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Aircraft Controller

Royal Navy Logo


Royal Navy

Holywood, United Kingdom

Sir Jonathon Band

$5 to $25 million (USD)


Published 1683 days ago

The role at a glance
7 weeks

Of paid holiday every year


Medical and Dental care


No GCSEs required


As you progress through your career


Minimum you’ll earn after training


All around the world

What you’ll do

As an Aircraft Controller (AC) you will play a pivotal role in helping enable the Royal Navy's front-line aviation capability at sea. At the heart of the ship, you will be a key member of the war fighting team within the Operations Room. You will be the only person on board responsible for the safety of all Rotary Wing aircraft under your control. This involves directing the ships airborne weapon carrier from a radar screen to achieve the mission success. In addition, you will act as the ship's aviation advisor during all flying serials answering directly to the ship's Command Team. A challenging but rewarding role.IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, TALK TO US

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Your role
Work with some of the most sophisticated aircraft in the world in all environments, including the Wildcat and Merlin helicopters as well as the P8 Poseidon. As your career progresses, you’ll gain additional qualifications which will enable you to work with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter
You will be the on-board Aviation expert, advising Command and using your knowledge and tactical insight to ensure mission success
Utilise your skills, expertise and knowledge to work with NATO and international partners around the world
Compile and deliver flying briefs to the ship's Command/Aviation team

What you’ll get
Skills for life
Qualifications you'll gain
Apprenticeship Level 3 in Data Information Management
Foundation degree in Aerospace Management on successful completion of JATCC
Chartered Management Institute Level 3 qualification in Coaching & Mentoring with the opportunity for Level 5 as your career progresses
Opportunity to gain human factors qualifications
Funding towards study or a qualification of your choice
Skills you'll develop
Regardless of age, background or educational achievement the AC branch will support you every step of the way, allowing you to grow in confidence your multi-tasking ability, master communication and leadership skills, and realise your full potential. It's never too early or late to live life to the full and experience challenges.

Pay and benefits
Earn £23,496+ Minimum after basic training
Earn A salary that rises to £37,711 as soon as you finish all LAC training
Earn over £58,000 as your career progresses
Seven weeks of paid holiday every year
Subsidised food, travel and accommodation
Excellent pension scheme

Career progression

10 weeks at HMS Raleigh, learning basic military skills


Develop your professional skills, learn about our equipment


Further training


Consolidate your skills in the maritime environment


Become a JATCC qualified Air Traffic Controller

What you'll need
You’ll need to be aged 18 to 34
No qualifications are required for this role
You must be a British/British Dual National
You need to be a minimum height of 151.5cm
A Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18 and 28 (between 17 and 27 if under 18)
Must pass Specialist Aviation Medical at OASC, RAF Cranwell
Pass the Naval Swimming Test

Skills and interests
To be independent and adaptable
To be out going, committed and driven
A high level of spatial awareness
A passion for aviation
An adventurous spirit

Starting your career
Joining process
Initial training
Professional training

Once you’ve confirmed your eligibility, the joining process is as follows:

Submit an application

Once you’ve registered your interest, we’ll be in touch to discuss your options

Defence Aptitude Assessment (DAA)

You’ll be tested on: Verbal Reasoning, Numerical Reasoning, Work Rate, Spatial Reasoning, Electrical Comprehension and Mechanical Comprehension.
To prepare, you can practise the DAA


A formal interview to talk through your suitability for the role. This is normally conducted using your own device over the Shine video platform

Medical and eye tests

These are quite comprehensive and must be completed by one of our Ministry of Defence-approved doctors

Pre-Joining Fitness Test (PJFT)

This involves completing a 2.4km run on a treadmill within a certain time, at a fitness centre near you

Candidate Preparation Course (CPC)

This four-day induction to life in the Royal Navy, including a Swimming Test and a fitness assessment, is a pass or fail course

Start training

Once you’ve passed a Security Check, you’ll be offered a place at HMS Raleigh

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