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7th Aug 2019, 10:14
NATS Swanwick are looking for commercial pilots to come along to our Emergency Training Sessions once again.

Please find details below:

ART - ATCO Refresher Training

ART involves both classroom and practical simulator sessions; these sessions are greatly enhanced by the presence of a commercial pilot. ART takes place at our Corporate and Technical Centre (CTC) at Whiteley (approximately 3 miles from Swanwick). The session will commence 1300 for Area Control or 1400 for Terminal Control and finish at approximately 1900 hours.

There will be an opportunity to visit the Ops room at Swanwick before the ART session. Please advise if you would like to take up this opportunity and we will notify you of the necessary timings and arrangements accordingly.If you donít wish to visit the Ops room at Swanwick, please arrive at the CTC Whiteley 20 minutes before the session is due to commence. You will be met at Reception by one of the ART facilitators.

STAC - Scenario Training for Aircrew and Controllers

STAC aims to improve communication between pilots and controllers. It is solely classroom based but uses some radar replays to enhance discussions; with controllers from Swanwick and other Aviation Professionals including pilots. A member of the Swanwick Training Team will facilitate mutually constructive conversations during a 0900-1430 day session. There will be an opportunity to visit the Ops room at the end of the session.

We are able to offer some mileage expenses (for ART and STAC), up to the maximum of 260 miles towards the cost of your journey to Swanwick. There will be an expenses form which should be completed on the day of the visit. The rate currently stands at 20p/petrol per mile, 18p/diesel per mile, 16p/LPG per mile and 18p/motorcycle per mile.

If you would like to participate in an ART or STAC session, please contact the Training Support Team by email at [email protected] . We will then send you confirmation together with details of the security arrangements and a map.Please feel free to forward this e-mail to any of your colleagues who may be interested in coming along to a session.

Below are the dates of the ART and STAC (in red) sessions where we have availability for Pilots to attend:

September 2019 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, 9th 11th, 11th 17th, 19th, 25th
October 2019 3rd, 11th, 17th, 19th, 21st, 31st
November 6th, 8th, 16th, 14th, 22nd, 24th, 26th, 26th 28th,
December 2019 4th 6th, 8th, 10th, 12th, 12th, 16th, 18th 20th,
January 2020 3rd, 13th, 13th, 15th, 17th, 19th, 21, 23rd, 27th, 29th, 29th 31st
February 2020 4th, 6th, 6th, 8th, 10th, 12th, 20th 24th, 28th
March 2020 3rd, 5th 9th, 11th, 13th, 17th, 17th 19th, 23rd 27th, 29th, 31st
April 2020 4th, , 10th, 16th, 20th, 22nd, 24th, 24th, 26th, 28th, 28th, 30th
May 2020 4th, 6th, 8th, 12th, 18th, 20th, 22nd
June 2020 1st, 9th, 11th, 19thShould you wish to discuss this further or have any questions, please donít hesitate to get in touch by emailing [email protected].

7th Aug 2019, 13:06
The rate currently stands at 20p/petrol per mile, 18p/diesel per mile, 16p/LPG per mile and 18p/motorcycle per mile.

No Avgas? No Jet-A1??? 🤯

7th Aug 2019, 14:48
Does my FAA Commercial Certificate with glider rating count? I am a commercial pilot...

And will actually be in the UK late in November.

The question was tongue in cheek, but I'll bet it's a fun experience for those who participate.


7th Aug 2019, 15:04
What do ART sessions involve for a visiting pilot?


7th Aug 2019, 15:27
It’s a great day out and well worth the effort.

I stayed the whole day and first watched actual controllers on the live sector which included my base airfield, then a London sector for a while. We were able to observe and ask questions.

Then we had a session in a classroom with pilots and controllers discussing various scenarios and issues.

Then for the ART parts, we went into a simulator where pilots pretend to be an aircraft. I decided to take up headings 30į off what I was instructed. Those ATC guys and gals are very sharp! My “navigation problem” was picked up very quickly - while the controller was also vectoring 6 other aircraft out of London City.

Lastly, we watched the ATC folk in their simulator. They were working quite normally when they lost all their screens. They were very calm and reverted to procedural controlling.

Very impressive and well worth a visit. From my own experience I always knew UK controllers were good, but they are very very good.

7th Aug 2019, 19:46
Been there and loved it, have a picture of the snake poster to prove it. :)