The Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure plans to reconstruct the international training center for aviation specialists and modernize the center for training pilots for Boeing 737 and Airbus aircraft. Acting Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Kozak announced this at a news briefing in Kyiv on Wednesday, the Interfax Ukraine news agency reports.

Pilots will be able to obtain the necessary practical knowledge in Ukraine rather than abroad, as is currently the case.

"Negotiations have already been held with the companies Boeing and Airbus on establishment of flight simulators for these types of aircraft. Our pilots are currently trained abroad, but such training will be taking place in Ukraine by the end of next year,” he said.

Air traffic controllers and flight crews will be trained under programs that fully meet the international requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and the Ukrainian State Air Traffic Services Enterprise (UkSATSE) has already introduced its own program for primary training of air traffic controllers. This program was developed in accordance with the requirements of the European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation (Eurocontrol).

In addition to training future specialists, UkSATSE plans to monitor the health of airline personnel more closely: according to the minister, a medical diagnostic complex will be created within the medical unit of UkSATSE this year. “We are reconstructing the medical diagnostic complex that is located near the Zhulyany airport (Kiev). It will have modern equipment. Therefore, diagnosis and treatment of aviation personnel will be at the highest level,” the acting minister said.