NATS deploys new training simulators at Farnborough Airport

14 March 2013 (Last Updated March 14th, 2013 18:30)

UK air traffic services provider NATS has deployed new training simulators at TAG Farnborough Airport as part of a project to develop its modern training and simulation facilities.

NATS Simulator

UK air traffic services provider NATS has deployed new training simulators at TAG Farnborough Airport as part of a project to develop its modern training and simulation facilities.

Under the deal, which includes the delivery of simulation equipment, software and data provision, NATS has deployed a tower approach and 3D aerodrome training system.

The new Ace simulator is intended to offer NATS controllers based at the airport access to the best available training equipment.

The system allows practicing new procedures and techniques, either at the airport or through remote connection with NATS's simulation experts at its head office in Fareham.

"The new Ace simulator is intended to offer NATS controllers based at the airport access to the best available training equipment."

NATS' general manager at TAG Farnborough Airport Dan Foster said: "The new system will not only allow us to increase the amount and quality of our training locally, but will also provide the flexibility of remote support from our training specialists based in Fareham."

The simulator also provides a 'pseudo-pilot' simulation, where an instructor responds to commands as a real pilot would.

TAG Farnborough Airport operations director Roger Walker said: "We will continue to work with NATS to ensure that our air traffic control team is the best in the business and that our air traffic environment is operated to the highest industry standards."

NATS uses the Ace simulator for training, system validation and research and development, while allowing controllers to hook into much larger simulations operating across the agency for trialling future air traffic management systems and concepts.


Image: The new Ace simulator enables NATS controllers based at Farnborough airport to access training through remote connection to NATS' HQ in Fareham. Image: courtesy of NATS.