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Air traffic control units across the UK will once again be taking part in Visit ATC Day this Autumn. The event gives private pilots the opportunity to observe live ATC operations at a range of civil and military units on a number of dates. The Airspace & Safety Initiative (ASI) which helps co-ordinate Visit ATC Day has just released details of this year’s participating units. Pilots curious to see life from an air traffic controller’s perspective are encouraged to sign up for a session at their nearest unit during October and November.

Now in its fifth year, Visit ATC Day intends to increase the mutual understanding of pilots and air traffic controllers. All the visits will require pre registration and are open only to holders of private pilot licences (NPPL, PPL, BGA certificate etc and student pilots). Those attending will be required to show their licence or evidence that they are learning to fly. Pilots who have not pre-registered or cannot produce their licence or evidence on the day unfortunately will not be admitted.

ATC units already confirmed include Edinburgh, Southampton, Manchester, Exeter, Belfast International and NATS’ Swanwick Centre.

A full list of participating units, with dates when each unit is open for a visit, as well as contact details for pre-registration, are listed below and will be update on the ASI website.

Updates will also be Tweeted over the coming weeks from the ASI Twitter feed @airspacesafety

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. All the events are free of charge.

For more media information please contact the ASI Press Office on 020 7453 6030.

Visit ATC Day 2013, Participating Units:

Edinburgh – 26 October, to book a slot

Southampton – 9 November, contact

Manchester – FULLY BOOKED, contact

Belfast International – 16 November, contact

Exeter – 23 October and 14 November, contact Exeter ATC on 01392 354913

Swanwick Centre – 8 November and 12 December, contact (priority given to pilots who have not visited Swanwick previously)

Bristol – 17 and 18 November, contact

Leeds Bradford – 23 and 24 November, two sessions each day, max 6 persons each session. Visitors must be membes of local flying clubs, contact

Plymouth Naval Base – 12 and 14 November -registration required by Thurs 7 Nov- contact

Notes to Editors:
The Airspace & Safety Initiative (ASI) is a joint CAA, NATS, Airport Operator’s Association, General Aviation and Ministry of Defence effort to investigate and tackle the major safety risks in UK airspace.

It emerged from a top-level discussion between the CAA Chairman, NATS Chief Executive and MoD Assistant Chief of the Air Staff following a number of incidents where light aircraft infringed controlled airspace, or military and commercial flights conflicted outside controlled airspace.

The ASI is a major review covering a number of different areas, with the aims of:
• Enhancing safety outside controlled airspace
• Identifying the hazards associated with the use of UK airspace
• Identifying the needs of all airspace users
• Prioritizing the hazards, and
• Developing a strategy to mitigate those risks while meeting the needs of all airspace users.

For more information on the ASI project visit and for PPL information on airspace infringements visit