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outflying8
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Working ATC overseas

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Not sure if this belongs in the General ATS question forum or the NavCanada Hiring forum.

My question is, once you have tenure with Nav and/or eligible for retirement, if you wanted to go work ATC in another country for a new experience (liked the looks of Dubai for example), is there programs to do this? I haven't been able to find much in a brief 20 minute google search.

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Re: Working ATC overseas

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Serco provides Air Traffic Services in other parts of the world and there are a handful of Canadian controllers who have gone to work for them in retirement or under other circumstances. They are the ones who hire for the middle east jobs. I've not done it, but I've heard stories about it, some good, some bad - as with everything caveat emptor.

https://www.serco.com/

Check the requirements though, licensed at a Grade 1 tower in Canada isn't of particular interest internationally...
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Re: Working ATC overseas

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I work in Dubai. Worked for Nav Canada for 18 years. And have worked in Bahrain also. Approach and Enroute. Have been overseas 9 of the last 12 years. Yes you can do it and its not just serco. If you work in TML then you can apply to DANS. Dubai Air Navigation Services. For the Tower here you can PM me and I will give details. You will need for approach to have worked at a place with at least 500 moments a day, YVR, YYC, YYZ, YUL. They are getting more flexible now as we are short of guys so even other places are ok. The pay is great as you pay now tax here. A business class ticket home each year paid in cash so you can use it for whatever you want. And a 1 month basic salary bonus a year. Schooling paid for up to 2 kids. Medical insurance is paid by the company and is first rate. For example you want to se a specialist for anything, usual a 1 day wait, not 1 year like at home, You need an MRI, 1 day and sometimes the same day. You will be able to save money here like you have never done before in your life, travel is cheap and easy all over the world. So all in without schooling which is direct paid is $314,000 CDN take home no deductions. Like making Aprox $434000CDN before taxes, so over double you would make in Canada. And I work no overtime here. You have to save for your own retirement, but that's not a problem. And when you leave the give you a retirement bonus depending on how many years you work here. It is substantial
You get 6 cycles of leave a year, so if you take 1 at a time that's 3 months. We work a 6,4. It can be a busy place but if you can work in any of the above places its no problem
Of course it is the middle east and takes so time getting used to but I love it. Every place has its good and bad things, its just how you view your life i guess
Everyone has to do what is best for them and what they are comfortable with. But there is so much more to see in this world.
If I was in my 30's i would move here in a minute. You can easily retire by 50 and a couple of the younger guys (in there 30's ) will probably be be done by 45.
Any questions just PM me
And no I do not get paid to recruit anyone. Just want more Canadians here!
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