Calling all potential "Pseudo-pilots" A different and exciting job opportunity awaits...

Imagine this...

Your job is to play the role of a pilot for anything up to 20 aircraft at a time in simulated computer exercises. As an Aircraft Control Positions Operator (ACPO) - often referred to as a 'Pseudo-pilot' - that is what you do.

The role of the ACPO

The simulations department at NATS provides training and development exercises for our Air Traffic Controllers. ACPOs play the “pilot” on the other end of the controllers’ headsets in order to give the most accurate possible training experience.

ACPOs act just like a pilot would, talking to them and asking for clearances (which means authorisation given by air traffic control) and converting their instructions into commands on the simulator, which in turn controls the movements of the aircraft on screen.

ACPOs preparing to play the role of pilots in a training exercise

We're recruiting for ACPOs

We currently have a number of vacancies for ACPOs to work in the Simulations team at NATS in Whiteley, Fareham, Hampshire.

The key responsibilities of the role is to act as a pseudo pilot, interacting clearly and realistically with an Air Traffic controller via a simulated communication link, inputting instructions and messages into the simulator in response to Air Traffic commands.

Train as a 'Psuedo-pilot' - a different, varied, challenging and rewarding role

Are you a good communicator?

We are looking for logical thinkers with excellent communication skills, portraying a clear speaking voice with good diction. Quick and accurate thinking is required alongside an ability to respond to commands at a fast pace.

Nine month contract

We're looking for people who can start immediately on a nine month contract. We'll provide comprehensive training to ensure you have the right skills for the role - so no previous experience is necessary.

We provide comprehensive training for the role

Shift work & competitive salary

The role is a shift working role, working a pattern of three mornings shifts, three afternoon shifts and three days off, with some flexibility required to meet business requirements. There may also be opportunities for day working roles.

The salary is £83.34 - £92.95 per day.

The 3D Aerodrome simulator at NATS


For more information or to apply can you please call Harry Oakey at Alderwood Recruitment on 01489 882571 or email harry.oakey@alderwoodrecruitment.com

More about NATS...

NATS is the UK's leading provider of air traffic control services. Each year we handle over 2.5 million flights and 250 million passengers travelling in UK airspace.

In addition to providing services to 14 major UK airports, and managing all upper airspace in the UK, we provide services around the world including Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America.

Find out more about us on our website and blog and watch our video below to hear from some of our people about what it's like to work at NATS.

Report Abuse

If you feel that this video content violates the Adobe Terms of Use, you may report this content by filling out this quick form.

To report a copyright violation, please follow the DMCA section in the Terms of Use.