A US FAA-led training programme in Iraq
has borne fruit after three Iraqi nationals today became Baghdad’s
first tower-certified air traffic controllers.
During a ceremony held at Baghdad
the three controllers were awarded their certificates by US
transportation secretary Mary Peters and Iraq’s
CAA director-general Sabeeh Al Shebany.
Their accomplishment comes after
months of rigorous training under a FAA team that supports the Iraqi CAA, says
the DOT in a statement. A further 22 individuals are expected to
complete their training and receive certification over the coming months.
Peters also visited the modernized Baghdad
which has handled more than 30,000 civil aviation fights. That number is
expected to grow once Iraqi Airways begins taking possession of new aircraft
later this year, says the DOT.