Following a successful public procurement award, Entry Point North is now delivering GMS (Ground Movement Surveillance) endorsement training to the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PANSA). The training is being provided during June – October 2017, for a total of 60 operational controllers from Warsaw tower and 3 local training centre instructors. The course participants are organised in groups of eight and each group spends five intensive days at Entry Point North’s academy in Malmö.

In order to obtain their GMS endorsement, the course participants learn to operate with a surface movement radar, which is used for separating and monitoring the aerodrome traffic in low visibility conditions. The simulator exercises include events like closed taxiways, runway incursion, RVR, braking action, snow and a number of “confused” pilots and vehicle drivers who are unsure of their position due to the poor visibility. The training course consists of one day of theory and four days of hands-on simulator training with up to 35 operations per hour. The course participants complete their training with a theoretical exam followed by individual feedback and ‘feedforward’ and receiving training certificates.

“It is a great pleasure to welcome so many course participants from Poland. Our instructors and staff are dedicated to deliver top quality training and overall experience in Malmö. We would be happy to continue in this successful cooperation in the future for any other training needs of PANSA,”

– says Anne Kathrine Jensen, CEO of Entry Point North.

“Training at Entry Point North provided us not only the opportunity to get a GMS endorsement, but above all – thanks to experienced OJTIs – enabled us to properly implement rules of using SMR at Warsaw airport. Training was also a great opportunity to exchange experiences and discuss typical TWR Controllers issues which pop up during operational duty,”

– says Bartosz Orlowski, ATCO – TWR Warsaw.