NATS Blog

Here our people share their insights, views and expertise on the world of Air Traffic Management. We cover a broad range of topics from discussing technology and practices today to sharing visions of a potential tomorrow.

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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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Last weekend saw the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) at Fairford deliver another spectacular air show. Find out how we managed our stand in the Techno Zone this year.

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Since becoming a Public Private Partnership in 2001, all of us at NATS have worked hard to deliver a service that is as safe and efficient as it can be, while reducing costs and offering greater value to our airline customers.

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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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As the demand for air travel continues to rise, those in the aviation industry must work together and develop new technology in order to improve European airspace; meeting people’s desire to fly and at the same time, reducing the impact on our environment.

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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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Yesterday I gave evidence to the Science & Technology Select Committee in Parliament as part of its inquiry into commercial and recreational drone use. Some of my words were inappropriate.  I got it wrong.  I would like to apologise to any drone pilots, the vast majority of whom are extremely responsible, who have been offended by my remarks. 

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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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