Nick Papadopoli

Nick Papadopoli, Training and Simulation Consultant

Mr. Papadopoli is currently an independent Training and Simulation Consultant and former Product Manager for Adacel Technologies who’s 12-year term focused on the development and integration of new technologies such as Simulated Air Traffic Control Environment (SATCE) used in flight simulation training devices (FSTDs), and Aircraft Voice Command and Control systems used for hands-free aircraft control. He’s also an active member of the FSEMC Working Group on SATCE which produced ARINC Specification 439A (2016) and 439B (2020). In addition to his 30 years of experience in applied computer technology, he has a degree in Transportation Engineering from Montreal’s McGill University and a degree in Aviation Management from John Abbott College. He’s also a fixed wing and aspiring rotary wing pilot with commercial, IFR, and multi-engine ratings.

Integrating New Technologies into Flight Training

With the advent of new and advanced technologies comes the question; “How does it integrate into the training curriculum?” Most organizations find it difficult to answer since it requires an in-depth knowledge and understanding of multiple technologies as well as an investment in sufficient time to produce a qualified evaluation.

An example of this is the Simulated Air Traffic Control Environment known as SATCE which adds automated air traffic control and other traffic into the FTD’s simulation. Although this has been in limited use by some training organizations for over a decade, it has yet to take hold within the broader flight training community. However, virtually everyone involved in flight training agrees that this would be a great enhancement and should to be part of any FSTD. Why is that?

Based on many years of first-hand experience, it has become abundantly clear that SATCE as well as any new technology will only become an accepted standard part once it has been synchronized with individual training objectives and shown to produce benefits. Simply acquiring any new “thing” without performing close customized integration with the training objectives is just not enough.

Guidance on features, integration strategies, and potential pitfalls will be discussed when considering investing in new technologies. This will be supported with examples.

Upcoming technologies and their impacts, as well as the preparations needed for success, will also be presented.