New campaign: Belgocontrol to recruit air traffic controllers

Belgocontrol will be issuing a new competitive recruitment exam for air traffic controllers. The best candidates will be allowed to start their two-year air traffic controller training. Registrations for the exam are open from 1 to 31 October 2017 via the Belgocontrol website.

Just like in 2015 and 2016 Belgocontrol will proceed to a new recruitment campaign for air traffic controllers. The competitive recruitment exam will be spread over several months and consists of various eliminating tests. In 2017, 30 young people started their training to become an air traffic controller with Belgocontrol. In total however there were almost 3,000 candidates who registered for the recruitment exam.

Required skills

The job of an air traffic controller is a complex one. They bear an enormous responsibility. They need to be thorough, have a good situational judgment, be capable of taking the right decisions, be team-minded, be stress-resistant and have a good knowledge of English. The candidates with the best results in all of the tests (cognitive, psychological and medical) will start their two-year training. Only after they will have successfully completed their training will they be allowed to operate as a full air traffic controller. Candidates must be between the ages of 18 and 25.

Practical details

You can register from 1 to 31 October 2017 via the Belgocontrol ​ website:

On that website, those who are interested will find all the information on admission criteria, eliminating tests and the job of an air traffic controller.

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About skeyes

skeyes ensures the safety and efficiency of air traffic in Belgium 24/7. The skeyes air traffic controllers manage over 3,000 aircraft every day, which makes up over a million flight movements per year. The autonomous public company is active at the heart of Europe, in one of the busiest and most complex sections of airspace of the continent. skeyes is active at Brussels Airport and at the airports of Antwerp, Charleroi, Kortrijk, Liège and Ostend. Thanks to its CANAC 2 control centre skeyes manages the flight movements above Belgium and a part of Luxembourg up to an altitude of 7,500 metres (*). The company relies on its nearly 900 experienced staff members who are at the service of their customers: airline companies, airports, the aviation sector and the authorities. skeyes also develops innovating services regarding drones and contributes to a sustainable future of the aviation sector, among other things with respect to the environment.

skeyes is a member of FABEC, a joint airspace block (Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland) with the aim of improving air navigation efficiency in the heart of Europe in the framework of the Single European Sky.

(*) The upper airspace of the Benelux countries and North West Germany is managed jointly with the EUROCONTROL centre in Maastricht. 


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