Air Traffic Control

We employ Air Traffic Controllers and associated Air Traffic Services staff across all of our 11 airports.  Within the ATM 2030 strategy, in the future 7 of these locations will be controlled from one Centralised Surveillance Centre, which will be based in Inverness.  We are currently recruiting to fill vacant ATC posts at our airports.

Craig Allan, Air Traffic Control Officer, Wick John O’Groats Airport

How long have you been in your current role?

I started my training in college in August 2016, unit training in May 2017 and validated in October 2017.


Can you tell us a little bit about your background?

I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do when I was at school, but I knew it was going to be in aviation. I thought about becoming a pilot but the costs of doing so prohibited that. I’ve always had an interest in air traffic though. I did maths, English and physics all at Standard Grade level.

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Catriona Wheeler, Senior Air Traffic Control Officer, Sumburgh Airport

How long have you been in your current role?

I have been a Senior Air Traffic Control Officer (SATCO) in Sumburgh since 2013.

Can you tell us a little bit about your background?

I always wanted to work in Air Traffic as it combined my interests in both aviation and meteorology. A couple of years after I left school HIAL were recruiting for an Air Traffic Services Assistant (ATSOA) and Aerodrome Flight Information Services Officer (AFISO) who would be interested in training as an Air Traffic Control Officer (ATCO) in the future and my application was successful!

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