Flight training device using virtual air traffic voice commands to debut

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Frasca International will unveil the first integrated flight training device (FTD) with virtual air traffic control commands designed to give student pilots more realistic training.

Designed specifically for general aviation pilot training, the product called SAFTE (Synthetic Automated Flight Training Environment) with Virtual Air Traffic (VAT) will make its debut at Embry-Riddle’s National Training Aircraft Symposium, March 16-19 on the Daytona Beach campus.

SAFTE/VAT incorporates simulated flight plans with voice recognition technology to deliver a real world flight experience, allowing the student pilot to “fly” in a particular situation or air space, and receive specific commands from the virtual air traffic controller. The technology enables the flight instructor to focus on teaching rather than role-playing and better trains the student through repetitive, learned behaviors in scenario-based situations, according to ERAU officials.

For more information: EmbryRiddle.edu or Frasca.com.

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