ANSL to provide simulator training for Marshall Aerospace ATCOs at Cambridge Airport

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Air Navigation Solutions (ANSL) has signed a contract with Marshall Aerospace to provide a comprehensive Air Traffic Management (ATM) support package, centred around the provision of a simulator-based training solution for Air Traffic Control Officers (ATCOs) at Cambridge City Airport.

The agreement will see ANSL provide a full-capability Air Traffic Control (ATC) simulator on a temporary basis, as well as an instructor to join the airport team on secondment to lead delivery of the training. Additionally, ANSL will provide Marshall Aerospace with a Manager Air Traffic Services (MATS) on an interim basis, along with wider compliance services in support of the ATM operation.

Providing this essential simulator training will enable the airport to continue to develop the skills of its trainee ATCOs in the current low-traffic environment as it recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. The initial focus will be on the stabilisation of current operations, followed by the extension of operating hours, making Cambridge City Airport a reliable and attractive destination for business and commercial aviation looking to operate into the wider London area.

The programme delivered by ANSL will allow the airport to expedite its ATC training plan by three years, whilst minimizing the drain on the operational teams by complementing it with additional expertise and resource. 

Simulator training is an essential part of building trainee ATCOs experience as it allows them to practice managing different simulated levels of air traffic whilst actual air traffic remains low. It is an integral element of the trainees’ journey towards becoming fully validated ATCOs at Cambridge Airport.

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