In addition to controlling military planes, the Control Division also controls civilian planes that fly in Israeli airspace. As such, last week, soldiers from the Control Unit met with civilian pilots in Mitzpe Ramon to strengthen professional cooperation with them, which takes place daily
The soldiers of the Control division constantly work in order to ensure the safety of the country’s airspace: In addition to controlling the IAF’s places, the soldiers of the division control the activity of civilian planes in Israel and ensure that the flights do not interfere with IAF activities or with the security of the citizens. Last week, Regional Control Unit met with civilian pilots in Mitzpe Ramon and gained more knowledge of world of the civilian aviation in Israel, with which they interface on a daily basis. “The vast majority of Israel’s airspace is allocated to the military and any civilian who wants to fly in Israeli airspace need to be in contact with us”, explained Captain Yaniv, Commander of the Transport Division in the Control Unit. “The interface between us is very big and so they came here to enhance cooperation”.
Among civilian guests, was the Director of Aviation Infrastructure at the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), who explained to the controllers, from personal experience, how civilian aviation laws are written. “The world of civilian aviation has its own system of laws and we need to be familiar with them too”, said Captain Yaniv. “We also learn these laws during our training, and we take a civilian course and get the rest from the CAA in order to work better and provide more professional controlling service”.
Another civilian official who instructed the soldiers last week actually came from the Control Unit itself, from the civilian control room, which operates within the unit in Mitzpe Ramon. “Civilian flight controllers have less room compared to IAF [controllers]”, explained Captain Yaniv. “We have a common language with them; we sit at their posts and they sit at our posts. The cooperation between us is important because without it, it would not be possible to produce a safe work environment”.