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If Pilots are exposed to an impoverished environment without realistic radio communications in the simulator compared to the real world, they may end up unprepared for the concurrent task demands in the air."

Air Traffic Control in Airline Pilot Simulator Training and Evaluation
By Judith Burki-Cohen and Andrew J. Kendra
Most simulated ATC environment solutions use out-of-context recorded traffic chatter that actually undermines training. Adacel’s ATCiB completes the flight simulation experience by adding realistic virtual traffic and synthetic air traffic controllers to create a higher quality training environment.

Air Traffic Control in a Box (ATCiB)

ATCiB is Adacel’s implementation of a Simulated ATC Environment (SATCE) for Flight Simulation Training Devices (FSTD) as described by ARINC document 439A and ICAO document 9625. ATCiB creates a realistic air traffic and radio communications environment that can operate autonomously within the flight simulation exercise without any required intervention by the instructor. The system generates a realistic volume of other traffic with correlated radio chatter augmented by Adacel’s intelligent, simulated air traffic controllers.

The system is designed to run on COTS hardware and can be integrated with any FSTD. With the addition of ATCiB, the pilot’s overall development of core competencies such as situational awareness, communications, workload management, and critical decision-making is improved.

Interact with Simulated Controllers

ATCiB’s simulated controllers manage the virtual air traffic that the flight crew experiences during training, communicating control decisions using appropriate phraseology after assessing the relevant traffic situation. The crew communicates with the simulated controllers to receive ATC clearances and instructions and can hear contextually correct communication with other traffic. Because the generated virtual traffic is visually correlated within the training mission, it can be seen out the cockpit windscreen and can be displayed within the TCAS system or on-board radar.

Pilots are challenged when transmissions are not understood, are incorrect, or when ATC instructions are not followed. ICAO and FAA standard phraseologies are supported and grammars can be modified for user specific requirements such as military tactical phraseology.