Airways News Zealand and the Directorate of General Civil Aviation (DGCA) Lebanon have launched an advanced air traffic control (ATC) simulation facility.
Completed by Airways International, the commercial arm of the New Zealand air navigation service provider, the facility located at Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport features a TotalControl LCD tower simulator and two radar/non-radar simulators.
Deployed over a 12-month period, the site will be utilised by DGCA’s ATC controllers and students to engage simulated scenarios that emulate realistic aviation operations.
The facility was opened in a lavish ceremony attended by members of the Lebanese Government, DGCA Lebanon delegates, as well as representatives from the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Airways and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise officials.
Lebanese Minister of Public Works and Transport Youssef Fenianos officially opened the ATC simulation facility.
Commenting on the project, Airways International CEO Sharon Cooke says the organisation is proud to support DGCA through the provision of its world-class simulation technology. “Airways is excited to mark this milestone after leading this strategically significant project for DGCA and the Government of Lebanon. We look forward to further developing this partnership as DGCA builds their ATC training capability.”
Utilising high-fidelity photorealistic graphics for the tower and simulation of the ATM system for radar, ATC trainees using the TotalControl simulators will be able to utilise the platform to imitate the full scope of Lebanon's air traffic control flight information region. Additionally, DGCA simulator pilots can create and validate exercises in short order and manage complex scenarios, such as emergency response.
Sharing his own viewpoint, Kamal Nassereddine, DGCA Lebanon’s director of Air Navigation Department, said: “We have been very impressed with Airways throughout the project. They have been honest and flexible, and have partnered with DGCA to provide us with the best fit-for-purpose simulator. Airways has a strong reputation as a global specialist in ATC simulation and training – the training we have received is exceptional.”