First seven students obtain their ATCO licence in BHANSA NG project

17 September 2018

Czech Air Navigation Institute (CANI), the training arm of Air Navigation Services of the Czech Republic (ANS CR), is one of the European leaders in air traffic control education. This has been recognized by its winning an open international tender for the training of personnel from the Bosnia and Herzegovina Air Navigation Services Agency (BHANSA) last year. BHANSA can thus take responsibility for providing air navigation services in the upper airspace of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The project, led by CANI, aims to train up to 59 ATCOs over a 3 year period.

7 September 2018 marked another successful milestone in the training of the next generation of air traffic controllers for BHANSA as preparation of the first 7 ATCOs from the initial group was successfully completed in Helsinki.

After completing their training at CANI at the end of 2017 to acquire the ACS rating, the students commenced their unit training with ANS Finland, one of the project partners, in early January. Having accomplished all training tasks, the first eight students took on the challenge of their final checks in week 36.

Seven students successfully earned their ATCO licences with ACS unit endorsements at the Vaanta ACC, with another student still being trained. As soon as the licences are awarded by the Finnish CAA, the students will return to Bosnia and Herzegovina to continue their journey to the OPS room. From the initial batch of students, a total of nine now remain in unit training with partners from ANS Finland, SMATSA and Croatia Control.

This is the project’s first successful demonstration of synergistic cooperation between CANI and its partner from Finland. "We are more than pleased with the result. After some 16 months of training at CANI and ANS Finland the students see their effort come to fruition and I am very happy for them. This project which is managed by ANS CR and brings together six ANSPs is truly unique in its scope and the success of this first group shows that we are on the right track" said Jana Navratilova, Director of ATM Training and Business Unit at Air Navigation Services of the Czech Republic.



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