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Kongsberg Geospatial Engineers Joe Lee (left) and Rudy Stavinga working on the development of the Embedded ATC Trainer in the Kongsberg Geospatial Systems Lab.

Ottawa, CA: Kongsberg Geospatial,an Ottawa-based developer of real-time, mission critical, geospatial visualisation software announced today that their Air Traffic Control (ATC) simulation platform has been successfully deployed on the USS Carl Vinson, CVN-70.

The U.S. Navy made the deployment public in a press release issued on March 23rd, 2016 (Source: www.navy.mil Story Number: NNS160323-06 Release Date: 3/23/2016)

The simulation software allows air traffic controllers to train on real Carrier Air Traffic Control Center (CATCC) flight operations scenarios without the necessity of actual flight operations, and without having to leave the ship to attend shore-based training schools. Kongsberg Geospatial worked closely with NAVAIR 4.11.7 and subject matter experts during system development and testing to ensure the trainer precisely meets all real world conditions.

As reported in the Navy.mil, story CATCC Leading Chief Petty Officer (LCPO) Chief Air Traffic Controller Keith Thompson explained how the new simulator would provide embarked air traffic controllers a mission-ready edge over others in the fleet: "Normally we don't have any flight operations we can simulate while we're in port", explained Thompson. "Now that we have this simulator, we can come here and simulate flight operations any given day."

Chief Air Traffic Controller Keith Thompson demonstrates the first air traffic control simulator installed on board the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson air traffic control center (CATCC) (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Giovanni Squadrito)

Chief Air Traffic Controller Keith Thompson demonstrates the first air traffic control simulator installed on board the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson air traffic control center (CATCC) (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Giovanni Squadrito)

The CATCC ATC Simulator software is based on the I-SIM air traffic simulation platform developed by Kongsberg Geospatial. The platform is currently in use in numerous CTI-accredited training centers throughout the United States, and is used by the FAA for advanced human factor interface design and for air space modelling around major airports as part of the FAA Metroplex program. The platform has been adapted to meet U.S. Navy specifications and includes new features specifically required for simulating CATCC flight operations.

"We’re especially proud of the Embedded ATC simulator project," said Ranald McGillis, President of Kongsberg Geospatial, "Not only does it recreate real flight operations with absolute fidelity – it also provides controllers with a tremendously realistic experience, since they can completely control flight operations with voice commands – and get a voice response back from all of the virtual ‘pilots’ they’re controlling."

Leading Chief Petty Officer (LCPO) Chief Air Traffic Controller Keith Thompson is confident that the new system will impact Air Traffic Control training operations in a big way: "This is one of the most impactful improvements in carrier air traffic control in a long time," said Thompson. "Once this rolls out to the rest of the fleet, it will increase the amount of training, experience, and flexibility available to each of the Navy's carrier air traffic control teams."

The Navy will be deploying the embedded trainer to the rest of the fleet over the next few years.

 

About Kongsberg Geospatial: Based in Ottawa, Canada, Kongsberg Geospatial creates precision real-time software for mapping, geospatial visualization, and situational awareness. The Company’s products are primarily deployed in solutions for air-traffic control, Command and Control, and air defense. Over nearly three decades of providing dependable performance under extreme conditions, Kongsberg Geospatial has become the leading geospatial technology provider for mission-critical applications where lives are on the line. Kongsberg Geospatial is a subsidiary of Kongsberg Defence Systems.

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About the USS Carl Vinson: : USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) is the third United States Navy Nimitz-class supercarrier and is named after Carl Vinson, a Congressman from Georgia, in recognition of his contributions to the US Navy.

For more information about USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), visit http://www.navy.mil/local/cvn70

Media contact: Navy News Desk (CHINFO) http://www.Navy.Mil/local/chinfo/index.asp

 

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