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051 ATS Licensing Subjects - virtual course

The 051 ATS Licensing Subjects course provides students with a comprehensive introduction to Air Traffic Services, and forms the essential base knowledge for all other air traffic control and flight information courses (Aerodrome Control, Approach Control Procedural, Area Control Procedural, Area and Approach Control Surveillance, and Flight Services).


A minimum of 6 students per course is required. This course can be run full time for a period of 8 weeks, or part time for 16 weeks, with a cost of approx USD $6,000 per student.

To enrol in this course, please complete the enrolment form on our secure Airways International shop site. 


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Pre-requisite information


Students must be at least 18 years of age, and be proficient in reading, writing and speaking English - usually to standard IELTS 5.5 with no band less than 5.

Course modules


Students will learn from an AirBook for each module of 051 ATS Licensing Subjects. These cloud-based resources contain course content delivered in an interactive, dynamic style.



Meteorology (MET) 

At the end of the course the student will be able to describe the composition of the atmosphere and its importance to aviation. They can identify the meteorological reports and types of information available to pilots and describe the meteorological factors that impact on the provision of Air Traffic Services and aircraft performance.

Navigation (NAV)

At the end of the course the student will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the shape and properties of the Earth, methods of expressing position and direction, relevant maps and charts associated with ATS, VFR navigation procedures and aviation time references. They will be able to describe the properties and functions of various navigation aids and area navigation procedures used in the ATS environment.

Aviation Law (LAW)

At the end of the course the student will be able to identify and describe the governing bodies, their structural relationships and the manuals and rules that determine the provision and practices of Air Traffic Services.

Human Factors for Air Traffic Services (HPF)

At the end of the course the student will have background knowledge of Aviation Human Factors as they relate to air traffic control services.

Aviation Operations (OPS)

At the end of the course the student will be able to identify and describe the rules and regulations relevant to the air traffic controller; and air traffic control and services, communication, radiotelephony and phraseology procedures (routine, non-routine and emergency); use of the relevant aeronautical documentation and safety practices associated with flight. 

Air Traffic Services Equipment and Systems (EQP)

At the end of the course the student will be able to describe the use and function of a variety of equipment used in the provision of Air Traffic Services.

General Aviation Knowledge (GAK)

At the end of the course the student will be able to define the composition of the Earth's atmosphere and aerodynamic principles of flight, principles of operation and functioning of aircraft, engines and systems and explain how these influence aircraft operations. They will be able to identify the different types of aircraft that operate and define atmospheric and man-made hazards that might impact on air operations. 

Course delivery


This course will be delivered via a blended learning approach - some sessions will be led by an instructor in a virtual classroom environment, and the remainder will be self-directed study. For the instructor-led component students will participate in live virtual sessions, with access to a range of digital interactive content from videos, quizzes and discussion forums. For the self-directed study, students will access our cloud-based learning resources, AirBooks and complete assignments and other activities.

  • Dedicated instructor support
  • A mix of structured study as a cohort, and self-directed learning
  • Dynamic digital content, using AirBooks
  • Academic recognition through examinations to attain Airways certificate of achievement
  • Pre-requisite for follow-on ICAO training (052-055)

* Airways follows both ICAO and EASA Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPS). Airways has EASA ATO Certification, and is certified by six Civil Aviation Authorities including New Zealand. Airways is also an ICAO TRAINAIR PLUS Associate Member.

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How to access AKO

  • Students are given a login to a Microsoft Office 365 account to enable access to AKO Connect, our online video conferencing tool
  • Students log into the AKO site on individual devices each day, to access AKO Connect for virtual live sessions, study instructions and the course plan
  • An AirBooks login will also be provided to access all AirBooks resources for the course. AirBooks can be accessed using any device, from a smartphone to a PC.

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