Posts Tagged ‘ NATS ’

Are we surprised air journeys take longer?

Sep 3rd, 2018 | By

Are crowded skies making journeys longer?



The busiest day of the year

Jul 21st, 2017 | By

You may not have heard of NATS but for every holidaymaker flying out of UK air space they are vital as they are the provider of air traffic control services. And today they say that it will be the busiest day ever in the skies above the UK. They expect to handle a record breaking 8,800 flights in and out of the country just today. During the summer NATS expects to handle more than 770,000 flights, an increase by 40,000 from last year. That 5.2%
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The importance of the robustness of technical systems

Dec 8th, 2013 | By

Airline passengers are used to waiting for flights. They aren’t used to waiting when there is no weather problem, no strike action, no emergency and no aircraft technical issues.



It Wasn’t Me Sir, It Was Him

Apr 20th, 2010 | By

Yesterday the recriminations began to grow more loudly in the wake of the closure of airspace over much of Northern Europe for yet another day. It seems that the blame culture has taken over from the culture of it being just one of those things. Fate my mother used to call things which were outside her control. It was the fault of this body or that.
So the Met Office is being blamed for its forecasting of the wind movements. NATS (responsible for airspace over Britain) is being blamed for their computer modelling. Eurocontrol (responsible for co-ordinating the use of airspace over Europe) is accused of being too cautious, governments because they haven’t reacted quicker, the Spanish Government (as EU president at the moment) because they didn’t call a meeting of EU transport ministers more quickly and the fairies at the bottom of the garden because, well who knows.