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Old 1st Apr 2009, 20:04
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However, as I understand it, if an a/c is routeing for an NDB/VOR the a/c will compute the wind and adjust for it to route towards said beacon. If the controller is using headings instead, either to position for approach, or for separation purposes, then the wind of the day will need to be factored in by the controller
Sounds good to me. Not bad for a Tower only ATCO
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Old 1st Apr 2009, 20:07
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AJ7, this is more out of interest than anything, but what are the busiest times of year and what are the busiest times of the day during the week?

Also what's the maximum number of a/c you handle at any one time?
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Old 1st Apr 2009, 23:31
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Yes, e-mails and phone calls seem to be during office hours. I got an e-mail and a phone call within 10 minutes of each other the day after my stage 3 (and just after 5pm for more details).
Not necessarily.

I got my confirmation phone call to say I'd passed Stage 3 at 6:30pm

From what I've heard they only phone you if you've passed. Otherwise you only get an email. For the few days I was waiting, I was panicking every time someone sent me a text (As I get a text when NATS email me) and getting frantically excited every time my phone rang!
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Old 2nd Apr 2009, 00:05
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Busiest time of year - Summer.

Weekdays tend to be busier than weekends, with all the business shuttles up and down the country and to the European hubs, in terms of time of day, we get busy with Long-Haul arrivals from 6am, then its pretty much solid all day till maybe 9pm where it starts dying off till 11pm ish. Varies day to day, and if theres bad weather then it starts getting interesting...

In terms of traffic controlled at once... anything up to 20 a/c in GMC, i suppose 7 or 8 in arrivals and again 20 or so in departures.
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Old 2nd Apr 2009, 00:33
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Chris - I got a confirmation email saying i was through, and then the call wasn't until next day I think.... email was definitely before call though.
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Old 2nd Apr 2009, 09:22
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Thanks for your reply to my question... much appreciated


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Old 2nd Apr 2009, 10:34
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Hi ya'll

Have people who took their S1 on the 18th of March heard their results yet?

Cheers,
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Old 2nd Apr 2009, 10:37
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Nope, not yet. We've only got a maximum of another week to go though.
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Old 2nd Apr 2009, 11:53
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Hi,

Could anyone tell me how long it took to get from taking their S1 to actually starting the course?

Thanks
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Old 2nd Apr 2009, 11:53
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Hi all,

Yeah Im still waiting for results from 18th March, Those that took them on 10th and 13th March seem to be getting their results now so we shouldnt be long !!!!!

Here's hoping !!!
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Air22,

I had my Stage 1 on the 10th November and was subsequently offered a course starting at the end of April. Couldn't take that due to my current contract so starting in July instead.

Hope that helps a bit...
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Old 2nd Apr 2009, 13:02
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I am also panicking every time someone sends me a txt! I daren't check my email in case I become addicted to checking every 5 mins and have had so many 'withheld' calls this week that I am certain I am going to need cardiac treatment very shortly...

And that's only after 2 days!! This is really painful!
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Old 2nd Apr 2009, 13:11
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Lol!!! Thanks for that!! I'm not sure how much it's going to settle my nerves though!

I'm working for the next three days so hopefully it'll take my mind off it for a bit...!
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Old 2nd Apr 2009, 13:19
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Indeed - when you see that 01489 number come up you know that's it! I've never heard my office go so quiet so quickly.....!
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Old 2nd Apr 2009, 14:51
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Hi Paperclip810,

That's great thanks.

I was also wondering, do NATS trainees tend to start off on a lower salary than those people who have self funded and join a non-nats airport due to the fact they've paid for your training?

Many thanks
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Old 2nd Apr 2009, 16:12
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From what I've heard they only phone you if you've passed. Otherwise you only get an email. For the few days I was waiting, I was panicking every time someone sent me a text (As I get a text when NATS email me) and getting frantically excited every time my phone rang!
I only got an e-mail when I passed.
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Old 2nd Apr 2009, 16:55
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Oh God! There I was thinking that if I only got an email it was a sure thing that I failed...this wait is agonising!
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Thanks for telling CJayne that its not a withheld number... there ends my wind ups!

Good luck to everyone waiting for results... and the close family of said candidates!
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A week after I completed my OPQ and still waiting to hear about a date for Stage 2... Is this usual? Is it worth chasing them or should I wait a little longer?

This waiting game can be so frustrating!
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Hi Tobiwan,

I had someone PM me with a similar concern yesterday - almost a week gone and no response.

I assume NATS say it's a 15 working day waiting period for all stages so probably only fair to give them their time... I also assume the Stage 3 results are taking priority on HR's task list at the moment.

If you haven't heard by the end of next week, maybe worth giving them a call...

Good luck to all those waiting - I know it's not nice!
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