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Course code: PGATC

Duration: 1 day

Course code: PGATC

Duration: 1 day


Course aim

The Pilot's Guide to Air Traffic Control (ATC) course is designed for pilots as a hands-on introduction to air traffic control and air traffic controllers (ATCOs) role. It gives participants the opportunity to gain practical experience of working as an operational controller.

With demonstration and hands-on training the pilot will get a good insight into what tools are used by air traffic controllers to solve traffic situations and share their workload to improve effiency. The course focuses on improving mutual cooperation between pilots and controllers in the daily routine and also during distress/emergency situations. The course is primarily designed for pilots with many years of operational experience within commercial aviation and fighter pilots. The course can however be customised for pilots attending training for Commercial Pilot License (CPL) and Private Pilot License (PPL).

Course objectives

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

Course overview

The structure of the Pilot Guide to ATC course provides the participants with the good balance between theory and practical exercises. It offers the required theoretical preparation to be able to perform an exercise in a real training approach control airspace. The same realistic airspace and similar excercises are used by our ab-initio APS student controllers.

The preparation for the course includes a self study of theoretical material taking approximately 4 hours.


Pilot training or pilot licence.

Content in brief


Includes theoretical lessons covering the following subjects:

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.


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.


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

Course benefits

  • PREMIUM TRAINING QUALITY. Modern training philosophy, tools and methods.
  • MOBILITY. The course can be delivered almost anywhere according to the wish of the customer.
  • COST EFFICIENCY. The course is only 1 working day in length.
  • FLEXIBILITY. Tailor made course according to customer needs can be offered.
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