The Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies (GCAS) has been selected as the Regional Training Centre of Excellence (RTCE) by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for the Middle East region.

As such, GCAS will represent ICAO in the Middle East in four separate categories: Aerodromes, Air Transport, Flight Safety and Safety Management, further strengthening its status as the leading training facility in the region.   The selection by ICAO follows fast on the heels of GCAS’ most recent international award in June 2014, when it received a special milestone recognition award from the Airport Council International (ACI) during the Council’s Annual World Assembly in Seoul, South Korea.

Commenting on receiving the award, H.E. Ali Majed Al Mansoori, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports, said:  “The selection of GCAS by ICAO to be its Regional Training Centre of Excellence for the Middle East marks a significant milestone and represents a quantum leap in the progress of this aviation training institution. This achievement for GCAS, coupled with being recognized as the World’s first ICAO TrainAir plus in 2011, demonstrates the important role Abu Dhabi Airports is playing in raising aviation standards around the world. I am confident that this new accolade will attract an increasing number of candidates to develop their careers in aviation, where they will receive training of the highest standards as well as acquire skills and knowledge that have not been available before in the region.”

The ICAO ‘Regional Training Centre of Excellence (RTCE)’ certificate was formally presented to GCAS at a ceremony hosted at ICAO headquarters in Montreal today 10th September.

In 2012 GCAS was awarded the Gold TRAINAIR PLUS full membership from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and is the exclusive JAATO aviation training center in the Middle East region. GCAS is also a major certified center and training hub in the region to deliver courses endorsed by Airport Council International (ACI), International Aviation Transport Authority (IATA), and Kenyon International Consultancy providing specialized training on Crisis Management.