NATS expands use of BEST ATC simulator

The main UK air navigation service provider has chosen the BEST Tower simulators for Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and London Gatwick airports.
The simulators are in operation supporting conversion training for the introduction of new Electronic Flight Progress Strip (EFPS) systems. Micro Nav has developed stimulation interfaces and training automation facilities for the Nav Canada EFPS system so that examples of the real equipment can be used for high fidelity training. The simulators will also support unit conversion, refresher and TRUCE training. Micro Nav originally developed the interfaces as part of the major 360-degree 3D tower simulator project for NATS London Heathrow Airport. Juliet Kennedy, Head of Air Traffic Control for NATS Services, comments, High quality simulation is key to enabling us to provide our controllers with realistic training when we introduce new technology and the BEST product helps us to deliver EFPS training safely and efficiently. The Gatwick simulator has a 3D tower display with an independent visual channel for ground control operations. The Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow simulators have 2D tower displays with the option of upgrading to 3D later. Other Micro Nav BEST simulators at UK airports include: Jersey, Bristol, Bournemouth, Liverpool, Warton, Newquay, Leeds Bradford and Inverness.
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