VV Enroute™ Learning Outcome

VV Enroute™ teaches a wide range of real, practical ATC skills and provides the facility to practise them to a high level of expertise. The student becomes competent at managing traffic arguably more complex than they are ever likely to encounter in real life. Aside from the skills acquisition, this has other significant benefits. It confirms to the student that he/she has the necessary cognitive capacity to cope with the unique mental demands of the job, and so promotes a vital factor in all learning - confidence. Traditional ATC in many cases does not do that, because it is a high-pressure learning environment with very limited lesson time and even more limited opportunity for practice. The student 'sinks or swims'.

Another unique and significant advantage to both students and ATC Service Providers of training by VV Enroute™ is that is teaches the management of critical conflicts between aircraft. These are the situations where, for one reason or another, a controller suddenly notices two aircraft in grave and imminent danger of collision: crossing or nose-to-nose flight paths seconds from intersecting at the same altitude and too late to be resolved vertically. Whilst the theory of such resolution is easily taught, it is very difficult to simulate the surprise element in live training. In programmed simulator exercises conflicts between aircraft are usually noticed and resolved long before they reach the point of imminent collision. And, in the Academy environment it quickly becomes common knowledge 'which aircraft to watch' in an exercise. The result is that training in the management of critical aircraft conflicts is frequently not done to any meaningful level and controllers are left unprepared for them.

The intensity and complexity of traffic in VV Enroute™ simulation is such that the student becomes immersed in managing situations in one part of the screen and suddenly notices serious conflict between aircraft in a completely different area. Or, in resolving routine problems an aircraft is inadvertently placed in serious conflict with another that was not previously relevant. The availability of exercises with randomly-generated traffic means that urgent and unfamiliar conflicts between aircraft are very common and the student is given the opportunity to learn and practice solutions: which aircraft to turn, which direction, right or left, and onto which heading. And, to produce the solution - a transmission to one or both of the aircraft - instantly. Because all VV training is done by reference to subconscious visual cues to aircraft movement and control (no mental calculations to remember) these skills are retained for life.

To summarise, the Learning Outcome of VV Enroute™ is the ability to manage, with confidence, complex and realistic traffic scenarios in an Enroute Control environment, including those of a non-routine and critical nature. The Outcome is achieved from a zero skills-base.