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Real time test and training platform

The potential for improvement of operational efficiency by introduction of A-CDM, Total Airport Management (TAM), and improved, performance based airport management is estimated up to 15-20%. Besides an individual adaptation of the concepts and development of specific management procedures, the training of management and operational staff is essential to explore this potential.


In order to support these requirements, the CAST airport simulation software has been extended with further modules in order to provide a Virtual Airport Operational Test and Training Platform. User defined scenarios of air/airside and terminal operations can run in real or fast time while being controlled from external interfaces like in a real AOC or APOC (Airport Operations Center). Several connected interfaces for different APOC stakeholders are provided by ArianeGroup.

Key features of the Airport Gaming Solution

  • Virtual airport serious gaming environment
  • Including traffic and processes of air, airside and terminal
  • Real time control by individual stakeholder dashboards and interfaces
  • Includes: airport operator, airline, ATC, ground handling, terminal management and more
  • Free and flexible configuration of environment and scenarios based on CAST Technology


For a deeper insight, please watch the video produced by CDG/ADP (Aéroports de Paris)

Facts & Benefits

  • Better and well tested management procedures
  • Mutual understanding and optimised cooperation between stakeholders
  • Reduced management and resource cost
  • Tested and trained procedures for disruption management
  • Less delays, better safety, higher customer satisfaction and higher revenues

The CAST based Gaming Platform fills a gap by providing a unique hybrid system that can combine fast-time and real- time gaming simulation. In typical sessions users monitor operations via performance dashboard and e.g. can trigger control actions: flights can be shifted, cancelled and reallocated, and the effect on several KPIs can be monitored. The tool also provides interfaces to use or connect (external) systems, such as a gate and check-in disposition or departure management system.


By integration and application of predictive or what-if tools like the ARC’s PAX FLOW SOLUTION or the SECURITY MANAGEMENT SOLUTION powered by CAST the benefits of such systems can be evaluated and proved.

Cost reductions result not only from implementing only well-tested concepts and support tools, but also from the testing itself, which is much cheaper than conventional methods such as real- life testing, which can be disruptive. The CAST gaming platform  can be used for a large range of airport improvements, including capacity, environment, airport control and predictability. Airport operators can design and select the best choices for their investments. Further keys to success that are supported by the platform are the training of work-flows from different stakeholder perspectives as well as the practice of communication procedures and management of disruptive situations.

Fields of Application:

  • Real and fast time simulation of an APOC/AOC (Airport Operational Center)
  • Operational management concept validation
  • Basic training of collaboration CDM / TAM
  • Training of communication and cooperation
  • Development and test of disruption management procedures (wheather, strike, terrorism)
  • Optimized staff and resource management
  • Test and identification of relevant support tools BEFORE buying
  • What-If and real time predictions (e.g. with SOLUTIONS powered by CAST)
  • Research and student training

” The CAST tool has now been used as part of a number of simulations in collaboration with EUROCONTROL, Airbus and participating airports (LHR, CDG, MAD, BOD, TLS). The feedback from the airports during these simulations in relation to the CAST functionality is overwhelmingly positive. ”


The CAST virtual airport gaming platform among other elements includes:

  • CAST Aircraft
  • CAST Terminal
  • CAST Remote Interface (for realtime interaction with external interfaces)
  • CAST Analysis and Dashboard
  • Different APOC interfaces provided by ArianeGroup

The high-fidelity airport models, which were created within this project, include:

  • London Heathrow (click here to see the Video of the of the APOC live gaming session at CDG on YouTube)
  • Madrid Barajas
  • Alicante
  • Paris Charles-de-Gaulle (click here to see the Video of the of the APOC live gaming session at CDG on YouTube)
  • Toulouse
  • Bordeaux

The Airport Gaming Platform is provided in cooperation with Airbus / ArianeGroup as part of SESAR.

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