Following the 9-11 attack on the USA the USA’s airspace was closed presenting a considerable operational challenge to the controllers in Canada and at Shanwick OACC.
The Guild of Air Traffic Controller Officers awarded the Hunt Trophy to the duty watch at Shanwick in recognition of their performance. The dedication is shown below.
Scottish & Oceanic ACCs 1980 Brochure
Atlantic House Outside from E corner (note breaks in wall ready for new extension
ScATCC Oceanic control room Atlantic House
left to right (rear) Bill Rogers ATCO II, Eric Sleight ATCO I (D Watch supervisor), Nigel Foulkes (Chairman CAA), Frank Tolson (Centre Superintendent) Vic Oldcorn (Assistant Centre Superintendent)
left to right (front) Alistair Finlayson ATCO II, Peter Manson (ATCO II)
AFTN room General view from North End
OAC ops room from North End
Positions 23 and 25 (similar 22 and 24) which contain EDD and Modular data input keyboards for use with Apollo in a first limited step towards full ADP for OAC
OAC ops rom from South end
AFTN room from South end
AFTN Room August 1973
SW9a an example of an Oceanic flight plan but in this case for a general aviation aircraft D-EJVO on a ferry flight. It was provided by Colin McKeeman who says “This example is dated 19th July 1969 and covers a Beech Musketeer on delivery from Gander to Germany via Greenland.”
Working at the ADP assisted positions. Note re-positioned EDDs since photo 3 was taken
Sandy Dalton, Clearance Delivery Officer 1978
Pete Clarke has sent in a document listing Bloopers in CDO/Aircrew communications (not that Sandy would ever feature in such a document). cdo exchanges
next 6 photos dated 1989
The first of the “6 photos dated 1989” is of the Oceanic training facility, but the people at the consoles are, in fact, the SSGO Test Team. From left to right, they are Stuart Lonie, Eric Payne, Dave Bell and Bill Mitchell. I can’t make out the face of the person furthest away from the camera. Bob McPike
Closure of ScOACC flight progress strip operations and move to FDPS
next three are1990
Clearance Delivery Officer is Sue Dutthorn
SW26 – shows a standard Oceanic controller sector associated with the FDPS that went live in 1987. It certainly facilitated the implementation of data link, but was in use in this form long before data link. Each sector consisted of three devices, two ‘green boxes’ and a printer. The left hand green box was the EDD (electronic data display) possibly the very first operational electronic flight strip display, and the other was the IUD, an acronym that always caused a little embarrassment, but which actually stood for interactive update device. What fun we had with oddball keyboards and coping with system failures…. Dave Lacey
SW26a This small trophy was presented by Pete Berry, ATC FDPS team manager, to the members of the team on completion of the training and handover of the system for operational use. (Pete Clarke)
The image at SW27 shows the aerial feeds at Urlanmore, the transmitter site for Ballygirreen. Shannon Aeradio, north of Shannon Airport, Co. Clare. Colin McKeeman
two photographs Colin took at Shannon Aeradio during the mid-1960’s. Whilst Shannon Aeradio at Ballygirreen is in the Irish Republic, it did and still does play a major role in NAT communications (it is after all the “Shan” in Shanwick with the “wick” donated by Prestwick).
might SW28 be “At the control console of Apollo, August 1973 “?
SW28 is me, as ATE2 at Apollo console 1973. Steve Roberts, Engineering Watch Manager ScOATCC, Retired!
above and below the PABX – Bob McPike (more details on SCATCC posting)
These next slides came from M J (John) Douglas taken in about 1984
SW37 TRAFFIC FORECAST 1970-80
SW38 ATC SUPERVISOR
SW39 CLEARANCE DELIVERY
SW40 -43 ABOVE AND BELOW: ENROUTE TRAFFIC DISPLAYS
SW44 ENROUTE CONTROLLER
SW45 FLIGHT PLAN RECEPTION
SW46 IUD (Update device?)