NATS employees honoured by Royal Aero Club

16 May 2014

Employees from across NATS, the UK based air traffic management company, were among those honoured by the Royal Aero Club as part of their annual awards.

Club President, The Duke of York, presented awards to those in the aviation industry who have challenged and redefined the “art of the impossible”.

Richard Deakin, NATS Chief Executive, alongside Paul Winstanley and Chris Edwards from the air traffic control branch of the trade union Prospect, received the Certificate of Appreciation having been nominated by Aerobility, the charity that helps disabled people learn to fly.

Since 2011, NATS employees have raised a total of £180,000 for the Blackbushe based charity, including donating a specially modified Tecnam aircraft.

On receiving the award, Richard said: “This is recognition of the enormous effort that people from across NATS have made to support Aerobility. The charity does amazing work that genuinely helps change people’s lives and challenge perceptions around disability.”

The NATS team jointly behind the hugely successful Airbox Aware, which helps pilots avoid infringing controlled airspace, was also recognised having been nominated by the Light Aircraft Association. Jonathan Smith, Kathy McColl and Mark Watson collected the Certificate of Merit.

Jonathan Smith, NATS General Aviation Lead, added: “Together with Airbox, our intention was to create something that would be a real asset to pilots and help reduce the risk of infringements. We’re delighted it’s been so successful and incredibly grateful to the Club for this award.”

The Royal Aero Club is the coordinating body for British aero-sports, working to promote and protect all forms of recreational and competitive air sport in the UK, and to represent UK air sport internationally.


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