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We spend a lot of time talking about what air traffic control (ATC) is and explaining how it works, but what about the many myths that are out there about ATC?

Films such as Pushing Tin do nothing to help separate fact from fiction so we’ve attempted to do just that right here and tackle eight of the most common misconceptions about ATC, airspace and controllers. Let us know if you believed any of these falsities or have any others that aren’t included here.

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The first space shuttle, Enterprise, never made it to space, but it did make it to Stansted Airport.

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It hardly matters which way the wind is blowing around Belfast International Airport – with two runways running at 90 degrees to each other they could be on easterlies, westerlies, northerlies or southerlies.

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Nick Webb is Head of Commercial at NATS and an expert on organisational transformation. In this video he shares his views on the risks and benefits of liberalisation, and how to ensure a successful transition.

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As one of the main London airports, Luton has a steady departing and arriving flow of commuter and holiday traffic as would be expected. What is less well known is the scale of the business aviation operation at Luton – which accounts for almost 30 per cent of the total air traffic movements each year.

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As our consultation on airspace changes in the south east, in conjunction with Gatwick Airport, nears its final week, we’re keen to hear from as many people affected by the proposed changes to flight paths as possible.

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The 2014 Commonwealth Games will see thousands of athletes and spectators flocking to Glasgow for the festival of sport – with many of them arriving by air into one of the UK’s busiest airports.

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There’s been a lot of news in the press recently about pilots falling asleep on the job. So what better time for our very own Head of Human Factors, Neil May, to talk about the work being done at NATS to combat fatigue and ensure that controllers at the top of their game when at work.

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If you’ve seen Airport Live over the last few nights, you’ve probably seen Dave Marshall, Head of Training, talking about air traffic control. So how did Dave get into Air Traffic Control? We caught up with him to find out.

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The first episode of Airport Live aired last night and a number of NATS people featured, including Steph Kelly. We caught up with Steph to talk about being a Heathrow controller and featuring in the BBC 2 show.

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