Innovative Air Traffic Control Training package unveiled

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San Juan, Puerto Rico – Airways New Zealand has signed a contract with FerroNATS, one of Europe’s premier air traffic services providers, through which FerroNATS will provide ATC instructors, examiners and consultancy services for Airways’ ATC courses being delivered at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico. As a result of this agreement, students who successfully complete the courses and the FerroNATS selection process, will have the chance to enter its job pool.

This will mean a more seamless transition between university study and on-the-job-training for Airways students at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico. With this agreement, FerroNATS will provide its expertise to help deliver the air traffic control courses expected to begin in late 2015.

Sharon Cooke, Airways Head of Training, says the agreement with FerroNATS signals a paradigm shift in the way the company and its partners market their ATC training packages.

“We are moving away from a business-to-business approach to a more direct appeal to the consumer, in this case next generation ATC students,” Ms Cooke says.

“Offering these students the opportunity to gain an air traffic control qualification at one of the world’s leading aviation establishments, and the chance to enter FerroNATS’ job pool, will have real appeal,” she said.

FerroNATS Managing Director, Gonzalo Cañete, says “is a big satisfaction for FerroNATS to have the chance to export our training and consultancy expertise, and to share our know-how with international leading organizations such as Airways and the Inter American University of Puerto Rico”.

“In just two short years we successfully assumed responsibility for the management of nine control towers in Spain, and we now have over 500,000 flights a year under our belt.

“We are pleased to partner with organizations of the calibre of Airways and the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, and to have the opportunity to work collaboratively to nurture and grow the next generation of air traffic controllers,” he said.

Professor Juan F. Martínez, Chancellor of the Bayamón Campus of Inter American University of Puerto Rico said: “As educators our primary goal is to continuously adapt our curriculum to prepare our students with the necessary skills which help them reach new opportunities. For such reasons we recently partnered with Airways New Zealand in an effort to develop Air Traffic Control Training programs which will provide an alternative for our students while diversifying our academic offering and expanding their possibilities to gain access to the job market”.

Chancellor Martinez also mentioned that this partnership with Airways has allowed for the development of a first of its kind program. “An European air traffic control training program in Puerto Rico that will develop the next generation of Air Traffic Controllers for Europe. This program will allow for our students who successfully complete the program the opportunity to work for one of Europe’s premier Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSP) – FerroNATS”, he concluded.

Based in Spain, FerroNATS is jointly owned by Grupo Ferrovial, a global leader in the provision of transport infrastructure, and NATS, the internationally recognized provider of air navigation services in the United Kingdom.

The Inter American University of Puerto Rico is one of the largest private universities in the western hemisphere, with a dedicated School of Aeronautics, and has partnered with Airways to provide air traffic control training services at its newly established ATC training campus.

“The mix of FerroNATS expertise, Airways world-class ATC training and technologies and the Inter American University’s educational leadership means the training package is well placed for success,” said Ms. Cooke.

For further information please contact:

Prof. Luis E. Alcaraz
Director of International Affairs
Inter American University of P.R.
Bayamón Campus
Office: 1 (787) 279-1912 exts. 2400, 2995
aeroinfo@bayamon.inter.edu

About Airways
  • Airways is a world-leading commercial Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP), and operates in New Zealand as a State-Owned Enterprise (SOE).
  • We look after key aviation infrastructure around New Zealand and manage the more than 1 million traffic movements per year into and around New Zealand’s 30 million sq km of airspace.
  • Airways provides air traffic control and engineering training, and has delivered air traffic management, Flightyield revenue management solutions, navigation services and consultancy in more than 65 countries.
  • For more information about Airways please visit www.airways.co.nz
About the Inter American University of Puerto Rico
  • The Inter American University of Puerto Rico (UIPR) was founded in 1912 and became the first institution outside the continental United States in 1944 to be accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • For more information about the School of Aeronautics of Inter American University of Puerto Rico please visit interamerican.aero.
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