Upon the recommendation of Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General of GCAA, the Department of Aviation Security & Infrastructure in the General Civil Aviation Authority awarded yesterday the Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies (GCAS) the certification to its facilities in Al Bateen Executive Airport to provide civil aviation security courses, in line with the training guidelines legislated by the Civil Aviation Law of the United Arab Emirates.
By attaining this certification, GCAS – a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Airports Company – will be delivering specialized training programs in the field of civil aviation security through a qualified centre as per GCAA's legislations. As such, GCAS will provide new opportunities to develop local manpower to serve the continuous need for development that is in parallel with the foreseen growth of the aviation industry.
Saif Al Suwaidi, Director General of General Civil Aviation Authority, said: "As a federal, autonomous body set up to oversee all aviation-related activities in the United Arab Emirates, The General Civil Aviation Authority undertake, in coordination with local authorities and concerned bodies, the execution of the Civil Aviation Law. Therefore, GCAA strives to ensure that all necessary efforts are made to elevate the standards of practice in the aviation industry, and we consider GCAS to be one of our main tools in achieving and maintaining international standards in Aviation security as well as all other aspects related to civil aviation practices."
Mohammed Al Bulooki, General Manager Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies (GCAS) in ADAC commented:
"GCAS is offering a curriculum of high quality courses and training options at Al Bateen Executive Airport, a fully operational private jet airport. We are fully committed to furthering the collective expertise and knowledge base in our industry and aim to provide training solutions for all key aviation organisations in the region and the world. With the centre being certified today by the GCAA it is enabled to further develop its services and training programs specialized in civil aviation security under the umbrella of the laws and regulations that govern the aviation industry in the UAE."
GCAS is the exclusive training provider for JAATO in the Gulf and Middle East region, and is the tenth certified training center to provide ACI courses, which attracted the attention of many aviation organisations from across the GCC. In May 2010 it signed an MoU with Kuwait Airways to exchange training expertise within the airline industry. GCAS has also announced a partnership agreement with the Bahrain Civil Aviation Affairs department earlier this year. As the premier aviation and airport training centre in the Middle East, it continues to promote international best practice in safety and security, and all other areas of airport operations.
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