Parrot is a new feature from Redbird Flight
Simulations that uses artificial intelligence techniques to create
realistic air traffic control communications for its simulators. The
Parrot system can understand radio calls from the pilot flying the
simulator and broadcasts back appropriate instructions.
The Parrot breakthrough is that the
system operates in context. For example, the pilot must listen to ATIS
and then give the correct code letter to ground control when he calls.
If he doesn’t have ATIS, or has the wrong letter code, Parrot tells
him to go back and get it.
Clearances are totally realistic, and the
pilot must read them back correctly or clearance delivery will keep
asking for clarification.
Taxi instructions from Parrot are
appropriate for the runway in use, and if the pilot dare take off
without tower clearance, he will get the usual instructions to call a
phone number after landing. Once in flight Parrot knows where the
airplane is so clearances are specific and appropriate for the route.
The pilot must dial frequencies correctly or, as in real life, there
will be no response when he calls.
Parrot is pretty good at recognizing
standard unaccented English, but it can learn to recognize almost any
voice after the pilot speaks specific words into the system.
Redbird made news in 2008 when it
introduced the first affordable full-motion simulator. The company has
teamed with Cessna as a preferred simulator supplier for Cessna Pilot
Centers. The complete line of full-motion Redbird simulators and
lower-cost, non-moving training devices are sold by King Schools. The
Parrot voice simulation system will be available near the end of this