Air traffic control course takes off at the University
26 Spanish students have flown into the UK to join with British students on a new degree in Air Traffic Control and Aviation Management launched by the University of Gloucestershire. 

The course has been established in conjunction with Astac Ltd who are based at Gloucestershire airport and are one of the world’s leading trainers of air traffic controllers who now train for more than 30 countries.

The students have completed the first two weeks of their training at the University studying modules on the background to the aviation industry as well as management practices associated with the aviation industry.

On completion of the two weeks introduction, the students will transfer to Astac’s international training centre at Shoreham Airport near Brighton where they will be studying in depth courses in air traffic control, including working on Astac’s simulators.

As the training progresses the students will return to the University Park Campus in Cheltenham over the next two years to complete additional management modules that will prepare the students for leading roles in air traffic control, not only within their own countries but also with regulators and organisations around the world.

Course leader, Kevin Fields said:
The new Air Traffic and Aviation Management degree is a forward-thinking initiative between Astac and The University of Gloucestershire. We look forward to a fruitful partnership, producing graduates with a mix of both aviation and academic qualifications to meet the needs of the aviation industry in both the immediate and long term.

Paul Hinchcliffe the Managing Director of Astac added:
“To work with the University is tremendous; it challenges the students and adds an extra dimension to the professional and very work focused training that we undertake at Astac.

“We are receiving worldwide interest in the joint course with the University. Air traffic control is very much at the centre of developments within aviation looking at the improved sustainability of the industry, reducing flight times and planning air travel from departure to arrival. It involves extensive international discussion, negotiation and management and this training will all help achieve the target of safety with sustainability.”

“The students will be continuing their practical training at airports in 2011 and should be working as controllers by the end of 2011, so that when you are flying to Spain in two years time Gloucestershire will have played a large part in the process.”

Source: University of Gloucestershire