CAAS launches beefed-up simulator for emergencies

It can produce more realistic scenarios and connect with other simulators to boost teamwork.

An improved simulator that can generate more realistic emergency scenarios was launched yesterday to train airport workers.

Called the Airport Foam Tender Driving Simulator, it is used to train workers who drive special vehicles called foam tenders, which use foam and water to put out fires at the airport.

The enhanced system can generate scenarios such as those involving evacuating passengers from a burning aircraft. It has also been updated to reflect the latest Changi Airport layout, including the upcoming Terminal 4.

"As air traffic continues to grow, so too must our capabilities in ensuring a safe and secure airport environment for the travelling public," said Mr Lee Seow Hiang, CEO of Changi Airport Group.

"The next-generation simulator will help our AES (Airport Emergency Service) officers sharpen their operational readiness when responding to aircraft emergencies."

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore first commissioned the $2.2 million simulator in 2008, and has spent about $1 million to u