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Dunkirk adds pilot training simulator

Transas reports that it has installed a fifth simulator for training pilots who operate in the port of Dunkirk in France, with the addition of a Navi-Trainer Professional 5000 navigational simulator.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The simulator was customised to the Dunkirk station’s needs, with the vertical field of view optimised by using two rows of large LED screens and a new console design. Fifteen 55-inch screens with 210 degrees of visualisation are also included, while the centre console can be turned 90 degrees to each side to recreate bridge wing viewing positions.

An instructor and debriefing area is part of the design, where all the simulator data is available for playback sequences: tracks and trends contours, radar video, 3D selective visual channels, bridge CCTV, audio and video recordings.

The project initially started in 2008 with the development of the Dunkirk harbour and Calais ferry terminals. Small groups of pilots, trained by Transas, collected and sorted all the original data, with more than 20,000 photos of objects, buildings and landmarks assessed to create the simulation of the port of Dunkirk and its surroundings.

Each of the objects was precisely located by GPS for day and night texturing simulation, based on information from Dunkirk station electronic navigational charts, and then incorporated into the software to create a digital map of the port so that the instructor can simulate any situation and create all types of weather conditions.

The simulator can provide training on deep sea and coastal navigation, automatic radar plotting aids, ECDIS, AIS, and on special operations like PPU, pilot boats, tugs, Azipod, and emergency manoeuvres.{/mprestriction}

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