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Old 7th Oct 2008, 14:41
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thanks aewaite17, for some reason i as convinced your post read, "Is it from your first application..."

mis-reading information a skill that is probably not desirable for air traffic control.
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Old 7th Oct 2008, 15:39
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Ok thankyou
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Old 7th Oct 2008, 17:35
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aewaite

yeah tried that one, but its full unfortunately. Only room left in the Portsmouth one
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Old 7th Oct 2008, 18:05
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cariadmon,

I stayed in the premier inn eastleigh, its right next to the motorway, and takes about 15 min to get to CTC fareham, and as aewaite17 says the brekkie is nice to, not that you will be able to stomach it on the morn of your stage 2 or 3, I know I couldn't. It looked nice though
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Old 8th Oct 2008, 00:13
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hi a quick question!!

does anyone know if we have to memorise all the information on

THE AIRCRAFT AND AIRLINES THAT USE THE SYSTEM (from stage 1 booklet)

for example

1. AIRCRAFT TYPE:-
2. SEATING DETAILS:-
3. CRUISING LEVEL:-
4. SPEED:-
5. TYPICAL ROUTES:-
6. OPERATED BY:-

do we need to learn all of them of the test???

thankx
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Old 8th Oct 2008, 02:41
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I got asked about speed and what a plane did, didnt learn it at all
regret it
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Old 8th Oct 2008, 12:01
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Has anyone got any tips for learning the list of aircraft types and all their details?
Its quite a daunting list, i just wondered how others went about learning it....any revision strategies?
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Old 8th Oct 2008, 14:10
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I never learned everything off by heart. Look in several aircraft guide books, there will be different speeds for the same model. I found it more important to have an appreciation of what kinds of speeds each aircraft type was capable of. Eg. Most jets 400-500kts, turbo props 200-300kts then smaller things going around at 100kts ish. Likewise with typical routes and passenger numbers. It may have changed, but I never got asked in tests or interview to give a precise figure for the cruising speed of a 747 for example. Learn them by all means but just don't panic if you can't remember every figure.
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Old 8th Oct 2008, 17:15
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^^^^True airspeed 495kts.
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Old 9th Oct 2008, 19:24
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cariadmon,

If you tried booking the fareham premier inn online, if you only book one room, it will come up full (for some reason they don't like taking one night bookings) so book two nights, and then just cancel the second night.. When I tried to book one night, it came up full, then tried booking two nights and suddenly a room was available! Although they may be genuinely full in your case.
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Old 11th Oct 2008, 13:26
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Can anyone help me please? I'm in preparing for a 2nd try and hope to be able to apply in November, however one of my weaker points that I want to do more than brush up on is my mathematics skills.

Does anyone know of any websites I could use to practise dst questions?

Many thanks,

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Old 11th Oct 2008, 15:00
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Just remember Speed = Distance/Time and re arrange to get the rest of them.

Speed = distance/time
Distance = Speed x Time
Time = Distance/Speed

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Old 11th Oct 2008, 17:31
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WOW having just spent the last 11 hours reading all 80 pages of this topic id like to say a big thank you to all who posted. Iíve got my stage 1 on Nov 3rd and all the info here has really helped me.

Id also like to say thanks to all you ATCO's who help get our a/c up so us jumpers can take the fast way back down

In all honesty I have a lot of respect for all you ATCO's and thatís 1 of my reasons for trying out for NATS.

Thanks again everyone, you have been a great help to all us ATCO wannabe's and with any luck ill see you soon.

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Old 13th Oct 2008, 10:11
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Hellooooo, need the infooooo,



Can I ask you guys which aviation documents would be most relevent to study prior to appying to NATS? I've prepared in virtually every other way, and understand everything within MATS part 1. I also have a number of other docs. such as the Radio Telephony manual, Air Navigation Order, The UK Flight Planning Guide, Doc 4444 Rules of the Air, Doc 7910 Nationality Codes, CAP624 series, and a whole lot more about birdstrikes, handling emergencies, licensing of aerodromes, air safety management, CFMU handbook, SSR-EN, UK AIP...

But which ones are the most comprehensively studied during the initial training?
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Hi,

I know this will have been covered withing this topic earlier but to save going through every page can I ask it now??


I've been invited to attend the stage 3 interview, what is it I should expect from the interview and group exercise etc?

Is there additional things I need to know apart from previous motivational material and the FAQ material included within stage 3 invitation email?


Mnay thanks!
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amenhotep:

if you understand everything within the MATS I you're ahead of most of us... i wouldnt go too overboard with all those documents, instead (if you don't already) get a grasp of meterological conditions and a/c characteristics and recognition. maybe ill come to you when my validation board comes round and i dig out the MATS I though

ctb_184:

i'd suggest reading the whole thread if you have time... theres loads of little bits of info that cant really be summarised, peoples experiences etc. the interview is really no different to any other, what makes you suitable etc etc. The teamwork exercise is exactly that, seeing how well you work together to achieve the aim of the game.

good luck
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CTB,
I've been invited to attend the stage 3 interview, what is it I should expect from the interview and group exercise etc?

Is there additional things I need to know apart from previous motivational material and the FAQ material included within stage 3 invitation email?
I echo AJ7, read the whole thread.

Also, ask yourself......what should I know going into an interview, any interview?....For the moment disregard the fact that the interview is with NATS to become an ATCO.

I would want to know what my job would be (i.e., where I would end up working, what I'd be doing, when I'd be working), the structure of the company, who the top people in the company are, and the culture and ethos of the company.

That's just basic interview prep really.

One can also very easily think of what one might get asked by those sneaky interviewers in an effort to decide whether you'd be a good prospect for ATC......just have a little think.
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Old 13th Oct 2008, 17:03
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Hi guys,

Recently had my stage 3 interview and there's one question that was asked that i'm dying to know the right answer to:

"If you were to have a C172, 737 & 747 all waiting to land, which order would put them in and why?"

I know it may not be of huge importance in the grand scale of things but would love if a controller could tell me how they would have answered?

Many thanks
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i'd go for c172, 737, 747...

Vortex spacing being the reason - you wouldnt have to apply any vortex spacing in this order, only radar separation. So in theory you could have the c172 touching down, the 737 3 miles behind and the 747 3 miles behind that... other way round with 747 first, 737 would need 5 miles behind etc etc.

Of course assuming all other things equal...
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who the top people in the company are, and the culture and ethos of the company.
But don't mention that our CEO is a shark who only aims to get NATS ripe for a sell off by screwing our pensions, and that morale is plummeting

The job itself is still a great one however, in spite of the management and bureaucracy which plagues it.
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