Page 23 - ATC Special Bulletin Series - Training & Simulation 2022-01
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 to further increase the pass rate and shorten training time where possible.
WHEN THE SIMULATOR IS
MORE CHALLENGING THAN LIVE TRAFFIC
The MUAC training environment was not only used to train new controllers for the future but also to maintain the competence of senior licensed controllers. While live operations ran with lower numbers, operational staff (including advanced trainees) were rostered in high-traffic simulations known as HIT (high-intensity training), which enabled them to maintain their essential skills and to be ready for the traffic recovery. This possibility enabled advanced trainees to be prepared for practical assessments during the busier summer months and senior controllers to maintain their competence.
Remote training possibilities came in extra handy in such a busy period for the simulator environment, allowing more staff to simultaneously train and assist with training activities while staying safe. When necessary, roles were interchanged, for example, controllers or student ATCOs acted as simulator pilots to facilitate all the extra simulations that took place in the years of the pandemic.
Teamwork, adaptability, resilience and innovation have been keywords at MUAC over the last two years, leading to a sustainable training strategy and preventing major gaps in the supply of the future generations of controllers or a decrease in productivity/ competency levels. It was not the first crisis MUAC has endured in its half a century of existence and most likely not the last. Once again, MUAC and its staff proved their commitment, excellence, and their ability to make the best of a difficult situation.
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