LORADS III sim makes Singapore debut

Singapore has commissioned a Long Range Radar and Display System (LORADS) III Air Traffic Control (ATC) Simulator for training air traffic controllers that can better create real-life scenarios.

The new air traffic-control simulator is part of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore’s (CAAS) S$300-million next-generation LORADS III ATC system, expected to be launched in the second half of next year.

Comprising 12 controller training suites and 14 pseudo-pilots’ positions, the simulator allows more controllers to train under various scenarios simultaneously, and will improve teamwork in emergency situations.

About 75 controllers can now be trained each year – 50 per cent more than under the earlier training system, said CAAS.

The new ATC system, which is being developed by Thales, will be a state-of-the-art system which will enable CAAS air traffic controllers to handle the increasing air traffic safely and efficiently.


History of ATC Training and Air Navigation Services in Singapore

1958: The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) Training School was established at Paya
Lebar Airport for in-house training of air traffic controllers.
1964: The DCA purchased the first surveillance radar to monitor aircraft movements.
1969: South East Asia’s first “supersonic age” radar training simulator was commissioned
for training of air traffic controllers to direct faster new-generation aircraft.
1972: The DCA Training School relocated to larger premises at Seletar Airport and was
renamed the Civil Aviation Training Centre (CATC).
1977: The then state-of-the-art Digital Air Traffic Control Simulator, equipped with up-to-date
features of an air traffic control centre, was commissioned for training of air traffic controllers.
1981: With the opening of Changi Airport, a new Singapore Air Traffic Control Centre,
equipped with the LORADS I air traffic control system, was opened. LORADS I was then
touted as “Singapore’s leap into high technology air traffic control”.
1988: Air traffic controllers’ training was improved with the installation of the first PC-based
Aerodrome Simulator at the CATC.
1990: The CATC was renamed the Singapore Aviation Academy (SAA).
1992: To achieve high levels of realism in training air traffic controllers, the SAA
commissioned the state-of-the-art Aerodrome Simulator, which provides a 360º panoramic view of Changi Airport with seamless high definition imagery.
1995: Singapore was among the first in Asia to introduce the standalone Automatic
Dependent Surveillance (ADS) / Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC), a
satellite-enabled system allowing direct exchange of text-based messages between air traffic controllers and pilots.
1996: A more advanced air traffic control system, LORADS II, was commissioned to handle increasing air traffic at Changi Airport and the Singapore Flight Information Region.

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One Response to LORADS III sim makes Singapore debut

  1. Werner Hildebrandt says:

    Management of computer and simulation software supply part
    for the EUROCONTROL ATC simulator Bretigny in the middle 60th.