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Abu Dhabi’s Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies (GCAS) has been chosen as the Regional Training Centre of Excellence (RTCE) in the Middle East region by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)
GCAS officials said that the organisation will represent ICAO in the Middle East in categories like aerodromes, air transport, flight safety and safety management.
According to a statement by GCAS, the ICAO’s selection followed the Saudi Arabian-based organisation winning a recognition award from the Airport Council International (ACI) during the Council’s Annual World Assembly in South Korea.
Ali Majed Al Mansoori, chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports, said, “The selection of GCAS by ICAO to be its RTCE for the Middle East marks a significant milestone and represents a quantum leap in the progress of this aviation training institution. This achievement for GCAS, coupled with being recognised as the world's first ICAO TrainAir plus in 2011, demonstrates the important role Abu Dhabi Airports is playing in raising aviation standards around the world.”
This new recognition is likely to attract people to pursue a career in aviation, and make GCAS a premier training institution, added Mansoori.
In 2012, GCAS was awarded the Gold Trainair Plus membership from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and is the exclusive JAATO aviation training centre in the Middle East region.
Additionally, the aviation centre is also a certified training hub in the region to deliver courses endorsed by Airport Council International (ACI), International Aviation Transport Authority (IATA), and Kenyon International Consultancy providing specialised training on crisis management.