Micro Nav Ltd, formed in 1988 is a leading specialist company
developing and supplying air traffic control (ATC) and fighter
control simulators and training systems.
We have experience in ATC operations, systems design, software
production, ATC training and simulator design and development. The
core capabilities of the company are the provision of specialist
ATC services; the development of software for ATC and aviation
systems; and the production of high-performance simulators for
development and training applications both civil and military.
In 2007 Micro Nav Ltd launched a unique 3D visual software suite
that gives benefits to the designers and approvers of airports and
airport enhancements. This suite enhances the fast-time simulation
capabilities of BEST to deliver, for the first time, the
capabilities of designing, evaluating and testing the air traffic
operations of an airport as a working system.
Micro Nav Ltd was established in 1988 by the current Managing
Director Mike Male and Director Fred Johnson (now retired). They
are fully qualified air traffic controllers and private pilots and
together they have more than forty years experience, having worked
for the UK Civil Aviation Authority in all areas of civilian Air
Traffic Control (ATC).
The first major product of Micro Nav Ltd was a very successful
family of air traffic control training simulators called FIRST
(Flexible Independent Radar Skills Trainer). FIRST satisfied a wide
span of simulation needs from a stand-alone skills trainer to a
range of networked procedural, radar and tower control simulation
systems. FIRST systems were supplied to leading air traffic control
organisations, both civil and military, around the world. Micro Nav
Ltd provided the simulators with the necessary customisation,
training and support services as FIRST became one of the world's
leading products. Over 400 units in some 20 countries were in use
by some 25 authorities.
Micro Nav Ltd also developed one of the first Automatic
Dependent Surveillance (ADS) systems to receive and display
airborne position data transmitted via satellite. It was used in
the South Pacific region ADS trials.
In 1998, Micro Nav launched the new generation of ATC simulators
called BEST. Designed to provide users with everything they need
from 'Beginning to End for Simulation and Training'. BEST pioneered
new software techniques and exploited the rapid advances in PC
technologies to deliver new levels of affordability, versatility
BEST has exceeded the achievements of its predecessor with
installations in over 25 countries used by over 60 users
BEST builds on Micro Nav's years of experience of producing ATC
simulators for both civil and military authorities around the
world. The approach and area radar control versions of BEST were
produced in late 1998 and entered service in January 1999. The
tower and ground control versions entered service in 2002, followed
by the BEST simulation engines in 2003 which are able to stimulate
real ATC systems giving maximum realism.
In 2007 Micro Nav launched Fast Airport Builder, a unique
software tool that allows users to create their own 3D visual modes
Since its launch the BEST simulation software has been updated
regularly to ensure it continues providing the flexibility and
realism to meet the requirements of our customers. BEST continues
to be updated to incorporate the latest advances in ATM such as
ADS-B and CPDLC. Find out more about the BEST ATC