Thirty Saudi Arabian students have arrived in New Zealand to start air traffic control training with air traffic services provider Airways.
This is the fourth group of students to be trianed 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' programe is structured so that students complete all English language requirements upfront, giving them the best foundation for their air traffic control training," said 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."