The cadets and staff at 378 (Mannock) Squadron were lucky enough this week to receive a visit by two air traffic control experts from London Luton Airport and be given an insight into the control and handling of commercial aircraft.
The cadets were joined by Anthony Hatch and Terry Lyddall, from NATS, the operating organisation that run air traffic control services at 14 UK airports, including Luton. Anthony and Terry work alongside a team of professionals that provide tower and engineering services at the airport which sees 116,412 flights for over 12 million passengers every year, making Luton the fifth busiest airport in the UK.
In addition to giving a talk to the cadets about NATS, and the roll of air traffic control, Anthony, who is also a trained commercial pilot, talked to the cadets about his flying career and work as an instructor.
Flying Officer Phil Warr, the Squadron’s Officer in Charge, said: “We are delighted to have Anthony and Terry visit Mannock Squadron to show the cadets what goes on at a busy international airport, as well as demonstrating another side of aviation as a potential career.
“I would like to thank them both for taking time out from their full schedules to talk to our cadets.”