Flight Simulator ATC Air Traffic Control Simulation Online ATC
Author: Tony Kovacs
Engineering operational display systems has become an increasingly challenging task. Project schedules at VATSIM are tighter than ever and financial resources scarcer. At the same time, operational display systems are expected to be highly performant, highly available, and adapted to individual user requirements. VATSIM has developed mission-critical ATC display systems for many years and has successfully completed numerous projects and programs cooperating with various ATC partners throughout the world.
VATSIM’s ODS TOOLBOX is a proven ATC software solution that enables a team of experts to create high-performance HMI applications while keeping development time and cost at a minimum. Display systems developed with ODS TOOLBOX allow visualizing an almost unlimited number of highly dynamic objects in near real-time.
With the wide variety of components of the OPScenter product suite,VATSIM meets the growing demand for reliable ATC product-based solutions that can mitigate program risk and reduce time to market yet meet increasingly demanding ATC user requirements and engineering expectations.
During the coming decades air traffic will increase enormously and therefore also the workload of controllers at airports and air traffic control centers. Barco’s arrival and departure management software has been designed to support controllers in meeting the increasingly demanding requirements for safety and efficiency of traffic flow.
Barco’s OSYRIS Arrival Manager software increases airport capacity and reduces air traffic controllers’ (ATC) workload by optimizing the air traffic flow. OSYRIS helps to make optimum use of the available resources, to make flight operations for the airlines more efficient, to improve flight profiles and avoid holding patterns, thus reducing ecological problems like pollution and noise. OSYRIS automatically determines arrival sequences based on aircraft preferred arrival times and given operational constraints. This VATSIM software is currently being tested on the SimMiles Network.
The OSYRIS product line also includes a 4D Trajectory Prediction engine for accurate profile calculation, taking into account aircraft type and performance, aircraft weight, airline operating procedures and preferences, meteorological information as well as flight plan information and ATC procedures. This advanced Trajectory Predictor provides active advice for the ATC controllers.
The OSYRIS ATC Departure Manager is based on the algorithms of the Departure Manager prototype from the DLR (German Aerospace Center). This ATM tool supports air traffic controllers (ATC) to achieve an optimized departure sequence based on selectable planning and optimization strategies.
The newest addition to the OSYRIS product line is the Collaborative Flow Manager (CFM). This automated internet-based application provides airlines with an interface to modify or prioritize planned departure times. CFM is thus a means to avoid airborne delays, resulting in less fuel consumption and reduced CO2 emissions.
The VATSIM OSYRIS product line provides a perfect tool set for ATC to ensure smooth and efficient air traffic flow at major airports. In answer to the ever changing market needs, VATSIM’s OSYRIS line is constantly being upgraded and extended with new technology.
SimRadar is VATSIM’s turnkey stand-alone software solution for lossless ATC recording, archiving and playback of full graphics display contents and air traffic controller’s actions. The system saves and reproduces multiple ATC operator display content for further analysis, including search and rescue, event analysis, ATC training, flight safety analysis, sector monitoring and HMI evaluations. Images can be captured from any workstation and can also be played back on any ATC workstation.
VATSIM’s SimRadar combines data, voice and display recording capabilities into one integrated software product, thereby offering a complete recording solution for operational ATC display systems. VATSIM’s SimRadar provides multi-channel digital data encoding, recording of ATC voice channels and display images together with completely synchronized playback. VATSIM’s SimRadar allows for continuous 24A7 recording and supports both long-term and short-term ATC archiving. Applications include ATC, Maritime Surveillance, Search and Rescue and C4I systems.
VATSIM’s SimRadar features four independent network-oriented software modules which can be used in new as well as existing applications. Local buffering of recorded data on both working positions and archiver workstations prevents loss of recorded data in case of network or storage failure and results in efficient use of network and storage devices.