Everyday excellence 

Meet Adacel - an Australian publicly traded company and a leading global architect of air traffic management and training solutions.  We are ISO 9001:2015 certified and are appraised at CMMI Level 3 capability. We support customers worldwide, from North and South America to Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Our company has been serving military, defense & security customers, airport authorities and universities for over 30 years. Welcome to our Adacel family.


Adacel ATM and ATC Global footprint


Management team

Daniel Verret
Daniel Verret
Chief Executive Officer
Daniel Verret was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Adacel in 2020.  

Mr. Verret joined Adacel in October 2018 as the company’s Chief Financial Officer to oversee the group’s finance, information technology, and human resources departments.
Mr. Verret brings over 20 years of corporate business experience across multiple industries, including software technology, aerospace, digital media and telecommunications. During the span of his career, Mr. Verret's roles have focused on both strategic initiatives and operations. He has led business transformations, corporate finance activities and mergers and acquisitions, most recently as Executive Director at Telecon between 2015 and 2018.
Between 2002 and 2014, Mr. Verret held numerous executive positions at Yellow Pages where he oversaw financial reporting, accounting and administrative services.  Mr. Verret played an instrumental role in the company’s privatization followed by its $1 billion initial public offering as well as its subsequent growth into one of Canada’s leading media companies.  He also served on the Board of directors of a high-growth Canadian digital media company.
Mr. Verret is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University and a Graduate Diploma in Public Accountancy from McGill University. He is also a member of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec.
Mauro Ferrara
Chief FINANCIAL Officer
Mauro Ferrara joined Adacel in October 2021 as the company’s Chief Financial Officer. In his new role, Mr Ferrara oversees financial reporting, treasury, tax, and accounting.
A graduate of McGill University, holding a Graduate Diploma in Public Accountancy, Mr Ferrara brings over 25 years of progressive experience obtained from his previous roles, including Chief Financial Officer of Bitfarms (a large Bitcoin mining company in North America), Chief Financial Officer of Savaria Inc (a company traded on the TSX serving the accessibility industry) and Senior Director, Financial Reporting at WSP Global Inc. Mr Ferrara has strong qualifications in developing and implementing financial controls and processes in addition to productivity improvements and change management.
Michael Saunders Vice President
michael saunders
Michael Saunders is Adacel’s Vice President, Business Development & Strategy. Michael joined Adacel in May, 2021.  Michael’s previous experience includes several senior executive positions for the Quadrant Group, including as Group Business Development Director and Sales & Marketing Director for both Micro Nav and Global Aviation Training Services.
Prior to the Quadrant Group, Michael held numerous leadership roles at Cobham Aviation Services in both the Air Traffic Systems and Flight Calibration businesses. During his career, Michael has led and delivered long-term strategic and short-term tactical campaigns to secure new contracts in Europe, Middle East, Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Africa with both commercial and government organizations all within the air traffic market.

Michael is an alumnus of the University of Gloucestershire, from which he graduated with honors and a Marketing Management with Accounting and Financial Management degree.

Michael Saunders Vice President
VP, Air Traffic ManagEment
Neil Bowles is Adacel’s Vice President, Air Traffic Management (ATM). Neil joined the company in January of 2024 and plays a key role in shaping the company’s future through strategic planning and management. Neil leads Adacel’s operational ATM technology Business Units which includes Aurora and REVAL, as well as the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Advanced Technologies & Oceanic Procedures (ATOP) Program.
Neil brings over 25 years’ experience in the industry beginning his career in operational Air Traffic Control (ATC) before moving into enroute and terminal ATM product strategy, development, and executive leadership roles. Neil’s previous experience includes several senior leadership positions for Searidge Technologies where he most recently served as the Executive Vice President of ATM with overall responsibility for global sales and marketing.

