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AirNav Ireland provides air traffic management services including: Air Traffic Control Flight information Alerting and search and rescue services Aeronautical information North Atlantic Communications

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Air Traffic Management

AirNav Ireland provides air traffic management services in the 451,000 km2 of airspace controlled by Ireland. This airspace forms a crucial gateway for air traffic between Europe and North America.

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Flight Planning

Welcome to the AirNav Ireland Flight Planning area. This section contains allow pilots to file, change, delay or cancel flight plans.

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Aviation delivers strong economic and social benefits, but it can also have detrimental impacts on the environment. We have a critical part to play in driving down emissions and delivering a sustainable future for the industry.

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Stage 1: Screening Process 

Screening of applications to determine eligibility against minimum requirements.

Online assessment may form part of the screening process.

Progression through the recruitment process is subject to verification of the minimum entry requirements 

Stage 2: Air Traffic Controller Computer Based Aptitude Tests 

These tests comprise of two parts.

Part 1: First European Air Traffic Controller Selection Test (FEAST Test) 

The total duration of the FEAST test is 2 hours 20 minutes.

The Test Battery consists of a set of tests which examine a candidate's ability in regard to a number of items, including the following:

  • Heading & Range Test
  • English Listening & Comprehension
  • Planning Ability
  • Soft Task
  • Alertness in Simple and Multi-Tasking Situations Test
  • Visualisation Test 

Part 2: Dynamic ATC Radar Test (DART Test) 

The total duration of this test is 2 hours 10 minutes.

Applicants who obtain a sufficiently high standard on the Part 1 FEAST Test are called for Part 1 DART test, to be held later on the same day.

The DART Test is a computer based aptitude test, aimed at measuring your multi-tasking abilities. The test will require you to perform a number of different tasks at the same time like in the job of an air traffic controller. The test is designed for beginners with no background in ATC.

Applicants who achieve a sufficiently high standard in the Part 2 DART Test will be called for work strengths profiling and may be called for a group interview / exercise.

Stage 3: Work Strengths Profiling & Group Interview/Exercise

Part 1: Work Strengths Profiling 

Applicants who achieve a sufficiently high standard following completion of Phase 1 of Stage 3 (Work Strengths Profiling) may called for a Group Interview/Exercise.

Part 2: Group Interview/Exercise 

All applicants will be required to produce a valid Passport / ID for identification purposes.

Applicants will be required to attend in person for a group exercise. This is a simulation exercise that requires applicants to operate as a group to address a given set of circumstances.

Applicants who achieve a sufficiently high standard following completion of Phase 1 of Stage 3 (Work Strengths Profiling) and Group Interview/Exercise will be called for a final interview (Stage 4).

Stage 4: Final Interview 

Interviews for the final stage of the recruitment process will be competency based. Applicants will be expected to have some basic knowledge of AirNav Ireland, the Air Traffic Control Service we provide and the various other activities in which it is involved.  Most of this information is contained on the AirNav Ireland website.

All applicants will be required to produce a valid passport for identification purposes throughout stages 2-4.  All applicants for final interview will be sent a CV template to contemplate and submit with proof of education. 

Medical Eligibility Requirements 

Applicants who are deemed successful to participate in the Student Air Traffic Controller programme must undergo a comprehensive medical examination. This will be carried out by AirNav Ireland designated doctors. The medical criteria meet international civil aviation standards outlined here.  The cost of the medical will be borne by AirNav Ireland. 

Security Clearances

Full security clearance will be carried out for all students who are offered a place on the student controller programme.

Reference Checking 

Reference Checking may be carried out on all those who are offered a student placement. 


The vast majority of correspondence for this competition will be carried out via email.  Please ensure you check your email on a regular basis. No travel or incidental expenses are paid to candidates for the SCP selection process. No Test Material is given to candidates during the SCP selection process. Please check the AirNav Ireland website regularly for updates on the Selection Process schedule.

AirNav Ireland reserves the right to change the selection process and add or delete stages as determined by AirNav Ireland.