Air Traffic Controller Training
Air Traffic Controller Training Programme
The Air Traffic Control (ATC) Course lasts approximately 18 months and leads to a Diploma in Air Traffic Control that is recognized by the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO).
The first phase is Air Traffic Control Induction (ICAO ATC051). Subjects in this course include:
• Rules of the Air
• Air Traffic Services
• ICAO Organization
• Flight Navigation (Theory)
• Principles of Flight
• Basic Search and Rescue Procedures
• Aerodrome Ground Aids (Phase 1)
• Aviation Meteorology (Phase 1)
• Communication Procedures (General).
After the nine-week theoretical course, you will then spend eight weeks in an Aerodrome Control Tower to obtain practical experience. Successful completion of this phase qualifies you as an Air Traffic Control Assistant.
The next phase is the Aerodrome Control Course (ICAO ATC 052). Subjects include:
• Aerodrome Control Procedures
• Flight Navigation (Plotting)
• Search and Rescue
• Air Traffic Services
• Aviation Meteorology (Phase 2)
• Aerodrome Ground Aids (Phase 2)
• Human Factors
• Communication Procedures (Aerodrome).
You will also complete 35 practical exercises on a 3-Dimensional Simulator, which is designed to simulate real-life situations in the aerodrome environment.
This phase lasts 24 weeks and, if you are successful, you will be a rated Aerodrome Controller. You will then have to work for a minimum of 90 hours under supervision in the Control Tower before being allowed to work solo. Upon completing this period of validation training, you will be issued with an ATC license to operate as an Aerodrome Controller.
The third phase is the Approach Procedural (Non-Radar) Course (ICAO ATC 053). During this 12 week course, you will study Approach Control Procedures and Aircraft Operation Standards, and perform 30 practical exercises in the Simulator.
If successful, you will be a rated Approach Controller. You will then have to complete at least 180 hours of dual training before being validated and issued with a license to operate as an Approach Controller (Non-Radar).
Additional courses include Approach Radar (ICAO ATC 054), Area Non-Radar (ATC 055), and Area Radar (ATC 056).
All courses are ICAO-recognized and endorsed by the Civil Aviation Authorities of all the Gulf States. Successful students are qualified to work in any country recognizing these ICAO courses.