Prior to the RAAF 60th Anniversary in Butterworth there was a visit to Kuantan Air Base by Commanding Officer, School of Air Traffic Control RAAF East Sale, Wing Commander Michael Mastus, and Chief Instructor Squadron Leader Nikki Olsen.
Below is a short write up of the visit along with photos.
On 8 May 2018 Sekolah Kawalan Trafik Udara (SKTU) INSPRA (Air Traffic Control School) in Kuantan Air Base received an official visit from the Commanding Officer, School of Air Traffic Control RAAF East Sale, Wing Commander Michael Mastus and Chief Instructor Squadron Leader Nikki Olsen. The aim of the visit was to discuss on developing a Secondment Position for RAAF ATC Instructor at SKTU under the Sister School Program.
The long relationship between the schools recently marked its jubilee celebration of RMAF ATC Instructors seconded at SATC RAAF East Sale. Under the Sister School Program, the initiative is to upgrade the secondment program into an actual exchange program for both schools. It was at the 9th Air Staff Talks held in Glenbrook last year that this idea was suggested and as a result, the Commanding Officer for both schools has been identified to be the point of contact to initiate this program.
The visit commenced at touchdown on 7th May 2018 with a sightseeing tour around Kuantan town looking at International Schools and apartments for future possible seconded RAAF ATC Instructors. On 8th May 2018 the visit began with a courtesy call to the Commandant of INSPRA, Lieutenant Colonel Kamaruzzaman Ali RMAF followed by the main venue which was the SKTU. Delegates were given a tour and briefed on the capabilities of both Aerodrome and Radar simulators available in the SKTU. A courtesy call to the Base Commander of Kuantan Air Base Colonel Wan Amin Hafiz Wan Mahmud RMAF was also organized where he pledged to give full support, especially in accommodating RAAF ATC Instructors if he or she were to choose to stay in the designated quarters for married staff.
The main meeting chaired by Colonel Thamilanthy Periasamy RMAF, MPPLU Curriculum Director kicked off right after lunch with discussions on the exchange instructor program under the Sister School Program. The next step in this process will be finalized at the 10th Air Staff Talks which is scheduled to take place later this year in Malaysia.