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Job Vacancies at Brighton City Airport

We are the oldest continuous licensed airport in the UK with Harold Piffard courageously flying from here in 1910. The Airport stays true to its founders’ vision in the early 1900s: to create an aerodrome that would be available for expert and student aviators of all nations. Used by a diverse range of fixed-wing and rotary wing aircraft on a daily basis, Brighton City Airport proves to be the perfect gateway to the south coast of England.

We have a vibrant aviation community on site interspersed with some non-aviation businesses.  This has created a diverse and inclusive workplace which is central to attracting talented employees and joint success.  We promote a ‘just culture’ and have developed a workplace where employees feel respected and valued. Simply, it’s a great place to work!

Opportunities at the Airport

Whether you are just starting out or looking to build on an already successful career, Brighton City Airport could provide the perfect career opportunity for you. We are always looking for talented, qualified people to join our small, forward-thinking business.

Our unique culture is distinguished by a shared passion – aviation. No two days are the same, one day you could be greeting a celebrity or executive flight and on another supporting a training visit from a military aircraft.

Everyone on the Airport staff works together to deliver the best possible service, while always holding safety in the highest regard. See below for opportunities in the various Airport departments (Airport Operations, Administration and Support, Technical Services) as well as with other aviation businesses based on-site.

Current Vacancies

Air Traffic Services Assistant (ATSA)


Brighton City Airport (Shoreham) has an immediate vacancy for a full time Air Traffic Services Assistant (ATSA).  The role will be based at Brighton City Airport, Shoreham by Sea.

Air Traffic Control (ATC) at Brighton City Airport is a small, dynamic and friendly Unit which operates both Tower and Procedural Approach. With circa 50,000 movements per annum, the Airport features amongst the busiest general aviation airfields in the UK (in terms of runway movements). On busy days, the ATC Unit handles over 350 movements across our three runways.

We are looking for a talented person who can work well both in a team and individually. The Airport is open daily throughout the year and ATSA staff operate a shift pattern of 4 days on, 2 days off covering the hours of 0730-2000 with occasional operations outside of these times.

Salary Range: circa £22k per annum on completion of training

Responsible to: Manager Air Traffic Services

Accountabilities/Main Responsibilities

As a member of the professional and friendly ATC team, you will:

– Provide Air Traffic Control with administrative support in the provision of an Air Traffic Service (ATS) to aircraft on the airfield and in the local airspace

– Make and receive telephone calls regarding flying activities and be able to respond to general communications in a professional and courteous manner

– Assist in alerting the Emergency Services as and when required

– Keep accurate records of aircraft movements using the systems provided

– Assist in maintaining ATC documents and manuals (and update them as necessary) and keep information up-to-date in the briefing room

– Make meteorological observations (if qualified to do so), obtain frequent weather information and notify weather warnings to operators, either directly or under supervision

– If qualified, to provide an Air Ground Communication Service (AGCS) as appropriate. (Training provided)

The above list is not exhaustive and the business may require flexibility to carry out additional duties to support the air operation.


– Demonstrable computer keyboard skills and ability to use Word and Excel software packages

– Good communication skills (verbal and written) with English Language Proficiency Level 5 or above

– Ability to understand complex and developing spatial situations

– Ability to assess and set priorities in a dynamic environment

– Good teamwork

– Driver’s licence


– Meteorological Observers Certificate

– Interest and knowledge of aviation

Hours of work

Forty hours per week based on a “4 days on, 2 days off” shift pattern covering the hours of 0730 to 2000 including weekends. The successful applicant will also need to be flexible in terms of working hours depending on the needs of the business and this may involve some occasional overtime or out of hours duties (voluntary). This is normally to facilitate humanitarian and search and rescue flights.

What you will receive

As part of an enthusiastic and personable team, you will get:

– Opportunity for personal and professional development

– 28 days annual leave/public holidays

– Ready access to HR well-being and mental health guidance

– Pension

– Free airport car parking

How to apply

Interested applicants should complete an application form (downloaded from the website) and send to:

FAO: Manager Air Traffic Services
Brighton City Airport
Main Terminal Building
Cecil Pashley Way
Shoreham by Sea
West Sussex
BN43 5FF

via email to: [email protected]

Although we try and respond to all applicants, we regret it may not always be possible.
Please note that a candidate possessing a Student Air Traffic Controller’s license will be able to maintain their license under our Unit Training Scheme and will be considered should a full time ATC Officer position come available.

Please download and complete the application form below.

Job Application Form V1.0 Jan 2023

Closing Date:  Has been extended until Friday 17th February 2023