HOW CAN I APPLY FOR A JOB AS AN AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER OR FOR ANOTHER TYPE OF JOB AT NAV PORTUGAL? 
 
Whenever NAV Portugal needs to recruit people from outside the company it invites applications by advertising widely in the main types of media.
Pre-selection is normally done by a specialist company.  The candidate requirements vary but are always stated in a clear way.
 



WHERE IS THE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER ​COURSE RUN AND WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

Candidates who are accepted attend the Air Traffic Controller course which is run in NAV Portugal’s training facilities.  The structure of the course depends on the number of vacancies to be filled. The candidate requirements for the latest selection course which ended on October 2008 (these will not necessarily be the same for future courses) were as follows:
- Ordinary degree (3 year course) or completed 3rd year of 4 year university degree;
- Fluent spoken and written Portuguese and English;
- Younger than 26 years on 31 December 2008.
As mentioned, the next intake (no date yet scheduled) to be held will be widely advertised in the media as well as on NAV Portugal's site. The specific conditions and classification criteria have yet to be set but these will be publicised in good time. 






H​OW SAFE IS AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL IN PORTUGAL?

NAV Portugal defines Safety as its highest priority, supporting this with an effective and well-defined safety policy. Our main Safety objective is to minimise the contribution of the air traffic services towards the risk of aircraft accidents.
Everyone in the company is responsible for Safety. 
NAV Portugal has a Safety Management System which works under the international standars.
 



HOW MANY AIRCRAFT ARE CONTROLLED PER DAY? 

Every day, in the areas under its responsibility, NAV Portugal controls about 1.000 aircraft which have originated in Portugal, have Portugal as their destination or which are overflying the two Flight Information Regions we are responsible for. 



CAN I VISIT THE CONTROL TOWER AND THE OPERATIONS ROOM?

No. Due to Security restrictions only in very exceptional circumstances are visitors allowed into the heart of our operating service facilities.
 



APART FROM AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS, WHO ELSE WORKS IN NAV PORTUGAL? 

In our company there are many other groups of professionals in addition to Air Traffic Controllers. These include: engineers in charge of the infrastructure projects and installations; engineers responsible for maintaining our equipment in top operating condition; specialist technical staff looking after the applications of international rules and regulations; a team working in the administrative services supporting the operational areas, and many others.
In total we have about 1.000 workers guaranteeing these services on a round-the-clock basis.



WHAT IS DIFFERENT BETWEEN ANA, TAP, NAV PORTUGAL AND INAC?

In our country there is a clear separation between the various civil aviation activities. Firstly, there are the air transportation companies such as TAP, Portugália, and Air France which carry passengers. Then there is the company which provides airport services to the airline companies and their passengers. This company looks after the runways and their maintenance, baggage handling and security, spaces for the airlines to look after their passengers, and other airport facilities.  In Portugal these services are provided by ANA - Aeroportos de Portugal.
When the aircraft starts moving in the airport, responsibility passes to NAV Portugal.  Our company provides air traffic services, looking after the control of the aerodrome, aircraft approaches and routes.  We provides these services until an aircraft leaves the geographical space we are responsible for and comes under the responsibility of the equivalent company carrying out the same services in the geographical space the aircraft enters.  Lastly, Instituto Nacional de Aviação Civil (INAC – National Civil Aviation Institute) is the State body responsible for overseeing all these service companies and ensuring that the respective rules and regulations are adhered to.