NATS - Articles and news items
Airport news / 9 December 2013 /
Responding to comments from certain airlines and MPs following Saturday’s disruption to air traffic in the UK, NATS fully agrees that an inquiry into the level of contingency and resilience in UK airspace would be welcome and beneficial for all. (more…)
Airport news / 21 November 2013 /
Innovative entries from Barco and NATS/Snowflake have won the top prizes in the 2013 SESAR SWIM Master Class Awards. The winners, which were announced during a Best-in-Class ceremony at EUROCONTROL headquarters in Brussels, were among 39 SWIM-enabled ATM information solutions that were submitted to the Master Class jury for nomination in one of two categories: services and applications. The ceremony also showcased live some 20 services and applications, illustrating that SWIM is quickly becoming a reality within the global ATM system. (more…)
Airport news / 14 November 2013 /
The environmental efficiency of UK airspace has improved over the last three months of the year, continuing a trend begun in the spring. (more…)
Airport news / 6 November 2013 /
NATS, the UK’s leading provider of air traffic services, has been awarded the prestigious ‘Project of the Year’ award for 2013 by the Association for Project Management (APM). (more…)
Airport news / 15 October 2013 /
- 14-week consultation seeks local feedback on Gatwick’s airspace ‘motorway network’
- Programme will modernise airspace to make the most of new technology
- Changes will support Gatwick’s continued focus on reducing noise, CO2 and air quality impacts (more…)
Airport news / 30 August 2013 /
Richard Keys and Iain McNicoll appointed to board of National Air Traffic Services.
Issue 2 2013 / 4 April 2013 /
In a bid to save fuel and cut carbon emissions, NATS has developed a flight profile monitor tool. Ian Jopson, Head of Environment and Community Affairs at NATS, extols the virtues of the new technology
Data is everywhere these days; from the huge tranches of minute information supermarkets collect on our buying habits, to the enormous databases insurance companies cultivate to help them understand and quantify risk. And in each case, it is the business with access to the richest and deepest data that is then best equipped to make the smartest decisions. (more…)
Airport news / 13 February 2013 /
Aircraft flying into UK and Irish airspace are set to enjoy seamless data link service as they enter continental airspace from the North Atlantic and move across Western Europe. This is a result of UK NATS and the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) working together with SITA, the air transport communications specialist, to deliver Controller Pilot Data Link Communication (CPDLC) services to the British and Irish area control centers in compliance with the EC regulation 2009/29, which comes into force as part of the Single European Sky initiative.
Airport news / 4 February 2013 /
NATS, the UK based global provider of air traffic services, has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Mitsubishi Research Institute (MRI), Japan.
Airport news / 7 January 2013 /
NATS, the UK’s leading air traffic control company, has awarded Lockheed Martin UK a seven-year contract extension to continue supporting the air traffic management systems based at Swanwick and Prestwick. Under this contract Lockheed Martin will also support the NATS flight data processing system.
Airport news / 10 December 2012 /
The importance of airspace, the invisible infrastructure that underpins UK aviation, was emphasised today by Richard Deakin, NATS Chief Executive Officer, as he gave evidence to the Transport Select Committee Inquiry on Aviation Strategy.
Airport news / 16 August 2012 /
NATS has named Jamie Hutchison as the new General Manager Prestwick Operations for its air traffic control centre in Ayrshire.
Airport news / 10 August 2012 /
Air Traffic Controllers at NATS are expecting their busiest days of the year as they prepare for the big getaway following this weekend’s closing ceremony at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Issue 4 2012 / 3 August 2012 /
The London 2012 Olympic Games presents a series of significant challenges for air traffic control in the UK, but NATS has been planning and preparing for this event for the past four years.
The Games – the Olympics and the Paralympics – will be the single biggest aircraft movement event the UK has ever seen. Tens of thousands more visitors are expected to flock to the UK, along with dozens of Heads of State, the huge games family and significant numbers of business jet movements. The Games promises to be a major challenge for the UK’s leading air traffic control company.
Among the challenges we are facing are:
- Flights for 500,000 overseas spectators and ‘Games family’ members
- 150 Heads of State flights
- 700 additional commercial flights
- 3,000 additional business jet movements
- 1,500 helicopter movements into London per day
- Mix of traffic including TV broadcast, commercial, private and security-related flights
- New airspace procedures and routes introduced for the Olympic period
- Security Airspace/restrictions covering South East England. (more…)
Airport news / 27 July 2012 /
With the Olympic’s opening today, air traffic controllers at NATS are gearing up for the arrival of extra business and general aviation flights. (more…)