Thursday, August 31, 2017

Two-stream ATC rating system for air traffic controllers

New Delhi: In a move which is likely to ensure safer and more efficient aircraft operations in the Indian skies than ever before, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has decided to implement two-stream rating process for air traffic controllers (ATCO). The authority has decided to switch over from the existing single-stream, multiple ratings for a controller to the proposed two-stream rating process.
"The proposed two-stream rating process envisages deploying Indian ATCOs in either en route stream or terminal stream. While controllers deployed in en route stream will be responsible for provision of air traffic services to the aircraft in Continental/Oceanic enroute phase, controllers in terminal stream will be providing air traffic services to those flights operating around 60 nautical miles from an airport wherein arriving flights from the enroute phase and departing flights to join their enroute phase operate," a statement by AAI said.
After completing the requisite ab-initio training and undergoing mandatory on-the-job training, ATCOs are assessed for their competency and skill in line with ICAO standards and DGCA regulations on the subject. "Controllers have a well-developed ability to keep calm under high pressure traffic situations or unusual occurrences, to receive and synthesize different kinds of information related to traffic handling and perform independent duties in the concerned ATC units.
31/08/17 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India