ATC Training

43 Air School Air Traffic Control (ATC) Training

The Air Traffic Services (ATS) system comprises a vast network of people and equipment that ensures the safe operation of commercial and private aircraft all over the world.  The primary purpose of ATS systems worldwide is to separate aircraft to prevent collisions, to organize and expedite the flow of traffic, and to provide information and other support for pilots as required.  Air traffic Controller’s (ATC) coordinate the movement of air traffic to make certain that planes stay a safe distance apart from each other.  Although their immediate concern is safety, controllers must also direct planes efficiently to minimize delays.

The worldwide need for ATC’s has never been greater with many ATS facilities operating with staff levels below the accepted norm.  In the US alone, in order to meet the predicted shortages, the FAA will be training in excess of 17000 new controllers in up to 2018.

To assist in meeting the increasing demand for ATC’s worldwide, 43 Air School has established, at our Port Alfred campus, an Air Traffic Services Training College that will provide students with the highest level of training to SACAA Regulations and in accordance with ICAO standards.

With the approval of our Air Traffic Services Aviation Training Organisation (ATS ATO) licence earlier this year, 43 Air School became the first privately owned ATS ATO in Sub-Saharan Africa.  The Air Traffic Service Assistant (ATSA) and Aerodrome Flight Information Service (AFIS) courses offered by 43 Air School will be complimented by the introduction of the Aerodrome Control Course, Approach and Area Procedural and Radar courses in 2011.  Simulator training on the Aerodrome Control course will be provided utilizing a state-of-the-art Barlog 360° Aerodrome Simulator, due for installation in early 2011.

ATS Training will be provided by our professional team of instructors under the leadership of our Manager ATC Training, whose experience includes both military and ICAO colleges.  Collectively our ATS Instructors have an average of 25 years operational and instructional ATS experience in both the civilian and military ATS environments.  The ATS College makes use of staff which includes:

  • 2 Grade 1 Designated Examiners
  • 1 Grade 1 Instructor
  • 4 Ground School Instructors

Our unique environment allows us to expose student ATC’s to a variety of aspects found in aviation.  Students ATC’s are afforded the opportunity to either experience the world of the pilot at the controls of one of our aircraft whilst interacting with our experienced ATC personnel, or as a passenger listening to the interaction between pilot and ATC while enjoying the flying experience.  The environment also lends itself to the regular interaction between ATC students and aircrew, both qualified and under training.

Our ATS College has trained and qualified 8 SACAA licenced AFIS operators who are utilised in our Control Tower at Port Alfred and until recently the Control Tower at Bhisho.  These AFIS operators handle in excess of 7000 aircraft movements monthly at Port Alfred.

Once having joined the ranks of the Air Traffic Control profession the student will be part of a worldwide team that is responsible for safely guiding thousands of aircraft through the International Airspace System every day.

ATC Courses

A comprehensive curriculum that integrates classroom instruction and simulator training will prepare students to be certified by their respective regulators as Air Traffic Controllers.  Standard courses for the training of ATC personnel have been designed in order to offer a training programme, which conforms to SACAA and ICAO Course guidelines.

The ATSA course is the introduction course and consists of theoretical training.  This course is the foundation for all future ATC training courses.  A rating is received on the successful completion of this course and this rating can be validated at the students ATSU.

Having successfully completed the ATSA course the student can continue with the Aerodrome Control course which has both theoretical and practical content.  The successful completion of the theoretical training is a necessary prerequisite to be able to continue on to the simulator training course.

Practical training will be conducted in the FABR artificial airspace created for 43 Air School’s simulator environment.  However, with our advanced simulator it is possible to provide training for our clients in their individual national airspace.

The modern capabilities of our simulator afford us the unique opportunity of offering our clients the option of completing 50% of their validation training, recurrence training or proficiency assessments at our facility.