On 17 February 2010 the Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies (GCAS) signed an agreement with the Joint Aviation Authorities Training Organisation (JAA TO) in Hoofddorp, The Netherlands, marking the future co-operation between the organisations which would see training to European aviation standards, offered to GCAS students.
The Joint Aviation Authorities Training Organisation (JAA TO) is a global non-profit organisation offering top-level training courses in multiple fields of aviation safety to help improve aviation safety worldwide and promote the understanding of existing and new aviation regulations to both government and industry personnel. JAA TO conducts scheduled training courses in Hoofddorp, London, Vienna, Belgrade, Istanbul and now at GCASs purpose built, state-of-the-art facility located at Al Bateen Executive Airport, in Abu Dhabi. To date JAA TO has trained over 30,000 participants from more than 1,600 organisations worldwide. Joost G. Jonker, Director - JAA Training Organisation said: We are extremely proud and honoured to announce our partnership with GCAS. International collaboration helps imbue organizations with more than just a global perspective; it shapes an appreciation for the cultural and intellectual diversity in our world. JAA TO and GCAS will, therefore, cooperate as partners in important areas related to aviation safety throughout the Gulf Region and the World. This alliance brings together two centres of excellence both sharing the same vision which is to serve the needs of the international civil aviation community, providing the highest standards of aviation training. We are confident that this partnership will continue to forge ahead and scale new heights. Dr. Othman Al Khouri, Deputy General Manager of GCAS said: The signing of this agreement with JAA TO ensures that GCAS is aligned with one of the leading training organisations in the world. GCAS is committed to driving the industrys long-term success by providing the necessary training and access to internationally accredited curricula that will create the next generation of leaders in aviation management. An International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) endorsed centre of excellence, GCAS will soon integrate its facilities at Al Bateen Executive Airport, where it will provide the unique experience to students by offering direct access to a fully operational airport environment.