A Turn to Simulation

Training simulators continue to evolve.

The software was rolled out in 2006. “We decided that it was about time something was done to improve the standard for ramp workers … but nothing to our mind had at that time been aimed exclusively at the airport environment,” says Norman Hogwood, co-director of Airside SimuDrive. “It is also easy to replicate the specific airfield, aircraft types and equipment types of the specific location of the airport.”

Simulation technology seems here to stay, as Paul van Dinther points out that the caliber of technology and the cost aspect make sense for an airline or ground handling company looking for training options. “Technology has advanced so much and so fast that these days a computer capable to run a full blown visual system for big displays doesn’t cost the world anymore,” he says. “So the cost of equipment has come down a lot.”

Kleinsorge agrees that simulation represents the future of training for some operations on the ramp. “For the young generation, this is how they learn,” Kleinsorge says. “It’s efficient, it saves a lot of money; you can do it faster and less expensively.”

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