Mr Patrice Terry Elisabeth
Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority
ATC Unit Training Officer, Seychelles
With some 20 years of experience as an Air Traffic Controller, Patrice Terry Elisabeth from Seychelles, firmly believes in the power of training as the tool to better one’s skills. “To be a good and effective trainer, one needs to be properly trained,” says the ATC Unit Training Officer, whose primary duties include the overseeing and conduct of on-the-job training (OJT) for new recruits, many of whom completed their ATC training at SAA.
Patrice, who is also a member of the examination board for the validation of ATCOs in Seychelles, was at SAA to attend the ATS Resource Management and Training Workshop. During his two weeks on course, Patrice recounted that he had learnt much from the instructors at SAA, with the lessons even touching at the “very beginning on the techniques involved in recruiting and selecting ATS staff.”
“One other interesting part of the workshop is that you get to interact and learn not only from the instructors, but also from other colleagues from other parts of the world,” said the amicable man, who highlighted his preference for Human Factors in ATS, as he believed this would help him understand the different characteristics, behaviours and learning pace of trainees. The participation and interaction was more than enough to keep him focused on the course even as his wife gave birth to his son back home in Seychelles.
Nevertheless, he enjoyed himself in Singapore and fondly recalled his previous trips here, where he had visited Sentosa and the Singapore Zoo. The man himself is an avid lover of nature, coming from a place declared an UNESCO world heritage site, and known to house a fair share of the world’s endemic species like the Black Parrot and the Paradise Flycatcher.
With a strong passion for the aviation industry, Patrice continues to serve as a licensed and operational ATCO, who goes by the motto of the Seychelles Air Traffic Controllers Association, “We Speak To Serve”.