"This is not just another training center," ATSI President Shahar Ladecky said.
"The development of air traffic control safety standards involves extensive use of computer simulation."
"It became evident to us that there is a big gap between the high fidelity of the simulation tools used to establish the safety standards and the fidelity of the tools used to train the air traffic controllers," Ladecky
Ladecky and Michael Webb, the corporate vice president for contracts and program development for Chickasaw Nation Industries, said the goal of the institute isn't to compete with FAA training.
Among those who could benefit from ATII are air traffic control students from other nations and "airspace service providers that are either government, pseudo-government and-or other regulatory or very large organizations," Ladecky
ATII doesn't take up much space - only a few rooms inside the Chickasaw Nation Industries
In one room are a dozen simulators - the same kind used by the FAA
Another room has a 180-degree display that can display 3-D scenes from most airports around the world, using advanced satellite technology.
The realism in such a display is key, Ladecky
Instead of emulating an air-traffic scenario on a computer screen, the 180-display makes a scenario seemingly come to life for the controller undergoing the training.
"For research, it has to be realistic," he
"… What we do is simulate.
We have the math and physical models and what comes out is highly realistic, because that's what you can expect in real life."
The institute will have space for about 24 students, Ladecky
The instructors will be retired international and domestic air traffic controllers.
Being located in the Oklahoma City area - near the FAA training center - will allow ATII to draw from a very large pool of highly qualified instructors, Ladecky