ARINC Industry Activities has published a new Project Paper entitled "Guidance on Simulated Air Traffic Control Environments for Flight Simulation Training Devices".
The paper clarifies requirements for introducing a higher fidelity of Simulated Air Traffic Control Environment (SATCE) into flight simulation training devices (FSTDs), providing flight crews in training with realistic traffic on the ground and in the air, along with associated ATC radio and data communications.
The ARINC document is the result of a 2-year collaborative effort by industry leaders in flight training under the auspices of FSEMC, including FlightSafety International, Boeing Flight Training, L-3 Link, Rockwell Collins, Adacel, CAE, and Micro Nav Ltd. (Quadrant Group). FSI's Ted Chapman chaired the working group and Dr Jeremy Goodman from Micro Nav Ltd acted as Principal Editor.
This new guidance presents a more defined set of requirements of SATCE and provides information on currently available technologies, integration, qualification, and maintenance. Over time and with validation through training, it is hoped that the benefits derived from an FSTD with integrated SATCE will become realised by industry, and with this, a significant improvement to training and ultimately flight safety.