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Oct 21, 2021

PGIA Controllers Share Their Stories on Air Traffic Controllers Day

International Air Traffic Controllers Day is celebrated annually on October twentieth. Although they are not often seen by the public, they are there to ensure your safe departure from the PGIA and safe landing when returning home. Here is a clip from the Ministry of Civil Aviation highlighting the men and women behind this profession in Belize.


Andre Perez

Andre Perez, Minister of Civil Aviation

“Without a doubt you all are truly integral to the success of the aviation industry in our country. October 20th is set aside every year to celebrate the important work of the men and women we fondly refer to as ATCs. As far as our Ministry is concerned, ATCs must be celebrated every day, with every single take off and landings that unites loved ones, bussiness partners, and takes us safely to our desired destinations, for recreation, business or other personal matters.”


Edmund Balan

Edmund Balan, Air Traffic Controller

“Hi my name is Edmund Balan and I am an Air Traffic Controller for eighteen years now.”


Jevon Parham

Jevon Parham, Air Traffic Controller

“My name is Jevon Parham, I am an Air Traffic Controller with Airdrum ratings.”


Ashaida Brackett

Ashaida Brackett, Air Traffic Services Reporting Officer

“My name is Ashaida Brackett and I am and Air Traffic Services Reporting Officer, better known as the AIS office.”


David Alcantara

David Alcantara, Air Traffic Controller

“I am David Alcantara. I am an Air Traffic Controller three, stationed at the air control tower.”


Edmund Balan

“My dad was a traffic controller. On the weekends I used to come up with him. I was just fascinated. I was fascinating to see what they do. I would love to see what they do and I got interested. I knew there and then that is what I wanted to be.”


Ashaida Brackett

“First started by seeing a Job vacancy in the news paper, I applied, got in. Really didn’t know what I was getting myself into. When I first came here, everything was new. I didn’t know what to expect. The information was like starting all over. But I ended liking the job.”


Jevon Parham

“I have been an Air Traffic Controller since the sixteenth of August, 2017. So I am now qualified as an Airdrum controller for couriers. But I have been hired by the Department from 2015. So I have six years already working in the Department. I come from all the way from the south of the country, from the beautiful Stann Creek District. I am the first Air Traffic Controller from the south, so I am proud to be here.”

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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