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DVIDS – News – Project Avenger: Simulators get live air traffic control for more immersive flight training

Naval Airman (SNA) students with Training Air Wing (TW) 4, located at Naval Air Station (NAS) Corpus Christi, now have the ability to speak directly with air traffic control (ATC) personnel during simulator training, a significant advancement for the Navy’s primary undergraduate flight training.

The inclusion of live ATC communication in flight training is a feature of Project Avenger’s new prototype primary flight training program, Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA), designed to develop more capable Airmen at a faster pace. faster. Project Avenger integrates modern technology into the curriculum to optimize skill development while reducing training time.

To allow students live ATC interaction, the program uses PilotEdge, a software service that provides students with live communications with certified air traffic controllers. These controllers give instructions by radio communication to the students during their simulators. Prior to Project Avenger, ATC communication was provided verbally by the simulator instructor. This new advancement gives flight students a faster understanding of real-world flight.

According to Cmdr. Joshua Calhoun, Project TW-4 Avenger Detachment Officer in Charge, the addition of live ATC communication has provided ANS with a more immersive environment in which to learn.

“Our students are able to learn in-flight communications earlier and more frequently, allowing them to become proficient faster than the students who came before them,” Calhoun said.

For Lt. jg Anthony Janssen, who recently completed primary flight training with the new Project Avenger program, live communication made him more comfortable and familiar with ATC ahead of his first real flight.

“[The live interaction] is useful because you are exposed to ATC communications before you even attach yourself to the plane,” Janssen said. “Having this software creates a low-risk environment during simulations that allows you to practice so that when you’re flying and need to multi-task, you’re more comfortable doing it. ”

Calhoun, who led the transformation of the old primary flight program into the new, modern program, learned that students who took advanced flight training for jet aircraft after completing the new program performed better than the average compared to students who completed the previous program. .

“Our students are able to process information faster on the plane and we specifically train them to do so,” Calhoun said. “They can adapt more quickly to changes in the real world.”

TW-4, consisting of four units, trains student airmen in primary, intermediate and advanced flight training. These units have a combined total strength of approximately 800 officers and enlisted personnel, as well as over 180 aircraft and simulators.

CNATRA, headquartered in Corpus Christi, trains the best combat aviation professionals in the world, delivering them at the right time, in sufficient numbers and at the right cost to a naval force that is where it counts, when it counts.

Date taken: 02.04.2022
Date posted: 02.04.2022 12:40
Story ID: 414001

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