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.
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 £300,000 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. 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.
GATCO members can access Benefits+, an integrated platform with a large number of discounts across different sectors, including brands like Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Apple, Currys/PC World and Virgin. Benefits+ has been developed in collaboration with Parliament Hill Ltd and has the potential to save each GATCO member hundreds of pounds a year.
In addition, GATCO has negotiated a number of other individual benefits, including medical cover only available through an organisation such as GATCO, Touchdown Travel Industry Services and discounts of 10% at Interflora and of 5% at Toolstation, and , amongst others. You can access the Benefits+ platform and all the other discounts on the members area of the website here.