PILOT’S GUIDE TO AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL

PILOT’S GUIDE TO AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL
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Course code: PGATC

Duration: 1 day

Course code: PGATC

Duration: 1 day

PILOT’S GUIDE TO AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL

Course aim

This course is designed for pilots as a hands-on introduction to air traffic control and the role of air traffic controllers. It gives participants the opportunity to gain practical experience with working as an operational controller. They gain insight into the tools air traffic controllers use to solve traffic situations, with the focus on improving cooperation between pilots and controllers in their daily routine as well as distress/emergency situations.

After completing the course, participants :
  • Have knowledge of operational aspects that ATCOs deal with in their daily work.
  • Have basic knowledge of methods and procedures to maintain safety at all time, including separation, sequencing, and environment in ATC.
  • Understand the cooperation between different ATC units and sectors, including different silent agreements and coordination carried out.
  • Understand general operating methods used during unusual events.
  • Have basic knowledge of ATC equipment.
  • Have basic knowledge about the interactions between ATCOs and other roles within the aviation environment (pilots, air traffic assistants, flight data officers, and briefing officers).
  • Have training experience by actively taking the role of ATCO in a simulator exercise.

Course structure

Participants prepare for this course through self-study of theoretical material, taking approximately 4 hours. The course contains a balance between theory and practical exercises: after theoretical preparation, participants are able to perform an exercise in a training approach control airspace simulation. The same realistic airspace and similar exercises are used by our ab-initio APS student controllers.

Content in brief

The course is primarily designed for fighter pilots and pilots with many years of operational experience within commercial aviation. However, we can customise the course for pilots attending training for a Commercial Pilot License (CPL) and Private Pilot License (PPL). Therefore the course can cover topics such as, but not limited to:

Theory
Introduction. Basic aspects of the ATC environment and ATCO role. Regulations and definitions. Air Navigation Service Providers’ overall mission.
Simulator exercise preparation. Introduction to local procedures, airspace layout, and working methods.

Simulation
Demonstration. Simulator demonstration of normal and unusual events by instructors in the approach surveillance environment.
Simulator training. Hands-on training with experienced instructors, including controlling traffic in arrival and departure sector; controlling commercial, private and military traffic; and controlling VFR and IFR traffic.

Conclusions
Questions & answers session. Summary of the course, with emphasis on the key learning aspects.

Prerequisites

Participants need to be undertaking pilot training or be in possession of a pilot license.

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