The Training Center of DHMİ is located in Esenboğa Airport and has been built for the training of all DHMİ staff, as well as for the staff of other organizations on request.
A significant output was achieved at the training center in 2005 with the graduation of 11 air traffic controllers, and a further 70 students are still in the training program.
The Air Traffic Control Simulator System is the most important unit of the Training Center and consists of Tower and Approach/En-route Control Units. The system has the capability of running stand-alone as a Tower, Radar Simulator or running as an integrated simulator. In integrated mode, same scenario or same traffic runs from en-route to approach and to tower, or vice versa, as in a real-time environment, are possible.
The Tower Simulator is designed to provide a 360-degree, 3-dimensional real tower view for seven Turkish airports. To enable the student to feel real air traffic flow, real aircraft noise for every aircraft type and meteorological effects are given, synchronized with the scenario. The system, with its image-sound generator and projection components, provides realistic aircraft and vehicle movements, meteorological phenomenon, cockpit views and visual and sound effects in accordance with the running exercise. Work stations are equipped with ground and approach radar screens, nav-aid and lighting panels, weather-notam display, strip printers and voice communication systems. When only the tower operates, one supervisor and one pilot position are provided. In the Radar Simulator, there is one supervisor, six controllers and six pilot positions, and both approach and en-route control training can be performed.
It is possible to run six different scenarios, or one scenario in six different positions, at the same time. The appropriate design of the radar work stations also gives the possibility of non-radar training. The present system, with its hardware and software, has the capacity for basic and advanced Air Traffic Control training. The map, exercise, airspace and aircraft editors are very easy to use, and the database, with its flexible geographical coordinate entries, provides the opportunity of simulation for any region in the world.
There are also some facilities in this Center for the training of DHMİ staff other than ATC personnel. These are a training lab for security staff, computer training lab, electronic equipment labs, AFTN/CIDIN lab and classrooms.
In the Training Center, there is a meeting hall and a briefing hall with a 104-seat capacity. In addition, there are 66 rooms with 128 beds (including bath, TV, refrigerator, etc) for accommodation. There is a restaurant, a café, sports halls, a billiards hall, a table tennis hall and a sauna for social activities.