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ST Electronics partners Oman's Sky Seven in aviation training

THE electronics arm of Singapore Technologies (ST) Engineering has signed a memorandum of understanding with Omani aviation and training consultancy Sky Seven to promote Oman's first Virtual Aerodrome Laboratory (VAL) for airport training and simulation.

The MOU also includes cooperation between the two companies in projects such as skills training for aviation professionals, developing learning systems and educational application in schools and colleges.

Equipped with an immersive 120-degree screen, the VAL recreates a realistic airport aerodrome to simulate challenging and even dangerous real-life situations for students. Trainees will be taught airport planning and design, air traffic management and crisis simulation, among others. Students can also role-play as airport staff to gain practical skills.

Chan Hua Tek, executive vice-president and general manager of ST Electronics (Training & Simulation Systems) said that the VAL will enable trainees to hone their skills in a controlled yet highly realistic environment.

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"Simulation-based learning offers industry professionals and trainees a unique, hands-on opportunity," he said.

Khalil Al Rahbi, executive chairman of Sky Seven, said that simulation-based training maximises training safety and minimises risk, as shown in the military and aviation sectors.

"The agreement with ST Electronics is in line with our vision for Sky Seven to develop aviation professionals and trainees with industry relevant skillsets," said Mr Al Rahbi.