Adacel Technologies wins $93m air traffic control contract with US aviation authority

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Adacel Technologies ASX ADA Federal Aviation Administration FAA Tower Simulation System Support Technical Refresh

Air traffic management solutions company Adacel Technologies (ASX: ADA) has secured a $93 million contract with the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to provide support services for a network of tower simulation systems (TSS).

The scope of work will feature maintenance and support of TSS hardware and a full-scale technical refresh of all major components of large and small systems and mobile units over a period of five years.

It will feature a comprehensive Help Desk staffed by technical and air traffic control experts, as well as access to Adacel’s training support centre and the use of its web-based integrated data repository.

There are no material conditions that need to be satisfied before the agreement becomes legally binding.

Adacel is the original equipment manufacturer of the FAA’s TSS software and is able to provide a level of experience and knowledge which guarantees minimal disruption to training throughout the contract.

Consistent training

Chief executive officer Daniel Verret said consistent training following the refresh would be vital.

“We are steadfastly committed to making robust, consistent training a daily reality at the FAA,” he said.

“Our industry track record spans more than 35 years, including over two decades of supporting the world’s largest TSS program characterised by exceptional system availability.”

He said Adacel was pleased to be extending its relationship with the FAA.

“It is an honour to partner with the FAA to usher in this new era of TSS program support and to continue the long-standing commercial partnership between our organisations,” he said.

Solutions and simulation

Adacel provides air traffic management solutions and simulation and training systems to customers and industries worldwide.

The company recently secured a world-first deal to deliver virtual and mixed reality technology to an air traffic control training facility in the US.

The technology will be used to improve student learning retention rates and increase student confidence, particularly when transitioning to a real-life work environment.

Adacel has also won a contract to replace the US Army’s Enhanced Tower Simulator (ETOS) and Army Aviation Radar Training Simulator (AARTS) as part of the army’s flight school training program.

The contract is reported to have cemented the company’s position as the Army’s air traffic control training provider of choice.