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Update: NATS Reports Radio Frequency Interference Delaying Scotland Flights

By Juliet Van Wagenen | October 26, 2015
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Prestwick Air Traffic Control Center in Scotland
Prestwick Air Traffic Control Center in Scotland. Photo: NATS

[Avionics Today 10-26-2015] The U.K.’s Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP), NATS, has reported a technical issue at the Scottish Air Traffic Control center at Prestwick that is currently impacting flights in parts of Scottish airspace.

“We have had a technical problem overnight with interference on some radio frequencies that we use to speak to aircraft. It only affects part of Scottish airspace and flights from some Scottish airports this morning may be delayed as a result.” NATS said in a statement Monday. 

In a recent update, the ANSP said the situation is improving and delays are reducing, although residual delays remain as a result of earlier capacity restrictions.

Update: As of 2:30 GMT Oct. 26, NATS released that it is successfully managing traffic in the affected airspace without residual delays. It is launching an investigation into the root cause of the radio frequency interference, which should have minimal impact to passengers.

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