DGCA managers and air traffic controllers undertook simulation testing and training in New Zealand in April, before the simulators were shipped to Lebanon for installation and commissioning in May. The facility will be used to train DGCA’s ATC controllers and students using simulated scenarios that mimic the real world. About 350 New Zealand and international students undertook ATC training at Airways International’s training academy during the year, at our purpose- built training facilities in Christchurch and Palmerston North, and at their own facilities. Two groups of Saudi Arabian students from the General Authority of Civil Aviation started ATC training in Palmerston North during the year. Courses are also underway in Christchurch for Emirati, Pasifika, Vietnamese and Hong Kong students. In addition to the Middle East market and New Zealand based training, instructors delivered courses offshore in Ghana, Bahrain, Vietnam and Singapore. I NTERNAT I ONAL PARTNERSH I PS Collaboration with other ANSPs and aviation service providers is a core element of Airways International’s strategy to grow and expand our reach in global markets. In March 2019 we signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with MITRE Corporation, agreeing to combine our expertise and shared capabilities to address aviation challenges across Asia Pacific. Our first step as part of this partnership is the development of a data analytics tool that enables better decision making for ANSPs and delivers demonstrable safety and efficiency gains for customers. Airways International also established a strategic partnership with Leidos during the year, signing an MOU committing to collaborate on the development of next generation air traffic management technologies and training and simulation solutions. The organisations’ co-development of the SkyLine-X air traffic management platform has laid the foundation for future collaboration on ATM projects around the world.
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