Entry Point North Belgium welcomes its first ATCo students in the presence of the Minister of Mobility

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On 3 September Entry Point North Belgium welcomed its first students in Brussels during a ceremony in the presence of the Federal Minister of Mobility François Bellot. The first day has started with training courses for 20 air traffic controllers of Belgocontrol and will be followed by various other courses for air traffic controllers, engineers and technicians in the upcoming weeks.  Aviation24.be attended the ceremony.

Through the newly established academy, the Belgian air navigation service provider Belgocontrol will continue to provide its staff with high-quality training and will also offer a wide range of training and services to external partners in the future.

Entry Point Nort is located in building S of Belgocontrol © André Orban

The training site Entry Point North Belgium is located at the Belgocontrol facilities of Steenokkerzeel/Brussels and equipped with new state-of-the-art simulators: 50 radar/pilot positions, five 180° and one 360° Tower 3D simulator.

Brussels Control Tower © André Orban

It will deliver Initial, Unit, Continuation and Development training for ab-initio and operational air traffic controllers in Belgium. In addition, it will offer Technical Engineering, Safety, Aeronautical Information, Meteorology and other courses in accordance with the training needs of Belgocontrol and other customers.

The training will be based on Entry Point North’s training philosophy and methodology and will be delivered in cooperation with Belgocontrol staff.

Joint venture

Entry Point North Belgium is a joint venture, equally owned by Belgocontrol and Entry Point North. Through this far-reaching collaboration, both organisations establish a strong foothold in the Single European Sky of tomorrow.

Johan Decuyper, CEO Belgocontrol © André Orban

Johan Decuyper, Belgocontrol CEO:

“Today is a special day for Belgocontrol, since we launch the first joint venture in the history of our company. Entry Point North Belgium allows us to offer high quality training to our staff on our own site. Thanks to the partnership between Entry Point North and Belgocontrol we can position ourselves on the international training market and let external partners benefit from our expertise by offering outstanding trainings in our modern facilities located in Brussels, at the heart of Europe.”

Anne Kathrine Jensen, CEO Entry Point North © André Orban

Anne Kathrine Jensen, Entry Point North CEO:

“Today we are happy to open another academy located in central Europe in cooperation with our partner Belgocontrol. We are looking forward to delivering high quality training based on our well-proven training methods and philosophy in Brussels. Entry Point North sees this Joint Venture as a significant step in our continuous growth globally contributing to increased safety in the sky.”

Other speakers during the ceremony were Belgian Federal Minister for Mobility François Bellot, the Chairman of Belgocontrom  Renaud Lorent and the Chairman of Entry Point North Sören Stahlfest Möller.

A walking lunch for the 2300 people present (teachers, staff members, students and guests, press) closed the event.

Pictures © André Orban

Monday, September 3, 2018

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