Off-Ramp for December 5, 2009

Brian Watt Brings Jets Home in Air Traffic Control Simulator

KPCC's Brian Watt recently reported on how the FAA is training new air traffic controllers. In his KPCC news piece, he talked with the people who run the facility, and with controllers-in-training, but listeners didn't get to hear the remarkable simulator in action... Now they can!

The simulator uses giant computer screens to recreate the airfield at LAX and computer generated voices from pilots. The trainee can see the planes they're guiding taxi, take off, and land. Brian spoke with Tony DiBernardo, who manages the Control Tower at LAX, about what it's like for new controllers, and got expert instruction from trainer Mark Pawlowski.


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