AM&TS – WCAA open new facility
Official opening of new training facility for aircraft maintenance
On 17th January 2011 the new training facility of the Aircraft Maintenance & Training School (AM&TS) and the World Class Aviation Academy (WCAA) officially opens in Hoogerheide, in the south of the Netherlands. Both institutes are members of the Aviation Training Group.
Basic training is provided by the AM&TS, and the WCAA provides aircraft Type training. Together the AM&TS and the WCAA form a ‘one stop shop’ in aircraft maintenance for customers and students.
The Basic Training is general formal training intended for students who are starting their study of Aviation Technology. It consists of the EASA Part 66 modules taught over a period of four years. The AM&TS Basic Training curriculum is EASA Part 147 Approved. AM&TS currently has 150 students taking these courses.
The Type training is intended for professionals already working in the aviation industry. Besides Type training, the WCAA also provides aviation related courses such as Human Factors and Technical Aviation English. To provide tailored courses and to keep the quality of the courses at a high level, the WCAA has partnerships with several other organisations including Boeing and Eurocopter Training Services. As well as civil aviation training the WCAA also trains military personnel. In 2010, 75 students from the Chilean Air Force were trained in F-16 maintenance and Technical Aviation English.
The new training facility houses theory classrooms, a classroom especially equipped with computer based training equipment, practical instruction rooms and a large hangar with different aircraft types. All facilities are used by the two organisations. The Hoogerheide facility is located in a business park especially designed for aviation related businesses.
The two organizations together form an attractive partner for customers and students as they provide basic and type training supplemented with aviation related courses and partnerships with leading companies in the aviation world.
The AM&TS is extending its EASA Approval to other Basic Training institutes in the Netherlands to make sure young students are provided with the best quality courses in aircraft maintenance. Additionally, the WCAA is expanding its courses for rotary wing aircraft and courses for civil aircraft.