In a milestone ceremony held in Beirut, Lebanon, Airways New Zealand and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Lebanon officially opened an advanced air traffic control (ATC) simulation facility.

Airways International has completed installation of a TotalControl LCD tower simulator and two radar/non-radar simulators at Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport after a 12-month project. The facility, to be used to train DGCA’s ATC controllers and students using simulated scenarios that mimic the real world, is now fully commissioned after the completion of site acceptance testing. 

Lebanese Minister of Public Works and Transport Youssef Fenianos officially opened the simulation facility in a ceremony attended by Lebanese Government and DGCA Lebanon delegates, as well as International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Airways and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise officials who travelled to Lebanon. The contract to build and install the simulator was between Airways International and ICAO on behalf of DGCA Lebanon.

The TotalControl simulators imitate the full Lebanese air traffic control flight information region, using high-fidelity photo-real graphics for the tower and emulation of the Air Traffic Management (ATM) system for radar. DGCA simulator pilots can quickly create and validate exercises, and with minimal training can manage complex simulated scenarios. Developed by Airways in partnership with Animation Research Ltd, TotalControl simulators can be configured to meet air navigation service providers’ specific needs.