Air Traffic Control Training held in Perry


PERRY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Employees at the Perry-Houston County Airport are learning how to monitor the airspace from members of the military.

The 53rd Air Traffic Control Squadron kicked of day one of it’s training on Tuesday.

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Lt. Colonel Val Maldonado with the U.S. Air Force says, “We always want effective efficient services provided from any stand point and this just gives us that continuity of services that we know we can do when we’re abroad.”

The services that are provided by U.S. Air Force Air Traffic Controllers will allow Air Force Air Control personnel to operate in a remote environment.

The squadron will take the next several days to make sure effective technology like radios are in place at the facility.

It takes airmen about two hours to set up their mobile tower.

Maldonado adds, “We’ve worked in close concert with the local airport to get capability onto the surfaces here as well as with the FAA so that we can get communication to be able to transmit through channels of the national airspace system.”

The hands on experience gives personnel the knowledge they need in case of emergency situations.

Airmen First Class Khalid Hamdan says, “No matter how much you prepare, no matter how much you troubleshoot things, something may always go wrong and you got to prepare for it. You got to be ready and you got to be quick about it.”

Lt. Colonel Maldonado says this is the first time they’ve done the training in Perry and would like to do the training once a quarter.