Airways New Zealand training facility opened in Beirut

Airways New Zealand has announced an advanced air traffic control training facility has opened in Beirut, Lebanon, using simulation technology developed by the company.

Airways, the sole Air Traffic Service provider in New Zealand, developed and installed the air traffic control (ATC) tower and surveillance training simulators for the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Lebanon at Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport.

“The Middle East is a key target market and our work in Lebanon further cements our reputation in the region as a high quality training technology and services provider,” said Airways International CEO Sharon Cooke, who added that the project showcases New Zealand innovation and Airways’ ability to compete on the world stage.

Lebanon’s Minister of Public Works and Transport Youssef Fenianos opened the facility, which will be used to train Lebanese air traffic controllers and students.

The opening ceremony was attended by delegates from New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), along with Lebanese Government dignitaries.

The TotalControl simulators installed in DGCA’s facility at Beirut International Airport imitate the full ATC flight information region using high fidelity 3D graphics, developed in conjunction with Animation Research Ltd in Dunedin.

The same technology is used in Airways’ ATC training centres in Christchurch and Palmerston North, and in its training academy in Kuwait, established in December 2018.