Adacel Delivers 26 MiniMax Classroom Tower Simulators to Italian Aviation Authority

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New Air Traffic Simulator Additions Are Installed at Main Training Facility in Forli, Italy.

Adacel, an industry leader in software integration, simulation development, and speech recognition technology, announced today that the Italian air traffic authority Ente Nazionale de Assistenza Al Volo (ENAV) has installed 26 new Adacel MiniMax Air Traffic Control (ATC) Classroom tower simulators at their state-of-the-art training facility in Forli, Italy.

With this addition to the six previously installed full-sized MaxSim 270 simulators, there now are a total of 32 Adacel ATC tower simulation systems in use by ENAV. This makes the ENAV Forli center the largest civilian ATC simulation and training facility in the world.

“We sincerely value the relationship with ENAV and are extremely pleased they have sought to install additional Adacel simulation tools at their training facility,” said Fred Sheldon, Adacel’s CEO for North America. “The MiniMax is a perfect compliment to the industry leading MaxSim simulator, and will allow ENAV to implement a broader spectrum of simulation and training capabilities.”

This latest facility upgrade also includes Adacel’s enhanced ATC speech recognition system. Adacel speech recognition software demonstrated a greater than 95 percent recognition rate during site acceptance testing by Italian air traffic controllers utilizing English as a second language.

Adacel’s speech recognition system is now installed and operational on all of the Forli MaxSim and MiniMax simulators. This robust speech recognition capability enables a student to run training exercises independently, without the need to employ traditional pseudo pilots. With this new capability ENAV will be able to maximize available training positions and efficiently manage staff requirements and costs.

Adacel works closely with the ENAV authorities as they plan and implement enhanced training solutions to create the premier ATC training facility in Europe.

About the Adacel MiniMax Simulator

The Adacel MiniMax tower is an affordable, smaller footprint version of Adacel’s MaxSim system aimed specifically at the classroom setting. It comes with an “out-the-window” 3D visual channel that utilizes the same visual databases employed in the full-sized MaxSim, thereby improving training efficiency for Adacel customers. The MiniMax also capitalizes on other MaxSim core capabilities and is fully compatible with scenarios designed for its parent system. This makes the MiniMax an ideal complement to MaxSim, enabling students to receive more hands-on classroom instruction and practice prior participating in exercises and testing with the full-sized MaxSim simulators.

About Adacel

Adacel is a global software technology and systems integration leader. The company is a leading developer of critical aviation (air traffic management), speech recognition, and defense simulation and security systems for government and business entities. Support services are available for all products including full-time, on site maintenance and operation of the systems.

Adacel’s products can be found in more than 30 countries. The company is committed to innovative research and development and industry leading customer support.

Adacel was established in 1987 and listed on the ASX in 1998 (ASX: ADA). The Company’s North American operations are headquartered in Orlando, Florida. Adacel has offices in Washington, D.C., Montreal Canada, Melbourne, Australia and Manchester, United Kingdom.

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