A small step for UAVs, a giant step for ATC

If someone needed further proof that unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) are becoming an integral part of the global aerospace picture, here is another one - Simlat, a leading Israeli manufacturer of UAV simulators, has announced a collaboration with Adacel, including integration of Simlat’s UAV training systems with Adacel’s air traffic control (ATC) simulator.

Adacel develops very advanced simulators for air traffic management. This collaboration adds an automated air traffic control environment to UAV simulation, providing a more realistic and immersive training environment for the UAV operators – a relevant issue for the integration of unmanned aircraft into national airspace.

The integrated solution is already being used in various projects.

 ”The collaboration with Adacel was a natural move for Simlat,” says Yuval Peshin, Simlat president. “With unmanned aircraft nearing integration to national airspace, training for all players in this domain is more essential than ever.”

The Israeli company explains that the integration is the first step toward achieving such training in a high fidelity environment for operators and controllers alike.

The process of integrating UAV into ATC is gaining pace – it is simply inevitable, and the advanced simulation will allow a smooth integration.

It can be expected that in the coming years all simulators developed to train pilots and air traffic controllers will include the capability to show the unmanned platforms that are gaining a greater degree of coexistence with manned platforms.

The world air picture is being filled with UAVs of different types. While different regulatory bodies are working on clear regulations, the everyday usage of UAVs for military and civil applications are growing.

The needs dictate the pace.

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