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Improving the training of air traffic controllers: Opinions from instructors in Singapore

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posted on 2021-09-08, 15:37 authored by Claire Ng, Isaac Levi HendersonIsaac Levi Henderson
Air traffic controllers play a vital function with regard to ensuring the safety and efficiency of international civil aviation. Despite this, there is a lack of research addressing how air traffic controllers are trained. This paper collects opinions about the air traffic control (ATC) training programme in Singapore from a group of 30 instructors who were working within the aerodrome training team. Convenience sampling was used to recruit the participants and thematic analysis was used to identify key opinions. Significant advantages and disadvantages of the current training programme were identified, such as pre-training and simulator constraints. In addition to findings relating to the learning of required skill sets, interviews also highlighted the need for a just culture in the workplace and human factors training.


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The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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Lead author country

  • Singapore

Lead author job role

  • Postgraduate Student

Lead author institution

School of Aviation, Massey University

Human Participants

  • Yes

Ethics statement

Verbal consent was obtained by participants prior to them being interviewed. All results are anonymised and aggregated to protect the identities of participants. This study was peer-reviewed and deemed to be low-risk, and is registered as such on Massey University's Human Ethics Database.

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