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The Simloc Dynamic ATC Simulation System

Simloc integrates into its FTDs, as an optional specification, the SERA (Simulated Environment for Realistic ATC) system, a software from the North American Advanced Simulation Technology Inc (ASTi) that substantially improves the instruction and training of pilots by incorporating realistic communications with the air traffic control (ATC) towers to simulator flight sessions.

How does it work

In this way, the instructor in the IOS can configure, for example, busy airspaces with adjustable simulated traffic levels or modify flight plans in real time due to bad weather or traffic problems. The system teaches and reinforces radio phraseology for new pilots, including ATC voices with non-native English, while improving their responsiveness to high workload situations due to saturation of traffic and communications.

Aviation school students and professional pilots can learn or improve their radio communications skills thanks to its artificial intelligence (AI), which allows them to manage an air traffic scenario and is capable of carrying out the entire communications process from the taxi phase to engine shutdown at destination.

The SERA system has its own interface where any type of management can be carried out. From this interface and depending on the role of the user (student, instructor or technical service) you can start a flight, create a new scenario where you can perform the simulation, cause a "go around" when the student lands, etc.

nullThe ATC flight simulation process starts from a basic configuration called scenario. A scenario collects the information related to a flight: airport and take-off runway, airport and runway, type of flight (visual or instrumental) plane to be flown, incidents in the flight (go around upon landing, mayday on route, flight plan change, etc ...)

Once the scenario is generated, the flight begins from the SERA interface and you can see on screen the transcripts of the conversations of the pilots when they speak on the radio, the one of the AI in its role as ATC or the one of other pilots around in the same frequency. To speak on each frequency, you must tune to the appropriate frequency at each moment and ubication to be able to contact the ideal controller. These frequencies are actual frequencies in controlled airspaces.

Is it universal?

The system is configured as standard with a pack of 5 airports, but can be increased on request to the number that is necessary. This feature allows taxiing and taking off on a specific runway at each airport in detail. In the simulator you can take off and land at any airport and the SERA system could even simulate landing under a “mayday”.

A qualitative leap

The instruction and training with this tool, not usual in flight schools, allows to gain an additional advantageous experience. Knowing and getting used to radio communication processes, which are essential for pilots, and training that aptitude represents a competitive advantage in the job market for the aviator at school and better training for the professional.

Until now, dynamic ATC simulation systems were present only in Full Flight Simulators (FFS). The integration of the SERA in the Simloc FTDs allows you to purchase a much more affordable training device, but with the technology and features of a FFS.