Understanding ATC

Swanwick Ops Room

Last summer, NATS handled almost a quarter of all air traffic in Europe and yet contributed just 2.6% to total delays, but airspace capacity continues to challenge operational resilience.

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On 24 June 1948, ground access to the French, British and American zones of Berlin was cut off by the Soviet forces in East Germany. On 26 June, the first airlift flights departed for West Berlin. Over the following fourteen months over two million people were supplied with food, medicine, clothing, fuel, water and any other necessities by air.

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This summer has been a busy one for NATS and in fact all ANSPs throughout Europe, with records being broken throughout the continent as more and more people have taken to the skies than ever before. While scheduled air traffic is on the rise, the use of private jets is too, and this weekend is always one of the busiest of the year for this specialist sector as the summer holidays come to a close.

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This day a year ago, the UK’s aviation and aerospace sectors made a commitment to working together to build a more balanced and fair industry for women.

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Making the leap from a life in uniform is a challenge that it is confronted by a steady flow of Veterans every day. I joined the British Army in 2002 and after 17 years it was my turn to leave a career which I loved. The point had come, where I had to put my family first and build a new life outside of the military.

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Katie Yorke, an Engineering Technician at NATS, shares her story for International Women in Engineering Day 2019.

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Commanding a new role

We’re embarking on a new programme of recruitment seeking Engineers to support our operation. Today I’m chatting to George, a Command Centre Resolver at Swanwick…

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Four seasons in a day

Storm Miguel has been battering Britain this week and while the rainfall is causing problems on the roads and railways, it’s also been a real problem in the air too…

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Operation Overlord, arguably remains one of the most complex tasks ever devised: 160,000 troops (of which 24,000 landed by glider or parachute), 5,000 vessels and 11,000 individual aircraft took part. While obviously bearing no relation to each other, today’s air traffic operation can trace some roots back to that day and to similar operations in preceding years.

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Amanda Rhodes, NATS air traffic controller at Swanwick Centre looking after airspace around Luton Airport, talks about her experience with airspace infringements for this week’s Infringement Series story…

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