|Metro first to use new air traffic control software||
December 8, 2004
Aviation and Aerospace Science Department continues to provide students
with the very latest information and technology in its courses. The most
recent example is new sophisticated air traffic control training software
from Raytheon, which is being used by students in the "Fundamentals
of Air Traffic Control" course.
The software has a voice recognition feature in which studentsacting as air flight controllersgive voice commands to airplanes for landing and takeoff. Through the voice-recognition feature, students see their voice commands translated onto their computer monitor, which displays a map of the runways at Denver International Airport.
"We're the only college in the country using this software," said Department Chair Jeff Forrest.
The software provides
students a realistic taste of the pressures that air traffic controllers
face. Most Metro aviation and aerospace students intend to become pilots,
and instructor Mary Ozimkowski, a retired air traffic controller who
worked many years at DIA, believes the air traffic control training
gives students critical safety tools. "A pilot who knows what the
air traffic controller is facing is a better, safer pilot."
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