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SimJET Training Systems Offering ATC Communications as Standard

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Australian flight simulator manufacturer SimJET Training Systems has added automated air traffic control communications programmes as standard inclusions on all of its devices, enabling pilots to include ATC conversations in their training.

SimJET Managing Director Nicholas Kranenburg said his company would install its first Adacel “ATC in a Box” (ATCiB) programme on a full Boeing 737-800 simulator in Brisbane.

SimJET and Canada-based Adacel Inc. have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding to install the ATCiB system on all SimJET simulators.

“We are committed to building high-reality, low-cost pilot training devices, using next generation simulation technology,” said Mr Kranenburg. “Our fixed-based simulators feature high resolution imaging systems to recreate an immersive environment, increasing the training value in fixed-base devices ... we have signed an evaluation and demonstration agreement with Adacel to install ATCiB on all of our devices, adding a significant new level of realism by introducing interactive air traffic control conversations on all simulators which we manufacture ... By completing this agreement with Adacel, SimJET will be the first company to offer an immersive ATC environment as standard equipment.”

Marsha Bell, Adacel’s Vice President Commercial Pilot Training Systems, added, “ATCiB integrates the ATC environment directly with the ownship’s scenario, providing traffic and ATC communications that are relevant and responsive to decisions made by the ownship aircrew. What the pilot hears correlates with what is seen from the cockpit. Now pilots training on SimJET devices will aviate, navigate and communicate so they train as they fly and can fly as they trained.”

Mr Kranenburg said some regulators allowed fixed base simulators to be used for up to 70% of procedural training which pilots currently undertake in full motion devices.

“With our simulators we can reduce training costs while increasing pilot competency at an earlier point in the training programme,” he said. “The introduction of ATC communications as a standard feature on our simulators is a major step in increasing safety through targeted training.”

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