Alberta Motor Transport Association to build new training facility at EIA
January 20, 2017 | General
Training facility, truck driving simulator and five-acre test track to become part of Alberta Aerospace and Technology Centre
(Edmonton, AB) – The Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) will begin construction of a new educational facility at Edmonton International Airport (EIA) in the summer of 2017. The nearly 20,000 sq. ft. facility and adjacent five-acre test driving track will be located on the northeast section of EIA between RedTail Landing Golf Course and 36 Street East. The facility will also include a driving simulation trainer, enabling AMTA to conduct complete training for commercial drivers all in one location. Safety training will also be provided in the new AMTA facility.
“Having outgrown our current Edmonton office, we’re pleased to announce, with EIA, the development of this project. We saw the need for a driver training track in a safe, controlled environment and are looking forward to providing the transportation industry with a world class facility,” said AMTA President Lorraine Card.
“With this new building we can offer meeting rooms and a variety of in-classroom and online training courses. The AMTA is also proud to offer a driving track for practical training and a truck driving simulator. The EIA location allows for ease of travel for trainees who may be travelling to the Edmonton area.”
“EIA is very excited to be collaborating with AMTA to bring this world-class facility into being,” said Myron Keehn, EIA VP of Commercial Development. “This is another part of the region’s aerotropolis and Port Alberta, and will support training, develop the logistics industry and enhance workforce diversification.”
The AMTA facility is the third component of the Alberta Aerospace and Technology Centre at EIA. Canadian North operates a 737 training simulator in the airports Cargo Village and HNZ Topflight operates a helicopter training simulator in the main terminal building.
As our province continues to grow and evolve, so do the AMTA’s efforts on our highways. We’re curators of today’s top industry practices and policies, on an enterprising pursuit since 1938. Rather than reacting to change, we adapt and keep ahead of the curve. As a province-wide, not-for-profit association, the AMTA is governed by an annually elected Board of Directors. Our Board determines the AMTA’s long-range goals, setting our policies, programs and budgets. We have a head office in Calgary and a satellite office in Edmonton.
About Edmonton International Airport
Edmonton International Airport is a self-funded, not-for-profit corporation whose mandate is to drive economic prosperity for the Edmonton Region. EIA is Canada’s fifth-busiest airport by passenger traffic and the largest major Canadian airport by land area. EIA offers non-stop connections to 60 destinations across Canada, the US, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe. EIA is a major economic driver, with an economic output of over $2.2 billion, supporting over 12,600 jobs. Please visit www.flyeia.com for more information.