The General Authority for Civil Aviation has established a modern and modern building for the Qatar Air Control Centre with modern engineering designs and an area of 12,000 square meters near Hamad International Airport. "Al Sharq" and in a field tour of the new edifice met with Mr. Mohammed Abdul Aziz Al Mohammadi, head of the training department of the Qatar Air Control Centre, who explained that the Qatar Air Control Centre is one of the modern and advanced centres that play an active role in modernizing the local aviation industry system through the use of the latest technical developments and the latest technological developments in the field of air navigation, pointing out that the new building is equipped to accommodate up to 350 employees, including 120 highly experienced air traffic controllers and 50 employees. In the field of electronics and air traffic safety, 40 air traffic safety technicians, 20 aviation information officers, 5 aviation mapping specialists, 5 air navigation and operating services specialists and 20 communications operations officers.
Al Mohammadi said that Qatar Air Control Centre is a huge edifice dedicated to training operations, especially with the increasing numbers of air traffic control workers and efforts to develop and modernize air routes to keep pace with the heavy air traffic expected during the 2022 Qatar World Cup and beyond the World Cup as well, pointing out that the centre organises annual training courses for air traffic personnel ranging from 450 to 500 sessions, adding that the number of air navigation staff is 350 for various disciplines, including air traffic controllers and observer assistants. Navigational equipment maintenance engineers, aviation information service providers and air safety management, noting that all employees are trained in the latest international aviation safety standards and in accordance with the requirements and specifications of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and Qatar's aviation law, which is in line with ICAO data as a reference in global aviation systems.
"Qataris receiving training sessions at Qatar Air Traffic Control Centre make up more than 45% of those receiving training courses at the centre," al-Mohammadi said, stressing that the number of Qataris is constantly increasing due to the importance of air surveillance and its active role in enhancing air traffic safety data. Such as the fire department where they are issued certificates enabling them to practice certain professions related to the aviation industry.
Al-Mohammadi explained that air traffic controllers, tower monitors and radar monitors have a key role in supporting air safety and air traffic standards in general and therefore have priority in training, pointing out that the General Authority for Civil Aviation has established the centre specifically to refine their professional and technical capabilities.
"Qatar Air Control Centre has 6 training classes of various sizes, including 2 large sizes and 4 small sizes, all of which provide a leading atmosphere for training sessions and are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to keep pace with the latest air safety developments," said Mohammed al-Asamkh, an air surveillance expert. He pointed out that the centre includes a number of halls, most notably the meal hall, which is a conference and lecture hall for more than 60 people and is equipped with modern technologies and audio-visual devices in line with the latest developments related to air navigation in addition to the training room for radar monitors, which can accommodate about 15 people and is also equipped with the latest technology to train radar monitors.
"Since the Qatar Air Control Centre is dedicated to training, it has the latest tower simulator in the region, Smileter, which is a replica of the watchtower simulator at Hamad International Airport," said Mohammed Al Asamkh.
He added: "The Centre will train the air traffic controller at Hamad Airport and information on the take-off and landing mechanisms of the aircraft and the use of the various ground routes most suitable for the flight. He stressed that The Semeliter centre is a very advanced simulator, it provides advanced and modern air navigation systems and high-quality technologies, as well as modern technology for landing and take-off devices in the absence of vision, and the simulator also provides opportunities to train tower monitors in all emergencies in different atmospheres.
"Training in modern equipment and equipment is mandatory for all air traffic controllers, he said, stressing that all air traffic controllers must complete two courses a year, at least two training sessions so that they can practice air surveillance and obtain a license that will allow them to exercise air surveillance. Al-Mohammadi said that air navigation at Hamad International Airport deals daily with between 800 and 850 aircraft traffic in addition to the continuous movement of training aircraft and helicopters "take-off and landing", pointing out that the safety rates in Qatar Air traffic reach 100% thanks to technologically advanced devices and the efficiency and professionalism of air traffic controllers who have the capacity, operational efficiency, qualitative qualification and training according to the highest professional levels."
Mohammed Al-Asamkh said that the air navigation service providers at the airports are the backbone and cornerstone of the safety of the aviation sector, so the General Authority for Civil Aviation is very interested in upgrading their capabilities and enhancing their professional and professional capabilities and therefore harnesses all technical requirements in line with the data of modern technology in this vital and dynamic field. He said: In order to complete this great development of Qatar Air Control Centre keen to provide rooms dedicated to the residence of senior visitors to the centre who are hosted to give lectures and implement training plans, pointing out that these rooms are equipped with all the requirements of luxury accommodation of the five stars, it is equipped with a luxurious office, the Internet and all other luxury living requirements and a health club equipped with the latest sports equipment.
Mohammed al-Asamkh said that in the middle of the building of the Qatar Air Control Center two floors overlooking the lobby on the main hall, which includes the main entrance of the centre in addition to the second floor includes the centre for air traffic control and includes many specialties such as monitoring, control, traffic guidance, approach and control, rescue coordination centre, operating rooms, radar simulator and 3D simulation room and the floor also includes the electronic device room for safety Air traffic, which provides the Air Traffic Control Centre with high surveillance technology and has a high simulation and accuracy of air surveillance, also includes the ATSEP Flight Safety Electronics Staff Room, a communications and flight information room, VIP suites, meeting room and master halls.
Al-Mohammadi said the Qatar Air Control Centre has two entrances, the first of which is the main entrance and an emergency exit, and they are equipped with advanced entry control systems that are under constant security control.
Source and cover image credit: Al-Sharq
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