Micro Nav Ltd, a specialist UK simulation and training company, has secured a contract to supply their Airside Driver Training (ADT) simulator to dnata Ltd. dnata Ltd., based at London Heathrow, will deploy this technology for training over 400 aircraft tug and ground service drivers in airside procedures and radio skills.
dnata Ltd. recently acquired the assets of Aviance in Terminal 3 and 4 at Heathrow and is owned by dnata, based in Dubai. dnata is the fourth largest combined air services provider in the world. dnata Ltd. will be working with Micro Nav over an 18 month period, to ensure the ADT driving simulator meets the varied needs for their operations at London Heathrow (LHR) airport.
Micro Nav's ADT simulator provides a safe, versatile and realistic environment in which airport drivers can be trained and evaluated. The simulator can be used by drivers to practice a wide variety of procedural tasks and develop their radiotelephony (RTF) skills. Personnel at dnata Ltd. will be able to experience operating airside at night, in low visibility, in heavy traffic and during emergency scenarios without leaving the training facilities.
The adoption of the ADT by dnata Ltd. reflects a growing trend towards the implementation of competency-based training and validation for all ground personnel. This trend is expected to be reflected in forthcoming regulatory requirements from the UK CAA, EASA and the FAA for airside driving and RTF proficiency certification.
The Ground Services Director at dnata Ltd. David Edwards commented that "the simulator will ensure that our drivers retain their top position for safe and efficient driving standards at London Heathrow".
Martin Wise, Sales and Marketing Director at Micro Nav said "the use of simulators to provide training and increase safety has a long heritage in aviation and with the introduction of the ADT we are extending this tradition into ground operations. Micro Nav is pleased to be working with dnata Ltd. who are demonstrating a lead in the important area of improving safety and operational efficiency using a competency-based training approach."
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