Sunday’s incident at Gatwick, where a drone spotted on the airport’s final approach path caused the runway to be closed for two separate periods, has understandably received a lot of press coverage. The incident caused significant knock-on effects for air traffic control, beyond just stopping arrivals while the runway was closed and caused serious disruption in the sky above southern England.
Glasgow’s golden glow – we’re proud to be on board as the airport celebrates its first 50 years in business21 July 2016
The world has seen many changes since Glasgow Airport opened for commercial business in 1966, not least at the airport itself.
In March easyJet invited friends and family into their HQ at London Luton Airport to give them a behind the scenes look into the world of aviation. It’s an important occasion where guests get an insight into what goes on behind closed hangar and cockpit doors.
With this summer expected to be the busiest ever recorded London Luton Airport has estimated that the financial contribution from the airport to the Three Counties economy will almost double from the current £732 million to a massive £1.4 billion, something that NATS is proud to be playing a key role in delivering.
The aviation connection to the Shetland Islands is vital, as there are only two ways of getting there; by ‘plane or by boat. The boat option requires a 12 or 14 hour overnight journey to/from Aberdeen, so the flight option is much quicker for those wanting to make the trip to mainland UK.
This month Heathrow announced a new early morning arrival slot. Heathrow slots are famously rare so given it is already the busiest two-runway airport in the world, how did space for a new slot emerge? The answer lies in Big Data.
The #NATS365 hashtag has been used on different social media platforms since September 2014 as a means of sharing some of our favourite pictures.
Do you have a picture you would like to share with us? If so please feel free to contact me as I am always looking for more aviation related images to share with people.
The first episode of ITV Cymru Wales broadcast of ‘The Airport’, the new fly on the wall documentary, which takes you behind the scenes at Cardiff Airport, included our team of controllers manning the control tower during a General Aviation (GA) Rally. Rallies are by no means rare, but do require lots of planning by the NATS’ team to accommodate extra traffic.