19 Jul 2017 - 7:57
Qatar Aeronautical College gets IATA’s Premier Circle membership
By Amna Pervaiz Rao / The Peninsula
Qatar Aeronautical College (QAC) has qualified as IATA’s 2017 Premier Circle Member for the impressive results it achieved in 2016.
QAC was able to get the recognition because of excellence in several aspects, which include providing all training needs through agreements to purchase advanced equipment and devices, a senior official of QAC announced during a press conference yesterday.
The college worked hard to strengthen its ties with IATA which is closely connected with number of colleges training programme being an international accreditation party.
QAC worked towards the implementation of IATA courses and syllabus in the Air Traffic Control and Advanced Aviation Management departments in order to meet requirements and standards of IATA.
Sheikh Jabor bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Thani, Director General of QAC, said: “QAC has become one of the leading colleges in the region and around the world, especially after receiving the recognition out of 450 IATA registered colleges, where QAC was ranked in the top ten.”
IATA congratulated the college’s hard work to achieve this recognition and trusted that QAC will remain a longstanding member of the Premier Circle program in the coming years.
Al Thani said: “QAC has recently signed contracts to purchase 14 advanced planes for training in addition to two simulators with the same aircraft type.”
Al Thani added that the pilot training centre includes 30 training auditoriums, two A320 simulators, with a new building under construction that will be ready by the end of the current year. “During the graduation ceremony, we have signed a contract for 14 aircraft for training, ten for single engine and four for multi engine classes. These classes are more advanced in technology for training purpose of students. We have added two Aviation Training Simulators which are full motion and visual motion simulators to make it easier for the pilot to understand,” Al Thani told The Peninsula.
He said that for the maintenance section, QAC was now an approved service centre.
Al Thani discussed the QAC’s strategic plans to keep up with the developments of aeronautical sciences, aeronautical engineering, air traffic control and meteorology, through cooperating with specialized organizations around the world.
The college works on providing all the concentrations needed in the aviation field in the country through teaching and training Qatari personnel and develop the provided programs, including pilot training and the development of the aircraft fleet, he added.
QAC celebrated the 105 graduates of class 2016-2017 last week. The graduates completed different concentration programs such as air traffic control, meteorology, airport operations management, security management and passports, aircraft engineering and maintenance and pilot training.
“Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the United States has approved us that we can maintain any American registered light aircraft. We have extended our hangars to be commercial and also we have extended all buildings inside hangars which can now take more than 50 light aircrafts,” Al Thani added.