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Simulated Air Traffic Control Environment Working Group (SATCE)

Last Update: September 8, 2016

Chairman: Ted Chapman, FlightSafety International

APIM 14-204: ARINC Report 439 - Updating with industry best practices for SATCE Integration (pdf, 50K)


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

The project defines and develops guidance on the provision of SATCE in FSTDs for the benefit of flight crew training. The guidance recommends a more mature set of requirements, and provides commentary on scope, currently available technologies, integration, qualification, and maintenance. SATCE feature and fidelity requirements are mapped to the type (level) of training to be delivered.

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. 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 Report 439 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:

  • 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 rather than an overly complex distraction.
  • 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 and how they can be reconfigured as the ATC environment or communication procedures change.
  • 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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Simulated Air Traffic Control Environments (SATCE) Working Group
April 13-15, 2016, in Orlando, Florida

Staff Contact

Scott Smith
scott.smith@sae-itc.org
240.334.2582