Approach Surveillance (APS)


Who should attend this course?

Those looking to achieve their student award rating in Approach Control Surveillance.

For more information about this or any other course please contact Andy Cameron (College & Course Manager).

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UK CAA Approved Courses


Approach Surveillance (APS)

The Approach Control Surveillance course provides comprehensive theoretical and practical training in complex approach surveillance techniques including:

  • Vectoring
  • Speed control
  • Sequencing
  • Providing Flight Information Service (FIS)
  • Arrival and departure planning
  • Overflights
  • Coordination
  • Abnormal and Emergency (ABES) / Degraded Situations
  • Surveillance Radar Approaches
  • Surveillance degradation

The practical exercises cover a wide range of traffic types through exercises of increasing complexity and density.

  • Successful completion of UK Basic Training Course
  • A valid European Class 3 medical
  • A good command of oral and written English, assessed towards
  • ICAO proficiency level 4 during the course
  • Aviation Law
  • Air Traffic Management
  • Navigation
  • Meteorology
  • Equipment and Systems
  • Aircraft Performance and Aircraft Recognition
  • Human Factors
  • CAP 168
  • CAP 393
  • CAP 493
  • CAP 637
  • CAP 744
  • European Common Core Content
  • ICAO Doc 4444
  • Various European Legislation
Course Duration

10 Weeks

The UK Approach Control Surveillance Course includes 2 weeks of theory training, and 8 weeks of practical simulator training.

Group Size

3-9 Students per Course

Courses are run with groups ranging from 3 to 9 students per course. Courses remain 10 weeks regardless of group size

Course Dates

4 Courses per Year

Our Approach Surveillance Courses run in January, April, July, and October. Additional courses are run if demand necessitates