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NATS interview process

Old 21st Jan 2009, 19:38
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Unless you already have a CAA class one medical for some other reason (pilot perhaps?), you will have the NATS medical first at Swanwick.

If there is something at the NATS medical that the doctor might wish to have checked further with the CAA for some reason, then you will be sent to have a CAA class one medical at Gatwick, which will be organised by NATS on your behalf. It doesn't always mean you've failed the NATS medical, it just means they want to check that you will pass the CAA one, as it's the law to have a class one medical pass to be a valid ATCO. Mostly I've heard it's people getting checked up for eyes, or dodgy outcomes one the ECG that need verifying. Nowt major. Waiting times for going to the CAA can be anything from a week to a couple of months. Depends on many factors but I haven't heard of a massive wait.

If you pass your NATS medical with no dramas, then you will not go to the CAA medical at Gatwick until sometime during the college. It is usually at the end of the Basic Course (third of the way through) if you go Area, I'm not sure about Aerodrome, but you go sometime. And again, is all organised by NATS.

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Old 21st Jan 2009, 20:11
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Hello,

I am not sure if NATS's policy has changed, however everyone on the most recent intake at the college had been and passed the CAA medical as well as the NATS one.

After taking the NATS medical you will be instructed to book your medical at Gatwick, when I did mine the waiting time was around about a month.

You will need a tray in the CAA canteen as the food is hot.... don't forget to form a queue!
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Old 21st Jan 2009, 21:14
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Got my Stage 3 results this afternoon - I'm in Did mine at Manchester too on Monday - seems they're pretty quick with getting back to us.

This forums been great help for me - if I can help anyone else out during their journey through the NATS application process, please PM me and I'll help as much as I can.

Fingers crossed for the final hurdle - the medical!

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Old 21st Jan 2009, 21:34
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stage one doc

I've read through (and will keep doing so relentlessly until the day before my stage one) the stage one doc that NATS send out.

My question is just regarding the information within the document. Will we be expected to know more up to date information for the tests?

I wondered if we would actually be tested on information that is in the booklet that has changed since its printing (tested on the up to date answers)

This concern also links into the aircraft list, will we only be tested on aircraft listed? or should i "spread my wings" to learning aircraft not listed ie: more up to date series etc....i know it will all be needed at some point, but i just want to know if its needed for the stage one tests.
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Old 21st Jan 2009, 21:48
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Ahh thanks for the info on the medical guys. Much appreciated.
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Old 21st Jan 2009, 21:51
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roar00,

Just stick to what's in the booklet for now as far as facts and figures are concerned. If you want to 'spread your wings' at all, my best recommendation is to start learning what these aircraft look like and how to identify them - this can come up in the Stage 3 interview.
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Old 21st Jan 2009, 23:07
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As Geoff Vader said, NATS is currently sending people for the CAA medical after the NATS medical, regardless of what they have seen (especially if there are a few months before your course starts).

I did both last November, within three weeks of having passed stage 3.
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Old 22nd Jan 2009, 09:14
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Woo! Another medical to look forward to! Ha ha. Are you on a course now or are you still waiting to start?
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Old 22nd Jan 2009, 11:41
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Waiting to start the next Area course, probably in May (if the question was not addressed to me, disregard! ).
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Old 22nd Jan 2009, 12:26
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Forgive me you guys for being a little lazy i'm sure the answers to my question can be found in this thread somewhere ..........


..... but I just want to know when do you get given your discipline from NATS i.e. Area or Aerodrome, how far into the course is it? Also, when do you find out where you will be posted on completion of the course??
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Old 22nd Jan 2009, 13:14
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With regards to the medicals:

I passed my NATS medical last week and I am off to Gatwick on Monday (Pretty short waiting time at the moment apparently)

The doctor did say to me that normally they will get you booked in for a course and send you to the CAA at a later date assuming your NATS medical went swimmingly.

