Guests glide to Bletchley Park exhibit

Air Traffic Control gallery opened at the National Museum of Computing in Bletchley Park
Air Traffic Control gallery opened at the National Museum of Computing in Bletchley Park
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An air traffic control gallery opened at The National Museum of Computing in Bletchley Park last week.

Featuring interactive exhibits highlighting the past, present and future of the service, a high-fidelity Air Traffic Control Simulator will give visitors a real sense of what it is like to be an air traffic controller at a NATS control centre or major airport today.

Visitors can observe aircraft movements on a panoramic three-screen virtual airport.

Or get more involved by taking up a position at the simulators and experience, hands-on, being a controller while a member of the museum team acts as a pilot, flying the simulated aircraft in response to commands from the visitors.

Tim Reynolds, Chairman of TNMOC, said: “We had a fascinating day talking to some veteran Air Traffic Control engineers and their counterparts today who actually took a lead in putting together the fantastic display. Already it’s creating a huge amount of interest and this long weekend we expect to see lots of visitors.”