrating a strong sequential memory.
- Reactive avoidance – This game recognises your spatial awareness ability and also highlights how you react in a pressured environment.
- ATC landing game – Guide the aircraft on your radar safely to the runway and test your awareness and co-ordination.
- Gateway game – Organise aircraft safely in sequence to test your awareness and co-ordination.
You could also look at:
- Mensa-type tests
- Other spatial awareness exercises and tests
- General mental arithmetic games and puzzles
- Improving your ability to scan read
- Identifying different types of aircraft and their distinguishing features
- Different weather conditions especially how wind direction and speed may effect weather or aircraft
- More of our blog posts, like this one.
- Aviation websites
You do not need A levels, but you must meet the other criteria, which includes 5 GCSEs (grades A* to C or equivalent, including maths and English) as well as being 18 or over, eligible to work in the UK and able to meet the necessary medical conditions.
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