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July 21 / Danger zone – A RAF special

Danger zone

A RAF special

From sonic booms and Quick Reaction Alert to deployments during Covid and military training exercises, are you ready to learn more about the world of 78 Squadron?

The UK is one of the few countries around the world with a joint and integrated civil and military air traffic control service, with NATS and MoD controllers sitting side by side in the control centre at Swanwick, Hampshire.

This close relationship allows greater cooperation and the more flexible use of airspace. But what is the difference between civil and military ATM and how do they work together on a day to day basis?

The challenges we both face are very similar; growing levels of traffic, the integration of unmanned air systems and the constant pressure to improve levels of safety and cost-efficiency – just to name a few! But through close and effective cooperation we can meet these and other challenges whenever and wherever they might appear.

In this RAF Special episode of Altitude for Armed Forces Week, we're joined by Wing Commander Chrissie Miller, Officer Commanding 78 Sqn, and Gary Dixon, GM Swanwick Operations.

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