What is Simulator Training?
Simulator training is the practical component of an Air Traffic Services Officer’s training prior to final field training on live positions. It could also involve conversion, refresher or emergency response training for experienced Air Traffic Service Officers.
Simulator training is delivered on a system that replicates the live Air Traffic Management system as much as possible. The simulator will present specific scenarios focused on desired learning outcomes or scenarios based on real traffic. Depending on the nature or type of training being delivered, most trainees will spend approximately 8 weeks in the simulator as a part of their training. Towards the end of the programmed training, trainees will undergo an assessment to determine if they possess the necessary skills and knowledge to move on to final field training on live positions.
What has been happening at SIM?
Through the middle of 2015, a new state-of-the-art Tower Simulator was installed in the new training facility located adjacent to the main Air Traffic Services Centre in Port Moresby. The Tower Simulator provides a 240˚ 3D projected presentation of Jacksons and Nadzab airports. PNGASL has the capability to present all manned airports throughout PNG and these will be developed in time.
The Tower Simulator can also be directly linked to the main simulator platform to provide totally integrated training across a range of Air Traffic Service disciplines.
The simulator(s) is also used to validate changes in the Air Traffic Management System in terms of airspace design or operational procedures.