The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) inaugurated the Philippines’ first Aerodrome 3D Tower Simulator on Tuesday, May 19, 2021, taking air traffic control (ATC) training in the country to a new level.
CAAP Deputy Director-General for Operations Captain Donaldo Mendoza said during a virtual launch ceremony that the new simulator, the first of its kind in the country, will aid air traffic controllers in training, testing, and maintaining proficiency in handling aerodrome control operations, without involving any risk to property or lives and “at a much lower cost than training in actual air traffic control conditions.
“It costs PHP84.9 million — the supply, installation, and testing of the aerodrome tower simulator was completed last March 30, 2021,” Mendoza said.
The 3D simulator provides a 315-degree horizontal field-of-view of the installed airport scenarios, and currently has six airport scenarios installed — the airport environments of Manila, Clark, Mactan, Plaridel, Davao, and a generic single-runway airport. The new training facility simulator allows three ATC working positions, a supervisor, and three pseudo pilots.
The facility, which has been completed since March 2021, will significantly improve instructional methods by exposing trainees to life-like scenarios with a rendered view from the tower.