NATS - Articles and news items
Latest issue / 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…)
Airport news / 6 June 2012 /
NATS, the UK’s leading air traffic solutions company, has been appointed to fit out the new control tower at Birmingham Airport.
Airport news / 25 May 2012 /
The MoC sets out a collaborative framework to address air traffic management challenges together.
Airport news / 23 April 2012 /
NATS, the UK’s leading air traffic solutions company, has today announced that Gavin Walker is to be appointed to the new role of Chief Information Officer.
Airport news / 11 April 2012 /
NATS, the UK’s leading provider of air traffic services and solutions, has signed a contract to extend service provision at Gatwick Airport for a further two years.
Airport news / 6 March 2012 /
Air transport communications specialist SITA, and Egis – through its subsidiary Egis Avia, today announced that they have been selected by NATS to provide the air traffic control service provider with a state-of-the-art data link front end processor (DL-FEP) and Pro-ATN routers. This will enable NATS, which services aircraft flying in UK airspace and the eastern part of the North Atlantic, to meet the European Commission’s 2013 deadline for the implementation of controller pilot data link communications (CPDLC) across Europe.
Airport news / 18 April 2011 /
In an effort to cope with the anticipated future traffic upturn and improve air traffic management performance in one of the busiest areas in Europe, the civil air navigation service providers Belgocontrol, the French DSNA, EUROCONTROL’s Maastricht UAC and NATS (UK), together with their military colleagues from the Belgian and French Air Forces, validated an improved airspace structure during a two-week large-scale real-time simulation held at EUROCONTROL’s premises in Brétigny, France.