Airways New Zealand expanding its international training portfolio


WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Airways New Zealand is expanding its international training portfolio under a new agreement with the Washington Consulting Group, Inc (WCG) to deliver air traffic control (ATC) training services worldwide.

New Zealand’s air navigation services provider will work closely on a number of training initiatives with the WCG, a global aviation professional services company headquartered in Maryland, says Airways Training General Manager Sharon Cooke.

“Both Airways and WCG bring expertise in the ATC training arena which we can share to our mutual advantage. Airways currently delivers training across three continents and equally WCG works with both private and government customers globally – this is an important relationship for us.”

The rate of technological change is increasing in the aviation industry and Airways is focussed on developing training systems which keep pace and meet the needs of current aviation professionals and the next generation of air traffic controllers, Ms Cooke says.

Dr. Ned Reese, WCG Vice President – Technical Training says the organisation is excited to be partnering with Airways to deliver ATC training services globally into the future.

“One area where we see significant potential for the US market is Airways’ Airbooks,” Dr. Reese says.

Airbooks offers digitised content including videos, images, audio and games for a range of applications including ATC refresher training, reference manuals, ab initio (new) air traffic controller training, and engineering and business information.

”We think Airbooks has the potential to enable faster and more flexible training. Students access the resources online, check their knowledge as they go and employers get useful metrics on any areas of difficulty,” Dr. Reese says.

Ms Cooke will be speaking about ATC training in the current environment at the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) annual conference in October. Airways and WCG will be sharing an exhibit showcasing Airbooks at the event.