Subcommittees & Working Groups

Simulated Air Traffic Control Environment (SATCE) Working Group

The SATCE Working Group will update ARINC Specification 439A: Guidance for Simulated Air Traffic Control Environments in Flight Simulation Training Devices. The project will result in Supplement 1 to ARINC Specification 439A.

The project defines and develops guidance on the provision of Simulated ATC Environment (SATCE, pronounced ‘sat-see’) in FSTDs for the benefit of flight crew training. The guidance recommends a more mature set of requirements, and provides commentary on scope, integration, qualification, and maintenance.

The standard is a resource for users and operators who wish to incorporate the simulation of other traffic, ATC and a high fidelity communications environment into their flight training devices and programs. It also assists both users and suppliers in the flight simulation industry to meet emerging SATCE requirements and the guidance material in ICAO Document 9625, Manual of Criteria for the Qualification of Flight Simulation Training Devices.

ARINC Specification 439A provides a clear reference, developed by a wide range of experts across the pilot training industry, for training providers to develop and field SATCE solutions, whether as low-level stand-alone training systems, add-ons to existing flight training devices, or as an integrated part of a high fidelity flight training device, such as a full flight simulator.

The working group and document provides the following benefits to industry:

  • Collates inputs from airlines and training providers on the training requirements and value of SATCE features.
  • Supports suppliers developing SATCE systems by highlighting the features most beneficial for training as well as providing commentary on approach, engineering and technology.
  • Establishes acceptable levels of instructor workload and interaction in order to ensure that the system is an aid to instruction.
  • Defines any required interfaces between a SATCE system and other components of the training device, such as the visual system, communications system, simulator host, IOS, weather simulation system, and other applicable subsystems.
  • Defines acceptable limits for what can be expected to be included in these types of systems and what is widely agreed by industry as beyond scope.
  • Describes the requirements for maintainability and ease of update of such systems.
  • Facilitates assessors and regulators to determine if a proposed or offered system meets the guidance in ICAO Doc. 9625 for the appropriate level of training approval or device qualification.

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