During his tenure at Searidge Technologies, Neil also served as the Vice President of Business Development and Head of ATM, where he led the development of remote/digital tower and airport technologies strategies, steered strategic business initiatives, and guided entrance to new markets. Neil also has previous experience developing ATM innovation and delivery strategies from his time at Dubai Air Navigation Services (DANS) where he led the introduction of tools such as Arrival Management for Dubai airspace.

Neil graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with honors in Geography and holds a Diploma in Business Management from Oxford Brookes University.


Board of Directors

Michael McConnell
Michael McConnell
BA, MBA Non-Executive Chairman
Mr Michael McConnell was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in May 2017 and as Chairman of the Board on 1 April 2019. An experienced Director and private investor, Michael is currently a Non-executive Director of Spark Networks Inc. and Guidance Software Inc. Previously, Mr. McConnell held the position of Managing Director at Shamrock Capital Advisors and has served on numerous public and private companies’ boards in the United States of America, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, and Ireland. Michael brings a wealth of experience across many industries, including media, entertainment, enterprise software, radio broadcasting, cable distribution, basic materials, chemicals, e-commerce, and consumer products.
Natalya Jurcheshin
Natalya Jurcheshin
B Comm (Melb), CA Non-Executive Director
Appointed in October 2016, Ms Natalya Jurcheshin, a chartered accountant, is a senior financial leader with experience in managing, improving and growing finance functions of companies, and playing an instrumental part in their strategic growth. She has over 25 years of experience in finance roles, starting her career in the audit and assurance practice at Arthur Andersen (now part of Ernst & Young) and 12-year experience as Chief Financial Officer with ASX-listed Circadian Technologies Limited (10 years) and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (two years). Natalya’s extensive experience in finance and corporate governance is an invaluable asset to the Adacel Board.
Peter Landos
Peter Landos
BEco (ANU) Non-Executive Director
Mr Peter Landos currently holds the position of Chief Operating Officer with Thorney Investment Group of Companies. Peter has been a Non-Executive Director of Adacel since February 2009 and served as the Non-Executive Chairman from November 2012 to March 2019. Peter’s previous experience includes five years at Macquarie Bank Limited in the Investment Banking Group, as well as holding a variety of leadership positions such as Director of North American Board, Non-Executive Director at Gale Pacific Limited, Director of Biological Wool Harvesting Holding Company Limited and Rattoon Holdings Limited, as well as Non-Executive Director of McPherson’s Ltd. Peter holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Australian National University.
Silvio Salom
Silvio Salom
BEco (ANU) Non-Executive Director
Mr Silvio Salom brings a wealth of experience in starting and growing international technology companies. He founded Adacel in 1987 and served as Adacel’s Managing Director through to 2006. 
A proven chief executive and entrepreneur, Silvio’s rich business experience spans over decades of successfully developing new products, expanding companies into international markets, raising capital, and leading companies towards profitability. His area of expertise expanded into information technology related to aerospace and defense, transport, telecommunications and multimedia industry sectors.  
Mr. Salom’s leadership roles include ITC Advisory Board Member for CSIRO, Director of Melbourne University Private, Vice Chairman of Airport Industries Australia, Board member of the Cooperative Research Centres for Intelligent Decision Systems and Smart Internet Technology, founding Board member of the IT&T Skills Hub, Director of Lochard Limited (which he has founded), Director of Close The Loop Limited and Gramercy Venture Advisors, a San Francisco based technology focused investment bank.
Eryl Baron
Sally McDow
Company Secretary
Sally is a corporate governance and finance professional with extensive experience as a company secretary, and governance advisor working with both private and public listed companies. She is the holder of a Bachelor of laws (LLB), admitted as a solicitor, and holder of a Master of Business Administration (MBA), a graduate of the Governance Institute of Australia and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Sally is the person appointed under Listings Rule 12.6 to be responsible for communication with the ASX in relation to Listing Rules Matters.

Adacel’s Mission +

We apply the knowledge of our customers and the expertise of our team to be the company of choice for advanced air traffic systems and training products.

