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Has #GPS killed off the VOR? As most UK General #Aviation (#GA) #pilots must have noticed, the world is going through a period of rapid change. #Technologies that have been common place for decades will soon be superseded – and that includes a reduction in the number of ground based #VOR #beacons in the UK. #avgeek

Mustafa Gunsaya, Networks and Datalinks Evolution Manager, began his career in #NATS in 1983 and his first posting was to the Telecommunications Engineering Establishment, near Gatwick Airport, where he worked as a System Design Engineer. He joined the Civil Aviation Communications Centre (CACC), then based at Heathrow Airport, in 1987 and since then held various positions at this unit before becoming the Engineering Operations Manager in 1999 and then Manager CACC Engineering in 2006.

#Lowther team of #engineers. Picture taken by one of our surveillance engineers #NATS365 #avgeek #aviation

The #VOR beacon at #Daventry - Despite being designed for use by commercial #aviation, the VOR network has always been a valuable aid to #GA #pilots as well, so it’s important to prepare for their removal. The transition to fewer VORs will be managed to minimise impact, but it is clear that thought will need to be given to redesigning some GA training, or operating practices which have always assumed excellent VOR signal coverage at lower levels. #avgeek

Behind the scenes at #NATS we have a world leading team of architects, #engineers and scientists who are imagining, designing and building the very latest air traffic management technology to bring ideas into service. Our job is to blend the possibilities in just the right way to give the best possible customer experience. #aviation #technology #technologytrends #avgeek #ATM #airspace #aviationnerd #aviationnews

Every engineering project at an #airport or at a centre has many different elements. These might include technology, legislation, people change, procedural change, safety management and programme management. #NATS has experience in them all #aviation

#Engineering: integrating technology, people and process. It may be hidden behind the scenes at times, but engineering is a vital part of the work we do. #aviation #avgeek

The concept of #satellite communication has been widely used over remote areas of #airspace such as the North Atlantic, but we haven’t yet fully exploited its use over land until now. #aviation #avgeek #airtraffic