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Air Traffic Controllers Graduate From Airports Fiji

A total of 21 Air Traffic Controllers yesterday graduated from Airports Fiji Limited’s aviation academy this morning after completing their three months basic Air Traffic Control course. The 21 air traffic
20 May 2016 10:21
Air Traffic Controllers Graduate From Airports Fiji

A total of 21 Air Traffic Controllers yesterday graduated from Airports Fiji Limited’s aviation academy this morning after completing their three months basic Air Traffic Control course.

The 21 air traffic controllers have completed their rigorous three months theory on basic ATC ICAO course and will begin their second phase by doing practical work over the coming months.

AFL’s Executive Chairman Faiz Khan said that in late 2014, AFL had 14 graduating from this course and now another 21, making the total number 35 that have graduated in last 18 months.

Mr Khan said: “We have increased the number of air traffic controllers to ensure safe operational levels and in particular to ensure that our controllers are given greater opportunities for capacity building. With these increases, in about a year’s time we will be able to systematically release our controllers to do advance surveillance training.

“Airports Fiji Ltd aims to be the leader in the Pacific in air traffic surveillance. Our message to the controllers is to work hard to continue to build their capacity and grow. You are young and energetic. You need to ensure that you continue to have the flames of hope and growth burning throughout your careers. We will be here to support.”

“It is also a notable observation that out of the 21 that graduated today, 11 are ladies. We did not go out and deliberately make choices to create gender balance. However, the selection criteria that we went through about 6 months ago yielded these results. AFL is an organisation of equal opportunity. We are blind when it comes to issues of gender or similar biases.’

Airports Fiji Ltd looks after the airspace spanning an area of six million square kilometres covering Kiribati, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Fiji.

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