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21 air traffic controllers graduate from AFL

Twenty-one air traffic controllers graduated from Airports Fiji Limited’s (AFL) aviation academy this morning after completing their three months basic Air Traffic Control course. AFL’s Executive Chairman Faiz Khan said that in late 2014 there were 14 graduating from this course and now another 21, making the total number 35 that have graduated in the last […]

Salote Qalubau

May 19, 2016 12:20 pm

Twenty-one air traffic controllers graduated from Airports Fiji Limited’s (AFL) aviation academy this morning after completing their three months basic Air Traffic Control course.

The 21-afl-graduates. (AFL)
The graduating air traffic controllers in a goup shot. (AFL)

AFL’s Executive Chairman Faiz Khan said that in late 2014 there were 14 graduating from this course and now another 21, making the total number 35 that have graduated in the last 18 months.

KHAN: “We have increased the number of air traffic controllers to ensure safe operational levels and in particular to ensure that our controllers are given greater opportunities for capacity building. With these increases, in about a year’s time we will be able to systematically release our controllers to do advance surveillance training.”

The graduates had completed their three months basic Air Traffic Control course rigorous three months theory on basic ATC ICAO course and will begin their second phase by doing practical work over the coming months.

KHAN: “Our message to the controllers is to work hard to continue to build their capacity and grow. You are young and energetic. You need to ensure that you continue to have the flames of hope and growth burning throughout your careers. We will be here to support.”

Mr. Khan highlighted the cruciality of having a balanced gender-based work environment.

KHAN: “It is also a notable observation that out of the 21 that graduated today, 11 are ladies. We did not go out and deliberately make choices to create gender balance. AFL is an organisation of equal opportunity. We are blind when it comes to issues of gender or similar biases.”

The 21 air traffic controllers have completed their rigorous three months theory on basic ATC ICAO course and will begin their second phase by doing practical work over the coming months.

The 21 graduates are Dennis Naidu, Grace Tueli, Iosefa Taliu, Katalaini Kalougata, Koini Koroi, Litea Marama, Maika Seru, Maria Vakadranu, Nalisheelta Premadish, Nathanael Ross, Rahul Singh, Ratu Alipate Bolabasaga, Ronesh Chand, Rusila Lagimatailevu, Sashil Kumar, Senitiki Tuiwai, Sereima Culai, Shania Shina, Tessi Kaisila, Vilive Wilikibau and Watisoni Gonedua.

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