As an Air Traffic Controller you will be at the heart of NATS business, issuing instructions and information to pilots by radio to keep air traffic flying safely, efficiently and on time. It’s a highly responsible, and immensely satisfying, role.
Aircraft fly 24 hours a day, and that means you will have to work in shifts. Working in the UK means that you will have to deal with one of the most complex areas of airspace in the world and work at some of the world’s busiest airports.
To make sure you are at the top of your game we will provide first-class training and you’ll be rewarded with excellent terms and conditions.
As an Area Controller you control the ‘en route’ stage of the flight – in other words, the airspace between airports. You might work from our airport towers, but are more likely to be in one of our area control centres, using radar and the latest technology to track the aircraft’s exact position.
Controllers at Swanwick handle domestic traffic and aircraft flying through UK airspace, while the Oceanic Controllers at Prestwick also handle aircraft flying across the Atlantic. The controllers at Swanwick are also responsible for traffic within the London Terminal Control Area, approaching the London airports.
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As an Approach Controller you will take over contact with the pilots as they approach the airport. You will guide the aircraft and make sure they are in the most efficient order for landing.
As an Aerodrome Controller you will take over to help the aircraft land. At very busy airports, Aerodrome Controllers are split into air control and ground control. The latter guides the aircraft to its parking stand once it is on the ground.
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NATS has over 40 manned sites across the UK, from Aberdeen to Southampton. These include radar and radio stations, control towers at airports, area control centres, our corporate headquarters, and the College of Air Traffic Control. Find out more about NATS locations.