The new digital tower control room at NATS Swanwick control centre for London City Airport is due to enter full operations service in 2019.

Digital Air Traffic Control Towers

So what exactly is a “Digital Air Traffic Control Tower”? Basically it is a manned Air Traffic Controller facility that may or may not be on the airport,. It will utilise cameras, radar, radio/telephonephone communication equipment and aircraft data to enable control of airport movements. It will in essence perform [read more]

NATS Swanwick ATC Centre

Tough times for Air Traffic Control

As much as airlines have been hit by the Corona pandemic, the same can be said of Air Traffic Control (ATC). Income is mostly obtained from aircraft movements, it therefore follows when such movements are down so is the cash flow to ATC! This has been compounded in Europe by [read more]


Ryanair claims UK ATC is discriminating against them

Irish budget airline Ryanair (FR/RYR) claims that UK Air Traffic Provider NATS is actively discriminating against the airline, a claim which NATS has denied. The airline claims figures released by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) proves that NATS is giving special treatment to Heathrow and Gatwick and imposing delays on [read more]

NATS Swanwick ATC Centre

Ryanair and NATS blame game continues

You may have recently seen a Twitter statement regarding delays from Irish budget airline Ryanair which blamed ATC shortages for delays to its flights on the 9th and 10th July Whilst not unusual in itself, it got more attention when NATS (National Air Traffic Services), the UK’s air navigation provider responded [read more]

L-R-Neil Turner, Alistair Coffin, Maggie Gault, Matt Thompson. (Image: NATS)
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NATS EFPS System takes-off at Farnborough

The UK’s leading air traffic services provider, NATS has successfully introduced its Electronic Flight Progress Strips (EFPS) system to Farnborough Airport (FAB/EGLF). The NATS “Hub and Spoke” system incorporates Approach and Radar services along with Farnborough’s Lower Airspace Radar Service (LARS). Farnborough saw 27,000 movements last year and with 100,000 flights [read more]