Course Descriptions

Joint Air Traffic Controllers Course (JATCC)

The JATCC is the initial course all RAF and RN controllers undertake. Beginning with basic meteorology, rules of the air and branch organisation, the student’s progress through increasingly complicated controlling scenarios at a fictional Yorkshire RAF Base, RAF Cottam. SAOC has simulators for both the radar and visual environments, with students working together in small teams in the synthetic control environment. On completion of JATCC, graduates can be posted to a Terminal Control Unit or progress to the Area Radar Training Course (ARTC)

Area Radar Training Course (ARTC)

The ARTC is a phase 3 air traffic control course for RN, RAF and Foreign& Commonwealth personnel. General consisting of 8 students, the course lasts a total of 25 days. During ARTC, they will be taught the nauseas of working in the area radar environment and learn the skills required for crossing complex civil airspace. After a short period of ground school, they will undertake a practical phase of sector operations set at the fictional Area Radar Unit Rutland. On completion of the ARTC the majority of students will be posted to RAF (U) Swanwick.

Flight Operations Assistants (Rotary) Course (FOA(R)C)

Delivered to JNCOs and Air Troopers from the Army Air Corps to ensure that they have a comparable level of air awareness when operating in AAC Operations Rooms. Whilst not as in-depth as the FOAC, it is an important element of training to ensure that a high level of Operations are delivered when the RAF and Army work alongside each other in the JHC environment.

Flight Operations Training Course (FOTC)

The FOTC is the Phase 2 training course which all RAF Regular and Reserve potential Flight Operations personnel undertake. Beginning with an intense theory phase covering a comprehensive range of Meteorology, Operations and Air Traffic Control content, the students progress into the simulator environment. Built around RAF Cottam, the students experience an increasingly complicated scenario; they will become proficient as an Operations Officer in an RAF Station Operations Room and an Operations Officer on a Fast Jet Typhoon Squadron. The course culminates in a realistic Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief Exercise set in Kenya where the students must master 3 distinctly different disciplines. A 3 hour final theory exam sees all students graduate with a credible skill set for transfer into mainstream RAF; all theory exams and simulator exercises have a challenging pass mark of 75%.

Flight Operations Assistants Course (FOAC)

The FOAC is designed to provide all service and civilian personnel the skills needed to operate in the many employment areas open to TG9 personnel. The course is a mix of classroom theory and practical exercises in a simulated environment covering the airfield, flight planning and operations environment. On completion of the course graduates can be posted to an ATC Tower, Station Flight Planning, Station Operations, Squadron Operations or Low Flying Operations Squadron.

Air Traffic Control Instructors Course (ATCIC)

The ATCIC provides training for qualified controllers about to begin a tour at SAOC. Candidates receive instruction in Brief, Monitor and Debrief techniques, managing the simulator environment and in teaching and coaching skills. At the end of the course, graduates receive the ‘Instructor’ qualification and progress to teach new students training at SAOC.

Flight Operations Instructors Course (FOIC)

Upon successful completion of DTTT, all instructors within FOTF undertake a 20 day FOIC. This will enable them to get to grips with delivery of all aspects of SAOC courses, including Theory, Practical and Simulators. The candidate will be assessed in 2 x Theory Lessons, 2 x Practical Lessons and 1 x Simulator Discipline as well as being examined on the Core Ethos of the Royal Air Force.

Terminal Refresher Course (TRC)

SAOC also provides refresher training for controllers prior to tours at Terminal Control Units from either Area Radar Units or non-controlling tours. It is also available for controllers prior to undertaking the ATCIC.

Unit Trainer’s Course (UTC) ATC, FOA

The UTC provides guidance and instruction for controllers who are shortly to move into a Unit Screeen (USC) or Unit Instructor (UI) role at their respective units. Controllers are introduced to the preferred Brief, Monitor, Debrief (BMD) technique and given the opportunity to practice a full training session.

Trade Management Training 1 (TMT1)

Successful airmen selected for promotion to corporal are to undertake the TMT1 in tandem with JMLC before becoming a substantive JNCO. The course highlights the many areas that a JNCO within TG9 may be responsible for and provides the tools for them to operate successfully as a JNCO adhering to ATM Force Orders.

Trade Management Training 2 (TMT2)

JNCOs who have displayed the skills to move up to SNCO return to SAOC to up their knowledge of what they may encounter in a senior managerial role within TG9. Responsibilities widen with the step up in rank and the course stretches the viewpoint to expect the unexpected and think of how to interact with wider range service and civilian counterparts.

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