Air Traffic Services

In the speciality of Air Traffic Services it is possible to specialize to become an Air Traffic Control Officer (ATCO) whose task is to ensure regular and smooth air traffic in the air space of the country. 

Air Traffic Control Officers are responsible for arranging safe and efficient air traffic. They manage en-route traffic, help pilots pass other aircraft, find a safe route through the fog or stormy weather and, finally, land safely at the aerodrome. Depending on their rating ATCOs work in different air traffic control units.  

The studies of the speciality of Air Traffic Services are organised by the Academy Air Traffic Service Training Department. All of the members of our teaching staff have experience in real air traffic control. Our basic aim is to support and develop motivated students in acquiring the profession of an Air Traffic Control Officer.

The standard period of study is four years. In the study process the standards of Estonian professional higher education and those of international aviation are followed. The acquiring of the specific procedures and working methods of air traffic control as well as the skills in radio communication takes place in specially equipped laboratories, i.e. in computer-based simulators. In two recent years the practice has taken place in air traffic control units of air traffic service providers.

The already practising Air Traffic Control Officers return to the Academy now and then to take the required refresher or continuing education courses.

  • Estonian Aviation Academy offers professional higher education. The  four-year programme of studies are carried out only in Estonian. For admission the applicant's Estonian language skill level needs to be at least B2 by The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). 
  • Foreign students can take part in the Erasmus + programme. If You want to attend the Estonian Aviation Academy study exchange programme, read more about your options here.