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GATCO urges the UK Government to engage in air navigation services funding talks

GATCO has called on the Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Grant Shapps, to begin discussion on the future funding of Air Navigation Services (ANS), recognising its role as a critical element of the UK's transport infrastructure, involving all aviation stakeholders and professional organisations. This is of particular importance with the transition period [...]

2020-07-10T11:23:08+00:0010-Jul-2020|GATCO News|

GATCO discusses the impact of COVID-19 on ATM with Innovation News Network

Last April, GATCO had a conversation with Innovation News Network about the effect COVID-19 is having on the aviation and air traffic management (ATM) industry and how that is likely to change the focus, concerns and priorities moving forward. Luis Barbero, President of GATCO, highlighted how the focus has shifted from tackling air traffic [...]

2020-07-10T13:56:54+00:0006-Jul-2020|GATCO News|

Draft procedure for reviewing the classification of airspace

Consultation: 25th June 2020 - 17th September 2020. The CAA is introducing a new procedures to review and where appropriate amend airspace classification. The classification in turn determines the flight rules that apply in that airspace and the procedures that must be follow. The CAA is seeking your views on the procedure they are [...]

2020-06-26T10:18:46+00:0026-Jun-2020|Consultations|

GATCO taking active part in military to civil licence conversion initiatives

The conversion of military air traffic controller licences or certificates of competence into civil student civil air traffic controller licences is a topic which has been gaining momentum and attention in the last 12-18 months. It could help address the shortage of civil air traffic controllers and make a career into military air traffic [...]

2020-05-12T10:48:37+00:0012-May-2020|GATCO News|

IFATCA calls upon States to safeguard the provision of air navigation services

IFATCA, with the collaboration of GATCO and other member associations of IFATCA, has sent a letter to the States around the world calling upon them to safeguard the provision of air navigation services and its critical infrastructure status amidst the current pandemic.For the European States under the Single European Sky in particular, IFATCA is calling [...]

2020-04-24T12:02:08+00:0024-Apr-2020|GATCO News|

Shetland Space Centre Airspace Change Proposal

Consultation: 14th April 2020 - 8th May 2020. The Shetland Space Centre (SSC) is developing a vertical launch spaceport on the island of Unst, Shetland. The spaceport will launch small rockets into space from Lamba Ness on Unst in a northerly direction over the sea. To ensure that the launching rockets are protected from [...]

2020-05-11T20:09:04+00:0015-Apr-2020|Past Consultations|

DfT rejects professional organisations’ request for inclusion on the Airspace Strategy Board

On the 26 January 2020, GATCO, the British Airline Pilots' Association (BALPA) and the Association of UK Flight Information Service Officers (AUKFISO) sent a joint letter to the Secretary of State for Transport, Mr Grant Shapps, requesting the inclusion of representatives of their organisations on the Airspace Strategy Board (ASB) which sits at the top [...]

2020-04-06T23:00:56+00:0006-Apr-2020|GATCO News|

GATCO statement on ATM and COVID-19

GATCO would like to express its support to all the ATC and ATM professionals around the world who continue to work under very challenging social, professional and personal circumstances, keeping our skies safe in these unprecedented times amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Although virtually all industries and businesses have been negatively affected, the aviation industry has [...]

2020-04-01T09:07:58+00:0001-Apr-2020|GATCO News|

GATCO member publishes dissertation on negligent or malicious piloting of small unmanned aircraft

Karen Cloney, air traffic controller at Dundee Airport for almost 23 years and GATCO member, has published her dissertation titled "Negligent or Malicious Piloting of Small Unmanned Aircraft: The Dangers Posed and the Methods of Mitigation/Prevention", as part of the BSc in Air Traffic Management she is pursuing part-time at the University of the [...]

2020-03-23T09:26:10+00:0023-Mar-2020|GATCO News|