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NATS interview process

Old 26th May 2016, 19:46
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@daut.molahasanov

I assume the questions will be based on the information from the pdf in the link that they send in the passing of stage 2 email.

Have you got your Stage 3 interview soon?
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Old 26th May 2016, 20:10
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Crazy Voyager is right, they all take at most a day.
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Old 27th May 2016, 01:09
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In that case I am seriously tempted. Though I live in Scotland so it would be quite the journey!

Does anybody know how often they take on teenagers anyway? I'm only 18.
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Old 27th May 2016, 15:40
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I'm 19 and I passed Stage 2. If you have minimum requirements they will accept you, just make sure you look professional (take special attention to your hair, as if you have long hair with curls it won't look as professional as if you had shorter hair - my case, so I had to adopt another hairstyle just for NATS ). If you really want it, the journey will be nothing (you can revise the booklet), in my case I'm from Portugal and I passed 18 hours travelling just to do the ATC Knowledge Test (already taken and passed FEAST and DART at Eurocontrol).
Tips for the day: calm down, try to make friends and plan ahead (if they asked you to be there at 8:00, try to get there at 7:20 to avoid possible delays due to traffic or.just use the good old public transport - like me ).
The test will be fairly simple, just hammer down the booklet (they wont ask you things like "What is jetfuel maid of").

If any of you are thinking about staying overnight at Southampton, I recommends the ibis Budget as it is fairly cheap, clean, confortable and is really close to the rail station!
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Old 31st May 2016, 12:36
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Hi all,

I have found this forum really useful and I have finally got my stage 3 this monday! The part I am really worried about is the PDF that I have been sent which says how important that I learn the contents. I was just wondering how they test it as there are so many plane types to learn with roughly similar FL's and speeds so I can just see me tripping up over this part.

Thanks!!!
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Old 31st May 2016, 14:34
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@matta691 don't worry about it, the idea is to know that info more generally, so if I was to ask you which aircraft was suitable to fly from London to Hong Kong then Boeing 747 would be an appropriate answer
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Old 1st Jun 2016, 08:37
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Thanks norse- you have put my mind at rest I could just see me getting the flight level for one of the Mcdonnell Douglas planes slightly wrong and failing because of it!
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Old 1st Jun 2016, 19:27
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Originally Posted by daut.molahasanov
djblu, I hope you are right as that is mainly what I have been doing.
I have my Stage 3 Interview coming on the 13th of June.
What stage are you at?

I met some nice people on stage 1 , not much luck with that on stage 2 - now I hope I run into some nice people again. Hopefully some of you guys will be there.

Even if I fail it will be nice to have few friends who work in NATS.
I am there on the 13th too. Finding the aircraft the hardest to remember as there are so many similar details on most of them.

Quite excited but nervous also.
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Old 2nd Jun 2016, 20:02
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New Applicant

Hello All!

A new applicant here. Completed the online forms but haven't submitted yet.
Just wanted to say hi and open up channels of communication to anyone else who may be applying / in the process.
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Old 2nd Jun 2016, 20:03
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Hello All!

A new applicant here, just completed the form but haven't submitted it yet.
Just wanted to say hi and open channels of communication to anyone starting / in the process.
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Old 3rd Jun 2016, 20:00
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Hi guys,

I got through stage 2 and have my stage 3 day booked in July (looking forward to it with a mix of excitement and trepidation!), and from what I've read on here I understand that stage 3 is basically the final stage (other than the medical and what not).

However, according to the infographic here ( Infographic: Becoming an Air Traffic Controller - NATS Blog ) there is a 4th stage too.
I'm just wondering which is correct.

Plus, has anyone got any pointers for stage 3? I notice a few of us have it coming up.. Are the questions based on the PDF booklet basically like the multi-choice questions from stage 2 except more thorough and non-multiple choice? And are all the questions based solely on what the PDF covers?
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Old 4th Jun 2016, 14:03
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Tell me about it!

I drove down to stage 2 with thedip (from a couple pages back) and he had printed out all the details into table format which made it MUCH easier to learn compared to the way its printed in the pdf. Its still all unconnected, but you start to see the patterns between planes.
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Old 5th Jun 2016, 18:35
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Got stage 3 booked for July as well. There is a pretty simples way of learning all the speeds, altitudes and passengers...
Organize everything by manufacturers and then order the list from the slowest to the fastest (speed is the only fixed value). You will see that speeds will be so easy to learn, then you just need to work a bit harder for the altitudes and passengers.
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Old 14th Jun 2016, 02:18
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Seeg,

Stage 3 and stage 4 in the info graphic are wrapped together in what is referred to here as stage 3. I'm not aware of anyone turning up to the 'stage 3' day and not doing both
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Old 20th Jun 2016, 14:57
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Thanks to everyone in this forum,

I haven't contributed much but I've read this thread from cover to cover.

Got my phone call on Friday and the email today confirming an offer subject to medical and security clearance.

Over the moon!
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Old 22nd Jun 2016, 17:23
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Hi All,

I've received my invitation to pick a Stage 2 date and will be attending 1st July.

From what I've read thus far, it doesn't seem necessary to learn absolutely every airplane fact and figure, just a general understanding of how they differ. Is this correct? I'd hate to be under prepared, although to trim down the revision on the airplane stats would be a massive relief.

TIA
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Old 30th Jun 2016, 17:21
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Hi all, I've found out I'll be starting the training course in August. If anyone else is going to be starting in August then let me know. Good luck everyone.
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Old 1st Jul 2016, 23:55
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NATS Stage 2

Hello, everyone.

I know this topic has probably been addressed here but given that there are so many replies to this thread i opted for putting my question directly to a benevolent soul who might know how to answer it.

I am now waiting for my stage 2 of NATS selection process which is due in 2 weeks time and would like to know if there is any recommended software to practice for FEAST and DART. So far, i've found these out:

SkyTest® - Preparation Software for DLR Test (Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Swiss, Turkish Airlines, Royal Jordanian, SunExpress, DFS), Cargolux, FEAST (Eurocontrol), Austro Control, Skyguide

https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...sttesttraining

My default position is that you should look to practice as much as possible before these tests (hence my query) but i've read some opinions in this forum either advising against doing this or downplaying its importance by sugesting training with some common puzzle games.

I'm looking for testimonials of people who have made it through (or nearly got it) and can speak from experience. Even better if someone is a trainer of ATCs.

Thank you all and good flights.
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Old 2nd Jul 2016, 13:26
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PLima, how long did you have to wait between passing stages 0+1 and getting an invitation to pick a date for stage 2?
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Old 2nd Jul 2016, 22:03
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Originally Posted by PLima
Hello, everyone.

I know this topic has probably been addressed here but given that there are so many replies to this thread i opted for putting my question directly to a benevolent soul who might know how to answer it.

I am now waiting for my stage 2 of NATS selection process which is due in 2 weeks time and would like to know if there is any recommended software to practice for FEAST and DART. So far, i've found these out:

SkyTest® - Preparation Software for DLR Test (Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Swiss, Turkish Airlines, Royal Jordanian, SunExpress, DFS), Cargolux, FEAST (Eurocontrol), Austro Control, Skyguide

https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...sttesttraining

My default position is that you should look to practice as much as possible before these tests (hence my query) but i've read some opinions in this forum either advising against doing this or downplaying its importance by sugesting training with some common puzzle games.

I'm looking for testimonials of people who have made it through (or nearly got it) and can speak from experience. Even better if someone is a trainer of ATCs.

Thank you all and good flights.
Hi Plima,

Can you send me a pm?

Mc
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