I am an Air Traffic Controller in the UK - AMA !
I am an Air Traffic Controller working at one of the top 8 busiest UK airports by runway movements per year. I've found that not many people really understand what we do or how we do it, and infact a good portion of people dont even know we exist.
If there's anything you ever wanted to know or ask, AMA!
For obvious reasons as I'm still in the job, I wont be risking my career by revealing sensitive company information, but otherwise feel free.
My Proof: http://i.imgur.com/AsyNRww.jpg
For obvious reasons I've removed my photo, signature, name, company I work for and the pass serial number.
EDIT: I didnt realise this would be so popular. Please be patient everyone, Im trying to get through your posts. If I dont reply, please check other replies as I have probably already answered somewhere.
2nd EDIT: A few FAQ's:
- No its not like Breaking Bad - we couldnt do that
- Salary starts at £12k a year to train, top of pay scale of experienced controllers is like £110k+
- I dont really have any tips for how to succeed and I couldnt tell you anyway I'm afraid. All publically available knowledge is available on wikipedia and forums though.
- No, I do not know where MH370 is.
Please feel free to check the responses. I had no idea how many replies I would get, thanks for your time in reading. Most questions have been answered in there somewhere. Any further questions feel free to inbox me.
I have been made aware that some information I provided regarding a video of the A-SMGCS and voice overlay was not in fact an official release. I'm told it was infact supplied to the crew who made their own decision to upload it. The video is not owned by me nor am I responsible for it. The video is still available to view on YouTube if you search for it, and my sincerest apologies for any offence caused. My view that the controller that day was and is a credit to the profession remains.