Roberts FIR Airspace
The Roberts FIR airspace has an area of 0900N - 01655W, 1053N - 01505W then along the Guinea territorial border to point 1203N - 00920W, then along the limit of Bamako TMA to the point where this limit cross meridian 008008W, then along meridian 008008W to point 1010N - 00800W, then to point 0730N - 00825W, 0615N - 00727W, 0000N - 00720W and 0900N - 01655W.
Air Traffic Control
The Roberts FIR airspace is divided into lower and upper airspace. The lower airspace is from 3000 feet AGL to FL245 and the upper airspace is from FL245 to unlimited.
The Roberts FIR Air Traffic Control boost of employees from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. We recruit the best ATC controllers from the three states and traind them for area control.
Air Traffic Controller Training
Over a period of two to three years the Ab Initio or student air traffic controllers undergo training at the ATNS Aviation Training Academy (theoretical and simulation training) and the Roberts Area Control Center (familiarization and OJT). Typically, students follow an eight to twelve-weeks’ basic course that covers most of the theoretical subjects. The student (Ab Initio) air traffic controllers may then spend two or three months at the Roberts ACC (supervised by the local training unit) familiarizing themselves with the air traffic control environment and performing elementary tasks. On returning to the training institute the students commence specialized training for aerodrome procedural, approach procedural/radar and area procedural/radar. At the end of approximately twenty-four weeks of simulator training students return to the Roberts ACC to start unit training. Ideally, there students would then spend time at the local training unit completing transition training and pre-OJT. The final period of OJT prior to licensing can last six months to a year. Minimum experience requirements are determined for each air traffic control unit.