All 28 air traffic controllers from the Air Traffic Control Authority Pristina Approach in the Republic of Kosovo are undergoing training at BULATSA. They will undergo a specially designed refresher course to ensure that they will provide safe, orderly and expeditious flow of air traffic in their country.
The course fully meets the requirements of the European Regulation 2015/340 and the refresher training program of ANSA and is conducted on the basis of a contract between the Air Navigation Services Agency – Republic of Kosovo and BULATSA. The training is necessary so that the Kosovo air traffic controllers can extend the validity of their licenses in order to perform their duties.
In addition to a theoretical part, they will also go through practical exercises, which will be conducted in the BULATSA’s simulator, where they will act out high-workload situations, work in adverse weather conditions, failure of surveillance equipment, as well as other extraordinary and emergency situations.
The simulations are conducted in an airspace specially created by the specialists of BULATSA, which fully matches the real airspace of the Republic of Kosovo, including all the current way points, means and procedures that the air traffic controllers apply. The aircraft used in the simulator match those operating at Pristina Airport.
The simulator of BULATSA provides the capability to set up the Human Machine Interface (HMI) so that it fully resembles the one used in the Republic of Kosovo.
The training is part of BULATSA’s plan to develop its simulator and provide the opportunity to train and conduct real time simulations, both for its own needs and for external contractors. Similar courses were conducted for air traffic controllers from North Macedonia and Armenia under the guidance of experts from the training center of BULATSA.