As part of their job, the simulator instructors simulate many army officials the aircrews will need to carry out their mission
“During their three years of training, the controllers mostly see the control tower. We wanted to show them” what a flight looks like through the eyes of an aircrew member
During their visit to the trainers’ squadron, the air traffic controllers learned about the feelings of the aircrews in the cockpit A successful mission is measured not only by the actions of its aircrew members, but also by the unity of the soldiers providing support. Recently, two key figures, simulator instructors and air traffic controllers, met and learned from one another about their common goal of creating a unified framework for supporting operational activity
Naomi Tzoref and David Greenwald
IAF aircrews are surrounded by thousands of other soldiers in hundreds of jobs that provide support to the operational activity. Two integral figures in this group of support are the simulator instructors and the air traffic controllers: the former train the aircrews for any challenge they are likely to encounter and the latter accompany the aircrews at the beginning and end of the moment of truth.
Recently, the simulator instructors from the trainers’ squadron at the Hatzor airbase and the air traffic controllers from the Tel Nof airbase engaged in unique cooperation, in which they visited one another at each other’s home base in order to deepen the professional understanding of each and every job and in so doing create a unified framework of support.
To Know, To Understand
As part of their job, the simulator instructors simulate anything the aircrews will need to carry out their mission. Among other things, they imitate the voice of the air traffic controllers. During their visit to the control tower, the instructors became aware of how things look from the control tower.
“For the young simulator instructors, this is the first time they’ve seen how the control tower actually works and they were made aware of the amount of work that has to be done. They were made aware of how important and even critical it is for the air traffic controllers to be able to divide their attention. The real world contains many more dilemmas such as busy runways, traffic consisting of a wide range of different aircrafts and problematic weather and not all of them can be simulated in one flight in the simulator”, says First Lieutenant Einav Zagagy, the Instruction Officer of the F-15 simulator. “Nonetheless, we have to know and understand everything having to do with planes because we train mostly for malfunctions and emergencies and not for routine flights”.
During their visit to the trainers’ squadron, the air traffic controllers learned about the feelings of the aircrews in the cockpit.
“The controllers saw when the pilot needs their help and when he prefers quiet in the cockpit”, explained Captain Gal Mor, commander of the control tower at the Tel Nof airbase. “During their three years of training, the controllers mostly see the control tower. We wanted to show them what a flight looks like through the eyes of an aircrew member, that way they will have a better understanding of when they need to get involved and give the right flight instructions and the relevant direction”.