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Training of Macao Air Traffic Controllers20 Aug 2019

With the moderate transformation and diversification of Macao's economy, the aviation industry plays an increasingly important role in the overall economic activity, more and more passengers using Macau International Airport enter and leave Macau. In order to ensure flight safety and operational efficiency and to meet the challenges of future airport development to demand of Air Traffic Controllers, Macau International Airport Company Limited (CAM) launched the recruitment of Air Traffic Control Officers (ATCO). Such recruitment prioritized to Macau residents, which give a rare opportunity to Macao young people who want to develop career in the aviation industry.

After more than three months of rigorous selection, candidates were required to pass English proficiency and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) specified physical fitness standards, five ATCO Trainees were eventually recruited. On 17th August, the five selected ATCO trainees departed for New Zealand Christchurch to attend a 14-week Basic ATC training and Aerodrome Simulation training. CAM Airport Operations Department, Senior Head of Air Traffic Services Division, Mr. Hoover Hu, Senior Head of Training Division, Ms. Carol Chan sent off the trainees at Taipa Ferry Terminal. 

The training provider is Airway International Limited (AIL), New Zealand - a world-leading Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) and Air Traffic Services (ATS) training organization, owning staff of 780 to deliver air navigation and air traffic management consultancy and training services throughout New Zealand and in over 65 countries. AIL not only provides the training content prescribed by ICAO but has also been approved by the Macau Civil Aviation Authority to provide the required training to Macau Air Traffic Controllers.

CAM will continue to provide training opportunities to locals, looking forward to more young talents joining the aviation industry, the Macau airport management team, to serve the general public and airport users. The trainees will return to Macau at the end of November to take part in another phase of training – On-the-job training at Control Tower in order to obtain the appropriate regulatory license in preparation of working independently.