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
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,
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.
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