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Moving from training to learning
Luxembourg site becomes the EUROCONTROL Aviation Learning Centre.
 For over 50 years, EUROCONTROL’s Luxembourg site has been meeting European aviation’s training needs, and with 900,000 courseregistrationsoverthattime,headingfor our millionth enrolment. Our learning journey now continues in 2022 under a new name: the EUROCONTROL Aviation Learning Centre (ALC).
Our new name emphasises our ambition to play a central role in EUROCONTROL’s strategy to support European aviation as a state-of-the- art, multi-channel learning centre, providing services to organisations in Member States and across the world.
It also underlines that the focus of our portfolio has become much broader than purely air traffic management/air navigation services training according to our initial concept as the EUROCONTROL Institute of Air Navigation Services. Nowadays, our aviation learning courses are provided to a broad stakeholder audience, with the 2022 portfolio including a range of programmes such as training for airports; partnership with other bodies like the DAC, Luxembourg’s civil aviation directorate, to certify drone pilots; or our world-renowned ELPAC language proficiency test for pilots.
By replacing the word ‘training’ with ‘learning’ in our new identity, we underline our ambition to deliver value by going beyond the pure provision of training courses, and giving our attendees a best-in-class learning experience, whether through face-to-face courses or via online events. We aim to provide key aviation learning insights that will help all network actors meet the challenges of the future.
Over the coming years the EUROCONTROL ALC will be building on a multi-channel concept that today comprises classroom courses, online courses, webinars and e-learning, and further enhancing our learning portfolio by expanding the range of courses to support new areas such as sustainability, artificial intelligence and drones.
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 Adapting to the Digital Tower
    It’s now more than a year since London City Airport successfully transitioned to a digital tower and began controlling flights from a brand- new remote-control centre, based in Swanwick.
Now, instead of sitting in a physical tower based at London City Airport, a dedicated team of controllers manage the runway through sixteen high-definition cameras and sensors mounted on a mast, capturing a 360-degree view of the City Airport airfield.
NATS recently spoke to Lawrie McCurrach, Watch Manager, London City Airport, about how he has found the past year in his new digital environment.
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