Following the immense challenges facing AIL as a result of Covid-19 border and travel restrictions, the business needed to reinvent the way it designed, deployed and delivered its air traffic control simulators globally.
As Covid-19 swept its way around the world creating global havoc in early 2020, the AIL team quickly kicked into gear and started to put its Covid-19 mitigation plan into place for the Avinor project - the first simulator delivery and installation project post Covid-19 for the team.
Creative use of cloud-based technology enabled factory acceptance testing to be delivered from New Zealand, with the team from Avinor participating from Norway. AIL’s simulator specialists guided Avinor technicians through the installation of hardware, and simulator user training was delivered remotely via the Airways Knowledge Online (AKO) virtual academy. Site acceptance testing was led by Avinor in Norway, with seamless engagement by AIL staff remotely.
The Oslo Airport simulator installation on 1 October 2020 was the first TotalControl simulator to be installed remotely by AIL - believed to be the first remote installation and site acceptance testing of a simulator internationally. The final tower simulator went live at Stavanger Airport in Sola on 16 December 2020. All remaining aerodrome environments were then built and commissioned to conclude the project.