Our glossary contains frequently used terms and acronyms together with their explanations.

Technological enhancements of DFS simulators

Use of speech recognition in air traffic control simulators
Current speech recognition software has the potential to automatically turn the instructions given by an air traffic controller in a training simulator into the corresponding aircraft manoeuvres. The human simulation pilots can be supported by speech recognition, scenario modules and speech output for some simulation exercises, and indeed completely replaced in some cases. The software must, however, be adjusted to the individual needs and requirements of the users (for example, speech models that are independent of the speaker, phraseology, grammar, simulation scenarios, speech output). This software can be integrated in such a way that the learning goals set can be achieved without the need for human simulation pilots.

Mobile training simulator
We created the first mobile training simulator ("NEWSIM in a box") in response to the increased demand for a simple training simulator that can easily be used for training purposes.

Two large flat screens, two keyboards, and in between a small cube PC – that is all you need for the first mobile DFS training simulator, which was presented at the DFS stand at the ATC Global in Amsterdam in 2010. It can be used for training courses with just a press of the button. Trainee and coach sit opposite one another, which means no complicated simulation of voice communication.

New projection system for the 360° tower simulator of the Academy
In spring 2012, the ATM simulator centre equipped the 360° tower simulator of the Academy with a new brilliant projection system. The new projection system consists of 18 digital projectors with a resolution of 1920x1200 pixels. This provides a four times higher pixel rate, delivering a resolution which is only slightly above the value that the human eye can perceive. Brightness and contrast of the display have also been significantly improved. The projectors are no longer visible but encased in a shell and generate less noise. The new projection system also enables the use of the high-resolution 3D databases for the training airport of Langen and for Frankfurt Airport including the fourth runway. Higher resolution, a more detailed design of the environment and special 3D effects clearly contribute to rendering the view from the tower cab even more realistic.