October 14, 2020 3:44 pm
Written by Rashan Reid
13 persons to join the ranks of Air Traffic Control Assistants
-After successful completion of AIMO-0120 training programme
The Guyana Civil Aviation Training School (CATS) held a virtual graduation ceremony for thirteen trainees who have successfully completed the Aeronautical Information Management and Air Traffic Control Assistant training course AIMO-0120.
The graduation ceremony was held on Wednesday October 14, 2020 at the Air Navigation Services Control Tower at Timehri, East Bank Demerara, and was joined virtually by the Honourable Minister of Public Works Bishop Juan Edghill, Minister within the Ministry of Public Works Honourable Deodat Indar, Director General Lt. Col. (ret’d) Egbert Field A.A and parents of the trainees.
The honourable Minister Bishop Juan Edghill delivered the feature address. In congratulating the graduands, Minister 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. I dare say that you will have to share the responsibility of ensuring that this country and the aviation sector attain the necessary ‘attitude’ in achieving its optimum ‘altitude’.
Minister Deodat Indar also encouraged the trainees to set goals and stay focused in order to achieve them, as he shared his experiences of moving from humble beginnings to success and being driven largely by his determination to accomplish great things. The Hon. Minister also recognized the importance of aviation as an integral part in the development of Guyana and implored the graduands to be cognizant of the standards to be maintained.
Director General, Lt. Col. (Ret’d) Egbert Field A. A. also congratulated the trainees and admonished them to maintain high levels of safety standards, and to be safety conscious in this evolving aviation industry.
The twelve (12) weeks AIMO-0120 training started on February 3, 2020 but was suspended when the COVID-19 pandemic started impacting Guyana. The programme recommenced virtually on April 6.
The Ab Initio training prepares trainees for employment in the Air Navigation Services (ANS) Directorate. The new batch of ATCAs have commenced the required on the job training in the Aeronautical Information Services and Area Control Centre facilities for a stipulated period. Upon successful completion of this component of the training, they will take up positions within the ANS Directorate.