On Thursday, a graduation ceremony was conducted at the Air Traffic Control Officers Training Establishment (ATCOTE), Air Force Academy (AFA) in Dundigal, to commemorate the successful conclusion of the 144th Air Traffic Surveillance Services (ATSS) Course.
Air Marshal B Chandra Sekhar, Commandant, Air Force, emphasized the essential role of air traffic controllers in military aviation while speaking to the crowd and applauding the graduating officers during the passing out parade.
He emphasized the significance of air traffic services in aiding the country’s economic progress while not interfering with the Armed Forces’ missions.
He underlined the need for facilitating the use of restricted airspace to expedite traffic, primarily through opening a significant number of IAF airfields to civil aviation operations.
ATCOTE is a premier training establishment of the Indian Air Force (IAF) equipped with state-of-the-art simulators to undertake training for officers from the Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Air Force, Indian Coast Guard, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, and officers from friendly foreign countries in the field of Air Traffic Services (ATS).
The Integrated Radar and 3D Visual Flight Rules Tower Simulator (IRVTS) is one of the institute’s ‘Make in India’ initiatives.
The ATSS course, a three-month mid-level course for training trained air traffic controllers in the use of radar, prepares these controllers to maintain an efficient and orderly flow of air traffic.
The training included 11 officers from the Indian Air Force, 3 officers from the Indian Navy, and one officer each from the Indian Coast Guard, HAL, and the Nigerian Air Force.