Subscribe Free
in Training / ATM & Regulatory

Airways trains next contingent of Saudi Arabian air traffic controllers

Posted 4 August 2016 · Add Comment

Saudi Arabia has sent 30 students to New Zealand to start air traffic control training with air traffic services provider Airways.

This is the fourth group of students to be trained by Airways from Saudi Arabia’s civil air services provider, the GACA – helping to fill a critical gap in the Middle East region for the training of air traffic controllers.

The students will spend their first year in New Zealand studying English with either Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) in Nelson or Kaplan International College in Auckland, before commencing a 12-month air traffic control course at Airways' Palmerston North training campus. They will complete an intensive Aviation English module during their first eight weeks on campus.

"Airways' programme is structured so that students complete all English language requirements upfront, giving them the best foundation for their air traffic control training,” says Sharon Cooke, head of training at Airways. “Following their full year of English study with our training partners, the GACA students will be expected to achieve ICAO Level 4 English Language Proficiency, which is required for on-the-job air traffic control training.”

The Palmerston North campus has been specially designed for international students and features three aerodrome air traffic control simulators and six radar simulators. Airways operates a second such facility in Christchurch and also conducts regular training internationally.

“We’re providing total immersion training for these students. They get to train in our state-of-the-art simulators, in an environment as close to the real thing as possible, and we customise their training to incorporate their home environment and culture wherever we can,” Ms Cooke says.

Airways has been training GACA students for the past five years as part of a longstanding partnership with the Saudi Arabian authority. The New Zealand air traffic control training provider has a strong reputation across the Middle East for providing high quality training.

"We have an excellent relationship with GACA. The success of the programme so far is testament to the high standard of training we provide and we're looking forward to continuing this valuable partnership," Cooke said.

Airways created a learning community with the students through social media before they arrived in New Zealand, with a dedicated Facebook page supporting them on anything from questions about their studies to their homestay environment and the culture in New Zealand.
 

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

The missing digilink

Digitalisation of the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) industry is slowly gaining pace, but the haphazard manner of its advance and the shortage of common standards mean the full benefits may remain elusive. Chuck Grieve

Emirates commences trials of the IATA Travel Pass

Emirates has commenced trials of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Travel Pass– a mobile app to help passengers easily and securely manage their travel in line with any government requirements for COVID-19 testing or

Saudia Cargo enters into digital partnership with cargo.one

Saudia Cargo and e-booking platform cargo.one have entered into a distribution agreement to provide customers across the board with first class digital booking experience.

Jazeera Airways’ Board recommends capital increase

Jazeera Airways’ Board of Directors has recommended an increase to the company’s capital in the face of the most challenging six quarters for the global economy and more specifically, the travel and tourism industry.

Muscat International receives CEIV Pharma and CEIV Fresh cargo accreditations

Muscat International Airport has received IATA’s CEIV Pharma and CEIV Fresh cargo accreditations as a community facilitator.

Gulfstream flies first fully outfitted G700

The Gulfstream G700TM aircraft has flown for the first time fully outfitted and now joins the five other test aircraft already in the certification programme.

DIT DSO SK2101210421
See us at
Aviation Africa 2021 BTOCDAS21_BTWorld Defence Show 2022Aviation MENA 2021