Micro Nav has been shortlisted for the 2020 ATM Awards in the category of Enabling Technology, which recognises a significant contribution to enhance capacity and/or increase safety.

Global restrictions to air traffic, imposed to slow the spread of Covid-19, threw the aviation industry into turmoil, impacting ANSPs, airports and training establishments, including the provision of safety critical training.

Recognising the need for technology that enables its customers to continue their training, Micro Nav developed an extension to its existing BEST (Beginning to End for Simulation and Training) ATC simulation platform, making it accessible to its worldwide customer base from anywhere at any time via the Cloud.

With the continued drop in air traffic putting a huge financial strain on Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs), Micro Nav offered this technology for free to CANSO’s ANSP members, enabling them to access the capabilities of radar and tower simulation.

Having access to ATC simulation capabilities via the Cloud ensures that training can take place from anywhere at any time. It enables organisations to re-introduce or continue enhanced safety critical training, including training for abnormal and emergency situations, pre-OJT and ‘importantly’ training at pre-Covid-19 traffic levels. Organisations are no longer restricted in capacity to conduct training, as this can be done remotely.

For ANSPs it has provided a solution to return to much valued training, or, in some cases, offered an opportunity to access simulation for training for the first time.    

Accessed via any standard PC with an internet connection, controllers are able to maintain their core skills with busy traffic situations, to refresh their skills which will inevitably have faded, and to regain the confidence of managing much higher traffic loads safely as air traffic slowly increases.

Micro Nav joins a number of industry organisations shortlisted in the category of Enabling Technology with the winner due to be announced at a virtual award session in February.