A group of 25 Saudi Arabian students have graduated from an air traffic control (ATC) training programme provided by Airways International Ltd, following two years of studies in New Zealand.
Their graduation on Thursday 28 November marked the students’ successful completion of a two-year scholarship provided by the Ministry of Education and the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) in Saudi Arabia, for the training of air traffic controllers for Saudi Air Navigation Services (SANS). Members of the SANS executive team travelled from Saudi Arabia to attend the graduation.
Airways has been training Saudi Arabian students at its ATC training facility in Palmerston North since 2010. This is the sixth group of students to train with Airways in New Zealand, bringing the total number of students to 170 since 2010. Another group of Saudi Arabian students will complete their training in New Zealand in April 2020.
Airways International Ltd CEO Sharon Cooke says, “We’d like to congratulate today’s graduates on the successful completion of their ATC training programme, and our customers GACA and SANS as they work to increase the number of certified air traffic controllers in the Middle East.”
The scholarship gave the students a unique opportunity to live and study in New Zealand on their journey to become certified air traffic controllers. The students spent the first 12 months studying English at Kaplan International College and Auckland University of Technology, and then completed a 12-month ATC training programme with Airways in Palmerston North.
The students stay with local homestay families where possible, and are immersed in the culture and lifestyle of New Zealand. They train in state-of-the-art air traffic control simulators, providing a real world experience in a highly engaging learning environment.
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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 International Ltd (AIL) is the commercial arm of Airways New Zealand, providing training, digital products, aeronautical information management, procedure design and aviation consultancy services to customers in the Middle East, Asia, Hong Kong, the Pacific, Africa, Europe and North America.
AIL offers globally recognised air traffic control training programmes, advanced simulation and selection solutions, and interactive learning resources to help its customers achieve lower training costs and higher success rates.
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