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The Brabazon Lecture is held in honour of Lord Brabazon of Tara. Born in London on 8 February 1884, J.T.C. Moore-Brabazon became one of British aviation's true pioneers and, in his political career played an important role in the planning of civil aviation for the years following WW2. The aviation industry is impatiently awaiting arrival of the Single European Sky, where air traffic is managed according to operational efficiency rather than national boundaries. But progress is slow – some even think it will never happen – and the political landscape isn’t helping. Will Governments be brave enough to step up to the mark to achieve SES? What are the challenges – and how do we find solutions that Europe can sign up to? As the only privatised ATC provider in Europe, NATS has a unique perspective on SES – and has been helping drive towards SES and promote the benefits that can be realised through it. Recorded: November 6, 2013 About the speaker:

About the speaker:

Richard Deakin, Chief Executive Officer, NATS

Richard Deakin was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of NATS, the UK’s leading provider of Air Traffic Management services, on March 1, 2010. Richard is responsible for the 24/7 service operation employing c.5000 staff and providing an air navigation service in UK and North Atlantic airspace for 2.2m flights per year. Previously, he was Senior Vice President of the Air Systems Division for Thales and a member of the company’s Executive Committee. Based in Paris, his division recorded a turnover of €1.8bn and employed 7,000 staff across the world. Richard has over 30 years’ experience of major programmes in the aerospace and defence industry sector. A Chartered Engineer, Richard holds a first class honours degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Kingston University and an MBA from Cranfield School of Management. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering from Kingston University in January 2008.

Royal Aeronautical Society
7 January 2014