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25 trainees join Air Traffic Controllers

Thursday, February 20, 2014 | 1:49 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica - Twenty-five trainees have joined the ranks of Air Traffic Controllers after completing the Aerodrome/Approach Control Training Course offered by the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority’s Training Institute (CAATI).

Director General of the JCAA, Leroy Lindsay, explained that the programme is “one among many, which are being undertaken by the Authority, to assist the safe and orderly development of Jamaica’s aviation industry, while securing a viable future for the nation in a standards-driven, dynamic and competitive global aviation industry”.

According to a release from the authority on Thursday, “Next Generation” aviation professionals included a first batch of 11 trainees who graduated on September 27, 2013, while the final 14 graduated last Friday. The latter batch will join the earlier one in On-The-Job Training (OJT) exercises at the Norman Manley and Sangster international, and Tinson Pen Aerodrome Control Towers.

Lindsay, addressing the gathering last Friday, noted that Jamaica’s aviation industry constitutes a critical cornerstone of our development plans, and that aviation is poised to be “one of the paramount human endeavours that will take societies, including Jamaica, to the highest echelons of possible success”.

Upon joining the programme, the trainees had to have met the minimum prerequisite of a first degree. They then completed "an intensive roster of 8 theory and 31 practical course modules", which were conducted in accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO’s) Standard Training Guidelines.

The release said the training of aviation professionals forms a critical component of a holistic programme, being undertaken by the JCAA, to ensure the safe, orderly and efficient development of the industry. The release also said that the development programme also included a complete modernisation of the Authority’s Air Navigation Systems and Air Traffic Control facilities to meet the requirements of the Global Air Navigation Plan of the ICAO.

ICAO is a specialised United Nations agency, charged with coordinating and regulating international air travel, in accordance with the Convention on International Civil Aviation.

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