Airways NZ has installed and commissioned an ATC simulator  to train South Africa’s air traffic controllers.

The Total Control simulator, which was developed by Airways NZ, gives a full 360° view of the airfield and is one of the only ATC simulators in the world that imitates a full air traffic control flight information region, complete with real-world traffic scenarios – and can simulate any weather conditions.

The simulator, developed for South Africa’s Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS), is the first to be installed and commissioned outside of New Zealand; and is a significant milestone for the New Zealand air navigation services provider after years of research, development and investment into the solution.

Airways Research and Product Development Manager Mark Griffin says the commissioning of a Total Control simulator for ATNS is significant for a number of reasons.

“ATNS can now use Total Control to enhance the quality and speed of ATC training, at a time when the industry is under increased pressure to train enough air traffic controllers to meet demand.

“ ATNS trainees can be trained to an advanced level in a real world environment, and significantly reduce their on-the-job training time.

“We’re proud to have Airways technology and expertise now installed in a region expected to become a huge aviation market in the future.”

The multi-million dollar ATNS contract included the design of the simulator, provision of software adaptation and training.

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