Air traffic controllers at Beirut International Airport will soon benefit from advanced simulation technology. Developed by Airways New Zealand, the deployment of the new technology stems from an agreement signed by the New Zealand-based entity and the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) on behalf of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in Lebanon.
At the heart of the deployment will be a Total Control LCD tower simulator and two radar/non-radar simulators, which will be introduced at facilities at Beirut International Airport. The simulators will be utilised by DGCA’s air traffic control students and instructors to oversee traffic in training exercises.
The simulations will be able to imitate full air traffic control using the latest flight data in the region. Additionally, the system utilises high-fidelity 3D graphics and will also be able to simulate weather.
Commenting on the deal, Sharon Cooke, CEO, Airways Training, said: “We are proud to partner with DGCA as they work to enhance their ATC training using our highly advanced simulation technology.
“We’re equally proud to have Airways technology and expertise being installed in a region where air traffic movements are growing rapidly yet there’s a critical gap for the training of air traffic controllers.
“We’re looking forward to progressing discussions with DGCA around providing ongoing ATC training support,” she adds.
The technology was developed in close partnership between Airways and New Zealand-based 3D graphics experts Animation Research.