I mentioned a head injury I sustained when I was 10/11 years old, and because I was concussed and sent to hospital the doctor decided that it would be in my best interests to pass the CAA medical straight away. He told me that this is nothing to be worried about either - if they had any doubts then he wouldn't be costing NATS ~200 (+ travelling expenses) to have me fail.

He said it would stop me worrying about failing the medical when trying to focus on studying for the course if I got it out the way.

However, from the sounds of things, it seems that if you pass NATS medical with flying colours then they will put you on a course straight away. In the long run, it will be saving them money if they can keep your medical valid for a longer period into your "on-the-job" employment.
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Old 22nd Jan 2009, 13:44
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Originally Posted by Paperclip810
Hey everyone,

Just wondering roughly how long HR takes to get the Stage 3 results back to interviewees... the waiting is killing me!

Good luck to all those going through it soon...

Hey,

Just to let you know it took the full 15 working days for them to get back to me. They lost my paperwork though. I kept in touch with the other guys from my course and they found out on the 7th day if I remember correctly.

If people find out they have passed before you, don't let it get to you! All the other guys found out they were through 1 week before me - you can just imagine how I was feeling and what result I was expecting ... But all went well

It's a painful wait, and all you can do is wait. People will tell you to put it to the back of your mind but we all know that you can't make yourself do that, not until a few beers later :P

Best of luck to you, it would be good to know more people before starting at the CATC

Andy

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Old 22nd Jan 2009, 13:53
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Actually, I believe the "performance" in the NATS medical has no effect on the speed of your course allocation. Everyone follows the normal procedure of being sent to an ordered pool with all the people who have passed the selection process. Then it is a bit of first-come first-served, taking into account course preference, personal circumstances,... Waiting times of at least 2-3 months have been pretty standard recently (fom what I know anyway, correct me if wrong).
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Anyone from CTC on Monday get their 3rd stage results yet ?
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Old 22nd Jan 2009, 14:34
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Ronnie1974,

HR asked me what my preference was when they phoned me this week to tell me I'd passed Stage 3. Our interviewers told us that the new way they're trying to sort out the college stuff means that we will all know whether we're on area or aerodrome at least as few weeks before we start. Looks like my start date will be July, but windneckin or Arrows2100 might be able to give you some more info - they're ahead of me in this grand process!
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Old 22nd Jan 2009, 15:43
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Thanks for thar I'll eagerly wait their reply!

Although I may be jumping the gun a bit I'm still awaiting my results for S2!!!
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Old 22nd Jan 2009, 16:47
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AFTERNOON ALL, I have my stage one on Wednesday the 28th,(anyone else going to London?) a terrifying 5 days of revision away, and am digesting the Motivation Paper info easily enough.
However as for the tests I'm getting a bit stumped, I've got a few tests on Diagramming and Spatial Ability and can do the questions but it takes time, and that a luxury I wont have at stage one!
I was just wondering for the Spatial, does anyone have a specific strategy for working out the cubes efficiently and speedily?
Likewise for the Diagrams, at the moment I work out the rule and write down a key but this takes time!!

Any ideas (within reason!) for taking my current process and making it faster and more efficient?

Thanks all and hopefully see some of your at The London Bridge hilton on the 28th!
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Old 22nd Jan 2009, 17:12
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I have my stage one tomorrow morning in London. Just wanted to wish anyone else going the best of luck!

See you tomorrow,

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Old 22nd Jan 2009, 17:36
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Ronnie1974,

From my experience, paperclip810 is spot on. You can state your course preference after having passed stage 3 and they try to combine that with other people's preferences and NATS' needs. I think that when you are sent the contract (aprox. a couple of months before the start of the course) you already know what you are going to be doing.
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Old 22nd Jan 2009, 18:11
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Stage 3

Hi all,

I have posted a few messages here over the past few months and it has been extremely helpful. I just got word today that I passed stage 2 and I'm starting to get prepared for stage 3 in a month or so. Could anyone give me a list of things to revise for this? My knowledge of the 2 motivation papers is pretty good but I understand my knowledge will need to stretch much farther than that for this final stage.

Any help would be fantastic.

Thanks,

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