Monday, October 3 the next phase of the training and validation program for surveillance operations in Namibia started. The NEXT-2 (Namibian Eurocat-X training, part 2) is a simulator training and validation.
Ben is training Brian, the most experienced controller in Namibian airspace
During this training Namibias first ten surveillance controllers will combine:
- their long-time knowledge of work in the Namibian airspace
- their radar skills from previous radar training abroad
- their knowledge of the Eurocat-X from the NEXT-1 training given by the ICAO team
George and Erik handling the aircraft…
During the training each trainee will get 40 exercises and 50 hours of simulator training. During these 50 hours they will meet a range of different scenarios including those with technical failures.
George, a controller with an awe-inspiring international experience including radar, is here consulting the checklist to handle a radar-tracker problem.
In addition to the simulator exercises there has also been interesting discussions. Experiences from controlling in Namibia and Sweden is compared. Training in Singapore and in Johannesburg is compared. And the ICAO annexes and docs are frequently consulted. The result is the start of creating a Namibian surveillance culture. It is all very interesting.
Brian is handling his traffic in a situation where the surveillance area is reduced by a technical problem.
This first week has been going very well and we are looking forward to the following weeks.