ASTi to Deliver Telestra/SERA for RAF Helicopter Training Program

April 18, 2016

Advanced Simulation Technology inc. (ASTi) will deliver equipment to be installed on a suite of full-fidelity CH-47 Mk6 Chinook helicopter weapons system trainers for the UK Royal Air Force. ASTi Telestra and Simulated Environment for Realistic ATC (SERA) systems will equip two flight deck trainers and one cabin trainer with critical audio and communications capabilities. These trainers can operate in standalone or integrated modes.

ASTi’s SERA system generates artificially intelligent (AI) entities representing air traffic controllers, other aircraft, and pilots who all communicate in the same simulation. Using SERA’s advanced speech recognition, pilot trainees can interact with AI controllers through all phases of flight training. This technology can replicate regional accents and eliminates the need for additional staff role players. The result is a truly immersive and fully automated ATC and external radio environment for enhanced aircrew training.

Telestra operates seamlessly with SERA, providing a comprehensive communications environment and high-fidelity aural cue sound model for the CH-47. In addition to eight radios, the Telestra system includes full military navigational aids, missile warning systems, and more. The sound model for the Chinook accommodates a wide variety of audio-sound effects. These effects include harmonics for multiple drive shafts and transmissions unique to the tandem rotor helicopter.

This contract award represents just the latest of ASTi's more than 40 Chinook-related projects, including the following:

  • U.S. Army AVCATT,
  • Flight School XXI,
  • CH-47 Transportable Flight Proficiency Simulators (TFPS),
  • MH-47G special operations training program, and
  • CH-47F maintenance trainers.

About ASTi

ASTi is the leading supplier of communications, automated ATC, and sound systems to the training and simulation industry. ASTi meets FAA, EASA and equivalent Level D qualifications with simulators around the world. Since 1989, ASTi has fielded over 11,715 systems at more than 800 installation sites in the U.S. and 49 other countries.


To learn more about SERA, please contact:
Advanced Simulation Technology inc.
500A Huntmar Park Drive
Herndon, VA 20170
Phone: (703) 471-2104

Photo of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter

A Royal Air Force Chinoook helicopter is pictured during refuelling at RAF Shawbury.

Image credit: Ian Forshaw · Crown Copyright

Image used in compliance with OGL (Open Government License).

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