Approach Surveillance (APS / SRA)


Who should attend this course?

The UK Approach Control Surveillance course is designed as a standalone course for those
who have already completed the UK Basic training course and seek to work in an Approach
Surveillance environment (Radar/ADS-B), or ATCO licence holders seeking to obtain an additional

For more information about this or any other course please contact us.

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Approach Surveillance (APS / SRA)

This course enables on successful completion, the award of the Approach Control Surveillance (APS) rating with SRA endorsement. The APS 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 (recommended)
  • 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
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

3-12 Students per Course

Courses are run with groups ranging from 3 to 12 students per course. Courses remain 10 weeks regardless of group size

Course Dates

4 Courses per Year

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