We combine our core competencies with cutting-edge technologies to drive growth in new public safety domains.

We understand the importance of our products and the direct impact on public safety. These responsibilities are reflected in the quality of everything we do.

We challenge the status quo and offer industry-redefining products in markets where we know we can be successful.

We are dedicated to every customer’s success. We act with integrity, consistency, and honesty. We embrace our cultural diversity. We act as one Adacel.

Our Vision +

To be at the forefront of innovative and effective solutions, for organizations and professionals who have a direct responsibility for public safety. 

Our Team’s Values +

customer focus

Our customers are our priority. We will listen to you; we will be transparent and treat you with the utmost respect. We value the trust and confidence you placed in us. As such, we will always strive to exceed your expectations with swift responses and industry-leading solutions. 


Each member of our team brings unique strengths and talents. We value and build upon each one of them and know that coming together is what makes us strong. With common goals and deep passion for aviation and air safety, we always encourage collaboration, transparency, trust, and respect. Together, we can succeed, shine, and deliver the best possible solutions to our customers.


We love effective and open communications. This approach helps us learn from each other and ensures we support our customers in the best possible ways. Our efficiency improves. And so does the team morale. Honest communications make us feel like “we belong” (and we do!). With a proactive approach, we engage in conversations and exchange ideas to expand our creativity and propel our company - and industry - forward. 


Innovation drives us. Our strong desire to develop better, more efficient, empowering solutions is unstoppable. We are committed to remaining on the leading edge of reshaping the aviation industry and always helping improve airspace safety. We are visionaries. And we will continue to lead the way. 


Our people are Adacel’s most precious asset. They represent the spirit and the DNA of the company. Their passion for innovation, excellence, and genuine desire to take care of our customers enables Adacel to continue to push the boundaries on what’s possible. Developing our people’s talents and empowering them to explore new technological advancements will remain key to our success. 


Over the years Adacel has been the proud recipient of prestigious industry awards. Our team has always pushed the boundaries on innovation for the benefit of our customers and safety in the air. And being recognized for those achievements always feels good! 

Learn more about our industry-leading, award-winning solutions.

Adacel shortlisted in Air Traffic Management Awards 2019

In November 2019, Adacel was shortlisted in the air traffic management awards 2019, technology category, for its Aurora Air Traffic Management solution.



2017 Finalist: MS&T Industry Training and Simulation Awards 2017

The Halldale Group recognizes Adacel as a finalist in MS&T Industry training and Simulation Awards 2017 for excellent performance as a solutions provider within the global defense community.

2015 Top Simulation & Training Company Award

KMI Media Group and Military Training Technology (MT2) magazine recognizes Adacel as one of 2015’s top simulation and training companies. This marks the eighth consecutive year that Adacel has been named to the list, which has also included several past honors for leading the industry in innovation and program excellence.



2013 Top Simulation & Training Company Award

In addition to being recognized, once again, by KMI Media Group for superior performance in the Military Training Technology Top Simulation & Training Companies, this year Adacel is also awarded the Red Ribbon for Best Programs. This special recognition came our way for spearheading the development of a one-of-a-kind simulator in concert with Sandia National Laboratories. The project is the first integration of Human-In-The-Loop simulation into a comprehensive high-security facility training program. 

2011 Top Simulation & Training Company Award, Innovation Recognition

For the 4th consecutive year Adacel is selected as a Top Simulation & Training Company. And for the 3rd year in a row, the company also receives special recognition for innovation with the Blue Ribbon Award.  The Blue Ribbon for innovation is awarded to companies that have made the most significant contributions to the training community, advancing the industry in simulation and training capabilities. 



