ATS training organisations

Description


    The ATS training can be divided into two typologies:

    • ATC training: Air Traffic Controllers.
    • AFIS training. Personnel of the Aerodrome Flight Information Service (AFIS), also known as Afisos.

    Any training organisation certified in accordance with Regulation 2015/340 may provide ATC training in Spain under the supervision of the authority of the Member State where the organisation has its principal place of business or its registered office, if any (Art. 6 of Regulation 2015/340), the certificates of completion of such courses being recognisable by all Member States.
    In Spain there are ATC training organisations, both public and private, in which it is possible to obtain initial, unit and continuous training necessary to exercise as an Air Traffic Controller. The training process and the necessary requirements are detailed in navigation — Controllers. These organisations also provide training for practical instructors and controller evaluators, usually experienced controllers who require an additional license endorsement. In addition, they provide the formation of the functional airspace block South West FAB (Spain and Portugal), and the national environment (NAC), necessary to practice in Spain.
    With regard to the provision of the Aerodrome Flight Information Service (AFIS), certification as a training organisation is regulated, at national level, through Royal Decree 1133/2010, falling outside the scope of Regulation 2015/340. The ATS training organisations certified against these regulations, both public and private, provide the initial training, in-house instruction and continuous training necessary to practice AFIS personnel. The training process and the necessary requirements are detailed in navigation — Controllers.

ATC training


    Developed in accordance with Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/340 of 20 February 2015 laying down technical requirements and administrative procedures relating to air traffic controller licences and certificates
    The training of air traffic controllers consists essentially of two stages before they can exercise:

    • Initial Training (Basic, Enabling and Enabling Annotations).
    • Unit Training (Transition, PRE-OJT, OJT).

    During the exercise of the privileges of the air traffic controller licence:

    • Continuous Training (Updating and Conversion).
    • Practical Instructor Training.
    • Training of Evaluator.

    All the training provided for in Regulation 2015/340 is summarised in the ATCO.D.005 of the above-mentioned European legislation. It is developed in more detail throughout the SUBPARTE D to which the aforementioned regulatory point belongs.
    The different types of training are made up of different methodologies:

    • Theoretical Formation: Initial and Transition in the ATC unit.
    • Practical training that is NOT performed in synthetic training devices (NO STD).
    • Practical Training in Synthetic Training Devices (STD).

    The list of these certified organisations and the services offered are attached below:

AFIS training


    Developed in accordance with Royal Decree 1133/2010 of 10 September 2010 regulating the provision of aerodrome flight information service (AFIS).
    Some of the organisations certified to provide ATC training also meet the requirements, and offer training to practice AFIS personnel:

    The AFIS training consists of:

    • Initial training.
    • Instruction in the Unit.
    • Continuous training (in exercise).

    The course consists of a theoretical training with aeronautical subjects and a practical phase, in which students are instructed through simulation exercises and airport procedure testing, with methodologies similar to those of the ATC Training.

Certification


Regulatory control of ATS personnel training organisations


    AESA is working on the continuous improvement of air transport safety. To this end, it inspects and carries out continuous supervision of the ATS personnel training organisations required by the European Union’s “Single Sky” regulatory package for ATS personnel training organisations, in accordance with Community standards and other national regulations.
    The rules determining the procedure are as follows:

    • Royal Decree 98/2009 of 6 February 2009 approving the Aeronautical Inspection Regulation.
    • Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/340 of 20 February 2015 laying down technical requirements and administrative procedures relating to air traffic controller licences and certificates pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council, amending Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 923/2012 and repealing Commission Regulation (EU) No 805/2011.
    • Royal Decree 1133/2010 of 10 September 2010 regulating the provision of aerodrome flight information service (AFIS).

    HTM Staff Training Organisations

    AESA carries out regulatory control inspections in the following areas:

    • Initial Training Organisations and Air Traffic Controller Unit/Continuing (ATCO).
    • Training organisations for operators of the Aerodrome Flight Information Service (AFISO) of the ATS units where that service is provided.

Approvals


    Other activities carried out by the Airport Safety and Air Navigation Directorate within its competences are to verify that the requirements are met in order to approve the ATS training plans and courses. These actions are carried out at the request of the applicant.

    The approval procedure for plans and courses shall be done in accordance with the change management procedure approved for each organisation. Applications shall be submitted through the procedure authorised to do so at the EASA website.

    Implementing legislation

    • Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/340 of 20 February 2015 laying down technical requirements and administrative procedures relating to air traffic controller licences and certificates pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council, amending Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 923/2012 and repealing Commission Regulation (EU) No 805/2011.
    • Royal Decree 1133/2010 of 10 September 2010 regulating the provision of aerodrome flight information service (AFIS)

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