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11 January, 2022 - 21:42 By Tony Quested

Key traffic management upgrade at Cambridge City Airport

Marshall Aerospace has agreed a contract with Air Navigation Solutions (ANSL) to provide a comprehensive air traffic management support package centred around the provision of a simulator-based training solution for air traffic control officers at Cambridge City Airport.

The agreement will see ANSL provide a full-capability air traffic control simulator on a temporary basis as well as an instructor to join the airport team on secondment to lead delivery of the training. 

ANSL will also provide Marshall Aerospace with a Manager Air Traffic Services (MATS) on an interim basis, along with wider compliance services in support of the ATM operation.

Providing this essential simulator training will enable the airport to continue to develop the skills of its trainee ATCOs in the current low traffic environment as it recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The initial focus will be on the stabilisation of current operations, followed by the extension of operating hours, making Cambridge City Airport a reliable and attractive destination for business and commercial aviation looking to operate into the wider London area.

The programme delivered by ANSL will allow the airport to expedite its ATC training plan by three years, whilst minimising the drain on the operational teams by complementing it with additional expertise and resource.

ANSL’s ATC Operations Specialist, Vicky Bhogal-Hunt, will act as the interim Air Traffic Services  manager for Marshall Aerospace at Cambridge City Airport for the coming months. This will enable the Airport team to fully focus on training and safe and compliant COVID recovery.

Kevan Craske, Director of Cambridge City Airport, said: “Partnering with ANSL was a logical next step in widening Cambridge City Airport’s offering. The flexibility of their solutions and breadth of their expertise will enable us to accelerate our ATCO training programme and, with it, the operating hours and capabilities of our airport.”

As part of the new partnership, ANSL will receive regulatory approval from the Civil Aviation Authority on behalf of Marshall Aerospace for the simulator training it delivers. Work is underway.

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