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NATS interview process

Old 29th Apr 2009, 09:05
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Hi

If you can't wait til August for the 10th edition, I've found Duke's 9th edition on WHSmith's website that can be sent out in 1-2 weeks.

I've not read the book yet so I've got it ordered in the hope I'll make it through to NATS stage 3! I'll feel more confident if I have swotted up as much as I can on ATC.
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Old 29th Apr 2009, 11:07
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In that case, if anyone has enough spare time on their hands, and are crazy enough (like myself), I guess its much more useful to have a flick through a couple of the CAA publications:

CAP 493: Manual of Air Traffic Services - Part 1 | Publications | CAA


And the CAP413-Radiotelephony Manual is also quite helpful;

CAP 413: Radiotelephony Manual | Publications | CAA


I was a bit cheeky and printed them at work! But good luck, those are a handful!.......
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Old 29th Apr 2009, 11:13
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WHSmiths have now just emailed me to say it's out of stock at the publisher! And they haven't said how long it might take to send one to me!
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Old 29th Apr 2009, 11:20
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Have you tried your local library service?

For example Surrey Libraries have several copies...
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Old 29th Apr 2009, 11:45
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Stage 3

I have my stage 3 on May 26th.
Was wondering if anyone else is going on that day?
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Old 29th Apr 2009, 11:55
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DJNick

As far as I am aware, you cannot just jump in to retake from stage2 - you have to go through the whole process again regardless of which stage you got to. I retook the whole lot this year after failing at stage 2 last year...plus you have to wait a year from the date of your initial application, not the date of taking stage 1.

Hope this helps!
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Old 29th Apr 2009, 16:23
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I have my stage 3 on May 26th.
Was wondering if anyone else is going on that day?
I too have my Stage 3 that day, so I guess I will see you there.
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Old 29th Apr 2009, 18:08
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My year is up and I have applied again booked my stage 1 for the 26th of May, so if anyone is also going to be there at the 1400 one I may see you.
I'm assuming stage 1 hasn't changed all that much from last year? in terms of the actual content... I did have a quick read through some posts and seen people talking about stage 2 and 3 changes so was just wondering.
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Old 29th Apr 2009, 18:18
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I have been looking into getting Graham Duke's book also.

It appears everywhere is out of stock at the minute, due to the pending release of the 10th edition in August.

I have been able to find it elsewhere for as little as 4.99 +P&P, just can't for the life in me remember where. As soon as i do i will shout
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Old 29th Apr 2009, 18:29
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I've found it here Radio Society of Great Britain General Books
for 4.99.
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Old 29th Apr 2009, 20:53
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Plenty to be found on Google Shopping. You don't need the 9th edition, the 8th (or maybe even the 7th) will do fine. I have a 3rd edition, but you don't want that. A lot has changed since 1989. Hell, it was only marginally useful in 1999 when I needed it!
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Old 30th Apr 2009, 10:38
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Stage 1

Hi guys,

Everyone sounds immensely clued up in here, I applied to get on this course and chose my Stage 1 date before I knew what was required to pass the stage one process. Im just looking the through the leaflet they send you and am not sure I can absorb all this information by Tuesday. I was wondering if they were likely to ask questions relating to the 6 individual specifications of the planes, as this is a lot of information to learn parrot fashion in 4 days. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers
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Old 30th Apr 2009, 10:43
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Learn as much as you can, but definitely at least have an appreciation for sensible values for the figures for jet and turboprop aircraft.
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Old 30th Apr 2009, 10:46
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is a turboprop a propeller aircraft?
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Old 30th Apr 2009, 10:51
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anthonygraham1,

Yes a turboprop is a propeller aircraft. As JonathanB says have a good idea of destinations of aircraft. E.g can they make a transatlantic etc... and speed e.g do they fly at 300 knots/450 knots etc... I dont recall being asked about number of passengers etc... but yours could be different to mine !!!
Good luck with it
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Old 30th Apr 2009, 11:02
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thanks chaps - I thought it was a wind up when I saw all the individual specifications... apparently not.
oh well, every cloud.
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Old 30th Apr 2009, 11:10
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aircraft pun not intended.
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Old 30th Apr 2009, 11:10
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anthonygraham1,

If you want to PM with an email address i made some "top Trump" style cards to help learn the aircraft, also i wrote out the information in my own way and the orginal version and transferred it onto my ipod via a speech program and listened to it in my car on my way to work. I also have those mp3 if you fancy it !!!
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Old 30th Apr 2009, 11:49
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Stage 1

I've recently sat stage 1 and if it's the same tests I passed then you don't need any in depth knowledge of the different planes, I read the information 3 or 4 times before the exam and felt quite confident after the test.

As you've probably saw from other posts there are harder parts to it than the motivation paper, but I think staying relaxed throughout the tests is the best advice I could give you.

Good luck with stage 1
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Old 30th Apr 2009, 12:44
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To anyone who has recently done the "new" stage 2... Should I take a snack with me or do they give time to go to the canteen for lunch?
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