QUADRANT INTERACT™ is a pilot training tool that delivers a Simulated Air Traffic Control Environment (SATCE) solution for any Flight Simulation Training Device (FSTD).
INTERACT delivers a flexible, dynamic and interactive simulated virtual environment for FSTDs that includes real-time other traffic and automated ATC services. Along with the visual scene and weather, INTERACT can be seen as the ‘missing link’ that completes the external environment simulation. This training technology delivers realistic crew workloads and supports the development of core pilot competences, including situational awareness and communication.
Easily configurable and designed to allow customisation, INTERACT can be used to meet specific training requirements for diverse end users whilst creating a tailored training environment.
“Once simulated ATC environment has been introduced and validated, the benefits will be highly advantageous to all
subsequent advanced training.”
ICAO DOC 9625 4th Ed 2015
INTERACT facilitates the ownship and other traffic sharing the same flight paths and ground routes in real time. This allows threats and complexity arising from other traffic to be simulated, such as an aircraft ahead of the ownship on the same flight path.
The behaviour of the ownship may impact the traffic and vice versa, changing ATC decisions and affecting instructions and clearances.
Dynamic interactions, such as other traffic crossing or landing ahead of the ownship, facilitate the simulation of complex ATC clearances, realistically adding to crew workloads.
ATC procedures and phraseology are independently configurable using INTERACT which is important for delivering flexible and varied training.
Configurable ATC procedures can be used to create a variety of different experiences for the flight crew in training. For example, changes in ATC procedures during busy periods, unusual runway modes or low visibility operations.
INTERACT has been designed with the instructor’s role and ease-of-use in mind. A range of tools and real-time information have been provided for the instructor both in the simulator and to support subsequent debrief.The instructor interface largely remains unchanged, with some enhancements to help with aspects such as increased situational awareness and some useful controls designed to expedite training.
INTERACT frees the instructor from role-playing ATC, allowing more effective observation and training of the flight crew.
INTERACT simulates multiple ATC services and associated radio communications to other traffic and the ownship using innovations in artificial intelligence (AI) and text-to-speech (TTS) technology. Accent-tolerant advanced speech recognition (SR) technology is used to automate radio communications between ATC and the ownship. INTERACT can also include the simulation of ATC-ownship data link communications.
Instructor Role and Tools
This technology frees the instructor from role-playing ATC, to more effectively to observe and train the flight crew.
INTERACT has been designed with the instructor in mind. It provides new tools for the instructor to use both in the simulator training session and the subsequent debrief.
When INTERACT is active, ownship and other traffic sharing the same flight paths and ground routings in real time. This allows threats from other traffic to the ownship to be simulated, such as an aircraft ahead of the ownship. The behaviour of the ownship may perturb other traffic and vice versa, changing ATC decisions affecting instructions and clearances.
Other Traffic Simulation
INTERACT can simulate real-world traffic, or other traffic intensity and patterns when these are more appropriate for the training requirement.