Röros prepares for ATC downgrade with simulator training

(Photo: Entry Point North)

Ahead of a change from being fully controlled to AFIS, the operators of a Norwegian airport have begun on-the-job training for staff in a simulator

Swedish training provider Entry Point North has been selected by Avinor AS – the operator of Röros Airport in northern Norway – to provide simulator services and support for on-the-job training (OJT) at the facility.

The training started last month and will continue until October this year. In October, the Norwegian airport will overnight change from being controlled to AFIS, which leaves no possibility for the OJT training in the actual control tower.

By conducting the OJT in a simulator instead, Aerodrome Flight Information Surveillance Officers (AFISOs) will be ready to start working the morning after the change.

To assist Avinor in this unique situation, Entry Point North set up a 180° tower simulator on-site and in close cooperation with the customer, developed 3D airport layout and simulator exercises.

Additionally, the firm provided its expertise in structuring the training programme, approved by the Norwegian NSA, which includes theoretical and hands-on simulator training culminating with unit training endorsement for AFISOs.

Anne Kathrine Jensen, CEO of Entry Point North, commented: “Although performing OJT training in a simulator instead of the actual working place is still quite uncommon, it is an efficient way of training – especially when the actual traffic is low or where there is no possibility to perform such training like in the Röros case. Among other benefits, you can also simulate all types of traffic and situations that might not occur during the time of OJT such as snow or emergencies. We are pleased to support Avinor in this case.”

Situated around 50 miles southeast of Trondheim, Röros airport boasts a single 1,740m (5,643ft) asphalt runway. During 2014, nearly 22,000 travellers passed through its doors, equating to around 2,700 aircraft movements.