Overview

This ATCoach technology provides the highest simulation fidelity by merging simulated target generation with operational ATC automation systems. Using the core ATCoach simulation engine, this system generates real time surveillance sensor messages and provides and responds to flight data messages that are then processed by the operational ATC automation systems as if they originated from operational sensors and flight data processors.

In addition to full fidelity hardware- and software-in-the-loop training, the product also also provides an extensive embedded automation system test capability that may be used during all automation system life cycle phases from system development to acceptance, verification, and certification, and to daily readiness or return-to-service testing at field operational sites.

Features

Radar Data Generation

Radar Data Generation supports the modeling of radar observations of the modeled aircraft in the exercise. Based on the characteristics of the radar defined during exercise preparation, the function models the observation of the simulated targets and weather, formats the data, and transmits the radar messages. The ATCoach product supports ASTERIX Data Categories 0, 1, 2 and 8; Mode S Data Categories 34 and 48; and ADS-B Data Category 21 format messages. Support for additional ASTERIX data categories is available.

Flight Plan Data Generation

The Flight Plan Data Generation function is responsible for supporting Flight Plan message exchange with the Automation System. The function acts as outside air traffic control facilities that exchange ATS and OLDI messages with the Automation System. A detailed review of the messaging supported by the Operational System is needed to determine if ATCoach supports the messages and logic required. If not, enhancements can easily be made to support system specific requirements.

Simulation Interface Unit

The Weather Data Generation function is responsible for formatting and transmitting text weather messages based on the current weather conditions. ATCoach currently supports the generation of automatic METAR messages and a general text message capability.

Core Capabilities

In addition to full fidelity hardware- and software-in-the-loop training, the product also provides an extensive embedded automation system test capability that may be used during all automation system life cycle phases from system development to acceptance, verification, and certification, and to daily readiness or return-to-service testing at field operational sites.

Customers Include

  • FAA STARS Program
  • FAA ERAM Program
  • Lockheed Martin Transportation and Security Systems’ Skyline Program: Installations include Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Korea, and Albania.
  • DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung