Air Traffic Control - Any Veterans?

#1
I'm currently awaiting AIB, ive passed all 3 specializations at aptitude testing and don't mind if i am offered pilot or Observer. However i am worried my eyes are not up to the mark, i am only just over the line and by the laws of common sense and opticians reports they can sadly only get worse.

After spending so much time and effort on this, research, revision, exams and some serious travel expenses i am sure this is what i want to do, i just want the life the Navy can offer me. But i have to plan for the worst, if i fail the eyesight for aircrew, is air traffic control a worthy option?

I am beginning to seriously consider this, but it is very hard to find information on it. Nobody really seems to talk about it so im hoping this thread will break the silence!

Is it a proper option against air crew? Does it actually have its perks or will it be 90% boredom? Where will I be posted after my training at air bases, more RNAS or on a carrier? Can anyone currently serving as one please tell me what its like and if its living up to their expectations!

Thank you!

James
 

wet_blobby

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#2
James, you sex kitten you,

Why doubt yourself? You have the arrogance to be a harrier pilot- go for it, can we watch you crash?

word of warning.................I as a bootneck, will always know that jack when he sends a helo will pick me up, The RAF wont. I also know Jack will give it his best to make sure what I do succeeds..

I also know....Jack is the best big brother you ever need to know........and Royal is the best stroppy child
 
#6
Fleet air arm Pilots are the most intelligent, skilled, dedicated and bravest of all Naval officers. If you don't believe me ask a FAA Pilot.
 

sgtpepperband

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#7
slim said:
Fleet air arm Pilots are the most intelligent, skilled, dedicated and bravest of all Naval officers. If you don't believe me ask a FAA Pilot.
But they are! Who else would go out in all weathers to collect and deliver our mail on board?! :lol:
 
#9
jungle_jim said:
not you snake, well unless you knew there was some fan mail in the bags for you (which i dont think there would be)
Bit bitter arent we? The reggies often went with the Helo to collect the mail. Had to check out the place to see where the good bits were so that they could be put out of bounds :)
 

sgtpepperband

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#10
slim said:
jungle_jim said:
not you snake, well unless you knew there was some fan mail in the bags for you (which i dont think there would be)
Bit bitter arent we? The reggies often went with the Helo to collect the mail. Had to check out the place to see where the good bits were so that they could be put out of bounds :)
In the Caribbean on more than one occasion I had to take along the required bottle of Pusser's and packet of DFs to help with releasing the mail from Customs... :twisted:
 
#11
ATC is one of the best kept secrets in the RN. Often thought of as Fighter controllers by the less knowlegable, the branch consists of not only officers, but aircraft controllers who have fought hard to establish themselves from all walks of life - so don't expect an easy ride. You talk of boredom which is present in all jobs, but the variety and mix of employment within the specalization, once qualified, can be so rewarding as quite often you are the only specialist in your field, despite what other specializatons may think. eg CVS. Due to the relatively small size of the branch you have the opportunity to not only work in the RN, but there are several exchange opportunities, both at home and abroad, inc NATO. If you wish to try the aircrew route don't be too concerned about eyesight as the docs will let you know whether or not your eyes are good enough from the outset and Specsavers produce reasonable-quality specs that most aviators are happy to be seen in - despite their stab at vanity! If ATC appeals to you why not try and organize a visit to an airstation; either a direct call to the SATCO or the Careers Office should suffice. Feel free to PM me if you need further advice. Best of luck for the future!!
 
#15
fido said:
slim said:
Fleet air arm Pilots are the most intelligent, skilled, dedicated and bravest of all Naval officers. If you don't believe me ask a FAA Pilot.
Slim.

Bollocks - but I'll take a glass of Claret!
Seems like you disagree with our steely eyed aviators Fido :)
 
#16
slim said:
fido said:
slim said:
Fleet air arm Pilots are the most intelligent, skilled, dedicated and bravest of all Naval officers. If you don't believe me ask a FAA Pilot.
Slim.

Bollocks - but I'll take a glass of Claret!
Seems like you disagree with our steely eyed aviators Fido :)
No problem with our aviators Slim, best in the land but some need to take modesty lessons.

fido
 
#17
fido said:
slim said:
fido said:
slim said:
Fleet air arm Pilots are the most intelligent, skilled, dedicated and bravest of all Naval officers. If you don't believe me ask a FAA Pilot.
Slim.

Bollocks - but I'll take a glass of Claret!
Seems like you disagree with our steely eyed aviators Fido :)
No problem with our aviators Slim, best in the land nut some need to take modesty lessons.

fido
I remember a lot of real characters who were FAA pilots,
Spaghetti M.....ll 809 Always flew with his toothbrush when operating off Roosy Rhoodes, for some reason never managed to land on and had to spend the night ashore. This only happened at Roosy :)
My DO on 764 sqdn Biggles Ric......son used to fly the tiger moth but got banned from flying it. There was nio qualified prop swinger so he put a POAF in the pilots seat and swung the prop himself. Aircraft started POAF panicked and away went the tiger moth. POAF almost did his first solo.
 
#18
Havin spent the past 18 years around ATC and its tactical relation, I can asure you that it is not boring (standfast Plymouth military Radar).

And it would be even more refreshing to have someone who wants to be ATC and is not chopped aircrew! They are few and far between.

Limited drafts compared with our Fishead brothers but much more rewarding and much more stable when it comes to shore drafts.

If CVF ever gets signed off then it will be a rapidly expanding and exciting career option.
 
#19
slim said:
fido said:
slim said:
fido said:
slim said:
Fleet air arm Pilots are the most intelligent, skilled, dedicated and bravest of all Naval officers. If you don't believe me ask a FAA Pilot.
Slim.

Bollocks - but I'll take a glass of Claret!
Seems like you disagree with our steely eyed aviators Fido :)
No problem with our aviators Slim, best in the land nut some need to take modesty lessons.

fido
I remember a lot of real characters who were FAA pilots,
Spaghetti M.....ll 809 Always flew with his toothbrush when operating off Roosy Rhoodes, for some reason never managed to land on and had to spend the night ashore. This only happened at Roosy :)
My DO on 764 sqdn Biggles Ric......son used to fly the tiger moth but got banned from flying it. There was nio qualified prop swinger so he put a POAF in the pilots seat and swung the prop himself. Aircraft started POAF panicked and away went the tiger moth. POAF almost did his first solo.
I remember Spaghetti Mo**e**i well in Ark.
 

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