What kind of remote ATC learning experience do you want to provide? Self-directed? Structured? Online? Instructor-led? Aimee Turner monitors ATC training developments.
The pandemic impact means that the worldwide shortage of air traffic controllers – in the near term at least – is no longer the industry hurdle it once was. The challenge now is keeping controllers current to ensure safe and continuous service and enabling them to continue their training in a safe environment. As many air navigation service providers (ANSP) turn to remote training approaches, tools are coming to the fore that provide a realistic imitation of the ATC environment from ab initio through to rating and conversion.
While the concept of remote interaction with students and distance learning have been around for some time, Greg Pile, managing director at UK-based ATC simulator specialist Micro Nav, points out that these delivery methodologies were often considered to be lacking. Attitudes are changing on the back of necessity, however.