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April 27, 2011

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Air-traffic control team lands top ergonomics award

A new air-traffic control centre designed to accommodate the diverse needs of a range of personnel carrying out highly complex tasks has won a prestigious ergonomics award.

The Human Factors Group from NATS (formerly National Air Traffic Services) was presented with the President’s Medal by the Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors (IEHF) at its conference last week. The Group was recognised for its contribution to the design of the new Prestwick Air Traffic Control Centre, which opened last year and replaced two control centres – one in Manchester and the other in Scotland.

The Human Factors Group had to address differing air-traffic control and engineering practices at the two sites, as well as the challenge of designing a working environment that enabled everyone in it to work as effectively and safely as possible.€

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