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Airways NZ launches ATC training in Kuwait

Airways New Zealand has partnered with the Australian College of Kuwait (ACK) to establish an air traffic control training academy for training of Kuwaiti students.

As part of the joint venture partnership agreement Airways is providing a one-year training programme at ACK for a group of air traffic control (ATC) students, and has installed a Total Control tower simulator and two radar simulators at its campus in Kuwait for use during training.

The bespoke training solution incorporates Airways’ world-class simulation technology, blended with competency-based training and e-learning. SureSelect computer-based ATC Skill Simulations tests have been used to select students; Total Control simulation technology is in use for real-world training; students are utilising Airbooks e-learning resources for mobile, flexible and interactive learning; and the Aviation English Services online learning programme is also available to students.

Airways International CEO Sharon Cooke says the partnership with ACK allows Airways to incorporate its widely recognised and successful training methodologies into Kuwait, a new market for the New Zealand air navigation service provider.

“Airways is delighted to be working with ACK in this joint venture. Our track record delivering world-class ATC training and technology solutions, combined with ACK’s educational knowledge and leadership in the region, means this partnership is well placed for success,” Ms Cooke says.

A group of ATC students began training at the new academy in September, studying ICAO 291 – Aviation English Services, ICAO 051 – ATS Licensing Subjects, ICAO 052 – Aerodrome Control, ICAO 054 – Approach and Area Surveillance, and ICAO 053/055 – Approach and Area Control Procedural courses.

The Total Control radar and tower simulators were installed in Kuwait in May, and are being used by students and instructors to control traffic in exercises that mimic the real world – imitating a full air traffic control flight information region using high fidelity photo-realistic graphics, and simulating any weather conditions.

The Airways training programme will prepare the students for on-the-job ATC training in Kuwait.

Airways has been delivering ATC training solutions and consultancy services to the Middle East region for more than 20 years. The organisation has worked with the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) in Saudi Arabia for the past eight years, training air traffic control students at its training campuses in New Zealand, and is this year training students from Fujairah, Kuwait and Bahrain.

For further information, please contact:

Sharon Cooke
CEO, Airways International
Ph: +64 3 358 1661
Mobile: +64 27 550 0345

About Airways

Airways New Zealand is a world-leading commercial air navigation service provider (ANSP), looking after key aviation infrastructure around New Zealand and managing more than 1 million traffic movements per year into and around New Zealand’s 30 million square kilometres of airspace.

Airways trains its own air traffic controllers and works with other ANSPs in the delivery of world class air traffic control training services and solutions. With customers in the Middle East, Asia, Hong Kong, the Pacific, Africa, Europe and North America, Airways trains up to 150 ab initio students globally each year and also provides training to over 100 ATC instructors, assessors and examiners annually.

About Australian College of Kuwait

Established amongst the first private higher educational institutions in Kuwait, the Australian College of Kuwait (ACK) offers unique experiential education programmes which are recognised in the region.

The vision of ACK is to “generate human capital equipped with practical knowledge and employability skills that contributes to the economic development and welfare of Kuwait”. To offer this unique learning product to its students, the college has established partnerships with quality international educational institutions that share the same pedagogical philosophies.

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