Flughafen Zürich, owner of Switzerland’s Zürich Airport, has signed a contract with German software company ATRiCS for the delivery of a 3D tower simulator at the airport.

The company’s air traffic management (ATM) validation and training simulator, Avator, was selected by Zurich Airport primarily due to its intuitive user interfaces, modular design and operational flexibility.

Zurich Airport flight ops engineering expert Samuel Ehrat said: "Avator is just right for our training needs.

"It is very flexible and also has the advantage of being a multi-purpose simulator system that can also be used for the validation of next generation ATM systems, such as Follow-the-Greens."

Under the terms of the deal, ATRiCS will install the Avator at the Swiss airport.

"Zurich Airport will be able to use the system for other purposes in addition to satisfying training requirements."

The company will also integrate a ten-channel outside view display with the airport’s current departure manager (DMAN) and de-icing planning system.

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ATRiCS managing director Natalie Hammerich said: "Experiences of other airports such as Frankfurt, Munich and Dubai have shown that the Avator system provides the customer with a broad range of possibilities from controller training to highly advanced validation trials.

"Zurich Airport will be able to use the system for other purposes in addition to satisfying training requirements."

Once delivered, the new system will become the central training platform for controllers, as well as validate new infrastructure and procedures at Zurich Airport.

Image: ATRiCS will install the new Avator system at Zurich Airport. Photo: courtesy of ATRiCS.