Former Exmouth Community College pupil is high flier

PUBLISHED: 11:51 18 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:01 10 June 2010

A FORMER Exmouth Community College pupil has become an air traffic controller after successfully completing his training at a north Shropshire air base.

A FORMER Exmouth Community College pupil has become an air traffic controller after successfully completing his training at a north Shropshire air base.

Sergeant Jon Grant, 27, who joined the RAF in 2000, has just completed 28 weeks' training at the Central Air Traffic Control School at RAF Shawbury, near Shrewsbury, in Shropshire.

After he was recently presented with his certificate of competence, Sgt Grant is now posted as a controller - initially under supervision - to RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire.

His course involved training during which he undertook practical training in aerodrome control - which teaches students to control aircraft on and visually within sight of the airfield, and radar control, which enables students to control aircraft out to a range of 40 miles of the airfield.

In addition to learning practical controlling skills Sgt Grant undertook classroom study in air traffic control policy, navigation and meteorology.

Sgt Grant, who was a bakery supervisor before joining the RAF, previously served in the UK at RAF St Mawgan in Cornwall, Joint Service Unit Northwood near London and at RAF Brize Norton in Oxon.

Sgt Grant has also completed tours of duty in Afghanistan and Cyprus.

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