Improving Performance

Monitoring the performance of our air traffic controllers is an incredibly important part of the work we do to keep our skies safe. In May, we launched the NATS Management of Competence System (or NMOCS), a single evidence-based system which is transforming the way we manage the competence of our controllers. Find out more.

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With airports so impacted by the Covid crisis, tools like Intelligent Approach that help airports utilise runways and airspace more efficiently, for a fraction of the investment needed for new ground-based infrastructure, will be more valuable than ever to operators as traffic returns.

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I recently spoke at an online webinar hosted by Resilient Pilot on the topic of skills fade and the anxiety being felt by air traffic controllers and pilots who have been furloughed for the past year (and more) and therefore working with far fewer flights than usual due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.  

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By 2030, the aviation industry is targeting an overall reduction of at least 15% in net CO2 emissions relative to 2019, and a 40% net reduction by 2040. Managing our airspace more effectively, and flying more efficiently, will play a crucial role in the future of aviation.

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Here’s a real world example of how we’re using 3Di – now available for free to the rest of the aviation industry – to make real world improvements to our customers’ operations, while making a contribution to making aviation more environmentally sustainable.

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This week we announced we’re giving away our environmental performance metric 3Di – or ‘Three Dimensional Insight’ – to stakeholders across the aviation community that would like to use it. But how does it work?

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The 23 March marks World Meteorological Day, commemorating the coming into force of the Convention establishing the World Meteorological Organization in 1950. Read about the MET Office team that work alongside our operation and the work they do to ensure that safe and efficient operational decisions can be made.

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Following on from British Science Week, when we celebrated the role that science, technology, engineering, and maths play in air traffic control, I want to share some of the ways we’re trying to inspire the next generation.

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There was no fanfare or fireworks, but last Tuesday was a significant day in the history of transatlantic air travel. For the first time in decades there were no westbound tracks across the North Atlantic.

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The world is a very different place than it was 10 months ago. The demands on us as an ANSP and the support our airport customers need are totally unlike what we were dealing with this time last year. Covid has forced us all to adapt and in doing so we’ve learnt some valuable lessons.

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