Senior Air Traffic Control Manager
Tim M is Senior Air Traffic Control Officer at Lydd Airport. “My job primarily is to stop aircraft colliding with each other.” But it wasn’t what he had planned as a career. He was running an organic vegetable business and vineyard when he met a man walking his dog round his property. This turned out to be the Air Traffic Control Manager, who spotted his talent suggested he came and worked at the local airport for him. “Until that point I had never been to an airport, I wasn’t interested in aviation, I was never an aircraft spotter. I don’t think I even had a passport at that stage, so I had no idea what it involved at all.” He still gets a buzz our of the job after twenty years.
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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