Advantages of the VV Approach™ system

1. Cost of Training - Generally, practical ATC training is largely done in system-based simulators, at considerable expense to the trainer and/or the student. VV Approach™ shifts a significant component of practical radar/surveillance training from the system simulator to a self-paced and independent environment. Students have the opportunity to learn at their own rate in either a supervised or private setting. Basic skills are acquired and perfected prior to entering a live training situation, then current regimes progress the student to rating standard.

2. Efficiency - The use of VV Approach™ in training provides students with a cognitive framework to follow as they proceed through training exercises, as opposed to current methods that use a 'sink or swim' approach. This makes learning easier, and training more time-efficient, cost-efficient and resource-efficient. Success rates are markedly improved.

3. Standardisation - All students are taught the same operating techniques, removing the problems currently caused by exposure to widely varying concepts of how traffic should be handled. As a result, all controllers will perform control duties in a similar manner, bringing, over a period of time, new levels of standardisation to the workplace.

4. Student Performance Metrics - The ANSP Edition records a wide range of student performance metrics. These may be used for later comparison and analysis.

The VV Student Tracking program is incorporated in VV Approach™ for this purpose. Data relating to the use of the program and results achieved by each student is recorded on the USB security device for downloading to a database for analysis and comparison. Details recorded include:

  • • Number of times each lesson and demonstration is viewed, paused and rewound.
  • • Number of times each simulator exercise is attempted and the running time.
  • • Number of times the simulator clock is stopped and/or back-stepped
  • • Number of aircraft deleted from exercises
  • • Speech Recognition performance
  • • Sequencing performance: spacing between each pair of aircraft