Endorsements and S1 approvals

Endorsements afford Controllers additional privileges in addition to the privileges gained through their rating.

At the moment, VATNZ Members can be awarded two endorsements:

  • Solo  Endorsement
  • Procedural Tower Endorsement

In addition, S1 holders may be approved to connect under a blanket authorisation. Refer to the S1 Tower Trainee policy for further information.

Solo Endorsement

A Solo Endorsement gives the student the ability to control by themselves on positions associated with the rating they are training for.

Students who are determined almost ready for their practical assessment will be awarded a Solo Endorsement by an appropriate member of the training department. The student will be able to 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 for students training for Terminal Approach (S3) and Enroute Controller (C1) ratings.


Procedural Tower Endorsement

Some aerodromes in New Zealand provide a procedural approach service to aircraft, which is outside the scope of the S2 rating. In order to staff those positions, S2 Controllers require an additional endorsement to staff these positions. This training is provided by the Training Department.

A list of Procedural Towers can be found under the Controllers tab of the VATNZ website.