Feasibility Study for Simulation of an Airport Tower Control Environment.
Final rept. May 76-Mar 77,
NATIONAL AVIATION FACILITIES EXPERIMENTAL CENTER ATLANTIC CITY N J
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The feasibility and desirability of developing an airport tower control simulation training facility at the FAA Academy was investigated. Training program needs were assessed, and the state-of-the-art in simulation technology was surveyed. Several large-scale airport tower and ships bridge simulators are described and evaluated from an operational and engineering viewpoint also, a number of flight simulators and image generation and projection systems are considered with regard to the applicability of the concepts to the FAA training requirements. Computer-generated image systems versus other imaging technologies are discussed with reference to realism requirements, capability for efficient generation of instructional materials, and for objective student evaluation. The large number of visual-scene simulation facilities presently in use or under contract development for a wide variety of uses indicates that a tower control application is entirely feasible. Author
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