16 air traffic controllers graduate from Dundigal Air Force Academy

Sixteen trainee officers successfully completed the 139th air traffic surveillance services (ATSS) course and graduated on Thursday.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  16 Sep 2021 1:50 PM GMT
16 air traffic controllers graduate from Dundigal Air Force Academy

Secunderabad: Sixteen trainee officers successfully completed the 139th air traffic surveillance services (ATSS) course and graduated on Thursday. The graduation ceremony was held at the Air Traffic Control Officers Training Establishment (ATCOTE) at the Air Force Academy in Dundigal, Hyderabad.

Air Marshal Sanjeev Kapoor, Commandant, Air Force Academy, was the reviewing officer on the occasion. The young military air traffic controllers, after the 12-week course, can now perform the highly-demanding and skillful task of controlling aircraft using modern radars.

ATCOTE trains IAF officers apart from officers from the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, and officers from friendly foreign countries in the field of air traffic services.

Twelve air traffic control officers from the Indian Air Force, three from the Navy, and one from the Kenya Air Force graduated as radar controllers. Among the course participants, squadron leader S.P Pavithran was adjudged first in order of merit and best in practical. Flight lieutenant Jasleen Kaur Walia was adjudged best in theory.

In his valedictory speech, Air Marshal Sanjeev Kapoor highlighted the importance of radar controllers' role in mission accomplishment. He apprised the graduating trainees of the challenges ahead in the field of aviation and advised them to achieve professional excellence by remaining abreast with modern developments in the field of radar controlling. He wished the graduating officers success in their future endeavours.

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