Nevatim AFB’s ground control personnel, which will receive the “Adir” tomorrow, recently paid a visit to the IAF’s new Ground Control Simulator and practiced for the landing. They simulated the communication with the American pilots and began training for the combination of transport and fighter aircraft

Tal Giladi

In order to insure that the historic landing will be performed smoothly, Nevatim AFB’s ground control personnel visited the IAF’s advanced ground control simulator in Ouvda AFB and simulated tomorrow’s events.

ATC Preparing for the Adir

Photography: Mor Tzidon

Planned to the Second
All of the information regarding the Adir’s meticulously planned fly-over was uploaded into the simulator. Every movement in the formation has been calculated to the second. “Ground controllers from all of the towers come to the simulator to train and are impressed by its ability to simulate the environment of every AFB and show them unique viewpoints of the process”, shared Maj. Roei, Commander of the Ground Control Instruction Center in Ouvda AFB’s ATC Unit. “Each training exercise takes various conditions into consideration: the weather, the moon’s position and the estimated visibility level”.

The ground controllers have more to prepare for than just the two “Adir” F-35I stealth fighters. They will be escorted by “Ra’am” (F-15I) jets and photographed from above by “Lavi” (M-346) instruction jets. They are also prepared for various weather conditions and for the integration of fighter and transport aircraft in the same AFB. “We have trained for various weather scenarios, some that may even require us to change the fly-over plan”, explained Maj. Inbar, Commander of Nevatim AFB’s Runway Services Department. “The combination of fighter and transport aircraft in the same airspace is complex when considering the different speeds and heights. Fighter aircraft require a different kind of reaction speed from the controllers, and the simulator helps them understand the situation and adapt themselves to the new reality”.

ATC Preparing for the Adir

Photography: Mor Tzidon

The New Simulator: A Quantum Leap in Ground Control Training
The simulator is powered by a processor that can run 24 scenarios simultaneously and is equipped with a 360 display and unique acoustic walls identical in size and organization to a control tower. Its ability to simulate a wide viewpoint of any given AFB’s runways and close airspace allows the controllers to maintain eye contact with the coming and going aircraft

“It can also simulate emergency scenarios such as aircraft catching fire, aircraft losing control or accidental release of munitions near base – scenarios impossible to rehearse in reality”, specified Maj. Roei. “Our vision is to build a training designated control tower, install this technology in it and train entire teams and large groups”.

ATC Preparing for the Adir

Photography: Mor Tzidon

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