In the speciality of Air Traffic Services it is possible to specialize to become an Air Traffic Control Officer (ATCO) whose task is to ensure regular and smooth air traffic in the air space of the country.
Air Traffic Control Officers are responsible for arranging safe and efficient air traffic. They manage en-route traffic, help pilots pass other aircraft, find a safe route through the fog or stormy weather and, finally, land safely at the aerodrome. Depending on their rating ATCOs work in different air traffic control units.
The studies of the speciality of Air Traffic Services are organised by the Academy Air Traffic Service Training Department. All of the members of our teaching staff have experience in real air traffic control. Our basic aim is to support and develop motivated students in acquiring the profession of an Air Traffic Control Officer.
The standard period of study is four years. In the study process the standards of Estonian professional higher education and those of international aviation are followed. The acquiring of the specific procedures and working methods of air traffic control as well as the skills in radio communication takes place in specially equipped laboratories, i.e. in computer-based simulators. In two recent years the practice has taken place in air traffic control units of air traffic service providers.
The already practising Air Traffic Control Officers return to the Academy now and then to take the required refresher or continuing education courses.
The course for aviation engineers lasts for four years and the volume of studies is 240 ECTS credits. The study process falls into three phases:
Basic studies last for three semesters (90 ECTS). The course consists of lectures and practical training, and serves as the foundation for an academic degree course. The studies are carried out in co-operation with the University of Tartu and Estonian University of Life Sciences.
- Basic aviation studies last for one semester (30 ECTS).
Specialization begins after the completion of the course in basic aviation studies and falls into two stages:
- Basic professional training and
- Speciality training. Special courses (up to 120 ECTS) last for four semesters. The studies are carried out in co-operation with Tallinn University of Technology and the practical training in co-operation with different aviation enterprises and institutions in Estonia and abroad.
To graduate from the Academy the students have to write a graduation thesis and pass the exams depending on the speciality chosen.
The language of instruction at EAVA is the Estonian language except for the joint courses offered to ERASMUS students which are carried out in the English language.