Partnership to best prepare for the air traffic restart


Amsterdam, 9 July 2020: Micro Nav and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) have today announced a partnership to make Micro Nav’s BEST ATC Simulator available free of charge to CANSO’s air navigation service provider members to help them be best prepared when air traffic levels pick up again.

The traffic restrictions imposed to control the spread of COVID-19 have caused global air traffic levels to drop by as much as 80% for a prolonged period of time. Against the backdrop of these unprecedented circumstances, maintaining air traffic controller proficiency and confidence as air traffic levels begin to climb will be critical.

The partnership sees Micro Nav make the full capabilities of their ATC radar and tower simulator available as a cloud-based tool to enable controllers to practice with higher traffic levels in order to maintain proficiency. The platform supports remote operation, enabling controllers to practice, even while at home.

The cloud-based BEST ATC simulation platform will be made available for free until the end of November 2020. Micro Nav will also provide online training for participating Air Navigation Service Providers to help them customise the platform to reflect their own airspace and will also provide ongoing technical support.

“I believe this initiative could provide significant value to our members during these difficult times enabling them to be as prepared as possible for the restart and recovery,” said CANSO Director General, Simon Hocquard. “The partnership is another great example of organisations collaborating to safeguard the resiliency of our industry and to build a better future together.”

“Our vision, to make a positive difference to the world through simulation, has never been so appropriate as during these times. We are therefore delighted to offer our ATC simulation platform, trusted by ANSPs for over 30 years, to CANSO’s ANSP members in support of our industry’s recovery,” said Micro Nav’s Managing Director, Greg Pile.