b'I honestly cant think of anything I dont enjoy about being a controller. Its an amazing, rewarding job like no other where you get to put all the skills youve been trained in, into practice every day of your career. UK airspace is split into two types:Lower Airspace, up to 25,500 feet and Upper Airspace, above 25,500 feet. The airspace is further divided into a number of geographical areas known as sectors, each allocated to a controller.A typical afternoon shift. 1345 hours 1600 hoursI arrive at work and head to the Briefing Room where I checkBack into the Operations electronicupdatestoprocedures,airspacerestrictionsRoom. As well as talking andweather.Factorsliketurbulence,fogattheairportsto the aircraft, I call fellow and strong winds are amongst some of the things that cancontrollersondifferent affect our day. I also check on danger areas as they changesectorsatNATS,military from day to dayzones where air traffic is prevented fromunits,airportsandAir entering as theres something in them which could causeTraffic Assistants (who support a danger to flight (like a military exercise or parachuting).controllers)soIcanco-ordinate 1355 hours for a 1400 hours start flights and advise of changes in relation to the traffic in my sector.Im in the Operations Room and take over one of my sectors from1730 hoursthe controller finishing their shift. They give me a handover of relevant information and the current traffic situation beforeNext break, dinner time!I take control of the sector.1830 hoursI work on Lower and Upper sectors. Lower sectors contain allIm also an instructor so after dinner I train a colleague on types of airspace classifications, with a huge variety of aircraftthe Upper airspace. It may be winter, but the traffic keeps types, inside and outside controlled airspace. In Upper sectors,on coming, so my trainee and I are kept very busy with the aircraft may already be in the cruise phase of flight, or theysectors we are on.will be transferred to me from Lower sectors for me to climb, or aircraft will require descent to land at airfields in Scotland,2000 hoursthe north of England or Northern Ireland.When we have completed our training session, I carry out 1530 hours a debrief with my trainee and write up a report, before taking Myfirstbreak.Thereareverystrictlawsabouthowlongmy last break.a controller can work without a breakmaximum is 2 hours,2100 hoursbefore a 30-minute break, but during a day shift its betweenI plug my headset back in for the last hour of controlling 1 and 1hours. Were encouraged to take a complete break andbefore the night shift takes over.we have a TV lounge, reading room, Costa Coffee, restaurant and games room where we can relax. 2200 hoursFor more information, Shift done, time to go home.check out nats.aero/careers 37'