Scaling up ATC training at the Civil Aviation University of China (CAUC)

Scaling up ATC training at the Civil Aviation University of China (CAUC)

With VV Approach and VV Enroute, CAUC is meeting an increasing demand for job-ready Air Traffic Controllers

The Civil Aviation University of China (CAUC) in Tianjin provides undergraduate and graduate qualifications in the full range of aviation disciplines. Its college of Air Traffic Management (CATM) is one of the world’s foremost providers of Air Traffic Control training, with about 70% of current Chinese controllers being CATM graduates. Over 2,800 students are currently enrolled in the college.

CAUC has an impressive ATC simulation capability, leveraging local technology with academic expertise to equip the many graduates with the skills required for real-world training. With an eye on the increasing demand for new controllers, in 2017 CATM’s leadership began discussions with Visual Vectoring through our partner, Ivy Liu of Beijing Connected Vision Technology. The goal was to raise the number of simulation hours available to their students, enhancing both the volume and quality of training.

In 2018, the VV Approach and VV Enroute courses were incorporated into the undergraduate ATC curriculum. As many as 140 lab computers were set up for simultaneous software operation, with each instructor overseeing approximately thirty students per session. The VV Management software is utilised to gather and organise performance and tracking data. Overall, students have access to over 40 hours of lesson content and 130 hours of simulation. While these are provided during designated sessions, students also have the flexibility to use them during their free time.

Since the introduction of Visual Vectoring courseware at CAUC, more than 4,500 students have benefitted from the program. This collaboration has proven to be an effective and cost-efficient method for training the next generation of Chinese Air Traffic Controllers, ensuring safer skies and a brighter future.