PARAÑAQUE CITY– As proof of the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr's) commitment to upholding aviation safety in the country, Secretary Art Tugade will lead the inauguration of the country’s first 3D Aerodrome Tower Simulator at the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Training Center in Parañaque City.
The Supply, Installation, and Testing Aerodrome Tower Simulator, the first of its kind in the Philippines, was completed in March 2021 and will be formally inaugurated tomorrow, 19 May 2021.
The Aerodrome Tower Simulator features a 315-degree horizontal field of view visual simulator designed to aid traffic controllers in training, testing, and maintaining proficiency in handling aerodrome control operations without risking property or lives. The use of the simulator mitigates certain risks with the ability to practice handling flight emergencies and other aviation situations without the threat of any real danger.
Six (6) airport scenario settings are installed in the simulator program. These airport scenario settings can be used to test the air traffic controller’s proficiency in the airports of Manila, Clark, Mactan, Plaridel, Davao, and in a generic single-runway airport.
Designed to artificially recreate the control tower environment, the tower simulator is also cost-efficient as it offers lower expenses than conducting training in actual air traffic control conditions.
_Modern Aviation Safety Training_
Moreover, with the use of this state-of-the-art facility, the training of aviation personnel has now become modernized. The aerodrome simulator will eliminate the obsolete training methods used in the aerodrome laboratory training module of the Civil Aviation Training Center (CATC), such as the use of miniature model airplanes that ATC instructors manipulate to simulate air traffic.
The duration of the overall aerodrome training module for the Comprehensive Air Traffic Service usually takes six (6) weeks with two (2) weeks allocated for the lecture phase and four (4) weeks for the laboratory phase.
Instructional methods will be enhanced and shall give ATC trainees the appropriate impression of the ATC environment by recreating real-time visual scenarios from a control tower.
The facility can be used by full-fledged ATC and ATC trainees, who can now experience the environment of an aerodrome control tower safely and efficiently.
DOTr-CAAP Press Release
18 May 2021