The Kuwait Ministry of Defence has appointed the Australian College of Kuwait and its partners Airways International Ltd. (NZ) and 3SDL (UK) as its training providers.
The Australian College of Kuwait (ACK) will be responsible for overall training management along with engineering and flight training programmes while Airways will be responsible for Air Traffic Control training and 3SDL fighter controller training.
The Aviation Department of ACK has established itself as a supplier of EASA-based B1/B2 engineering training in the Middle East.
Airways is able to offer a unique program for the Kuwait Air Force, blending the very latest in competency-based training and e-learning technologies. Airways will install Total Control radar and aerodrome simulators which provide students with highly realistic tower and surveillance experiences via three-dimensional high definition graphics. Airways technology solutions Airbooks, Aviation English and Aviation Knowledge On-line (AKO) will also be implemented as part of the total training solution.
Fighter Controller (FC) training will be provided by 3SDL, as part of a coordinated and complementary programme. A number of candidates will be selected to undertake a short aptitude assessment course, the best of whom will advance to the basic FC training module. Initial training will be conducted using the Airways Simulator, with future modules hosted on upgraded systems.
It is expected that the centre's first intake of students will commence Air Traffic Control training in mid 2017.