1999: On a flight from Manchester to Frankfurt…

…we (Klaus Fischer and Wolfgang Bretl) discussed the possibility of using modern tools to improve classroom teaching in ATC. Covering the knowledge of tower/approach and area control we identified the need for a radar simulator that could be used for classroom teaching. Since this kind of simulator did not exist, we decided to create it – and the idea for ROSE was born. Having access to the experience of eighteen years of programming in assembler and C++ we were basically fit for this task.

2000: ROSE as a classroom tool

The first version of ROSE was ready to be presented as a classroom tool. The main aim was to keep ROSE easy to use while focusing on the realistic behavior of aircraft and all functions of ATC radar systems. Once the first steps were made, our success had caused other teachers to voice their needs for simulators. Step by step ROSE developed from a classroom teaching tool into a fully useable simulator – still running on any standard personal computer.

2001: Basic simulation with ROSE

ROSE starts being sold as a basic simulator to the DFS GmbH/Langen and to Eurocontrol/Luxemburg. From that time on ROSE has been established by different ATC companies all over the world. Special requirements concerning the creation of exercises and the generation of airspaces were defined. Covering almost every aspect of these time-consuming tasks we created a new standard of data preparation for simulators in ATC.

Personnel changes

2008: Christina Lemke joined the ROSE team for development & media support.
2013: Wolfgang Bretl changed his role to being an inactive partner.
2014: David Fischer joined the company as software engineer.

2014: Tower simulator AMOS comes to life

„Do you provide tower simulation as well?“ – that’s a question we had been asked numerous times by customers and partners. Benefitting from years of simulation experience with ROSE, AMOS was our the next big project. Airspace editing, exercise preparation, aircraft performance – all these challenges we already had overcome with ROSE. Still, of course, there were new tasks awaiting like ground movement and the realistic display of diverse aircraft types, like helicopters, tail-draggers or drones during take-off and landing. The experience of Klaus Fischer, who worked as a tower controller at Cologne Bonn airport for several years, was one key enabler for the project.

2015: Collaboration with SkySoft-ATM

Having worked with Skyguide intensely for several years, we got into contact with the provider of the Swiss operational ATM system. Together we began to develop a product named SKYSIM – which is a combination of ROSE as a traffic generator and exercise creation module and the operational systems of SkySoft-ATM, for example, the SKYVISUAL as interface. The SKYSIM product is only available from SkySoft-ATM. Please check their website for further information.

2016: AMOS in use

Austrocontrol was our first customer for tower simulation. Even more: Training experts from the Austrocontrol academy in Vienna were already working with us for one year to contribute their expertise in simulation, training and data preparation issues.

2016: IRIS voice com as stand-alone application

For several years, ROSE had an integrated voice com module named IRIS. Aiming at using voice com in different contexts – like in combination with AMOS – we split the module from ROSE and made it available as a single application, which can be used with any (simulation) system or even stand-alone.