Alastair Robertson joined the Civil Aviation Authority in October 2009 as Director of Air Navigation Services Regulation bringing with him over 40 years experience in air traffic control and airport certification and management.
Initially Alastair qualified as a military air traffic controller with the Royal Air Force. Following promotion and a staff appointment with National Air Traffic Services , he became responsible for the future development of London Military Radar before leaving the Service to pursue a career as a UKCAA qualified ATCO. As a controller he has held validated ratings in all ATC operating positions and has worked in both Europe and the Middle East.
On his return to the UK, Alastair took up his first airport management post as Operations Manager at a busy general aviation airport in the south-east of England. In 1988, he joined British Aerospace Commercial Aircraft Ltd where he was responsible for setting up and running a new Airfield Management Department. The role included the integration of several existing and independent departments, defining the operational process and writing the appropriate policies and procedures to ensure that the aerodrome could meet and maintain certification standards.
In 1995 Alastair set up his own aviation consultancy business specializing in air traffic control, airport operations and management and air show organisation. Clients included Aviation Manchester, British Aerospace, Fraport and Thomson CSF.
On behalf of Thomson CSF he was selected to lead the Anglo-French project team responsible for the certification of a new airport to international standards of safety and security. The task required the major infrastructure upgrades, equipment procurement and a large recruitment and training programme. The project completed on time and on budget and resulted in the award of an Aerodrome Certificate by the UKCAA in August 1999.
Subsequently, Alastair was appointed to manage and develop the Airport, growing the business over five years to an annual throughput of over 50,000 tonnes of freight and 400,000 passengers. In addition, he was responsible to the Main Board for the assessment of several airports within Europe and the Middle East as potential candidates for inclusion in the Company’s acquisition plan.
In 2007 Alastair was appointed by the British Virgin Islands Airports Authority as Director of Airport Operations responsible for the safe and effective management of three airports and a water aerodrome. At the time, the water aerodrome was the first certified facility of its kind in any of the Overseas Territories.
Alastair has considerable operational experience and is well versed in airport certification standards and procedures. His multi-cultural background and international experience make him a welcome asset to the CAACI.