|WELCOME TO QAC
Welcome to the official website of Qatar Aeronautical
College Founded in 1975 as the Civil Aviation College
of the Gulf States, QAC is now the Gulf region’s leading
provider of training for the aviation industry.
|We offer full-time, approved courses
for Pilots, Aircraft Maintenance Engineers, Air Traffic Controllers,
Meteorologists and Flight Dispatchers, as well as short courses
in a wide variety of aviation-related disciplines.
First discussions of aviation in Qatar began as long ago as
1927. These centered on the provision of an emergency landing
strip close to Doha for aircraft on international routes. With
the beginning of the oil companies, a requirement for air support
was identified and airstrips were laid at Doha, Dukhan, Umm
Said and Al Hamla. At the same time, the strategic and commercial
importance of Qatar was being recognized internationally.
Air traffic to the oil companies’ strips gradually increased
and with it the demand for passenger services and so, in 1952,
the Gulf Aviation Company began the first scheduled services
in Doha. From then on expansion was rapid, and a new runway
was built to meet the requirements of international airlines
operating larger passenger aircraft.
Half a century later, Doha possesses one of the busiest and
best-equipped airports in the Gulf, its own national airline
Qatar Airways, one of the fastest-growing in the world, and
a world-class training institution for the aviation industry,
Qatar Aeronautical College.
Qatar Aeronautical College was founded in 1975 as the Civil
Aviation College of the Gulf States, with assistance from the
United Nations Development Program. It changed its name in 1996
to Qatar Aeronautical College, and its programmes have now expanded
to include training not just for Airline Pilots but also for
Aircraft Maintenance Engineers, Air Traffic Controllers, Meteorologists
and Flight Dispatchers.
Qatar Aeronautical College is located on a purpose-built campus
in Ras Abu Aboud, directly behind Doha International Airport.
The main building includes administration offices, departmental
offices, classrooms, workshops, an examination hall, a library,
a cafeteria, and a snack bar. Behind the main building are a
mosque and four residential blocks providing single-bedroom
accommodation for students and some staff members. Cable TV,
telephones and laundry facilities are available in shared living
areas. Students and staff residing in the college are provided
with three meals a day in the cafeteria.
Pilot Training Division (PTD) has its own building
on the QAC campus with classrooms, briefing rooms, a library
and a cafeteria, plus two simulators – one single-engine
and one twin-engine. There is also a facility on the airport
(called the “flight line”) where the College aircraft
are located. PTD has ten PA28-181 Archer single-engine aircraft
and three PA34 Seneca twin-engine aircraft (as of March 2004).
PTD also runs the Flight Dispatcher Training Programme.
| The Aircraft Maintenance Engineering
Training Department is located in the main building
of Qatar Aeronautical College. Its dedicated facilities include
a Basic Hand Skills Workshop, a Basic Engine Workshop and a
Basic Electronics Workshop. In addition, there is a B737 Procedures
Trainer, and shared access to a hangar and flight line at Doha
International Airport, which is adjacent to the College.
The Air Traffic Control / Meteorology Department
is also located in the main building. Its classrooms and laboratories
are equipped with multi-media facilities, and students enjoy
the use of a state-of-the-art multi-training ATC simulator for
radar, non-radar and 3-D Aerodrome simulations. The Aerodrome
simulator gives the trainee a real tower control environment
with an added advantage of the capability to simulate emergencies,
weather, touch screen communication facilities, single, parallel,
and crossing runways operations.
Language Department offers General English and Mathematics
classes and a range of Technical Foundation Courses designed
to prepare trainees academically and linguistically for the
next phase of their training. Located in the main building,
the Department’s facilities include a Learning Resource
Centre and a Multimedia Language Laboratory.