As a step towards further expansion in the African market, Andreas Pötzsch, Managing Director of DFS Aviation Services and Jean Rossouw, Executive Chairman & President of Test Flying Academy of South Africa (TFASA) have signed a cooperation agreement. Both companies aim to cooperate on Air Traffic Service (ATS) training opportunities.
DAS is an EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency) certified training provider for ATS training and already offers a variety of training in Europe and internationally. In order to do this, DAS established the DAS Aviation Academy (DAS A²) whose courses meet the regulatory requirements of the EU Regulation (2015/340) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
TFASA aspires to become one of the leading training suppliers in Africa and further afield for Air Traffic Control Officer (ATCO), management and system training, and sees this agreement as a natural extension of its business profile.
DAS and TFASA will focus on clients from different states in Africa, MENA and the Far East. The training will take place at the TFASA site in South Africa and will also make use of the DAS online Learning Management System (LMS). The starting point for this collaboration will be AFIS training followed by the training of ATCOs.
Andreas Pötzsch, Managing Director of DAS, emphasises that “With this cooperation agreement we start bringing our training expertise to the African and Far Eastern markets. We believe that TFASA is a very qualified partner to serve these regions with ATCO, management and system training.” Jean Rossouw, Executive Chairman & President of TFASA agrees: “TFASA is very proud and happy to now supplement our core training business – ranging from test pilot & FTE training, commercial & operational pilot training and specialist training elements – with the world class Air Traffic Control training that DAS is bringing to the table. The DAS products will certainly appeal to our huge customer base and enhance the scope of training on offer.”