MOC formalises relationship between NATS and Georgia’s ATC provider

15 May 2012

NATS, a global leader in innovative air traffic services and solutions, has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) with the Republic of Georgia’s Air Navigation Services Provider, SAKAERONAVIGATSIA, signalling an intention to collaborate on future training requirements for air traffic control, engineering and airspace design.

The MOC stipulates that NATS and SAKAERONAVIGATSIA will seek to cooperate in any areas within the field of training and consultancy services, aligning the working practices of the two companies and opening the door for future partnerships.

“This collaboration will benefit both NATS and SAKAERONAVIGATSIA through the mutual sharing of best practices,” said Richard Deakin, Chief Executive Officer, NATS. “The signing of the MOC indicates commitment and highlights the progress we have made in identifying common skills which both parties can utilise going forward.

“With the MOC in place, we can begin to discuss with SAKAERONAVIGATSIA the possibility of Georgian ATC staff working alongside NATS to help deliver our expanding portfolio of international contracts.  It also establishes a framework through which NATS hopes to support SAKAERONAVIGATSIA’s training programmes, drawing upon our experience managing some of the busiest, most complex airspace in the world.”

“NATS is of the strongest teams in the world and most famous as well,” said George Karbelashvili, Georgia’s Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development. “We started the negotiation process quite a long time ago. NATS has studied the market in Georgia, in particular the exciting circumstances in aviation sector, and has been interested in cooperation with SAKAERONAVIGATSIA. After a few meetings held between representatives of two companies and visit to Georgia, we agreed to sign this MOC.”

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