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Old 31st Jan 2011, 11:47
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it would be interesting to hear what people have actually failed medicals on....
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Old 31st Jan 2011, 13:40
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Thanks for the quick reply and that very helpful link, Batfink. Very informative.

Sounds like you could opt to go and have the medical done completely separately from the whole NATS circus and have it ready to go whenever they need it. Sounds like the certificates you get have a shelf-life, so to speak, and will be valid for a while.

Has anybody done that before? Hatemyjob? Did you ask NATS if they'd accept it, or if they'll insist on a new one?

I'd just like the peace of mind in knowing that it's all done and dusted and I'm not going to get shot down within spitting distance of the finish line.

sambatc, I don't know for sure, but in my exhaustive reading of this mammoth thread, I'm sure I saw mention of somebody failing for having a slightly curved spine (scoliosis, I assume, and hence no good for sitting in a chair all day...fair enough) and another person said they'd had migraines in the past and that person wouldn't pass medical until they'd gone 2 years migraine-free with a doctor's note to attest to that.

As you guys have guessed, I'm sure the ECG and lung capacity tests are the usual things, looking for any murmers/palpitations/irregularities in the heart, and then to test you've got normal lung capacity and wont have an asthma attack the first time you get a little stressed.

Urine/blood, could be any number of things. They don't specifically mention it on the site, but I'm assuming part of that is drug testing. I already managed to quit the cigarettes last year, best cut out the cocaine and heroin now then!

Another thing I've been wondering -- especially with all the talk of the school being down-sized a bit and fewer applicants being accepted into the college than previous years -- is it possible to make it through all the tests/stages/medicals/interviews with flying colours, and still be turned down due to lack of space? Or would they just delay your start date until a spot was available?

One final question for this round: does anybody know more precisely when the April dates will be posted? HR told me Feb but haven't been able to get anything more specific than that.

Thanks again for all your help. I look forward to meeting some of you in the future.

Regards
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Old 31st Jan 2011, 14:26
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Awesome news guys, Stage 3 dates are up, just booked mine for 21/04/2011. Anyone else attending?
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Old 31st Jan 2011, 14:34
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still no results.....


what other dates were there?
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Old 31st Jan 2011, 14:37
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One or two more in April 26/27 I think and then the rest in May. None on Bank holidays. I think 21st is the only one in Swanwick before May.
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Old 31st Jan 2011, 14:39
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cheers. They're ages away!
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Old 31st Jan 2011, 14:51
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No results for me either, but if the dates are so far away it doesn't really matter I guess

Back to the waiting game
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Old 31st Jan 2011, 14:59
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Hello all
I'm new here! And just wondered if any of you could share your expertise with me!
I have been thinking about air traffic control as a career option for a while, and have spent some time researching it. Am I right in saying that the NATS selection process is the only route in to it for UK residents. (Silly question I know, just want to make sure that I've got things right).
Secondly, I am planning to do the first stage of the application process (online test) on their website. Can anybody tell me if there is any preparation or practice I can do for this initial stage? I think that if you fail it you can't repeat it for 18 months, so I want to make sure I give myself the best chance!
Many thanks in advance for your help . . .
Charlie
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Old 31st Jan 2011, 15:12
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That`s weird, I only did Stage 2 last Friday, and recieved the e-mail just after lunch today. Maybe drop them an e-mail.

Good luck anyway.
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Old 31st Jan 2011, 15:42
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kwagga, what are your initials? I have a theory that they're grading in alphabetical order, I haven't recived anything yet and my initials are J.G (I guess they're going by last name, would make most sense to me).

So if your last name is before mine in the alphabet it would make sense, if not then I have no clue
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Old 31st Jan 2011, 15:47
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N.S. so that rules that out.
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Old 31st Jan 2011, 15:53
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Argh, oh well, then it seems it's just down to randomness really. How ever so far nobody has recived a "no" correct? Even though that might not be a very good indicator considering they shouldn't have to compare around the tests (I belive they're graded against a scale decided beforehand, it's not dependent on the group you were in).

Luckily I'm working tomorrow (had a day off today so I've been checking my mail every two minutes ), who knows, with a bit of luck I could have a mail in my inbox when I get home *fingers crossed*
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Old 31st Jan 2011, 17:06
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looks like the 21st is all booked up already - I have my stage 3 booked for April 26th, which is the earliest opportunity.

A long time to wait but here's hoping it's worth it in the end



drop them a polite email Crazy - can't hurt
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Old 31st Jan 2011, 17:11
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Well they've only had 3 days so I'll give them a few more before I ask, besides, patience is supposed to be a virtue (at least so I've heard)
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Old 31st Jan 2011, 19:56
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Hi guys,

Anyone waiting like me to book a day for stage 2? HR said they would email me.....but nothing in the last month!!

Thanks,
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Old 1st Feb 2011, 09:33
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Sofia,
Just keep going on the link to book your test, test dates can become available randomly and if your not quick enough it will get booked up.
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Old 1st Feb 2011, 10:07
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just re-checked the dates, a new stage 3 slot is open up for Feb 10th....

so I now have my stage 3.... next thursday!!



PANIC!....
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Old 1st Feb 2011, 11:42
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Sam, Yeah a bit short notice. Have you got the Occupational Personality Questionnaire yet, and have you been on any tower visits?
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Old 1st Feb 2011, 12:09
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nope and nope but I'm investigating local tower visits as we speak...!
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Old 1st Feb 2011, 14:28
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Well turns out I got through

Sambatc - I checked as soon as I got the email and 10th Feb wasn't on the list, but to be honest I couldn't do that anyway - uni commitments + going to Paris the day after.
Currently booked in for 27th April at Prestwick, but will keep checking back for any dates at Southampton. Got my finals in May though, so I may end up having to go to Prestwick.
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