2010 Presagis Most Valuable Plug-in Award

The "Most Valuable Plug-In or Application Based on a Presagis Product API" award is given to the customer or partner who adds the most valuable functionality to a Presagis solution using a software API or extension capability. The criteria for evaluation include the design of the new application or capability as well as its optimization and performance. Adacel Inc. won for its Terrain Tool, based on the Presagis OpenFlight API and was developed as part of a project for the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

2008 Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics Citation

Adacel's Mr. Gilles Pelletier is awarded a citation from the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA). He was recognized for his major contribution in producing the DO-306, Safety and Performance Standard for Air Traffic Data Link Services in Oceanic and Remote Airspace (Oceanic SPR Standard). 



2007 Best Simulator Provider by ATM Magazine

In 2007 Air Traffic Management magazine conducted an independent international poll of over 400 air traffic professionals to determine the best in a variety of categories in the highly competitive air traffic management field. Adacel is voted as the "Best Simulator Provider." 

2005 William C. Schwartz Industry Innovation Award

The honor is given by the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission (EDC), and is part of the EDC's ongoing commitment to recognizing emerging and established companies that deliver cutting-edge products and services. Adacel is the recipient for the City of Orlando. The company is recognized for its continued development of integrated software, simulation, and speech recognition technology. These various technologies support Adacel's pioneering air traffic management solutions for the aviation community and its command and control simulation system for security and defense installations. 



2004 Branham 300

Adacel secures two accolades from the Branham Group. The company is listed as #75 in the Top 250 Canadian Technology Companies category and #25 in the Top Canadian Software Companies category.

2004 Canada's Top 100 Employers

Adacel is once again recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers. The award highlights employee attraction and retention rates, work environment as well as success in the business arena. 

2003 ADRIQ Export Award

In November 2003, Adacel wins the ADRIQ Export Award. Adacel is chosen for this award because of the company's strategic export planning and ability to enter international markets. The ADRIQ honors both private and public organizations, highlighting their outstanding contributions to the development and use of technology. 

2003 Software Magazine Top 500

Adacel is named to Software Magazine's top 500 software company listing for its leadership position within the software simulation market. 

2003 Frost & Sullivan Customer Value Award

Adacel receives the 2003 Frost & Sullivan Customer Value Enhancement Award for Modeling Simulation and Training and its "accomplishments in the air traffic control (ATC) simulation and training markets."

2003 Frost & Sullivan Market Engineering Award

Frost & Sullivan awards Adacel the Product Innovation Award for 2003, citing the firm's MaxSim solution and its "advanced voice recognition and speech synthesis technology has made a difference in the capabilities of training and simulation solutions." 

2003 AGA Award

The Brossard Business Association honors Adacel in April 2003 as the leading high-tech company in Montreal's south shore community for implementing cutting-edge technology and creating value in innovative ways. 

2003 ATC Maastricht Award

In February 2003, Adacel is selected for the Maastricht Industry Award for its achievements and important contributions to the industry. “Adacel's outstanding voice recognition and speech synthesis capability within their simulation products reflects their significant contribution to the industry as well as the global economy." 


Over the years: Adacel’s rich heritage in air traffic control and air traffic management solutions


In 2022 Adacel celebrated its 35-year anniversary with a year-long celebration and commemorates 20 years of collaboration with the United States Air Force. The same year, the company enters new markets with the acquisition of REVAL, a remote digital ATS tower solution. A new order for a new ATM system from DSNA, a new support contract with the Mexican Air Force, the opening of a new office in Tallinn, Estonia, and REVAL’s aeronautical equipment certificate from Estonian Transport Administration are just some of the year’s highlights.

Adacel is awarded new contracts by the Saint Lucia Air and Seaports Authority (SLASPA), Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA), Avinor, NavPortugal, and Airservices Australia. In a historic milestone, Fiji Airports commissions its new Aurora ATM system. The company also announces extension of ATOP contract.



2020 may go down in history as a redefining year with the global COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, despite all the challenges and uncertainties it brought along, Adacel continued on its path to growth and dedication to its customers and market. The US Army purchased over 60 Adacel simulators to further support its Air Traffic Control Common Simulator (ACS) Program. The contract, valued at approximately $2.8 million, included software and hardware support, and an existing customer placed an additional order valued at over USD $2.7. Adacel was well on its way to overdeliver on its key performance promises.

