University of Alaska Anchorage receives UFA ATTower ATC Training Simulator

UFA, INC. announced today that it successfully completed the installation and commissioning of an ATTower simulator at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). The simulator is installed at the UAA Aviation Technology Division located at the Aviation Technology Center on Merrill Field Airport. The ATTower simulator installation and training activity at UAA was completed to support the Spring 2012 Semester within just 6 weeks after contract award.
The ATTower software product suite was installed on UAA provided hardware. The system includes ATView for generation of photorealistic airport databases and moving models on the UAA 8-channel projection system. UFA delivered applications to support three Controller Trainee positions, four Pseudo Pilots, an Instructor and a Data Preparation position. The Tower training environment supports the same Airport and Airspace that the students will encounter upon entering the FAA Academy training program.

The Controllers are presented with a full set of simulated tower displays including ground radar, surveillance radar, lighting and device controls and weather information panels. The fully integrated UFA ATRadio product provides ETVS emulation of operational radio, telephony and intercom voice communications capability for the training environment.

UFA products are also in extensive use by the FAA on the ERAM and STARS programs, the U.S. Military, and other FAA-CTI schools such as Texas State Technical College, LeTourneau University, University of North Dakota and Daniel Webster College. International Air Navigation Service (ANS) providers such as EUROCONTROL, NAV CANADA, DGAC/DSNA France, LVNL Netherlands and DFS Germany are also extensively using UFA products for Training, Test and R&D.

The Federal Aviation Administration has designated the University of Alaska Anchorage as part of the College Training Initiative program. UAA is one of 33 approved CTI Air Traffic Control schools across the nation and was one of the five original schools approved at the programs beginning. To date, the UAA ATC program has graduated more than 400 students. UAA students completing the ATC program boast a high graduation rate at the Federal Aviation Administration Academy.

The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) is the states largest post-secondary institution serving over 20,000 students. The UAA Aviation Technology Division, located on Merrill Field Airport in downtown Anchorage, serves 500 students seeking degrees in Air Traffic Control, Professional Piloting, Maintenance and Aviation Management.

The Rasmuson Foundation, a private foundation that works as a catalyst to promote a better life for Alaskans, helped fund the simulator acquisition through a matching grant. The Foundation, with its statewide perspective and expertise, focuses on requests that allow an organization to become more efficient and effective in improving the quality of life for Alaskans.
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