Air traffic trainees off to Trinidad

Two air traffic control trainees from Cayman Brac left for Trinidad and Tobago last week to begin four months of intensive training, according to the Cayman Islands Airports Authority. 

The trainees, Eric Bodden and Carley Lazzari, who are based at the Brac’s Charles Kirkconnell International Airport, will train at the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Training Centre. 

The two young Caymanians will train in air traffic control with a main focus on aerodrome control, the authority said in a press release Tuesday. Once they complete their course, Mr. Bodden and Ms. Lazzari will return to Grand Cayman to undergo on-the-job-training with a qualified air traffic control instructor who will assess them against the unit’s approved qualification training program. 

Albert Anderson, CEO of the Airports Authority, said the authority wanted to “develop talent and invest in our employees to ensure that staff is able to provide our passengers with world-class service in a safe and secure environment.” 

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Air traffic control trainees Carley Lazzari and Eric Bodden, center, with from left, Cayman Islands Airports Authority CEO Albert Anderson, Acting Air Traffic Control Manager Craig Smith, Chief Operating Officer Dale Davis and Chief Human Resources Officer Mario Ebanks, who visited the pair last week to wish them luck on their overseas training.