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Norway’s air traffic controllers to train in Prague

The Czech Air Navigation Institute has been selected for the training of more than 60 Avinor trainees.

Air Navigation Services of the Czech Republic and the Czech Air Navigation Institute (CANI) in Prague have been chosen to give initial ATC training for Norway’s airport operator Avinor over the next three years.

Over the period, CANI will deliver basic and rating training to more than 60 new trainees from Avinor Air Navigation Services.

Having successfully launched a project for training the next generation of air traffic controllers for Bosnia and Herzegovina and signing a similar agreement with Malta earlier this year, ANS CR and CANI have secured a multi-year training deal with Avinor.

Anders Kirsebom, managing director of Avinor Air Navigation Services, commented that “CANI won the contract based on strict price and quality criteria”.

Commercial activities
In the first year, CANI will train 15 students for what’s known as Aerodrome Control Instrument and Approach Control Surveillance ratings.

During the following years of the contract it is anticipated that up to 24 students will be trained each year. The training for the first group of Avinor students is scheduled to start on September 17.

Commercial activities are an increasingly important part of the Air Navigation Services of the Czech Republic’s portfolio. The activities of the Czech Air Navigation Institute generated revenues of over 100 million Czech crowns (€3.9 million) last year.

“Dynamic growth” has also been seen in the provision of flight inspection services to foreign clients, which CANI has continued to provide to its client base in recent years.

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