Challenges & Solutions
Comprehensive Aviation Environment
While modern flight simulators can realistically replicate cockpits, flight dynamics, and scenery, they do not provide a comprehensive aviation environment where pilots must fly in concert with other traffic and coordinate with ATC resources.
That’s where SERA comes in. SERA simulates high-fidelity controllers and radio environments, filling the cockpit’s out-the-window view with other traffic in the airspace. Instructors can adjust the traffic density and ATC speech rate in real time depending on the student’s skill level.
ATC actions exactly match military pilot training. In fact, SERA can model all military airfields, practice areas, and auxiliary fields. It also allows instructors to inject errors and malfunctions to further enhance immersion, increase cognitive load, and train situational awareness. ATC behaviors even correspond with the simulator’s current weather profile.
Automated Entities That Role-Play ATC and Other Traffic
Typically, flight training programs must rely on instructors or contracted human role-players to provide limited communications with ATC and other aircraft in the airspace.
Now, all of that’s changed. SERA generates AI entities that role-play ATC and other pilots, freeing up instructors to focus on training. ATC radio calls use correct phraseology, and students can join an ATC exercise at any flight phase. Instructors can also monitor student-ATC radio communications, using SERA's networked intercom system to communicate with individual students or groups or privately talk or text with other instructors.
Repeatable Scenarios with Automatic Scoring
Flight training applications lack evidence-based training with objective scoring and performance metrics.
SERA’s automated services provide repeatable training scenarios and objective performance scoring. It also supports operations at military airfields and practice areas with ATC actions that exactly match military doctrine. SERA’s automated scoring can also integrate with third-party learning management systems.
Scalable, On-Demand Training
Many flight training programs contract third-party service providers to manually role-play ATC and other aircraft. This setup is manpower-intensive and does not economically scale to meet training pipeline demands. The need for prescheduling does not support on-demand training.
SERA offers 24/7, on-demand availability. In fact, our enterprise solution economically scales to meet any training pipeline requirements. ASTi also offers a variety of deployment options for SERA, including cloud services or local servers to address Information Assurance (IA) concerns.
SERA is also available to students who need extra sets and reps during off hours. SERA’s Pilot Phraseology Trainer (Pilot PT™) is a part-task trainer that’s available through any web-connected device—including smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers. Combined with SERA’s cloud capabilities, customers can easily scale the number of students training at one time, whether they need 40, 60, or even 100 students to train simultaneously.
Easy Integration for Multiple Simulator Types
The Navy uses a wide variety of simulation platforms, including flight-training devices (FTDs), VR and mixed-reality (MR) devices, and desktop trainers. Now they need a way to maintain immersion and cognitive loading across these many training devices.
SERA supports a continually expanding list of simulation platforms right out of the box, including Prepar3D, X-Plane, and Microsoft Flight Simulator (in development). Suitable for new or existing fixed and rotary-wing simulators, SERA integrates with USB, analog, and IP-based DIS audio. ASTi’s enterprise solution also bundles ongoing sustainment services, including training, software/IA maintenance, product enhancements, and help-desk support.
Simulated Environment for Realistic ATC
- Speech recognition engine: delivers over 97 percent word accuracy for native English and English as a Second Language (ESL) speakers.
- Scenario generation: build and customize a training exercise that includes a standard flight plan and additional configuration exercises.
- Environment customization: automatically generate the appropriate traffic and ATC interactions for any flight plan. ASTi can quickly customize SERA’s environment to accommodate specialized military operations at military training sites.
- Flight history transcripts and automated scoring: view past flights, capture performance metrics for every student, review past student responses, and check student scores.
- Adjustable cognitive loading: adjust the density of other traffic in the environment and the rate of ATC voice comms to match each trainee’s skill level.