Aviation Security Training Institute to be Ready Soon
The Aviation Security Training Institute (ASTI), which has been envisioned by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security and developed by the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL), will be ready for launch by February 1, announced a notification issued by CIAL on Wednesday.
Minister of State for Civil Aviation K C Venugopal will officially inaugurate the training institute.
The concept about ASTI was originally evolved by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to train airport employees on the importance of the security of an airport. The ICAO had also in vision the amount of technical training that would go into the endeavour.
According to the airport officials, the BCAS (Bureau of Civil Aviation Security), which is the regulatory and nodal agency for civil aviation security, had directed major airports in the country to set up aviation security training institutes.
Cochin International Airport Limited officials said the institute has state-of-the-art facilities like X-ray simulators, LCD projectors and explosive model room.
The ASTI has two classrooms with LCD projectors and other training infrastructure, including 21 X-ray simulators.
Explosive model rooms display different types of switch mechanism to trigger explosion. Library consists of CDs, catering to International Civil Aviation Organisation training modules, and books on aviation security subjects as well as journals and literature.
With all the facilities and infrastructure, the ASTI at Cochin International Airport Limited has been certified by the BCAS experts as one of the outstanding institutes in India, said the officials.
The `2-crore institute is headed by the chief security officer of the airport and supported by five other Bureau of Civil Aviation Security certified instructors.
With the establishment of ASTI in Kochi, employees and management personnel from Mangalore, Calicut, Coimbatore, Trichy, Madurai and Thiruvananthapuram airports can take training here. Employees of the proposed Kannur international airport are also likely to be trained here.