WX360 Air Traffic Control SIMULATOR
BARLOG MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS HAS INSTALLED ITS WX360 AERODROME SIMULATOR AT
SCHOOL, PORT ALFRED AIRPORT, SOUTH AFRICA
On 6 may 2011, at the official launch of the WX360 Aerodrome
Simulator simulator at 43 Air School in Port Alfred,
the Chief of the South African
Air-force (SAAF) Lt Gen Carlo Gagiano announced
that the SAAF would be
using the WX360 simulator for the training of their ATC
students as from 1 October 2011
Apart from their many successful ATC courses, 43 Air School
has also found the simulator to be an effective training
platform for their PPL students in RT and language
The Barlog WX360 Aerodrome Simulator design provides a unique
feature in that it is presently the only 360° ATC
simulator in South Africa.
The design is such that once inside, the 25,000,000 pixel
visual system creates a realistic and totally
immersive three dimensional
panoramic view of the airfield.
The 7,5 m diameter tower structure is spacious which allows
for a Tower and Ground position, Clearance delivery
frequency and provides sufficient room to work in when instructing and
evaluating trainee ATC personnel.
Apart from a well designed generic aerodrome that caters for
most complex training requirements, our client can
have any number of airports located anywhere in the world added to facilitate
home base training and validations
The WX360 simulator has an impressive
list of more than 200 aircraft to choose from for ATC training. The 12
“pilot” positions allow each aircraft/vehicle, in the exercise, to be operated
by a different “pilot” removing
the possibly of voice misidentification that
may be frequently experienced by the student ATC when communicating
“pilot” who flies or operates more than one aircraft/vehicle at a time in
The design phase and software development for
this project commenced more than 5 years ago and at the end of
designs were committed to manufacture and delivered and installed successfully
and on schedule for the
SACAA audit that was conducted on site at Port
Alfred on the 31 March 2011.
Aircraft emergencies including crash emergencies with
realistic fire/smoke generated for visual effect are included.
During the audit it was stated by Mr. Rob Purkiss
of the SACAA that “I have seen a number of
360° simulators worldwide and the
WX360 is by far better than anything I have ever seen.”
The Barlog WX360 ATC Simulator with En-Route and
Approach capabilities provides an ideal training platform
for air traffic
controllers in a multi session and flexible exercise system.
comprises stand alone modular control positions arranged into a circular control
tower with dynamic
traffic generated by simulator pilots.
360 degree high definition visual system delivers a complete reproduction of a
real Airport Control
Tower, with its realistic tailored design of aerodrome
scenes complimented by monitors, elements and other
devices found in the real
tower room. This allows a total reproduction of operating conditions found in
modern tower including MET processing, Airport Lighting Control,
Navigational aids Status etc
We are capable of reproducing any
airfield in the world together with its associated airspaces. This facilitates
"home base" familiarization and training and customized National
Over 200 aircraft
call-signs are provided and include liveries of most airlines found at major
Barlog offers a full support package including
database updates and where required, add-on software
aerodromes and tailored enhancements to meet any changes in the training
The system provides digital voice, data and 2D radar type
recording of lessons that can be analyzed during the exercise
infringement and workload evaluation.
The system provides on-line
adaptation of the external tower's environment allowing for modification of the
Meteorological and lighting conditions and information and
provides a seamless environmental change of light conditions,
precipitation, wind and visibility all seen in the visual displays that allows
for visual meteorological observations.
highly realistic and provide ideal LVP and other inclement weather training.
Aircraft emergencies including crash emergencies with realistic fire / smoke
generators in the visual scene.
The modular design is robust and highly
flexible and uses integrated COTS architecture.
exercise scheduling, preparation and design are special features along with ease
Barlog provides a total turnkey solution to its
customers. Our design features are reliable with a built-in
solutions reducing the possibility of downtime significantly.
based system with up to 100 working positions that may be operated
meet the training requirements of our customers.
Tailored visual solutions for the 3D scene as well as pilot positions by
state-of-the-art visual image
generators create good depth perception and
Visualization by a networked multi-channel visual system of HD
LED large format screens totaling
25,000,000 pixels with a 3,000,000:1
contrast ratio creates the perfect solution to meet the demands
modern ATC training requirements.
Digital Voice Communication with
selectable radio frequencies and inter-phone
The modular design of this simulator is such that it can
easily be packed into a container and shipped
anywhere in the world and facilitates quick. assembly and
The simulator is a fully equipped state-of-the-art aerodrome
simulator that creates
the impression of being in a real tower
MULTI-CHANNEL VISUAL SCENE GENERATION
Screenshots showing and example of the visual content
The crystal clear LED visual system allows the WX360 to be
operated in full ambient daytime lighting conditions without the need to dim the
THE ATC TOWER STRUCTURE
A 3D CAD diagram showing the simulator's unique compact
modular design that is spacious enough to accommodate a full compliment of tower staff
as well as an instructor and two evaluators. Any number of radar positions may
be added as stand alone radar consoles using the same easy to assemble modular units
The simulator has 12 pilot positions around the
outside perimeter from which the aircraft are operated.
The WX360 has a fully equipped exercise coordinator's control
room from which weather, lesson scheduling, flight scheduling recording etc is conducted.
This removes the burden from the instructor during the lesson.
In addition to the communications radio, the control center is also equipped with an interphone that facilitate communications between instructor and
pilots outside of the active frequency
Simulator pilots are ATC students who quickly learn how to
fly realistic aircraft at realistic speeds and flight dynamics using the
Automatic Flight Guidance
System as a navigation aid.
The aircraft may also be flown by hand. All taxi functions are
controlled directly by the pilot bringing a dynamic and realistic ground
movement dimension into the scenario.
This realism creates the perfect training environment whereby students
are exposed to the RT and flight procedures from a pilot's perspective as part
of their initial training.
This method of teaching speeds up the ATC training process once the
ATC simulator pilots move inside
The state-of-the-art Barlog 360° Aerodrome Simulator was approved
for training at the 43 Air School campus at Port Alfred by the SACAA-ATS inspectors on 31 March 2011
The Air Traffic Services College at 43 Air School will provide students with
the highest training standards
in line with the South African Civil Aviation
Authority Regulations and in accordance with the ICAO standards
state-of-the-art Barlog 360° Aerodrome Simulator.
The formal opening ceremony by the Chief of the South
African Air Force and Government officials at the
43 Air School Air Traffic Controller training center on the 6 May 2011 marks an
important historical event
in the South African Aviation training industry
by the introduction of the first and only 360° 3D visual
system air traffic control simulator
in South Africa.
The Chief of the SAAF announced that the WX360 ATC simulator
would be used by the airforce for training.
Lt General Carlo Gagiano with Peter Dooley, of Barlog
Management Systems during the official opening
A fully integrated Radar simulator has now been added to 43
Air School making this
SA CAA ATS certified to meet all requirements
|The capability to simulate a near identical working environment for
Approach Radar Control sectors found in South Africa . |
|The suitability for rating validation training ( the 50% allowable in
accordance with CAR Part 65). |
|The suitability for rating validation training and assessment in respect
of Approach Radar. |
|The capability to simulate all emergency situations applicable to the
sector under simulation. |
|The suitability for conducting annual proficiency checks. |
This simulator was designed and and
manufactured in South Africa by Barlog Management Systems cc,
a 100% South
African owned company
For further details contact Peter Dooley at:
Marketing and Simulator Business Development
Mobile +27 82 495 4031
A special thanks to Johan van Wyk and Aeroworxsa as well as Col Brian van
for their contributions