Aviation Program Receives Tour
UMTC Aviation team was treated to a tour of Westover municipal and Air Force airport. Read more.
UMTC Acquires New Air Traffic Control Simulator
UFA, Inc., a developer of air traffic control simulation systems based in Burlington, Massachusetts, has delivered an ATTower air traffic control simulator to the Transportation Center. Read more.
UMTC Opens New Aviation Research and Training Center at Westover Municipal Airport
The UMass Transportation Center has constructed a new Aviation Research and Training Center at Westover Municipal Airport in Chicopee, Massachusetts where they will conduct advanced aeronautical research and provide training for air traffic controllers, pilots, and other aviation professionals.
The new center is equipped with a high-fidelity 360-degree air traffic control tower simulator that will be modified for three-dimensional views of a variety of operational environments.
Key goals of the center are to create a Massachusetts-based training center for advanced aeronautical research to improve aviation safety and efficiency. The center will also develop and apply advanced training methods to ensure air traffic controllers, pilots and airline operators are able to leverage the benefits of newly developed technologies capable of improving aviation safety and efficiency. The center will also encourage and support economic development in the region.
The simulator will also serve as a research platform for faculty who want to do research and address critical questions such as how to integrate unmanned aircraft safely into the national airspace with manned aircraft.