On 1st October students of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia graduated from a two-year’s ATC training programme to become next generation of air traffic controllers. The ATC programme was developed to meet the specific needs of GACA. The programme was supported by the Ministry of Education of Saudi Arabia.
The first part of the ATC programme covered special English training consisting of general English and Aviation English. It was designed to meet the English proficiency level of the students ensuring they reached the objectives by the end of the programme. At the end of the programme Entry Point North’s certified English assessors tested the students in accordance with ICAO’s Language Proficiency Requirements.
The initial ATC Training programme consisted of fully ICAO compliant courses based on both theoretical and intensive hands-on training on simulators. The curriculum encompassed Basic, Aerodrome, Approach Procedural and Surveillance and other advanced aspects of Air Traffic Management. Throughout the whole programme the students were closely supervised and coached by certified instructors using Entry Point North’s proven continued assessment process leading to exceptionally good results for the group.