Eight Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) air traffic trainee controllers returned from a three-month training programme hosted at the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority Institute (JCAAI) in Kingston, Jamaica.
They will soon begin actual control of live air traffic under supervision as they continue on a rigorous training programme to become certified air traffic controllers.
This aspect of their local training will last for a minimum of three months and thereafter recommendations will be made based on their performance for the trainees to be issued with their licence to practice as full-time Air Traffic Controllers.
GCAA Director General Egbert Field, addressing media operatives at a press conference Thursday at the GCAA’s Kingston office, said the officers performed exceptionally well. “You have really done us proud. I am very happy. People like you, family members like you are who I am striving to get, who I am striving to help us move this Authority onward and upward.”
The Director General was loud in his praise for Guyanese student Devindra Kissoon, who topped his class. “I wish to personally congratulate you for the good work you have done, and look forward to your full participation in this family (GCAA) as we move this Authority to better and higher skies,” Field said.
GCAA Training Officer Courtney Frank and Acting Director of Air and Navigation Services Rickford Samaroo also congratulated the students on their exceptional performance.
The eight students: Kissoon, Yogeshwar Bodyadhar, Conny Wills, Joann Lall, David Sundar, Tyrone Persaud, Karen Budhoo, and Safina Latchman were selected from a group of 14.
During an interview with the Government Information Agency (GINA), Valedictorian Kissoon said: “It was a rigorous training – well composed; our exposure with the Civil Aviation over the years would have given us the tools and expertise to excel over there… we expected it to be hard, it was, but as a group, we pulled through.”
Meanwhile, another batch of 35 students commenced training on December 5.