Guyana Civil Aviation Training School Receives ICAO Certification

Courtney Frank receiving the certificate for the approver training organization
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The Guyana Civil Aviation Training School, at a commissioning ceremony on Thursday of its new air traffic control (ATC) simulator, officially received certification from ICAO as an approved aviation training organization.


Testing the 3D simulator

Photo: Minister Ferguson testing the simulator.

The training institution formally known as Guyana Air Traffic Services Training School and Guyana Air Navigation Services Training School, opened its doors in 1979 under the stewardship of Jeffrey Murray who was on hand to witness the event.

Throughout the life of the school, scores of Aeronautical Information Services (AIS) Officers, Air Traffic Control Assistants (ATCAs), Air Traffic Control Officers (ATCOs) were trained at every level, until international approval was lost in 2009.

Micronav simulator

Photo: Rickford Samaroo, Director of ANS, testing the simulator.

Speaking at the ceremony which was held at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Manager of the Training School, Courtney Frank said that the Civil Aviation Authority has been trying for a number of years to receive certification. He remarked, “thanks in no small part to the Air Navigation Services team and the support that I received from my Director, former Director, Director General, Minister and Board Members, we have finally crossed that hurdle.”

In her remarks, former Director of Air Navigation Service, Chaitrani Heeralall said that the aviation school has historically been the nursery for all staff in the Civil Aviation Authority and its predecessor Guyana Civil Aviation Department.  She acknowledged the former heads of the training school which include Jeffrey Murray, Anthony Moore, Dennis Daniel, Trevor Browne, Wayne Farley and Adrian Bassier for the pivotal roles that they played in the development of the institution.

GCAA’s Director General, Retired Colonel Egbert Field expressed his satisfaction with the accomplishment, further indicating that GYD$113 million was allocated for training in 2017. He is confident that with the certification of the civil aviation training school training costs will now be affordable.

Field said “I’m happy that the two main items simulator and training school have been completed and will continue the work done by civil aviation authority…It (training school) will commence training with the normal air navigation services but as we develop more courses they will fall under the umbrella of the school which will include safety management systems, dangerous goods training and other courses which relates to aviation.”

Paving the way for the re-certification of the school was the procurement of a state-of-the-art ATC simulator which was acquired at a cost of around GYD$85 million (approx USD$425,000) from MicroNav, a UK based company.

Installation and training on the use simulator took place in recent weeks leading up to the commissioning. The simulator is capable of training aerodrome, approach and area controllers simultaneously.

The 3D ATC simulator system is scalable, and allows the user to design exercises that support differing levels of training, with special self-teach, instructor and debrief facilities.

timehri control tower

Photo: Air Traffic Controllers on duty at Timehri control tower.

The re-certification of Guyana’s Aviation school now puts it in a position to advance the local training efforts as well as attract aviation personnel from further afield competing with the likes of Trinidad and Jamaica aviation institutions.

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About: Wayne Farley

Wayne Farley is a safety evangelist who has 30 years of experience in the aviation industry with many of those years spent as an air traffic controller in aerodrome, approach and area facilities. He is an aviation enthusiast and maintains an active blog.

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