We are seeking to appoint responsible, dedicated and hardworking Seychellois for the following positions:
Position: AIR NAVIGATION STANDARDS INSPECTOR (ATS/AIS)
Job Summary: To support the Head Air Navigation Standards & Air Traffic Controller Licensing Inspectorate in implementing the following critical elements of an effective safety oversight system:
- CE 6- Licensing, certification, authorisation and approval obligations
- CE 7- Continuous Safety Oversight
- CE 8- Resolution of Safety Concerns
Work activities include survey ATS and AIS facilities, audit their procedures and records periodically to assess if standards are adequately maintained. Assess ATS and AIS Service Operations Manuals and associated Training Manuals as well as other relevant documents for approval. Assess Air Traffic Controller Licensing and Training Manuals as well as other relevant documents for approval. Carry out ATS, AIS and Air Traffic Controller Licensing, Training and Medical Certification safety oversight audits. The post holder also supports the Head Air Navigation Standards & Air Traffic Controller Licensing Inspectorate in assessing applications for Air Traffic Services provision and Air Traffic Controller licences.
Training and qualification requirements-
• 5 years as Air Traffic Controller
• Aerodrome, Approach and Area Control Ratings
• Safety Audit of Air Traffic Services or Safety Oversight Inspector (Air Navigation Services)
• State Safety Programme
• Safety and Quality Management Systems
• Air Traffic Services Incident Investigation and Analysis
• Human Factor Principles
• Air Navigation standards and regulations
• Rules of the Air standards and regulations
• Air Traffic Controller Licensing, Training and Medical Certification standards and regulations
Skills and abilities
• Negotiating and influencing skills
• Good communicator both orally and in writing
• Computer skills
• A willingness to commit to corporate objectives regarding safety regulations, including the ability to adapt to and facilitate change.
The above posts come with attractive salary packages commensurate with qualifications and experience, incentives and benefits.
***Please note that potential candidates will be subjected to pre-employment medical, drug and breathalyser tests.
Interested candidates may forward their application/CV with copies of certificates, references and ID card to:
Human Resources/ Administration Division
P.O. Box 181
Not later than September 20, 2017
The first aircraft to reach the Seychelles “under its own steam” was a consolidated model 28 Twin-Engine Flying Boat, the civil version of the famous Catalina, which arrived on the 17th June 1939 named GUBA 11. That was well before the opening of the Seychelles International Airport which occurred on the 20th of March 1972. The opening of the airport, carried out by Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth II, was an epic event for the small Seychelles Islands.
Mombasa and Mae via Diego Suarez in Madagascar and Astove using a twin engine Piper Navajo the previous year. It carried five fare-paying passengers to Seychelles once a week.It was followed by East African Airways in November 1971 and then by Air Malawi and Luxair in December of the same year. The BOAC SUPER VC10 was the first jet aircraft to land at Seychelles International Airport on the 4th of July 1971
The Directorate of Civil Aviation (DCA) was created in 1969 with Mr. Basil Sutton as Director and three other employees. In 1971 with Wilkenair operations, air traffic control was done from a private house at Anse de Genet. The Fire Service was based in Victoria and one Land Rover Fire vehicle was dispatched to the airport to attend to the flights. The meteological station was situated at the Long Pier Road, the old Port. In August 1970, recruitment and training of dedicated airport Firemen took place. Twenty-four men, together with four Fire Trucks made up the Fire Service under the leadership of Mr. Joseph Simson.
At the time of the opening of the airport in 1972, the following infrastructure existed: The 2987m long runway, a Control Tower the structure being pretty much as is today – the Fire Service, the meteorological station and a handful of electricians. Ground handling and all other airport operations were carried out by the DCA. The airport ran by expatriates provided by International Aeradio Limited (IAL). Radio communications and NAVAIDS (CVOR/DME, NDB at Grand Anse MahÃ©, NDB at St. Louis) maintenance were being provided by Cable & Wireless (also englishmen). The first Seychellois Air Traffic Controller was Maurice Loustau Lalanne in 1975
In 1972 John Faulkner Taylor founded the first local aircraft company called Air Mahe which operated a Piper PA-34 SENECA between Praslin, Fregate and Mahe Islands. This was later replaced by a Britten Norman BN-2AIII
The Aero Club was also launched that year with the first Seychellois Pilot Mike Savy as President. It is interesting to note that Mike Savy is the Father of the current Air Seychelles CEO Captain David Savy, who himself, was one of the first Seychellois pilots who made Captain on a Boeing 767. By 1974, some 30 plus different airlines were flying to Seychelles. Ground handling and all airport operations were being carried out by Aviation Seychelles Company, a company formed in 1973.
The airstrip on Praslin, which is the second largest island in the Seychelles archipelago, became operational in 1972. In 1988 a project was undertaken to build up Praslin to a proper aerodrome. A Control Tower, Fire Station and Terminal Building was constructed and the runway was paved and extended to 1250m by 23m. Further extension of the runway took place in 2001 and a new Terminal Building (the current one) to cater for passengers was built.
The construction works for the substantial expansion of the Seychelles International Airport started in July 1980. The plan was to have a Passenger Terminal to handle 150 arriving and 150 departing passengers simultaneously. However, due to the continuous increase in passenger traffic, the actual Terminal Building finally built could cater for 400 arriving and 400 departing passengers at any one time. Parking bays for up to six aircraft were catered for.
The years 2005/2006 brought further development to civil aviation in Seychelles. The Civil Aviation Authority Act was enacted on the 4th April 2006 for the corporatisation of the Directorate of Civil Aviation to Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority.