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Old 18th Jan 2010, 19:30
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hey there,

please check your PM!
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Old 18th Jan 2010, 19:44
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nwalsh011 and noroll,

Congratulations nwalsh011!
I was there too last Friday, heard the news today and I'm through too! (I was number 5!)

Any news noroll?
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Old 18th Jan 2010, 23:09
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Marco - how many people were at your S1 today? My friend was there too but I'm yet to hear from him. Fingers crossed for the both of you!
Not many at all... 12-15 perhaps, that sort of figure.
I'm hoping I've scraped through on the diagramming. Last year I remember having similar problems and I got through. So there's still a chance.
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Old 18th Jan 2010, 23:15
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Hello everybody!

Hi there, to anyone who has sat stage 1 tests recently! I'm about to re-take my stage 1 tests in February, & would really appreciate if you could confirm aproximately the No of questions in each test & also the time limits, just to have a clue of what to expect & if anything has changed... Could you also recall in the diagramming test, how many Q's with a diamond attached at the bottom symbol were there (which alters the whole figure & presents the column in a different order)? Thanks a lot in advance, & special thanks to everyone who has contributed their valuable info to this forum, good luck to all those waiting for their results fingers crossed & good luck to all new applicants!
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Old 18th Jan 2010, 23:38
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rexell - glad to hear it mate, I will see you in training then, I was number 3 btw!
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Old 19th Jan 2010, 11:06
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I passed stage 3!

Got the congratulations email yesterday! Absolutely gobsmacked and so happy!

Congratulations to everyone else who has just passed - I did stage 3 last Thursday, did anyone else from that day pass too?

Thank you to everyone - particularly Pat42 - who has posted helpful info on here, very much appreciated!
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Old 19th Jan 2010, 12:38
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wohooooooooooooooo, nicely done! I told you so!

And congrats for anyone who's just passed :]

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Old 19th Jan 2010, 14:03
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Passed stage 3

Rexell & Nwalsh011

I was there on friday 2, i also passed.

So well done guys, i was number 6. (Chris scottish 1 lol)

Whats your actual names?

Can't think who numbers 3 & 5 were lol
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Old 19th Jan 2010, 15:43
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Congratulations everyone who has recently passed stage 3 and is through. well done to you all.

Cavokay...
I recently did stage 1.. to be honest cant remember a lot of the details however i do remember the ATC paper was 20 mins long. And that in the diagramming it was the ones towards the end that had the diamong order things. This was about 25% of the paper. hope this helps a little.

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Old 19th Jan 2010, 19:34
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Finally got my medical through today - I did stage 3 in September! Anyhow all is well so I imagine I'll be on the August area. I have never posted and only found this site just before my stage 3 but it was very helpful so thanks everybody.
I saw some posts a few pages back looking for advice on prep work. I have no history in aviation and have been out of education a few years so I think I need to get my brain warmed up! Does anyone have any pointers for me?
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Old 20th Jan 2010, 09:53
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Stage 2 - 26th Jan

Hi,

Is anyone else here attending the Stage 2 Assesment on 26th Jan?

Ian
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Old 20th Jan 2010, 13:02
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Question some advice

Dear esq,
I am an ATCO in Iran. I came across the NATS vacancies the other day on the Internet. I had to choose a date for the interview but I could not risk since I am not sure about getting visa. I really feel frustrated because they do not send me an invitation.
I was wondering if you could help me with your information.
I remain, yours,
Kurosh
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Old 20th Jan 2010, 13:36
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Kurosh, I think you would need to approach them as an experienced hire rather than through the trainee ATCO route. I don't know about how you would get a visa, but you would need to be authorised to work in the UK and pass security vetting. Best to contact NATS directly rather than using the online application process I should think.
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Old 20th Jan 2010, 15:41
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Kurosh,

As Jonathan says, the best thing to do would be to contact NATS directly. You'll be able to find contact details on their website.

If you are already an experienced ATCO and they are interested in hiring you then they may well be prepared to discuss alternative routes into the company. Obviously there will be a certain amount of requalifying to do to convert your licence to one that is valid in the UK, but it might be possible to make that conversion without going through the entire training process from scratch (which is what you will have to do if you continue through the normal application process).

If you do have to go through the usual application process then normally you'll get invited to attend one of a selection of test days which are usually no further than about a month or so in advance. Obviously this doesn't give you a lot of time to sort out visas and flights, but a conversation with NATS might enable you to book a course further into the future. If successful at stage 1 you'll get invited to the next stage, and then if successful there you will be invited to the final stage. It can take several weeks for NATS to process your results at each stage, and then another few weeks before the next available test date, so if I were you I'd either be prepared to be making quite a few trips to the UK or to come and stay for quite a prolonged period of time (once you've factored in medicals the whole process can take over 4 months). I should also point out that you will need to ensure that you have eligibility to live and work in the UK and have secured any necessary permissions required to do so before you apply, NATS won't usually offer you any interviews until after this is all sorted.

Good luck and I hope you manage to get it all sorted
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Hi all,

I am due to (finally!) start at the college in May and have a quick question.

At what point do you start working shifts? I know that the college part of the training is 'office hours' type of working but does this continue after you are posted or do you go onto shifts before validation?

Cheers and good luck,

Steven
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Old 20th Jan 2010, 22:23
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As soon as you get posted you'll join a watch, and so join their shift pattern for training.

Hope that helps.
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Old 20th Jan 2010, 23:00
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Thanks paperclip for the quick response
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Congrats on getting through!

I'm due to start on Area in August too and am from Darlo - have you had any thoughts on accomodation etc yet?

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Old 21st Jan 2010, 15:41
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Hi, I applied online and have 1st stage interview in Prestwick on 29th Jan. I'm just wondering what my chances are of getting through stage 1 (never mind all 3 stages) actually are!! Do alot of people apply for this? I know nothing of aviation but will try my best to learn the given information. This career path was reccomended by a friend of my parents as I have been out of work (with my degree) for 3 months and I'm at a total loose end!!!

Amy
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Old 21st Jan 2010, 18:01
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Finally received confirmation of my EU Class 3 [UK Class 1] from the CAA today! I am completely ecstatic!

Will fax NATS HR my certificate once it arrives in the post and will hopefully be starting in Bournemouth later this year!
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