Endorsements and S1 approvals

Endorsements and approvals afford controllers additional privileges in addition to those gained through their rating.

VATNZ members can be awarded the following:

  • Solo  endorsement 
  • Procedural Tower endorsement
  • S1 Tower Trainee approval to operate without a trainer present


Solo Endorsement

A Solo Endorsement allows students to control unsupervised positions associated with the rating they are training for.

The training department will award a Solo Endorsement to students who are determined to be almost ready for their practical assessment. The student can practice what they have learned in lessons with instructors and gain more confidence in the process. The endorsement will be an integral part of training, offering more chances for students to hone their abilities.

The endorsement only applies to students training for Terminal Approach (S3) and Enroute Controller (C1) ratings.

Click the link below to find a list of controllers with solo endorsements.

Procedural Tower Endorsement

Some airports in New Zealand provide a procedural approach service to aircraft, which is outside the scope of the S2 rating. S2 controllers require the Procedural Tower endorsement, available through the Training Department, to staff those positions.

Click the link below for a list of S2 controllers with the Procedural Towers endorsement.