Historical Background Historical Background

Historical Background

The Ethiopian Civil Avation Authority(ECAA) was established in 1944 to administer and handle all airport and civil aviation matters. On this same year Ethiopia became a founding member of International Civil Avation Organization (ICAO).

In 1951 ECAA established a training center under the project of ICAO/UNDP technical assistance program, which was later named as Ethiopian Civil Aviation Technical School. This technical school trained students in various career disciplines such as Aircraft Maintenance, Meteorology, Air traffic, Radio Maintenance and Communication. It played a very important role as a source of skilled manpower for aviation industry in Ethiopia until its closure in 1962. In a period of 1962-1980 ECAA relied on fellowship program to train itspersonnel with contemporary technological development.

It was found out that fellowship program could only help to produce few number of professionals which could not satisfy the increasing demand of skilled manpower for the industry. The Ethiopian Civil Aviation Training center was then reopened in 1980. ECAA recognizes the professional capacity required to handle the dynamics of civil aviation industry. Consequently, it has launched a professional capacity development program in line with the revitalization of the training center.

Objectives of the Training Center

Ethiopian Civil Aviation Training Center(ECATC) is the only institute in the country that offers Aviation training courses. For this reason, ECATC covers a wide range of responsibilities in the field of aviation discipline under the framework of the following objectives: To obtain the necessary qualified and trainined manpower for the aviation industry; To build and develop the capability and quality of performance of the existing manpower through training and retraining; and To cope up with the fast growing technologies in aviation industry and to go in line with the National Development Plan.

Location and Work schedule

The Civil Aviation Training center is located in the premises of ECAA and is only a few steps from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. All activities of the training center, clasroom lectures and workshop practices, are carried out from Monday to Friday. The Training Center is closed on Sataurdays, Sundays and during Ethiopian national holidays. Working hours of ECATC are 08:00-12:00 hours in the morning and 13:00-17:00 hours in the afternoon but Friday's working hours is scheduled as appropriate. In all courses, trainees attend classroom lectures and workshop practice. During the workshop practice session, trainees are assigned to work on projects relevant to the subject matter covered.

Entrance Examination

  • Written Examination
  • Practical Examination and Interview
  • Medical Examination

Physical Facilities and Equipments

  • Suffcient classrooms, syndicate rooms, conference rooms and audio-visual room.
  • Assembly hall accomodating all trainees and Staff
  • A reasonably comprehesive library, with sufficient reading area, tables and chairs.
  • Demonstration equipment and simulators(ATC, VOR/DME)
  • 3D ATC Simulator with ADS, Radar anD CPDHC features
  • Modern Training aids
  • VHF/HF Labratory
  • AMHS Training Workshop