The Colombian Air Force has awarded an air traffic control (ATC) tower simulator system (TSS) supply contract to Adacel Systems.

Adacel's MaxSim TSS, which is equipped with an advanced speech recognition system, will be deployed to Bogota, Colombia, under the contract.

The simulator, with four trainee positions for local control, ground control, flight data and radar control, will facilitate both individual and team training in the control tower disciplines.

"ATC simulators are designed to provide air traffic controllers with a realistic hands-on practise that provide proficiency training to assist controllers in achieving and maintaining their certifications."

Its comprehensive instructor operating station (IOS) is said to provide instructors with complete pseudo-pilot functionality and the capability to control and modify the running scenario.

The MaxSim TSS also features scenario generation tools to create, edit and save training scenarios.

According to the company, the tower visual system will have seven high-definition displays, in addition to auxiliary information data displays such as an independent ground visual channel, airfield lighting control panels, weather and wind displays, and surface movement detection systems.

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Following the delivery of ATC tower simulators, Adacel will provide instructor and operator training on the system functions on site at the installation facility.

The contract also covers 48 months of extended warranty for hardware and software support with remote software updates.

Adacel said that its ATC simulators are designed to provide air traffic controllers with a realistic hands-on practise that provide proficiency training to assist controllers in achieving and maintaining their certifications.

The systems are available in different varieties ranging from full-sized 360-degree enclosed versions to compact, easily transportable packages for rapid deployment to alternate training locations.