This weekend dozens of prospective students and their families have enjoyed an opportunity to experience Airways’ world-leading air traffic control simulator at the Massey University School of Aviation open day.
Every year, Airways selects students from New Zealand and around the world to undertake intensive air traffic controller training at its Palmerston North campus located adjacent to Massey University.
Sharon Cooke, Airways Head of Training, said that the prospective students enjoyed trialling the simulator, with its high quality, real graphics and exercises for every foreseeable scenario.
“Airways has a ‘training for success’ philosophy. Our emphasis is on assisting every student, once selected, to reach the required standard in a co-operative environment,” she says. “Total Control simulators, and our excellent facilities in Palmerston North and Christchurch, help our students to achieve their qualifications more quickly and to do better on-the-job”.
Airways’ brand new facility was opened 18 months ago, and provides students with the specialised equipment and expert tuition required to complete their rigorous study.
“Air traffic controllers receive great pay and benefits, a fantastic lifestyle career and the opportunity to work anywhere in the world,” says Ms Cooke. “As we explained to students at the Open Day, it takes attitude and aptitude to be an air traffic controller. Students with the right kind of both are already well on their way,” she says.
Training takes around six months followed by six months of on-the- job training at one of 17 regional or military towers. For more information about becoming an air traffic controller, please click here.