Disaster simulated at Florida airport

Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) Central Florida Division recently conducted its first civilian aviation disaster-response exercise. ARA held the exercise at the Southwest Florida International Airport to train operations staff how to respond to a sabotage incident.

The exercise ran via a new generation of simulation software, called the Airport Emergency Response Operations Simulation (AEROS). Developed by ARA and sponsored by The National Academies’ Transportation Research Board, AEROS is a web-based simulation that offers decision-making exercises related to natural disasters, crash landings, airport fires, hazardous materials release, and other emergency situations. These exercises are specified in FAA regulations as part of airport certification requirements.

AEROS will be tested at two additional airports and is scheduled to be released to the civil aviation community in 2010.

For more information: 407-384-2714 or www.ara.com.

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