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First seven students obtain their ATCO licence in BHANSA NG project

Czech Air Navigation Institute (CANI) is one of the European leaders in air traffic control education. This has been recognized by its winning an open international tender for the BHANSA personnel training last year. BHANSA can thus take responsibility for providing air navigation services in the upper airspace of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The project, led by CANI, aims to train up to 59 ATCOs over a 3 year period.

7 September 2018 marks another successful milestone in training of the next generation of air traffic controllers for BHANSA as preparation of the first 7 ATCOs from the initial group was successfully completed in Helsinki. 

After completing their training at CANI at the end of 2017 to acquire the ACS rating, the students commenced their unit training with ANS Finland, one of the project partners, early in January. Having all training tasks accomplished, the first 8 students took on the challenge of their final checks in week 36. 

Seven students have successfully earned their ATCO licences with ACS unit endorsements at the Vaanta ACC, with another student still being trained. As soon as the licences are awarded by the Finnish CAA, the students will return to Bosnia and Herzegovina to continue their journey to the OPS room. From the initial batch of students, a total of 9 now remain in unit training with partners from ANS Finland, SMATSA and Croatia Control.

This is the project's first successful demonstration of synergistic cooperation between CANI and its partner from Finland. "We are more than pleased with the result. After some 16 months of training at CANI and ANS Finland the students see their effort come to fruition and I am very happy for them. This project which is managed by ANS CR and brings together 6 ANSPs is truly unique in its scope and the success of this first group shows that we are on the right track" said Jana Navratilova, Director of ATM Training and Business Unit at Air Navigation Services of the Czech Republic.


The state enterprise Air Navigation Services of the Czech Republic (ANS CR) was established on 1 January 1995. In accordance with authorisation from the Ministry of Transport of the Czech Republic, it provides public aviation services to users of Czech airspace as well as Prague - Ruzyně, Brno - Tuřany, Ostrava - Mošnov, and Karlovy Vary Airports. The mission of ANS CR is to take part in the provision of cost effective, long-term sustainable aviation navigation services in an environment of evolving functional airspace blocks. In the dynamic air transportation environment, its services are designed to meet the expectations of all users with regard to current and future demand at both the national level and that of the European ATM development context. One of the key foundations of air navigation services provision is to ensure safety, which takes precedence over commercial, operational and other goals.


The Czech Air Navigation Institute (CANI) is a modern fully-equipped training center with 30 years of industry and air traffic management training experience. Our strong customer focus, multi-national team of qualified instructors, deep domain knowledge and friendly staff make CANI the training provider of choice for many air navigation service providers from Europe and beyond.

For further information contact:  Richard Klíma, Air Navigation Services of the Czech Republic, e-mail: klima@ans.cz, tel.:  +420   220 37 2093, 724 172 186, www.ans.cz