THE CIVIL AVIATION
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
The Civil Aviation
Authority Aviation Training Institute
in Trinidad and Tobago was established in June 1963, as a joint project between
the United Nations Development Programme and the Government of Trinidad and
Tobago. Its main purpose is to provide Air Traffic Services Training for
Trinidad and Tobago and other Eastern Caribbean States desiring such training.
International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), a specialized agency of the
United Nations, initially provided instructors while the building and other
facilities were supplied by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.
Civil Aviation Division, as it was then called, provided training for the
local personnel and in 1972 accepted total
responsibility for the administration of the Center. At that time, ICAO withdrew the last of its personnel from the
The original role of the Training Institute
to provide training in the field of Air Traffic Services and other related areas
as required to support Air Traffic Services in Trinidad and Tobago and other
Caribbean States. This role has been expanded under the Civil Aviation Authority
to include Aviation Security, Flight Safety training and additional
courses of training and seminars in associated disciplines.
Students from the
following countries have been trained:
Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda,
Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint
Lucia, St. Kitts-Nevis, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, The British
Virgin Islands, The Cayman Islands, The Netherland Antilles, The Turks and
Caicos Islands and of course, Trinidad and Tobago.
From its inception in 1963 to
the year 2001, the Institute has conducted twenty-nine 'Ab initio' training courses in Air
Traffic Control, three in Aeronautical Information Services (AIS) and one in
Automatic Message Switching Techniques and Supervisory Management and has so far graduated 450 Air
Traffic Controllers and more than 30 Aeronautical Information Services Officers from 19 Caribbean States.
Refresher Training is also customized for and provided from time to time to
both local and regional air traffic controllers.
The CAA continues to provide
quality instructor training to its training personnel. These instructors are
themselves Air Traffic Control Graduates of the Institute and have acquired
extensive experience at our International Airports. The staff has also been
trained as Radar Instructors and the CATC is now in a position to offer Radar
Training to other regional States.
The basic ATS Course
itself, although reduced somewhat in content from the original 9 months to a shorter course of 6 months, is still very intense.