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-after successful completion of AIMO-0120 training programme
Thirteen persons have successfully completed the Aeronautical Information Management and Air Traffic Control Assistant training course (AIMO-0120) at the Guyana Civil
Aviation Training School (CATS) and will now join a cadre of Air Traffic Control Assistants.
On October 21, 2020, a virtual graduation ceremony for the thirteen new Air Traffic Control Assistants (ATCA) was held at the Air Navigation Services Control Tower at Timehri, East Bank Demerara (EBD).
The group underwent twelve weeks AIMO-0120 training which started on February 3, 2020 but was suspended due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The programme recommenced virtually on April 6.
According to the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), the Ab Initio training prepares trainees for employment in the Air Navigation Services (ANS) Directorate. The new batch of ATCAs have since commenced the required on the job training in the Aeronautical Information Services and Area Control Centre facilities.
Upon successful completion of this component of the training, they will take up positions within the ANS Directorate.
Ministers of Public Works, Juan Edghill and Deodat Indar joined GCAA’s Director General Lt. Col. (ret’d) Egbert Field and relatives of the trainees at the graduation ceremony.
Edghill said the trainees have “chosen to embark on a career that can be considered highly safety critical, and requires a great amount of discipline, at a time when Guyana is evidently at the cusp of exponential economic growth and development, with the aviation sector being faced with equal growth potential.”
He said the trainees will have to share the responsibility of ensuring that Guyana and its aviation sector attains the necessary ‘attitude’ in achieving its optimum ‘altitude’.
Similarly, Minister Indar encouraged the trainees to set goals and stay focused in order to achieve them. He recognized the importance of aviation as an integral of Guyana’s development and implored the graduands to maintain high standards.
GCAA’s Director General, also congratulated the trainees and admonished them to maintain high levels of safety standards, and to be safety conscious in this evolving aviation industry.