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NATS interview process

Old 16th Nov 2018, 20:10
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Quick question - has anyone who’s done the course with Global gone onto Area? Know that they don’t normally teach Area there...
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Old 16th Nov 2018, 21:31
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Originally Posted by Trevor Hannant View Post
Quick question - has anyone who’s done the course with Global gone onto Area? Know that they don’t normally teach Area there...
I don't think so. Just ADI and APS ratings. (Unless you fail the Basic and get recoursed to CTC)
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Old 18th Nov 2018, 08:49
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Originally Posted by Chalky07 View Post
Thanks very much Trevor, congratulations yourself! Are you on the Jerez course in Feb?
Private message me your number and I will add you to our WhatsApp group
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Old 18th Nov 2018, 14:51
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Originally Posted by GreenATC View Post
Nice Trevor! Good work. There's a whatsapp group for those starting Jerez in Feb if you fancy joining. Just PM your number.
PM sent!

Originally Posted by Chalky07 View Post
Thanks very much Trevor, congratulations yourself! Are you on the Jerez course in Feb?
Thanks! I am now that I've decided to go for that option, yes.

Originally Posted by BARRY_SCOTT View Post
I don't think so. Just ADI and APS ratings. (Unless you fail the Basic and get recoursed to CTC)
Thanks Barry
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Old 18th Nov 2018, 22:45
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Hi,

Long time lurker and who has only recently signed up and like many before me I thought I'd pop in and say hello as I become the latest in a long line of hopeful NATS ATCO applicants! I've currently passed Stage 0 and Stage 1 and I am now looking for a suitable date to arrange Stage 2 at Fareham.

Air Traffic Control has always been something that appealed to me although strangely I find it difficult to quantify the reasons why. I am currently a mature student (31) who is in the last year of my degree so it has been a little difficult to undertake the application process so that I can give it the attention I feel it needs which is why I have already passed on a few days that were showing as available for Stage 2, with essay deadlines falling far too close to allow me to fully concentrate on studying the ATC manual and brush up on some preparatory work.

For those interested I would actually say that Stage 0 & 1 were more problematic than I had anticipated and for different reasons. In Stage 0 I found the Numerical & Verbal reasoning sections pretty straight forward with the verbal reasoning maybe pushing me to the time limit due to the extent of text in each section.

The numerical I found relatively easy although I knew I got one of the last ones wrong but generally I finished those sections in good time and confident in my performance. The Error Checking section however I ran out of time with those questions and iirc failed to answer the last 2/3 as I had to go back to my last answered question to change the answer and quickly ran out of time.

I know from reading the forum this is a section that people say they found easy but I had difficulty with the logistics in trying to determine the answers here. I honestly thought I had already failed at this point which was worrying as a huge part of my job is similar in nature to the error checking section but I was relieved to find out later the same day I had passed and progressed onto Stage 1.

I left Stage 1 to the last day of the 10 day limit as I was too busy to give it my full attention before this although I was fairly confident in this section as I have undertaken these types of test before. These of course entailed the Spatial Awareness and Diagrammatic Reasoning elements. I would say I found the Spatial test pretty straight forward and something that I am pretty good at off the bat whether through innateness or learned understanding from my previous jobs I think maybe only one or two of the questions had me sweating.

The Diagrammatic Reasoning however had me once again thinking I had failed as this was a test that got progressively more difficult particularly in the last few tested sections where I was sure I had got more wrong than I was expecting and resorted to best guessing. I suspect up to those last ones I had done pretty well over the previous majority of questions and was pleased to find out later that day I had passed Stage 1 and was to book onto Stage 2 down south. I will say of Stage 1, it is pretty relentless if you are undertaking these tests with no break between each leg of questions so you definitely feel the pressure, so I would advise that you get ready for 10-15 minutes of constant concentration that is needed for the Spatial and Diagrammatic test sections.

Anyway I'm going to continue to swot up on as much information as I can gather from here and elsewhere on Stage 2 requirements which includes FEAST and DART elements as I am confident in the questionnaire section relating to the provided manual given sufficient study time. If anyone has any pointers or can offer further help regarding Stage 2 prep it would be much appreciated.
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Old 19th Nov 2018, 17:28
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Evening.

In the not so distant future, I'm doing the FEAST test with another ANSP. I've read that the FEAST Part 1 has changed. Without giving specifics about the tests, if someone has done it recently, could they say if it has changed dramatically from the original? Is it still the cube folding/ball on the wall/shape sorting tasks?

Thanks!

SG1980
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Old 20th Nov 2018, 13:58
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Had my stage 3 yesterday and just got the call to say I'm in (conditionally), Gloucester starting March 1st. Can't quite believe it but obviously very pleased! Just wondering if a whatsapp group or anything has been started yet for that course, I know it's a bit later than the other courses a lot of you have been offered. Either way, I'm looking forward to seeing some of you there!
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Old 20th Nov 2018, 15:05
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Congratulations leclerc16! How long has that taken then from your initial application to conditional start date?
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Old 20th Nov 2018, 15:54
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Originally Posted by StuBob View Post
Congratulations leclerc16! How long has that taken then from your initial application to conditional start date?
Thank you! To use a similar template to the other timelines that have already been posted here:
Day 1 - Take and pass stage 0, invite to stage 1, pass stage 1, invite to stage 2
Day 2 - Booked stage 2
Day 38 - Attended stage 2, pass confirmation later the same day
Day 40 - Booked stage 3
Day 76 - Attended stage 3
Day 77 - Confirmation of conditional offer
Day 178 - Conditional start date

I could've chosen earlier dates for stage 3 but I wanted to make sure I felt fully prepared so you may be able to go through the process faster.
Hope this helps someone!
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Old 20th Nov 2018, 19:57
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Originally Posted by leclerc16 View Post
Had my stage 3 yesterday and just got the call to say I'm in (conditionally), Gloucester starting March 1st. Can't quite believe it but obviously very pleased! Just wondering if a whatsapp group or anything has been started yet for that course, I know it's a bit later than the other courses a lot of you have been offered. Either way, I'm looking forward to seeing some of you there!
Congratulations! I was considering the Gloucester course but plumped for Jerez for different reasons...
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Old 21st Nov 2018, 10:40
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See, nothing to worry about!

