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'Male dominated' air traffic control seeks new recruits

Global shortage of qualified officers affecting Ronaldsway

Air Traffic Control at Ronaldsway needs to expand its operation if it's to maintain its service level, according to one worker.

A global shortage of ATCs in the industry is affecting airports worldwide, with reports of officers being brought of out retirement to assist with training.

The Department of Infrastructure is currently recruiting for two new members to join its team based at the control tower.

Ben Helliwell, who has been an officer for five years at Ronaldsway, says it has traditionally been a male-dominated industry:

So, do you fancy yourself as the person to safely oversee the daily take offs and landings at our airport?

To get a feel for what goes on, in what is reportedly the highest occupied building on the Isle of Man, Aaron Ibanez went down to meet Mr Helliwell - you can listen to a longer extract from their discussions below.

Apparently he opted for the lift, instead of the 180 steps to the top:

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