MP for Brentford and Isleworth, Ruth Cadbury, visited NAT’s Corporate and Technical Centre, in Swanwick, earlier this month.
The Swanwick site manages over 6,000 flights every day, across much of the UK, as well as the complex and busy London airspace.
As part of Ms Cadbury’s Industry and Parliament Trust Fellowship (IPT), the MP took the time to look at the organisation’s training schemes, as well as talking to students in training to become Air Traffic Controllers.
Having already visited the NATS’ Heathrow operations the visit was particularly prudent, given Ms Cadbury’s constituency and their concerns over aircraft pollution and noise given their close proximity to Heathrow, which is currently looking at expansion.
Commenting on the visit Ruth Cadbury MP, said, “I have had a fascinating day today, and it was great to see the students so enthused about the work they are doing. A particular highlight of the day for me was the simulator experience and it is no wonder the students are getting so much out of their time here.
“My visit to Heathrow was particularly insightful. With aircraft noise being such a major issue for my constituency, I am interested in the airspace, particularly in what that means for communities that are so close to Heathrow. This was a wonderful start to my IPT Fellowship”
Whilst Luke Law, Parliamentary Communications Manager, NATS added, “It was our pleasure to host Ruth, the round table discussion allowed for a stimulating debate and we hope Ruth got as much out of it as our students did. We always value discussions with Parliamentarians, especially given the Government’s 49% stake in us, and the work the IPT does to facilitate these non-lobbying, non-partisan discussions is extremely worthwhile.