New ATC training school attracts SAAF cadets


The South African Air Force is to send trainee Air Traffic Control (ATC) students to a new training facility recently opened by 43 Air School in the Eastern Cape.

Based at Port Alfred, 43 Air School is a civilian air training organisation, the largest in Africa. The school officially opened its state-of-the-art ATC Training Centre last week Thursday. CE Attie Niemann said during his address that 43 Air School has become a leading global player in aviation training.

The school now operates the only 360° Aerodrome Simulator in Africa, designed and manufactured locally by Barlog Management Systems and certified by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) on March 31.

Attending the opening, SAAF chief, Lieutenant General Carlo Gagiano, announced that the SAAF has selected 43 Air School as a preferred training partner and that it would be sending ATC students to train at 43 Air Schools new facility.

The first ATC training course using the state-of-the-art device is currently underway and it is believed that the SAAF will send four ATC Cadets to the school.

Defence minister Lindiwe Sisulu last November in answer to a parliamentary question noted the SAAF had 77 ATC posts of which 48 were staffed and 29 vacant.