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Kuwait Ministry of Defence Appoints Aviation Training Provider

08 Mar 2017

The Aviation Department of ACK has established itself a premiere supplier of EASA-based B1/B2 engineering training in the Middle East. The Aviation Department has a long and well established means of compliance with all the regional aviation authorities, including the DGCA, GCAA and ICAO. “Our agreement with Airways and 3SDL for ATC training is a significant step for the Aviation Department into international markets”, says Aviation Director Mr Abdulhameed Al Refai.

“The agreement will see Airways delivering ab-initio ATC training at ACK’s Kuwait Training campus”, says Airways General Manager, Training Sharon Cooke.

“We have similar training partnerships in place in Australia, United Arab Emirates, Puerto Rico and Vietnam and it’s pleasing to be adding Kuwait to that portfolio. Our track record in providing highly effective ATC training, combined with ACK’s wider educational portfolio, means this partnership is well placed for success”, Ms Cooke says.

Airways is able to offer a truly unique program for the Kuwait Air Force, blending the very latest in competency-based training and e-learning technologies.  Airways will install Total Control radar and aerodrome simulators which provide students with highly realistic tower and surveillance experiences via three-dimensional high definition graphics. Airways technology solutions Airbooks, Aviation English and Aviation Knowledge On-line (AKO) will also be implemented as part of the total training solution.

“These technologies have been designed to engage and motivate learners; as a result learners unconsciously put more effort into their study as they interact and connect with the knowledge content in a unique way”, says Ms Cooke.

Fighter Controller (FC) training will be provided by 3SDL, as part of a coordinated and complementary programme. A number of candidates will be selected to undertake a short aptitude assessment course, the best of whom will advance to the basic FC training module.  Initial training will be conducted using the Airways Simulator, with future modules hosted on upgraded systems.

“Fighter Controllers require most of the radar-based skills of their ATC counterparts, combined with a capacity to support tactical fighter aircraft conducting military tasks. This complementary training method is highly efficient and very low risk; we are delighted to be a part of it”, says Andrew McAleer of 3SDL Ltd.

It is expected that the centre’s first intake of students will commence Air Traffic Control training in mid 2017.


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For further information please contact:

Sharon Cooke
GM Training
Airways New Zealand
Ph: +64 3 358 1661
Mobile: +64 27 550 0345


For further information on the overall program including Engineering and Flight Training contact:

Abdul Hameed Al Refai

Aviation Director

Australian College of Kuwait

Ph: +965 1828225 Ext 4183



For further information on Fighter Control Training, please contact:

Andrew McAleer

MENA Sales Lead

3SDL Limited

UAE Mobile: +971 55 378 6902

UK Mobile: +44 773 600 2709

UK Office: +44 1684 878189


About Airways

Airways is a world-leading commercial Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP), and operates in New Zealand as a State-Owned Enterprise (SOE).

The organisation looks after key aviation infrastructure around New Zealand and manages the more than 1 million traffic movements per year into and around New Zealand’s 30 million square kilometres of airspace.

Airways provides air traffic control and engineering training, and has delivered air traffic management, Flight-yield revenue management solutions, navigation services and consultancy in more than 65 countries.

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About Australian College of Kuwait

Established amongst the first private higher educational institutions in Kuwait, the Australian College of Kuwait (ACK) is proud to offer unique experiential education programs which are recognized in the region. The vision of ACK is to “generate human capital equipped with practical knowledge and employability skills that contributes to the economic development and welfare of Kuwait”. To offer this unique learning product to our students, the college has established partnerships with quality international educational institutions that share the same pedagogical philosophies as ours.

Our recruitment policies ensure that we acquire faculty with appropriate qualifications and experience to support our learning models and mentor our students to help them achieve their career dreams and graduate with the knowledge and skills demanded by the job market.


About 3SDL

3SDL provides a wide spectrum of Air Battle Management (ABM) and other specialist military training, as well as managed services and technical consultancy to customers around the world. 

The company comprises a mix of ex-military operational and training experts combined with a team of highly experienced and skilled specialist engineers. Together, they deliver independent expertise in ABM, Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), Tactical Data Links (TDL) and Military Communications, Electronic Warfare (EW), Unmanned Systems, and Cyber Security.

With a Head Office in Malvern UK, the company operates throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as further afield in the Far East and Australia in support of Government customers as well as Prime Contractors and Lead Systems Integrators. 3SDL is also proud to have an office in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a key establishment to support the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region, where business is growing quickly.

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