Subscribe Free
in Training

Saudi Arabian air traffic controllers graduate in New Zealand

Posted 22 November 2016 · Add Comment

A group of Saudi Arabian students have graduated from air traffic control studies with Airways New Zealand today, as the organisation helps to fill a critical gap globally for training of air traffic controllers.

The 26 students graduated at a ceremony at Massey University in Palmerston North, marking the completion of a successful two-year investment by the General Authority of Civil Aviation of Saudi Arabia (GACA), and the Saudi Arabian National Guard.

The students arrived in January 2015 and spent their first year in New Zealand studying English with Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) and Kaplan International College in Auckland. They then started a 12-month air traffic control (ATC) course at Airways' purpose-built training facility on the Massey University campus in Palmerston North.

In the past year Airways has trained about 150 ab-initio ATC students in New Zealand and at overseas campuses through its international training programmes, Airways Training General Manager Sharon Cooke says.

“This is the third group of GACA students trained in New Zealand over the past five years.  We’re pleased to be providing top quality training services for overseas students, and at the same time helping to alleviate the current global shortage of air traffic controllers. This is a particular issue in the Middle East where air traffic growth is expected to continue,” she said.

“We’re proud of our on-going relationship with GACA which continues to send trainees to Airways due to the success of our programme. To date, all trainees have successfully completed on-job-training to become licenced ATCs once returning home,” said Cooke.

Ahmed Algharawi, one of the graduating students, says he enjoyed the pace and style of learning and living in New Zealand. 

“It was a bit of a shock coming to Nelson at first because my English wasn’t as good as it is now, but living with a homestay family really helped me improve. Living in New Zealand took some getting used to but now I’m going to find it hard to leave.”

To help students adjust to living and learning in New Zealand, Airways used social media to create a learning community with the students before they arrived and while studying, with a dedicated Facebook page supporting them on anything from questions about their studies to their homestay environment and the culture in New Zealand.

 

The students will now return to Saudi Arabia to begin their on-the-job training through GACA and Saudi Arabian National Guard.

 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

TRU grit…

The pace of new aircraft development and booming airliner sales worldwide is creating growing demand for flight training simulators. As Dave Calderwood finds out, TRU Simulation + Training is more than keeping up.

Gulf Air's commercial roadshow targets Saudi travel trade

Gulf Air recently hosted key members of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's travel trade industry at a networking event, aimed at informing guests of the airline's latest developments and customer-focused initiatives while thanking them

Spatial wins contract for Airbus A321 CEET from transcontinental national carrier

Spatial has been awarded the contract for an A320/A321 cabin emergency evacuation trainer by a major national carrier, which will be one of the first cabin trainers to feature Airbus' redesigned semi-automatic OWE.

Why politics and technology must work together

Alan Dron learns about five global 'drivers of change' in the air traffic management sector.

Airbus and OneWeb Satellites start serial production

OneWeb Satellites has inaugurated its assembly line at Airbus' manufacturing facility in Toulouse to begin end-to-end validation, testing, and integration of its first satellites set for launch in just over nine months.

SITA: Technology boosts passenger satisfaction at baggage collection and borders

SITA has released a survey revealing passenger satisfaction is higher during the airline journey when self-service technologies are used, particularly at bag tag and collection, and passport checkpoints.

TAA SK 12MTHS16
See us at
Aviation Africa BT18418RMIT BT1631817DAS BT1105161117Global Aerospace BT28218AIME BT1204240118DIAC BT1105121117