Air Traffic Control Assistant (ATCA)
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Air Traffic Control Assistant (ATCA)


London Oxford Airport has a vacancy to join our Air Traffic Services Team as an ATCA.


The role of Air Traffic Control Assistant (ATCA) works in the control tower and has responsibilities in both the VCR and in Radar.


Air Traffic Control Assistants provide vital support to the Air Traffic Controllers which involves passing of essential information, preparation of flight progress strips, liaising with operational departments on the airfield as well as external agencies including emergency services.


ATCAs work in a demanding environment which requires attention to detail and the ability to communicate effectively. It is of vital importance that ATCAs are team players as well as being able to work on their own initiative and work well under pressure. There is a considerable amount of data input on the various IT systems used.


Reporting to: Senior Air Traffic Control Assistant (SATCA)


Main purpose of job:


Assistants shall assist the controllers with their duties by providing both administrational and operational support to ensure that the ATCU meets all statutory and regulatory requirements. ATCAs have two specific positions in the VCR, the primary function being the administration support at the Air Traffic Clerical Assistants desk, and the secondary function being that of the Air Traffic Control Assistant, positioned between the Tower and Approach positions on the Control desk.


Main responsibilities of the job:


  • Responsible for opening and closing checks
  • Input details of all flights, scheduled and actual, into AFIDS and FDMS.
  • Investigate and correct all sequence errors on the AFIDS ATC flight log;
  • Produce flight strips in accordance with MATS Part 1, ICAO, and local requirements;
  • Take telephone bookings and operational messages and disseminate the information in the required format;
  • Initiate and disseminate official weather reports utilising the restricted met certificate using the met system and DATIS.
  • Access CFMU and update flight details accordingly;
  • Co-ordinate all the VCR administration, including updating the Document Register quarterly and ensuring individual documents are updated, and recorded in the document register when required;
  • Support tower and radar task including, requesting ATC clearances via the AFTN from the specified Airways sector for departures and aircraft and ground emergencies.
  • Monitor Tower frequency to assist the controllers in operational tasks;
  • Ensure that the voice recording equipment in use for recording operational frequencies is operating correctly;
  • Monitor UHF frequency Ch.11 and pass messages on behalf of the controllers, including for the ground control of vehicle movements;
  • Undertake any ATC-related task deemed appropriate by the SATCA, DSATCO, SATCO.
  • Maintain current records for specified duties;
  • Comply with safety policies and procedures as set out in the Aerodrome Manual and Safety Management System documentation including the use of Centrik. Identify risks to aerodrome operating staff and other aerodrome users, and notify them to the Airport Manager or one of the management team. Take a proactive role in aerodrome safety and promote a continuous improvement culture to other aerodrome staff.
  • Report all incidents, accidents and hazardous or unsafe conditions in accordance with current procedures to Managers and report via Centrik. Report equipment failures using the PFR system.
  • Remain up-to-date with new or amended airport operating instructions, procedures of policies.
  • Comply with airport security requirements


Level of responsibility:


  • The ATCA is responsible for the continued support to the ATCO’s throughout the operational hours, supporting the safe operating environment for aircraft to operations in the air of the safe movement of aircraft, vehicle and persons on apron and taxiways.
  • The ATCA is to maintain competencies and fulfil the requirements as outlined in CAP 700, aerodrome manual and ensure compliance with ANSP service provision, security of operational areas and personnel and equipment.


Previous experience is desirable but not essential.

A MET certificate is also a requirement (training will be provided if required).

The position is full time 40 hrs per week on a shift work basis which includes weekends and bank holidays. It may be necessary and essential to work unsociable hours. The post holder is expected to fulfil such requirements without additional recompense.

A Full UK Driving licence required.

The candidate will be required to undertake and pass a Criminal Records Bureau check.


Please submit your CV and covering letter to Ashley Valentine
Application closing date is Sunday 21st of July 2019.