The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) is assiduously developing the Ghana Aviation Training Academy (GATA) into a regional Aviation training academy to attract people from the sub region, Mr Simon Allotey, GCAA Director-General has said.
The Authority has been designated by the African Regional Aviation Safety Group as the lead organisation to assist states with significant aviation safety concerns in Africa.
He said the Authority is expanding aviation infrastructure and the liberalisation of air transportation services, to facilitate the on-going transformation of Kotoka International Airport (KIA) into a regional hub.
Mr Allotey said this in Accra during a monitoring visit to the Authority by the Parliamentary Select Committee on Roads and Transport.
The team toured GCAA facilities including the new training academy, proposed land for Air Navigation Services Complex, Air Traffic Control Centre and Tower, Voice Communications Centre and the Radar to have first-hand experience on how it works.
The Managing Director said the Authority is implementing the aviation safety charge as well as developing other sources of non-aeronautical revenue to meet the financial needs of its operations.
He commended parliament for passing the new Civil Aviation Bill in December 2015, saying the gesture has enhance passenger rights and access to more modern aircraft by operators.
Mr Allotey said his outfit had certified KIA for meeting international standards for aerodrome operations and developed a corrective action plan with assistance from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) towards the re-attainment of FAA category one status to enable Ghanaian registered carriers fly directly to the US.
He said GCAA is initiating process to further decouple Air navigation services provision from regulatory services, which is in line with best practices and working hard to bring into effect the new civil aviation directives for drones’ operation.
The Authority had designed and constructed a new Air navigation complex and upgraded the installation of communication gadgets to enhance safety of air space and the entire Accra flight information region.
He cited high cost of financing aviation industry infrastructure, encroachment of GCAA lands, land use management, drones, wind turbines and the emerging security threat due to terrorism as some of the challenges that the organisation faced.
Mr Theophilus Tetteh Chaie, Chairman of the Committee commended the Authority for its transformational projects, adding that the Committee would perform its oversight responsibility to ensure efficiency in their operations.
He promised to channel their grievances before parliament for discussions and redress and called for capacity building to the Committee to be more abreast of the Authority’s operations.
COURSES OFFERED AT GHANA CIVIL AVIATION TRAINING ACADEMY
1. MANAGEMENT TRAINING/DEVELOPMENT COURSES
Human Resource Management
Leadership and General Management
Financial Management and Procurement
Communication and Marketing
2. COURSES FOR SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL LEAVERS AND QUALIFICATIONS ABOVE
3. INTERNATIONAL AIR TRANSPORT ASSOCIATION (IATA) COURSES
The course duration is generally for 5 days and the courses are targeted at those who currently work in the Aviation Industry or have a background to a said course. These include persons such as :-
Civil Aviation Authorities, Airport Regulators and Operators, ANS Service Providers, Station Managers / Supervisors, Ground Handling Staff, Freight Forwarders, Flight Crew, Passenger Handling, Cargo Operators / Agents, Aviation Security, Airside Personnel (Marshallers, Ramp, Coordinators, Load Supervisor) amongst others.
4. AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL COURSES
5. AVIATION LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
*Language Testing is available for Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers
6. SAFETY MANAGEMENT COURSE
7. DANGEROUS GOODS COURSE - ALL CATEGORIES
8. FLIGHT DISPATCH LICENSE COURSE
9. HUMAN FACTORS COURSE
10. QUALITY ASSURANCE MANAGEMENT COURSE
11. CREW RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
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Ghana Civil Aviation Training Academy (GATA) is located at the Kotoka International Airport adjacent to the Airport Post Office.
The Ghana Civil Aviation Training Academy (GATA) will from February, 2011 run International Air Transport Association (IATA) courses for aviation service providers in the West African Sub region.
This development follows the signing of the IATA-GCAA Regional Training Partnership Agreement on 29th November, 2010 in Accra to certify GATA as an IATA training hub in the Sub-region.
The Accountable Manager of GATA, Mr. Willie Orhin said, GATA’s partnership with the IATA Training and Development Institute (ITDI), will provide the opportunity for persons in the sub-region to pursue aviation related hospitality courses other than Air Traffic Control Courses at a discount cost.
Upon successful completion of these courses in GATA, participants will obtain IATA Certificates or Diplomas depending on course pursued and these certificates would be recognised worldwide.
He expressed appreciation to IATA for the collaboration and for its confidence in the GCAA and GATA for that Matter.
Mr. Sampson Fatokun, Aviation Solution Manager for West and Central Africa, who signed the agreement on behalf of IATA, commended GCAA for its passion for industry excellence in Ghana and the sub-region. He was hopeful that IATA’s partnership with GATA would benefit both organisation’s in their quest to provide quality training for personnel.
In view of the dynamic nature of the aviation industry, there is the need for reputable aviation institutions to train personnel in the industry to upgrade their knowledge and skills to meet the ever increasing challenges confronting the aviation industry.
One of the key objectives of both the Transport and Aviation Sector Policy of Ghana is the training and development of human capital.
Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (G.C.A.A) as part of its Corporate Strategy established GATA in 2008 as a center of excellence in Aviation knowledge acquisition. It has the state-of-the-Art facilities and systems to provide viable aviation training in West Africa and beyond.
GATA, using qualified instructors has trained personnel from Liberia, Nigeria, Gambia, Sao Tome etc in Air Traffic Control courses.
It has also trained Aviation Inspectors and other Safety Regulation Personnel in collaboration with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), USA, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and The Banjul Accord Group Aviation Safety Oversight Organization (BAGASOO).
GATA is a convenient place to host aviation related Local, International Conferences, Seminars, Workshops, Meetings, Fairs etc.
To achieve its status as a center of excellence, GATA has the following corporate statements;
GATA’s mission is to provide the Aviation Industry and beyond with competency-based academic and professional staff development.
The Vision of GATA is to be recognised as a world-class Aviation Training Organisation (A. T. O) that provides competence-based training for academic and professional staff.
GATA’s Values are:
- Customer focus
- Challenge new possibilities
- People Centered
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