The benefits of membership are mainly two fold – protection of your profession and benefits for you as an individual involved in the Air Traffic Management (ATM) industry.
As well as looking after your professional interests, membership of GATCO also provides a number of significant personal benefits in the form of offers and discounts on entertainment and healthcare.
Legal Cover Up To £250,000
Offers And Discounts
The world of ATM is changing fast and the profession needs to ensure it is fully represented in discussions on future ATM systems and operations, which will affect the profession and your career. GATCO ensures that your views are heard both nationally and internationally so that the future of ATM is shaped up by operational expertise, requirements and concerns.
Taking an active role within GATCO is possible but it is not a requirement. Simply being a member still brings you numerous benefits as well as providing your support to others who are able to look after the profession on your behalf.
Individual Benefits – Legal Cover
A key benefit is legal cover and representation. When something goes wrong, whether or not there has been any error by the person, legal representation could be needed. The legal benefit provides £250,000 cover in this regard, a sum which is regularly reviewed by an independent organisation to ensure it is appropriate.
“I strongly urge any controller out there who has not joined GATCO to do so immediately – this professional organisation is a staunch ally in times of need.” – UK controller involved in an incident who received GATCO assistance.
The cover is a major benefit to all operational members but, in particular, those who provide services in uncontrolled airspace, often military personnel. While many civilian professionals may be covered by their employer, the extent or availability of this cover is (fortunately) rarely tested. Full details of legal cover can be obtained from Membership Services at caf (at) gatco (dot) org.
Other Major Benefits
GATCO has negotiated a raft of other individual benefits that range from discounts on a wide range of insurance cover to entertainment, including medical cover only available through an organisation such as GATCO. You can check out all the current benefits here.
Publications And Social Media
You will receive our regular, professionally produced magazines, Transmit and Readability 5, with news on the issues that affect you and your working environment, new benefits, details of consultations and an opportunity to air your views. In addition to this website, there is a closed Facebook group with over 700 members, a Twitter account, a YouTube channel and a Linkedin account, all of them keeping you up to date with the latest GATCO developments.
You are able to claim the tax back on your membership subscriptions. You are subscribing to a recognised professional body so your subscriptions are tax deductible.
Experiences That Could Enhance Your Career
Being a member of GATCO can provide the opportunity to attend and fully take part in committees and other technical and professional events that could enhance your career. Representing GATCO at such committees can lead to other positions within GATCO that could mean international meetings and direct experiences of international issues, regulation and policies. In most cases, these experiences are not available to you in your day to day job.