CATC History

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Civil Aviation Training Center, Thailand (CATC) was established on 4 June 1961 as a cooperative project between the United Nations Special Fund (UNSF), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and the Royal Thai Government under the name of the Civil Aviation Training Center in Thailand. The objective of this project, which operated from 1961-1965, was to develop and upgrade civil aviation in the Southeast Asia region, bringing it up to the standards as stipulated by ICAO in accordance with the ICAO Annexes to the Convention on International Civil Aviation.

On 1 January 1966, the Thai Government undertook sole responsibility for the project and continued operating under the supervision of the Department of Aviation (the Department of Civil Aviation), the Ministry of Transport and Communication (the Ministry of Transport). Later in 1987, a royal decree on the reorganization of CATC was issued, establishing CATC as a division within the Department of Aviation, Ministry of Transport. The objective was to enhance efficiency and allow for greater operating efficiency.

Foreseeing the importance of producing and developing aviation personnel, who are vital to the development of the nation’s aviation industry as well as Thailand’s development as a whole, the government issued the Royal Decree for the Establishment of the Civil Aviation Training Center B.E. 2535. Under the Royal Decree, CATC became a state enterprise under the Ministry of Transport. The move allowed for the enhanced flexibility and efficiency of the center.

    CATC was transferred from the Department of Aviation on 1 April 1993 with a registered capital of 150,000,000 Baht, of which 100,000 Baht came from Thai Airways International Public Company Limited, 25,000,000 Baht from Aeronautical Radio of Thailand Limited, and 25,000,000 Baht from the Airports Authority of Thailand (Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited). 

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