Air Traffic Control Officer
Colin R left behind his boyhood interest in art, design and architecture at secondary school and went on to study engineering at university. Unafraid to keep trying jobs until he found a career path that suited him, he is now enjoying his role as Air Traffic Controller as he says “stopping planes from flying into one another!”.
More information about Air traffic controllers
The UK average salary is £29,813
There are 37.5 hours in the average working week
The UK workforce is 47% female and 53% male
- Maintains radio and/or radar or visual contact with aircraft and liaises with other air traffic controllers and control centres to direct aircraft in and out of controlled airspace and into holding areas ready for landing;
- Directs the movement of aircraft en route to its destination and ensures minimum distances are maintained between planes;
- Gives landing instructions to pilot and monitors descent of aircraft;
- Directs movement of aircraft and motor vehicles on runways, taxiways and in parking bays;
- Obtains information regarding weather conditions, navigational hazards, landing conditions, seating arrangements, loading of cargo, fuel and catering supplies;
- Calculates fuel consumption and optimum flying height, plans route and prepares flight plan for aircraft pilot;
- Discusses operational requirements with pilot, issues duty schedules for flight deck and cabin crews, maintains records of flight progress and authorises flight departure;
- Handles emergencies, unscheduled traffic and other unanticipated incidents.
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