Micro Nav Limited, formed in 1988 and based in Bournemouth, has won a contract to extend the ATC Simulation system capacity for SMATSA Aviation Academy (SAA) which operates as part of Serbia and Montenegro Air Traffic Services (SMATSA) LLC. The requirement is to double the 2D and 3D Tower installation to create a second 180° Flat Panel Tower display, with an increased number of Controller and Pseudo Pilot positions. The contract is for an undisclosed sum.
Scheduled for completion in September 2016, the SMATSA solution will provide, in conjoined rooms, a full end-to-end training environment from take-off, (on one 180° tower), through various Radar scenarios and onto approach and landing (on the second 180° tower) using pseudo pilots, a bespoke suite of aircraft and liveries and the ability to use up to 13 different airports.
SMATSA is very active in Air Traffic Control Officer (ATCO) training. Conducted in accordance with the EUROCONTROL License agreement from Initial through to Supervisor and ASSESSOR training, more than 2,500 ATCO’s from Serbia and other countries, have been trained with a success rate of almost 90%.
This contract comes on the back of other recently completed installations which includes the new Radar simulator and the initial 2D and 3D 180° Tower installation. The original set up; for basic training, rating training, and continuation training for executive and planning en route and approach Radar air traffic controllers provided SMATSA with a modern and future-proofed solution.
Sales and Marketing Director, Michael Saunders said, “We are extremely proud of our long standing relationship with SMATSA. This upgrade further establishes the partnering approach and collaboration between Micro Nav and SMATSA. The extension to the existing Micro Nav system provides SMATSA with increased capacity and capability including allowing for dual 180 and 360 degree use in its ATC simulated environment.”
A SMATSA spokesperson said, “Apart from conducting regular educational activities, our aim is to provide constant training of SMATSA personnel thus giving support to SMATSA in carrying out its long-term modernization plans. By exchanging knowledge and experience with similar centres in the surrounding countries, we hope to help our region play the key role in ATM.”