The purpose of Air Traffic Control is to secure the flight safety and contribute to it during the take-off, landing and flight of all air vehicles. The extent of this purpose consists of (a) ensuring the flight safety of the airplanes flying in their air space, (b) regulating the air traffic flow and (c) ensuring the full flight safety.
The Department of Air Traffic Control gives undergraduate training to students who want to be an air traffic controller in accordance with the national and international standards. The training process largely consists of the basic background courses and theoretical courses necessary for being an air traffic controller as well as the application of these courses to the air traffic control simulators. The training given also offers the scientific background required to solve the traffic system problems like traffic delays, capacity problems, airplane flight track guess-prevention of clashes.
The program is intended to teach the students the basic information of aviation and air traffic control methods by using the latest technologies and to gain them the skills of making sudden decisions and research through experimental and theoretical team work. For this purpose, simulator practices are used to provide them with experience and their training is reinforced at real-like settings. Besides all these practical trainings, practices at real settings are conducted during the internship.
Within this frame, the fact that the trainings are given and verified in accordance with the standards of EUROCONTROL and General Directorate of Civil Aviation is a must for the trainings of air traffic controllers. Toward this end, Nisantasi University works in collaboration with the authorities of TUBITAK to obtain radar path, approaching and tower control simulators, thus initiating the approval process of the training programs.
The graduates of the Department of Air Traffic Control are entitled to be appointed as air traffic controllers after taking the certificate for air traffic controller given by the General Directorate of State Airports Authority and the licence exam for the air controllers conducted by General Directorate of Civil Aviation. The duties in the control towers of all the airports are included in the employment facility.
The Department enriches the four-semester syllabus with technical courses and practices in the field as well as with various optional courses and subjects from the related fields. Intensive language training of English is included in the syllabus to improve the technical quality. In this sense, there are basic courses and applications necessary for being an air traffic controller in the syllabus. Besides them, much emphasis is placed on the ability to solve the everyday problems faced at airports, on air traffic delays, on capacity problems, prevention of airplane clashes, etc. The program can be seen in details in the attachment.
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