ATNS Aviation Training Academy receives top IATA award


The Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) Company of South Africa’s Aviation Training Academy (ATA) has received the International Air Transport Association (IATA) 2011 Worldwide Top Regional Training Partner (RTP) Award.

The – presented today to ATNS CEO, Patrick Dlamini, by IATA’s Regional Vice President for Africa, Michael Higgins – recognises the results and contribution by the Training Academy to developing the human capital of the air transport industry, ATNS said. To qualify for the award a training organization needs to have conducted more than 20 courses and trained more than 400 students in 2011.
“South Africa is a regional leader in aviation safety and your role in developing the human capital of our industry in Africa by upgrading the skills of aviation professionals will only strengthen African aviation as a whole. IATA strongly recognizes and supports your efforts,” said Higgins.

The partnership with ATNS will be expanded this year. “We are glad to announce that, going forward, we will in the very near future offer a number of courses through distance learning. ATNS ATA will become the first Aviation Training Institution in the Southern African region to offer this kind of training,” said Higgins.
“ATNS ATA is honoured to have received this award from IATA, which demonstrates our commitment to IATA’s training programmes. ATNS puts people and safety first – by rigorously training and upgrading safety knowledge and skills, and is committed to upholding aviation safety standards, legislation and practices,” said Dlamini.

The Academy utilizes Computer-Based Training (CBT), radar simulator, engineering laboratories as well as 3-D aerodrome simulators.

Since April 2000, the ATA has trained more than 9 000 international and local delegates.