In 2019 we forged ahead with quite a few successful installations of our MaxSim simulators around the world. Austro Control received a new mini tower simulator while General Authority of Civil Aviation in Saudi Arabia received two tower simulators and four radar suites. We also launched AeroDrive as a System as a Service Solution (SAAS). Massachusetts Port Authority received its AeroDrive - the first with Adacel’s Lexix speech recognition system.  



Adacel successfully installs new simulators in Sri Lanka, Kurdistan, Saudi Arabia, and Morocco and signs new contracts with DSNA France to provide ATM systems for Guadeloupe and Martinique. Airports Fiji Limited (AFL) contracts Adacel for a major upgrade to its existing air traffic management (ATM) system, along with a provision of ten years of post-warranty support services. Same year, NAV Portugal contracts with Adacel for its largest system upgrade.

Avinor, the Norwegian Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) joins Adacel’s growing list of customers set to upgrade to Aurora ATM system. FAA’s Civil Aerospace Medical Institute selects Adacel to provide a Tower Simulation System (TSS). Delex Systems, China CAUC, Mexican Air Force, FAA CAMI, Trionica Mocambique, LDA and others award new contracts to Adacel for air traffic control (ATC) training simulators. Adacel announces an increase to its existing engineering support services agreement with Leidos under the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Advanced Technologies and Oceanic Procedures (ATOP) Program.



Adacel continues to conquer the world of air traffic control simulation training with new contracts from Colombian Air Force, U.S. Naval Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Lockheed Martin, Kent State University, Austro Control, and more. Same year, the company successfully completes installation of its MaxSim Tower Simulation System at Princess Juliana International Airport in St. Maarten.

Adacel is named a top simulation company for the seventh consecutive year by KMI Media Group and Military Training Technology (MT2) magazine. Nav Portugal contracted Adacel to upgrade its System Atlantico (SATL) ATM automation system used for Oceanic, En-Route, Approach and Tower Control. Aeronav chooses Adacel’s MaxSim simulator for Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority while DSNA (Directorate of Air Navigation Services of France) contracts Adacel for a new ATM system deployment in Cayenne, French Guiana.



Aerosim Flight Academy and Adacel join forces to enhance pilot communications training at Aerosim’s campus in Sanford, FL. Adacel wins Airports Fiji Limited’s long-term contract to support Aurora ATM system. Aeronav Group subcontracts Adacel to supply air traffic control (ATC) simulator for the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority.

Lexix, Adacel’s all new speech recognition system (SRS), debuts at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando Florida. Adacel’s list of contracts grows with new agreements from US Air Force, TECANGOL (Angola), Lockheed Martin, Avinor (the Norwegian Air Navigation Service Provider), and more.



Simlat and Adacel enter into a collaboration agreement to integrate Simlat’s STAR/C-STAR products with Adacel’s ATCiB simulator. Same year, Adacel signs a cooperation agreement with the Italian air traffic authority Ente Nazionale di Assistenza al Volo and exhibits its Aurora ATM System at the ATC Global Exhibition and Conference.

Adacel’s air traffic control (ATC) simulators are officially accredited for training by the US Army. Netherlands Antilles Air Traffic Control N.V. (NAATC) of Curacao chooses Adacel’s MaxSim Air Traffic Control (ATC) Tower simulation system. Adacel successfully completes final acceptance for MaxSim Air Traffic Control Tower simulator delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) School of Air Traffic Control.



The company successfully completes site acceptance testing of its Aurora air traffic management (ATM) system in Fiji, and a MaxSim Tower Simulation System is installed at the Hungarian Air Navigation Services’ training facilities. Same year, Ukrainian State Air Traffic Service Enterprise, Airports Authority India award new contracts to Adacel to supply MaxSim ATC Simulators. Adacel wins a new contract for CACAO 1 data link system for DSNA France in French Guiana. Airports Fiji Limited ATM system goes live.

