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Tuesday, October 20, 2009 –  Scores of Secondary school students received a first hand feel of what it takes to control air traffic at an airport on Tuesday, in commemoration of International Air Traffic Controllers Day.


The day is observed annually to celebrate the vital contribution and role of air traffic controllers to the civil aviation industry.


Air traffic controller at the George FL Charles Airport, Rene Earnest, spoke to the students on the opportunities available in the field, and stressed the importance of  taking their education seriously in order to be successful.


“As  air traffic controllers, we are professional people. Within this field one has  many opportunities to move up the professional ladder, because you may not want to be a controller for the rest of your life. Opportunities are available in  air traffic management for example. Hence the process of ongoing education is very important.”


The main role of an Air Traffic Controller is to organise and manage the flow of air traffic and to provide information and support services to pilots when necessary.


Director of Marketing and Product Development at the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority Dona Regis says SLASPA will continue to recognise the contributions of Air Traffic Controllers.


“From a SLASPA perspective, International Air Traffic Controllers Day is an opportunity to really honour our air traffic controllers, because they play an important role in the Aviation Industry and in the entire development of Saint Lucia,  specifically since we are a tourism destination. Essentially,  we see the day as a chance to join the international community to celebrate the role of our air traffic controllers.”


SLASPA held various activities simultaneously at both airports on Tuesday to celebrate International Day of Air Traffic Controllers.


Every controller was honoured by SLASPA for contributing to the civil aviation industry.

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