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London Control is a high fidelity simulation of current air traffic control operations over England and Wales. The airspace is an up-to-date representation of the airways, terminal areas and control zones in the London Flight Information Region. The flight plans which aircraft follow are created from real flight plans that have actually been flown by real aircraft. The sectors and their operational procedures are the same as those used by the real air traffic control organisation.

The system incorporates sophisticated radar data and flight data processing functions, and includes some of the most advanced tools currently available to assist air traffic controllers. The system provides a realistic presentation of air traffic, with a radar-based situation display and flight data displays to provide supporting information. The advanced tools are state-of-the art facilities that are not yet in operation anywhere in the world. The London Control user has the choice of using a current-day system, based on radar and flight plans, or an advanced system that emulates the world of the future air traffic controller.

The radar data processing sub-system simulates all of the radar sensors that feed into the real air traffic control centres. The radar coverage and performance is realistic and includes primary and secondary radar sources.

The flight data processing sub-system incorporates a sophisticated route extraction algorithm which allows the user to input new flight plans as if they were real. Aircraft performance is modelled accurately and is based on the actual performance of real aircraft. Wind effects are taken into account as the aircraft fly, and meteorological conditions are modelled realistically.
The system is fully adaptable. All data used by the system can be kept up-to-date, to match the changes that occur in the real world. Aeronautical data is updated on a four-weekly AIRAC cycle, and up-to-date adaptation files are available so that the London Control experience can be kept completely in-step with real-life.

It is possible to customise a vast array of preference options which alter the appearance and behaviour of the system. These allow the system to emulate the real-life systems used by controllers. Alternatively, the user can customise the simulation system to his own preferences, using a simple menu-based, on-screen interface.

The user is expected to control the air traffic in a safe and expeditious manner, as in real-life, and the system keeps track of the user's performance throughout each simulation session. As in real-life, the user is required to validate at each sector, and validation requires a period of practice as a trainee and a high assessment rating throughout that time.

The many realistic features available in London Control include:

• Sophisticated radar and flight data processing, including radar tracking and route processing.
• Advanced tools including short term conflict alert and medium term conflict detection.
• Simulation of area control, terminal control and approach control services.
• Up-to-date and realistic airspace, sectors and ATC procedures.
• Individual sectors can be selected on-line, or combined in a 'bandboxed' configuration.
• Simulates every sector at the Swanwick Centre (which provides the London Area Control and London Terminal Control services) and the Manchester area control sectors (at Prestwick Centre).
• Sector-to-sector and centre-to-centre co-ordination.
• Database of flight plans based on real flights that have actually flown through the London Flight Information Region.
• Realistic aircraft performance and navigation.
• Simulated radio communication between aircraft and ATC, using a combination of proper R/T phraseology and actual usage. A voice recognition function is included that will recognise spoken clearances and instructions. Aircraft will comply with controller commands and respond with realistic readbacks.
• Civil airways traffic, military crossers and background, uncontrolled flights.
• Data driven, allowing complete adaptation of system environment, behaviour and appearance. Much of the system appearance and behaviour can be modified on-line.
• Emulates current-day and future ATC systems.
• Tracking of controller training and validations.
• Documentation includes a comprehensive user guide, an introduction to ATC, and a manual of sector information and procedures.

Professional Use

The London Control software is suitable for use to support professional controller training, research and development and other related activities. By combining its general expertise in air traffic control with the availability of a sophisticated simulation product, DM Aviation can provide a highly cost-effective solution to your needs.

If you are interested in using the London Control software to support professional controller training, research and development or other activities, please contact DM Aviation Limited at: info@dmaviation.com

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