Adacel is appraised at Level 3 capability of the CMMI Institute Capability Maturity Model Integration which has been maintained ever since. Alenia Aermacchi S.p.A. awards milestone contract to Adacel to integrate Adacel’s Voice Activated Cockpit system into the Aermacchi M-346 aircraft. Adacel is also awarded new contracts from HungaroControl, Air Navigation Services of Czech Republic, AustroControl Group, Enter Nazionale di Assistenza al Volo (Italy), and more.  



Adacel initiates the first delivery phase of its FAA contract for Tower Simulation Systems. Broward college and Airservices Australia select Adacel to supply simulation systems for their air traffic control (ATC) training programs.  The RAAF contract in Australia positions Adacel is the primary supplier of air traffic control tower simulators to both the Australian defense and civil sectors.  The 360-degree RAAF simulators are the largest in southern hemisphere. Same year, Adacel wins contract for a new gate-to-gate ATM system for Airports Fiji Limited.

Adacel is awarded the largest commercial ATC tower simulation IDIQ contract to date by the FAA. Mississippi Army National Guard, Silver State Helicopters, and Navy Region Southeast choose Adacel’s MaxSim air traffic control simulation system. Air Traffic Management readers vote Adacel as the best simulator provider. Same year, Adacel partners with Boeing and Rockwell Collins (now Collins Aviation) to provide voice activated cockpit interfaces and joins forces with CAE to develop a fully immersive air traffic control environment.  ATOP system goes live at the Anchorage Center.



Kerrigan Media International and Military Training Technology names Adacel as one of the top 100 military training and technology companies in the U.S. The same year, ENAV (Ente Nazionale de Assistenza Al Volo), United States Marine Corps, Georgia Aviation Technical College, Midwest ATC Services, NASA and others award Adacel contracts for air traffic control simulators while Adacel completes the upgrade to Nav Portugal’s Oceanic Air Traffic Management System.

The Board of Directors installs Adacel’s US-based North American management team. Adacel receives contract extension from Lockheed Martin and the United States Air Force. The Presidency of Civil Aviation (PCA) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United States Marine Corps, Airbus, United States Army, FAA place orders with Adacel for air traffic control simulators. The company is also awarded the 2005 William C. Schwartz Industry Innovation Award. ATOP system goes live in the New York and Oakland Centers.



Adacel is selected by Lockheed Martin as the preferred supplier for speech recognition software systems for the global F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. Lockheed Martin awards contract to Adacel for software development for the En-Route Automation Modernization (ERAM) Project. US Air Force purchases 42 additional MaxSim Tower simulators. Canadian Airports Council (CAC) certifies Adacel AVOP Training solution as the Recommended Training Solution for the Airside Vehicle Operator’s Permit (AVOP). ENAV (Ente Nazionale de Assistenza Al Volo) awards a new contract to Adacel for air traffic control tower simulators. Adacel secures a contract with NAV Portugal to support the Oceanic Flight Data Processing and Visualization System (OFDPVS).

Adacel Systems Inc. opens a new office in Orlando, FL, USA. MaxSim air traffic control simulator wins the coveted ATC Maastricht Industry Award and the Market Engineering Product Innovation Award from Frost & Sullivan. For the 4th consecutive year, Adacel is recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for its forward-thinking and generous employment practices. The company also wins the Large Business Award from the Brossard Business Association in Montreal. More colleges choose Adacel for ATC training simulations: from the University of North Dakota Aerospace Foundation and Community College of Beaver County to the Emirates Aviation College. Same year, Adacel installs its MaxSim Tower Simulator in Brazil for Air Force ATC controller training.  



