Airport Operations


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Air Traffic Controller, Airservices Australia

Sarah Doherty

What is your favourite part of the job?

That every day is different. Even if it’s the same shift at the same airport there is always something different, weather changes, runway direction and aircraft flow will be different, sometimes you can be manning two stations and sometimes you can have an event like the Avalon Airshow. I really enjoy that aspect. Another part of the job I love is that it’s all about problem solving, it really is like a 3D moving chess game that doesn’t stop. You have to think on your feet to solve the problem in that moment because you can’t just stop and think about it for a while, you have to make a decision.

If you could go back and give your younger self some advice what would it be?

Be who you are and be proud of that, you don’t have to conform to the norm.

What advice would you give young women wanting to start a career in Aviation?

If you don’t get the ATAR you want it’s not the end of the world. If you don’t know what you want to do take a year off or try something different, you don’t have to know what you want to do straight up so don’t stress.

It’s where the action is

You thrive in a ‘hands on’ role with plenty of daily variety. Airport Operations is a fast paced work environment and it’s where the action is. There are a huge variety of careers to get involved in, from airport terminal management to airside operations, operations that service the aircraft, safety and security of the airport to Air Traffic Control. Airports are dynamic, challenging and ever changing places.

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Be who you are and be proud of that, you don’t have to conform to the norm.

Sarah Doherty, Air Traffic Controller, Airservices Australia

Supported by the Australian Government under the Women in the Aviation Industry Initiative