13 officers graduate to Air Traffic Controllers at Dundigal AFA

Air Marshal Amit Tiwari, Commandant Air Force Academy handing over the most promising trainee award to Flying Officer Ankita Choudhry at the conclusion of 99th Air Traffic Management & Air Laws (Basic) course.

Hyderabad: A total of 13 officers from Indian Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Vietnam Peoples Air Force cleared the 99th Air Traffic Management (ATM) & Air Laws (Basic) course to become Air Traffic Controllers, at Air Force Academy (AFA), Dundigal, on Friday.

A valedictory guest night was conducted for the Graduating Trainee officers on the occasion at Officers’ Mess with Air Marshal Amit Tiwari, Commandant, AFA, as the Reviewing Officer.
During the valedictory function, Assistant Commandant Janey of Coast Guard was adjudged First in Overall Order of Merit in the course and Flying Officer Ankita Choudhry adjudged the Most Promising Trainee, according to a press release.

Air Marshal Amit Tiwari highlighted the criticality of Air Traffic Controllers’ role in the mission accomplishment of the Indian Air Force. “The training imparted at Air Traffic Control Officers Training Establishment will help the graduating officers obtain their Air Traffic Controller ratings at the earliest thereby enhancing the operational capability of the service,” he said.

Air Traffic Control Officers Training Establishment (ATCOTE), a premier training establishment of the IAF, is located within the Air Force Academy, Dundigal, and trains Air Traffic Services Officers from the IAF, Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL). It also trains officers from the armed forces of various friendly foreign countries.