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Airport Components Air Traffic Control
Air Traffic Control Training
Our ATC labs immerse students in a 3D world, allowing them to experience the challenge of being an air traffic controller. By combining our 3D tower simulator with our sophisticated radar terminals, students put on their headsets and are instantly placed in the hotseat with landing 737s, Cessna 172's performing touch and goes and commercial airliners standing by for takeoff clearances.

Our ATC labs consist of two components:

Tower Simulator

Our 3D tower simulator graphically represents all connected student pilots and pseudo-pilots, on high-definition screens, allowing students to practice tower operations at both large and small airports. Students can look 360 degrees around the 3D airport seeing buildings, ground markings, signage and other visual cues.

  • Approx. 135 degree high-definition visual system
  • Ability to look around airport 360 degrees
  • Real time depiction of all connected aircraft
  • Real world weather downloads every 15 minutes accurately reflecting cloud cover, precipitation, temperature, time of day, etc. If it's raining outside, it'll be raining in the simulator!
  • Day / Night simulation with night lighting (taxiway lights/signs, terminal lighting, surrounding buildings)
  • Adverse weather conditions (rain, snow, low visibility)
  • 3D object modeling includes buildings, taxiway signage, AI aircraft, etc.
  • Dynamic ground vehicles
  • Extensive database of airports
  • Interact with real world weather radar and METAR data

Radar Simulator

Our advanced radar simulation, in conjunction with our voice servers, allow students to gain experience with the following ATC facilities:
  • Clearance Delivery
  • Ground Control
  • Tower
  • Departure
  • Arrival
  • En-route
Via connection to our central servers, student controllers can interact with students using three different methods:

Interactive Mode

With our Flight Training System, student pilots can connect with air traffic controllers via our central servers. Connected pilots show up on each controller's radar, and can contact them via their headsets, using the push-to-talk buttons on their yokes. Since the pilots are actually flying, controllers will experience delayed pilot reactions and mis-communications, while they sequence aircraft.

Command Mode

Our pseudo-pilot interface allows instructors to generate a virtually infinite number of artificially intelligent radar targets, which follow commands issued via a graphical interface or text commands. Pseudo-pilot targets can be set to automatically follow flight plans, fly traffic patterns and perform touch and goes.

Instructors can also split ATC students into pairs, assigning one student to control designated aircraft, while the other student provides ATC services. Teams interact with each other via headsets and can be located in different geographical locations.

Mixed Mode

Interactive mode and command mode can be run simultaneously, allowing student pilots to be sequenced around pseudo-pilot targets. This creates a high-traffic scenario, which simulates high stress loads and fatigue for student controllers and causes student pilots to practice effective traffic scanning techniques near busy airports.

Student pilots and controllers can be located in different geographical locations, allowing distance learning with other students and other campuses.

  • Realistic ATC radar display with point and click navigation
  • Headset for voice communications with student pilots, pseudo-pilots and instructors
  • Networked terminals allow all controllers to participate in the same scenario in real time
  • Distance learning module allows students to interact with student pilots and controllers in different geographical locations
  • Digital flight strip bay shows flight plans for connected aircraft
  • Detailed sector files consist of all local navaids, fixes and airports
  • Software can be installed on existing computers for significant savings

Before and After
The following photos are comparison photos of an ATC lab we completely redesigned for one of our clients. The photos on the left consist of the old CRT style terminals that were in place, which we replaced with High-Definition flat screens and our visual tower simulator. The 1 on 1 trainers were replaced with inter-networked 1 on many trainers, allowing handoffs and separation theory to be practiced in team environments.

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