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NATS interview process

Old 30th Mar 2018, 15:27
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Learn the booklet and just be refreshed and relaxed really, as best you can be anyway

There was a good post about Day 2 a while back, but I'm too lazy to search for it
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Old 30th Mar 2018, 15:57
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Post #10371 is the helpful one.

For FEAST/DART you get examples and a practise before each test which is plenty enough. Just keep focused and don't panic when things go wrong.
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Old 3rd Apr 2018, 16:18
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Hi Guys,

I have recently been successful and have been offered the job and I'm set to join the course at Global ATS in July. Is anybody else in line to join this course?

Cheers.
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Old 5th Apr 2018, 06:01
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Yes, me too! I'm hoping for the same course if all works out with my medical and security in time for July.
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Old 5th Apr 2018, 17:11
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Originally Posted by ATCkmmbbh1 View Post
Yes, me too! I'm hoping for the same course if all works out with my medical and security in time for July.
Same here buddy. I have the medical beginning of May so fingers crossed. I was contemplating starting a Facebook group/ WhatsApp chat for accommodation etc to keep costs down. Interested? (Will probably make sense to do so following the confirmation of medical etc.)
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Old 5th Apr 2018, 18:51
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Definitely! Not sure if you can private message on this but if not let me know your email or something? And guess I will see you at medical on 10th May!
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Old 5th Apr 2018, 21:07
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Me too, guess thats 3 out of 12 of us ��
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Old 6th Apr 2018, 10:34
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My medical is on the 3rd of May! I've made a FB group if you search for 'basic 258' you should be able to find it... hopefully speak to you both on there!
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Old 6th Apr 2018, 21:37
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Originally Posted by 001919 View Post
Hi Guys,

I have recently been successful and have been offered the job and I'm set to join the course at Global ATS in July. Is anybody else in line to join this course?

Cheers.
Me too, subject to everything going through ok. Can't wait to get started
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Old 7th Apr 2018, 15:02
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Hi all,

I passed stage 0 and 1 two days ago, awaiting an invitation to stage 2..

Any ideas on how long this can take?

Just about to graduate from Uni and trying to decide if I should start pursuing other job opportunities if it's going to be a long wait...

Cheers and gone.
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Old 7th Apr 2018, 17:30
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Originally Posted by JViatorMC View Post
Hi all,

I passed stage 0 and 1 two days ago, awaiting an invitation to stage 2..

Any ideas on how long this can take?

Just about to graduate from Uni and trying to decide if I should start pursuing other job opportunities if it's going to be a long wait...

Cheers and gone.
My invitation came after about 3 weeks, some have had it earlier and some got it later than that.
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Old 7th Apr 2018, 18:43
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JViatorMC,

Always have a 'Plan B'.
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Old 8th Apr 2018, 13:37
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Jerez Group

Would anyone be interested in a similar group for starting in Jerez in June?
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Old 10th Apr 2018, 15:52
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Hey guys,
I could really do with understanding a bit more about the industry before I progress with my application.
I took the online tests on a whim and have been successful but I know nothing about being employed as an ATC.
I understand that NATS is the 'agency' that provides ATCs to the majority of UK airports.
However, I also understand that some airports don't use NATS verified agents.

Is there another body that trains people in this sector?
I know for example that Ireland run their own programme to provide ATCs for the 3 main airports.
I saw ANS being talked about, do they train their own people specifically for Gatwick and Edinburgh?

Also, do any of the credentials you earn with NATS give you the right to work for European/US airports or have they their own recruitment process?

Sorry for all the questions.
Just hoping someone on here is more educated on the topic than me.
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Old 10th Apr 2018, 20:07
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Originally Posted by Venyx View Post
Would anyone be interested in a similar group for starting in Jerez in June?
Donít see why not! If you do - drop me a PM and Iíll join!
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Old 10th Apr 2018, 20:15
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Satyricon;

NATS is a company that provides 1) all enroute ATC in the UK (upper airspace) 2) all approach control in the London TMA 3) aerodrome control / approach control to the airports for which is has the contract (look on the NATS website for these).

When they take you on, you'll either go into the aerodrome stream or the enroute stream. Because NATS provide all the enroute control in the UK, they're the only training college able to train enroute controllers.

There are two colleges in the UK that can train aerodrome controllers, though (so Aerodrome rating, approach rating) - NATS and Global ATS.

There are lots of ANSP (Air Navigation Service Providers) in the UK. This is a company that provides ATC. There's NATS, and there's ANS like you said, and there are many others - often just individual airport companies are registered as ANSPs, for example Exeter, because they do their own ATC.

ANS (the German company that provides aerodrome control at Gatwick and Edinburgh) train their own new recruits - and indeed they're hiring ab-inito ATCs now for both those airports, so have a look on their website - but they train the controllers in Germany, at DFS who can are also licenced to issue UK licences.

UK licences are EASA licences, so they're valid in all of Europe, and many other countries like UAE and Oz recognise them too (though you might have to do a short conversion course). I don't know about the US, but I doubt it as the FAA seems to be a rule unto itself. It's a moot point anyway, as unless you have US citizenship you can't be a controller in the US. If you do, then you can look into converting the licence, but I don't know how possible that is.

So your routes into ATC are:
  • Apply to NATS, be successful and become an enroute or aerodrome controller for NATS (you don't get to pick)
  • Apply to ANS and have them train you in Germany. You'll then be at EGKK or EGPH.
  • If you're rich, self-fund yourself through a course at Global ATS. NATS won't take you out of college, but another independent airport like Exeter or Yeovil might. Then again, they might not. It's a risk.
  • Get a job as an ATSA (assistant) at an independent airport. You don't need a licence for this, but Global ATS offer a short course to make you more employable. Then, if you get on well at the airport, they'll eventually fund your ATC training and you'll end up as a controller there. There's no guarantee as to how long this will take, though, or indeed if it'll happen at all.

Hope this helps Good luck with the NATS recruitment process.
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Old 11th Apr 2018, 04:30
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chpmerlin;10113745]Satyricon

Thank you for all the information!

So for the likes of airports throughout Europe, who is training and recruiting their ATCs?

For example what would be the route to working at CDG?
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Old 11th Apr 2018, 09:47
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Anybody attending stage 2 next Monday (16th)

It will be my second attempt. First time I let myself down on DART by a couple of marks. Not entirely my fault but my family has pushed me towards applying again so fingers crossed this time is better!
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Old 11th Apr 2018, 23:28
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GSCEs

Hi all

Can anyone please tell me what happens if I went to school in a different country and as a result, I don't have GCSEs. I do have an educational certificate, but I could not find exactly what is it equivalent to in the UK. I did not take final exams from Maths though, as I could only choose one science subject and I went for Physics.Also, I believe that as English was only a second language, it is not classed as an equivalent for GSCE exam for sure.

Anyone from abroad who is currently employed by NATS cares to give me a bit of an insight into this?


Thank you
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Old 12th Apr 2018, 10:42
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Could someone that has been through Stage 3 at NATS recently send me a PM, please?

Thanks!
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