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

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

The solution incorporates Airways’ simulation technology 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 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.

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 May, and are being used by students and instructors to control traffic in exercises.

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