New Melbourne training facility for Air Traffic Controllers

MELBOURNE (Airservices Australia) - Airservices Australia will maintain its status as a world leader in air traffic controller training with the opening of a new $2.9 million training centre in Melbourne.

The chairman of Airservices, Mr Nick Burton Taylor, today opened the new facility which will fulfil the organisation’s in-house and external training requirements.

"Airservices Australia and its predecessor organisations have a proud history of training and this new facility will ensure our world-leading reputation is maintained," Mr Burton Taylor said.

"The new facility includes an array of simulators, improved amenities for students and importantly is close to our Melbourne air traffic control centre from where we manage six per cent of the world’s airspace."

The previous training facility was located five kilometres from the Melbourne air traffic control centre making it logistically difficult to visit an operational area.

A review of aviation safety events between 2000 and 2003 concluded that locating the facility with easy access to an operational area would assist controller training.

"With our dedicated staff continuing to provide the highest quality training and the new facility open for business, Airservices is ready to meet the organisation’s future personnel needs and also provide a world-class service to potential external clients.

"One of our first priorities will be to further explore the obvious synergies between Airservices Australia and the Australian Defence Force, particularly the Royal Australian Air Force.

"Providing a fully integrated training and development capability will ensure we can exceed the Government’s requirements in the national interest,’’ Mr Burton Taylor said.

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