ESCAPE: world-class ATC real-time simulator

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ESCAPE is a scalable EUROCONTROL ATM real-time simulation platform supporting small- and large-scale simulations in the following areas:

  • Airspace design for both en-route and TMA;
  • Evaluation of new operational concepts and controller tools;
  • Pre-operational validation (live trial);
  • Controller training;
  • Research & Development.

Take a tour of the EUROCONTROL Experimental Centre below. Visit our simulation rooms and you will see the ESCAPE system running.

ESCAPE modular build

One of the strengths of ESCAPE is its modular design and maximum use of advanced software engineering solutions. ESCAPE is a full PC/Linux platform based on Corba middleware for dynamic communications between ESCAPE components.

ESCAPE provides a wide set of capabilities such as:

  • Ground capabilities: SYSCO, AMAN, MCTD, MONA, TBS, RTA, STCA, APW, MTAPW, TCT, etc,
  • Air capabilities: high fidelity aircraft performance, RTA, CDA, ASAS, Datalink, etc,
  • A very powerful HMI tool kit (ECHOES) which allows the rapid development of specific and elaborated controller HMI(s),
  • Interface with industrial tool : AMAN (Thales Maestro, Harris OSYRIS), Thales TBS,
  • Interoperabilty with ATM system using SVS or Pitch.

For Research, Operational Validation and Training

ESCAPE will meet your expectations whether you need it for research, operational validation or even training purposes. It features full recording of all controller and pseudo-pilot input, all trajectories flown, all R/T and telephone communications, self-assessment indicators, etc.

These recordings are easily exchangeable for further analysis by the validation or training experts, with ESCAPE’s integrated advanced data processing tools or your own internal tools.

Analysis tools

ESCAPE’s own analysis tools allow you to quickly post-process exercise data and produce ‘dashboard’ reports to be used during debriefings or to rapidly analyse special events occurring during the simulation. Data can be forwarded to our set of environmental analysis tools like IMPACT to calculate greenhouse gas emissions or build a noise map.

Airspace and traffic data can also be imported from your own source or from EUROCONTROL’s rich warehouse of archived or forecast traffic and airspace data.

SESAR compliant

To make sure ESCAPE remains the most suitable platform for research simulations, we integrated the latest EUROCONTROL and SESAR concepts like 4DT (4D trajectory management), TBS/LORD (time-based separation, optimised runway delivery), PMS (point-merge system), ETA/RTA/TTA (target times of arrival), etc.

And of course it already features CPDLC functions (data link) and other tools to support the operation of Free Routes.


ESCAPE is not only the most powerful simulator but also the most affordable. Indeed, financed by all EUROCONTROL Member States, it is provided free of charge to all our Member States.

All you have to pay for is the hardware and any external components (operating system and middle-ware licences) – all in all still at a very moderate cost.

In addition, users of ESCAPE can join the existing community to finance and provide first-level support for a very reasonable annual fee.


Example of cost structure

This quotation is provided by way of information (Hardware+ software without audio communication system):

  • ESCAPE platform with 4 controller and 4 pilot working positions: €40,000 purchase price plus €13,500 annual charge;
  • ESCAPE platform with 12 controller and 12 pilot working positions: €100,000 purchase price plus €38,000 annual charge.

A powerful real-time ATM platform to validate any scenario on any scale

With the affordable, SESAR-compliant ESCAPE platform, you can replicate any ATC system to validate any ATM concept. Provided free of charge (software only – with an administration fee) to EUROCONTROL Member States, and worldwide to universities and research establishments, the solution has a modular design that enables a wide range of capabilities including CPDLC, high‑fidelity aircraft performance, datalink and powerful HMI tool kit.


ESCAPE is now available on a mobile platform. You can run the platform on as few as two laptops and scale it up according to your needs. This is an ideal solution to conduct smaller real-time simulations at your own premises, be it for training, research projects or small scale airspace improvements.
More information is available here.

At a glance

Aircraft flying simultaneously

Flight plans

Controller Working Positions

Pilot Working Positions


Questions about ESCAPE? More information about costs and customization? Contact us today.

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