Will see you again when we get back from Spain!
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Old 21st Nov 2018, 15:39
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No one on here can give you the answer to that - you need to speak to NATS HR department and they can advise you on what your options are
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Old 21st Nov 2018, 15:51
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Originally Posted by HannahWrigley View Post
Benbar1 - your inbox is full so I canít reply so dm me your number and Iíll make a whatsapp group
Hey i'm also on April @ CTC - we have a what's app group already (just 2 of us), if you wanna join, let me know!
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Old 21st Nov 2018, 20:23
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Hi, thanks for all the valuable advise on this page, it has answered tonnes of questions I would have had,

I'm flying down from Glasgow on Monday to do stage 2 on Tuesday. Even saw someone mention the ibis in Southampton I'm staying at for 2 nights. Looking forward to it but nervously trying to memorise all the aircraft details.

Anyone else going on Tuesday, send me a dm and also if anyone has tips on how to memorise the data in a small time frame, iv tried flash cards and even recorded myself on my phone to listen in the car 😂 it would be greatly appreciated. Good luck to everyone still to sit assessments and waiting to hear the results.
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Old 22nd Nov 2018, 14:16
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Originally Posted by DarrenG42 View Post
Hi, thanks for all the valuable advise on this page, it has answered tonnes of questions I would have had,

I'm flying down from Glasgow on Monday to do stage 2 on Tuesday. Even saw someone mention the ibis in Southampton I'm staying at for 2 nights. Looking forward to it but nervously trying to memorise all the aircraft details.

Anyone else going on Tuesday, send me a dm and also if anyone has tips on how to memorise the data in a small time frame, iv tried flash cards and even recorded myself on my phone to listen in the car 😂 it would be greatly appreciated. Good luck to everyone still to sit assessments and waiting to hear the results.
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Hey Darren,

I also have my stage 2 on Tuesday but unlike you I don't have too far to travel. I'm from Margate and I'm getting the train down. I've also got flash cards but I'm not even all the way through the booklet yet so I need to put my head down and get stuck in. Luckily enough I'll be sitting on the train for about 4 hours so I can use that time wisely 😁
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Old 22nd Nov 2018, 20:50
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Originally Posted by RussLee View Post
Hey Darren,

I also have my stage 2 on Tuesday but unlike you I don't have too far to travel. I'm from Margate and I'm getting the train down. I've also got flash cards but I'm not even all the way through the booklet yet so I need to put my head down and get stuck in. Luckily enough I'll be sitting on the train for about 4 hours so I can use that time wisely 😁
Edit: it's the ibis in Portsmouth I'm staying at 😂
Good luck to us both then Russ, I'm convinced they make it that difficult so very few candidates will get 100%, at least thats what I'm hoping 🤞
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Old 23rd Nov 2018, 11:57
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Originally Posted by DarrenG42 View Post
Edit: it's the ibis in Portsmouth I'm staying at 😂
Good luck to us both then Russ, I'm convinced they make it that difficult so very few candidates will get 100%, at least thats what I'm hoping 🤞
I've sorted out my accommodation via airbnb. As I don't drive I needed to find a place quite close. If you haven't seen it already I suggest watching "Skies above Britain" you can find it on YouTube and it's definitely worth a watch 😉

I did try sending you a PM but looks like your inbox is full.

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Old 23rd Nov 2018, 19:53
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Good luck with the Stage 2 on Tuesday guys! I've still to book in a date atm as have a number of essays due in next month and want to be able to fully focus on the manual and Stage 2 prep.
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Old 24th Nov 2018, 13:03
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Originally Posted by StuBob View Post
Good luck with the Stage 2 on Tuesday guys! I've still to book in a date atm as have a number of essays due in next month and want to be able to fully focus on the manual and Stage 2 prep.
Thanks StuBob. Good luck to you too for when you do yours! 😁
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Old 27th Nov 2018, 00:56
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Originally Posted by DarrenG42 View Post
Hi, thanks for all the valuable advise on this page, it has answered tonnes of questions I would have had,

I'm flying down from Glasgow on Monday to do stage 2 on Tuesday. Even saw someone mention the ibis in Southampton I'm staying at for 2 nights. Looking forward to it but nervously trying to memorise all the aircraft details.

Anyone else going on Tuesday, send me a dm and also if anyone has tips on how to memorise the data in a small time frame, iv tried flash cards and even recorded myself on my phone to listen in the car 😂 it would be greatly appreciated. Good luck to everyone still to sit assessments and waiting to hear the results.
DG

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Hey man,

I have my stage 2 on next Friday and I'm flying from Australia.

They couldn't possibly expect us to memorise all the aircraft info could they? Let me know how yours goes!

​​​​​​​Simon
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