ASTi Receives Award to Integrate Simulated ATC System into Coast Guard Flight Simulator

2020/06/09

Advanced Simulation Technology inc. (ASTi) will integrate its Simulated Environment for Realistic ATC (SERA) product into a MH-65E Cockpit Avionics Procedures Trainer. Located in the U.S. Coast Guard’s Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Alabama, this trainer already includes an ASTi Telestra system that provides high-fidelity, simulated cockpit sounds and communications. Together, these products will create a fully immersive, auditory experience for aircrew trainees.

SERA will populate the Coast Guard training environment with AI and voice-enabled entities (e.g., virtual actors) that serve as automated role-players. These entities can understand and respond to pilot-trainee voice communications, behaving just like real-world air traffic controllers (ATC), pilots of external aircraft and ground crews. In short, SERA provides highly realistic, automated radio communications that increase trainees’ ability to interact with ATC and handle busy airspaces. As a result, instructors no longer need to role-play ATC and can focus on training.

ASTi will also configure ATC and AI pilot behaviors to match the U.S. Coast Guard's training goals. Specifically, ASTi will modify speech recognition for custom radio phraseology and develop automated tests that ensure SERA meets training requirements. The Coast Guard will also receive software maintenance that includes enhancements, updates and help desk support.

An MH-65 Dolphin off the coast of Tybee Island Coast Guard Station, GA on June 21, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sean Sweeney)

About the Coast Guard Aviation Training Center

The Coast Guard Aviation Training Center qualifies Coast Guard pilots to operate a variety of airframes, including the MH-60 Jayhawk, MH-65 Dolphin, HC-130 Hercules, HC-130J Hercules and HC-144 Ocean Sentry. The Aviation Training Center conducts both initial pilot training and ongoing proficiency training for experienced pilots, acting as the Coast Guard's capabilities center of development. The center also operates as a Coast Guard air station covering the Louisiana and Texas borders to the eastern edge of the Florida panhandle.

About ASTi

ASTi is the leading supplier of communications, automated ATC, and sound systems to the training and simulation industry. ASTi meets FAA, EASA, and equivalent Level D qualifications with simulators around the world. Since 1989, ASTi has fielded over 10k systems at more than 800 installation sites in the US and 49 other countries. To learn more about ASTi, please visit asti-usa.com.