PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands, Friday, September 9th, 2016 – Two staff members of the Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority (TCIAA) on Thursday completed air traffic control (ATC) training at the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority Training Institute (CAATI).
Angel Pena DeJesus and Erin Smith who began the ATC training on June 6th will now return to the Turks and Caicos Islands to begin their conversion and on-the-job training at Providenciales International and Grand Turk International Airports.
Following the graduation on Thursday, Emmanuel Rigby, Executive Air Traffic Services Manager at TCIAA said "I am proud of our student air traffic controllers’ performance during the recent Aerodrome/Approach Procedural course at CAATI." He added “these two young men are well on their way to becoming a part of a community of highly-trained professionals, who are essential to the smooth and safe transit of air traffic within the Turks and Caicos Islands airspace.”
Rigby in congratulating them said that he is looking forward to their continued development in the aviation industry.
The ATC course was done in two modules, Aerodrome Control which entails aircraft operation on the ground and in the immediate vicinity of the airport; and Approach Control which deals with aircraft transitioning from the aerodrome control to the enroute phase of flight and vice-versa.
The training programme involves an intensive schedule of both theory and practical exercises in accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO's) Standard Training Guidelines.
Successful completion of the courses is a prerequisite for the grant of an Air Traffic Control licences in accordance with Annex 1 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation.
Subject areas covered during the training include Air Law, Aeronautical Navigation & Communication, Meteorology, Aerodrome/Approach Control Procedures, Air Traffic Services, Aircraft Emergencies, Safety Management Systems, and Threat and Error Management.
DeJesus who began his tenure with TCIAA in South Caicos as an assistant said “even though the training is intense, I managed to remain focus and studied day and night to ensure that I was successful.”