ATC IssuesA place where pilots may enter the 'lions den' that is Air Traffic Control in complete safety and find out the answers to all those obscure topics which you always wanted to know the answer to but were afraid to ask.
Previous adverts I've seen have required ICAO Level 4 Spanish for obvious reasons, damn shame for me because I have just spent the last 7 years becoming fluent in GERMAN! (not for ATC reasons). There's no way I could watch another Rosetta Stone DVD but I would like to work in Spain!
Basically: 1800h/year (1670 "aeronautical hours" + on call duty + training + anything else the company requires you for), shifts at company´s discretion, availability 365/24h, salary from €19.000 to €29.000 BEFORE taxes the first four years.
It's just the Global Leader in Air Traffic Solutions at their usual grubby tactics. They have virtually no spare staff in the UK who have level 4 spanish,and can't attract many spanish speakers at the salaries they are offering. Good luck Ferro Nats.
OTB NATS don't have the final salary pension that you get for new comers in the UK.Probably even worse in Spain.I can't even speak Chinglish never mind Spanglish.Hey you could come out of retirement,get the Rosetta Stone CD-ROM and have a go.Bon chance mon ami
Last edited by throw a dyce; 3rd Oct 2012 at 20:32.
That is incredible. Don't know how many movements there may be but top of the scale for 10+ years is 27000 Euros + extras....
I can't believe that. I'm in NATS at the moment and I speak spanish. I got a few contacts in Spanish ATC and it beggars belief. I had considered it but with what i was told despite the pay but the T & Cs. Definitely not but with the unemployment situation in Spain, i'm sure they will have loads of people wishing to apply.
These are some examples you can find in the document:
"Asimismo, la empresa, podrá variar la jornada y el horario establecido en el contrato de trabajo de mutuo acuerdo con el controlador/a de transito aéreo, adaptándolo a las necesidades del servicio a cubrir. En caso de no aceptación voluntaria por parte del trabajador o trabajadora, la empresa podrá variar la jornada y el horario establecido en su contrato de trabajo conforme se establece en la normativa legal vigente."
"Also, the company may change the roster and the schedule specified in the employment contract with the agreement with the ATCO, adapting it to meet the needs of the service. If there is no voluntary acceptance by the worker, the company may change the roster and the schedule set in the employment contract as determined in the current legislation."
"(...) 1.670 horas anuales, pudiendo incrementarse la misma hasta un total de 80 horas adicionales (...) en el cómputo del límite anual de actividad aeronáutica de 1.670 horas no se tendrán en cuenta otras actividades laborales de carácter no aeronáutico, tales como imaginarias realizadas fuera del centro de trabajo y períodos de formación no computables como actividad aeronáutica"
"(...) 1.670 hours per year, it can be increased to a total of 80 additional hours (...) in the computation of the annual activity limit of 1670 Aeronautical hours it will not take into account other non-Aeronautical labour activities, such as on-call activities made outside the workplace and training periods not reckoned as Aeronautical"
"(...) dada la especial naturaleza de los servicios que se prestan, así como el carácter esencial de los mismos para el correcto funcionamiento del sistema aeroportuario, las horas extra ordinarias a las que se refiere el párrafo anterior, y que por razones de servicio deban ser realizadas tendrán carácter obligatorio. La empresa podrá retribuir dichas horas extra ordinarias conforme al precio establecido al efecto en el artículo 48, o compensarlas por tiempos equivalentes de descanso retribuido según las necesidades, requerimientos y disponibilidades que presente el servicio."
"(...) given the special nature of the services provided, as well as the essential character of them for the proper functioning of the airport system, regular overtime referred to above, and that for reasons of service must be made, shall be mandatory. The company may reward that ordinary overtime under price established for this purpose in Article 48, or compensate for equivalent paid rest days according to the needs, availability and requirements of the service"
"(...) el controlador/a de control de tráfico aéreo que decida dar por extinguida la relación laboral con la empresa mediante la presentación de su baja voluntaria, deberá preavisar a la misma con una antelación mínima de siete meses"
"the ATCO that decides to terminate the employment relationship with the company by filing his voluntary resignation, shall notify the company with a minimum of seven months in advance"
FerroNATS are probably trying to attract some of the many Spanish Nationals who got their Student ATCO licences in England only to find they were unemployable in the UK. I've met one; mid 30s, very pleasant lady. The CAA insisted she take a full A/G Radio Operator exam (both written and practical) before she could even do A/G Radio at an airfield as she'd had no 'live' experience!! (I was her examiner, that's how I know).
In any case I couldn't stop myself to share a few thoughts.
As the OP mentions, spanish ATC is dreadful... but I think the blame is uncorrectly placed at just the most visible element. The best analogy would be blaming a customer service representative for the failures of their company.
Nevertheless I assume that those "worse controllers current in northern Europe" will probably not be interested in what amounts to slavery... I usually tell my friends that I'm a slave of the state but the pay is not bad (less than 3500 € monthly after taxes, mind you) but these poor sods don't even have that consolation.
Let me also mention that ATCOs in Spain face probably the harshest laws in whole Europe. As an example to this let me point out that those willing to work for "Feral Gnats" will recieve their training from the Aena atcos that where working in that airport prior to the takeover. What you may not know is that those same atcos have been FORCED to become OJTI against their will. They recieved a letter from Aena ordering them to request that "on their own will" or be charged with deliberately obstructing the take-over. In case you are wondering, the penalty for that is automatic loss of your atco licence and a fine of 4.500.000 € ... and no, it's no typo.
Anyone disbelieving this just let me know, I'll link the appropriate laws... as I have done several times before.
FerroNATS getting desperate? A mail is spreading in Finland looking for "experienced controllers for a 12 month period to become valid in the towers and then to act as instructors." Don't think they'll find anyone under these T&C:s!
Perhaps Feral Gnats should give up some of their pie to saerco; after all saerco's first newbie ATCO, recruited straight off the street , has recently endorsed in the Canaries and is now doing a good job "Home Alone".
Someone, somewhere has begun to profit from the "Pain in Spain" felt by many.
Good luck to all who strive to achieve their ratings regardless of recompense