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LETU Contracts for Air Traffic Control Simulators for New ATC Program


LeTourneau University has contracted with UFA, INC., a leading provider of Air Traffic Control (ATC) simulation technologies, to provide its state-of-the-art simulators for the university's new program to train air traffic controllers.

UFA's ATTower ®, ATCoach ® , ATView ® , ATRadio ® and ATVoice ® products will be installed at LETU's School of Aeronautical Sciences, located at the new Paul and Betty Abbott Aviation Center at East Texas Regional Airport during the summer months. The simulators will be ready to use during this next school year.

LETU's ATC program is part of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) College Training Initiative (CTI) program.

"We chose UFA because of its excellent experience in providing quality air traffic control simulation equipment throughout the world, including the U.S. Military and the FAA," said LETU's Associate Dean of Aeronautical Science Sean Fortier. "We look forward to using this equipment as we train the next generation of air traffic controllers for the future."

LETU will have two ATTower 240°-field-of-view tower training simulators with ATView high fidelity 3D graphics for photorealistic high definition out of the window views. LETU students will experience a "real world" airport environment with aircraft, ground vehicles, wildlife, and weather simulated at a high level.

For en route and approach radar training, LETU will implement a 10-position ATCoach ® radar simulator. The UFA ATRadio ® product will provide emulation of operational radio, telephony and intercom voice communications capability for the training environment. LETU will also use UFA's industry-leading ATVoice ® voice recognition and response technology for voice-automated simulation, allowing greater access to training assets and enforcing proper voice communications.

With the acquisition of the UFA simulation products, LETU will offer training on the same products used by the FAA in its ERAM and STARS training programs.

UFA products are also in extensive use by the U.S. military, other FAA-CTI schools such as University of North Dakota and Daniel Webster College, and international Air Navigation Service (ANS) providers such as EUROCONTROL, NAV CANADA, DGAC/DSNA France, LVNL Netherlands and DFS Germany.

Headquartered in Woburn, MA, UFA is a privately held software engineering firm specializing in Air Traffic Management (ATM) simulation products. UFA's product line is in use around the world and includes ATTower ®, ATCoach ®, ATView ®, ATRadio ® and ATVoice ®. UFA maintains additional offices in Gaithersburg, Md. The company's wholly owned subsidiary, ATCSim GmbH, is located in Mainz and Kaufbeuren, Germany.

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