Adacel receives the largest ATC tower simulation contract to date from the US Air Force. The company is awarded a multi-year multi-million-dollar contract to supply the United States Air Force (USAF) with approximately 94 Control Tower Simulation Systems to be installed around the world. Same year, Canadian Forces (CF) chooses Adacel to provide a new Air Traffic Control training simulator and the U.S. Army elects Adacel to replace its old tower simulators with seven Enhanced Tower Operating Systems (ETOS) Simulators at its ATC school at Ft. Rucker, AL.

In partnership with Lockheed Martin, Adacel is awarded the FAA ATOP program to modernize the international air traffic management system used in the US-controlled airspaces over the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic oceans. The February 2001 contract with the University of North Dakota Aerospace Foundation (UNDAF) marks the first integrated air traffic control and radar simulation in the United States. Embry Riddle Aeronautical University signs a contract with Adacel for a new ATC tower simulator as well. NAV Canada awards Adacel a new contract to upgrade its existing air traffic control (ATC) simulators with the company’s industry-leading MaxSim simulation software.



Adacel is awarded new contracts by ANZ, NASA and NAV Canada. The Royal Australian Navy, FAA’s William J Hughes Technical Center, SGI Inc. and others expand their contracts with Adacel as well. The company acquires the ATC simulation business and assets of Wesson International Inc. After two years of intensive research and out of 30,000 employers in Canada, Canada’s Top 100 Employers chooses Adacel as one of the top 100 employers in Canada: a remarkable recognition for such a young company.

Along with Airways Corporation of New Zealand, Adacel partners with Lockheed Martin to bid for the FAA’s Advanced Technologies and Oceanic Procedures (ATOP) program to replace the US oceanic air traffic management system (the team is awarded the contract in 2001). Adacel is also awarded a contract by the US Federal Aviation Administration’s Willian J Hughes Technical Center. Oslo Lufthavn AS contracts Adacel to provide enhancements and new functionality for its 2D tower simulator system used at Oslo (Gardermoen) Airport in Norway.



Adacel is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. The company acquires the assets of ATS Aerospace (a world leader in ATC simulation) and license for CAE’s oceanic ATM systems software (the foundation of today’s Aurora ATM). The same year, Adacel Technologies Limited is created in Canada. The company successfully renews ATS Aerospace contracts with Lockheed Martin (Canada), HungaroControl and AustroControl.

Adacel reaches a new revenue milestone – A$7.4 million. Total number of employees – 70.  The company buys back Thomson-CSF’s stake in Adacel and its shares from Danny, registers Adacel Technologies Limited, and prepares for IPO and listing on the ASX.



In partnership with Adacel, Thomson-CSF is awarded the TAAATS program. As part of the contract and the development program, Adacel provides 40 systems and software engineers in France. 

Adacel continues its work on FANS with a contract to develop the Automatic Dependent Surveillance and Datalink Interim System (ADiS), which was effectively a FANS/CNS-ATM compliant system, without the Flight Data Processing System (FDPS).



Adacel develops the world’s first operational Controller-Pilot Data Link Communication system, which is trialed with Qantas/Boeing. Adacel secures its first simulation contract with the Royal Australian Navy for an Air Combat Trainer. This was Adacel’s first simulation contract and the Navy’s first developmental project that accepted Software through Pictures (StP) systems engineering approach and the C/C++ software language. Adacel also wins the contract to replace the Navy’s full-scale ship’s bridge simulator in partnership with NorControl. 

Adacel team is hard at work on many civil and defense aviation programs, developing industry innovations such as the Noise and Flight Path Monitoring System (NFPMS) for the CAA as well as the Radar Sensor Procurement Project (RASPP), in some ways the pre-cursor to The Advanced Australian Air Traffic System (TAAATS). NFPMS took off a few years later to form Lochard Pty Ltd, which went on to support 70% of the world’s airport market. 



Adacel works on a new contract from CAA to develop an experimental glass display for use by flight service operators able to take various sensor (including satellite ADS/GPS) and data inputs to aid in visualizing the airspace situation. Under the cumbersome name Generic Airspace Display System (GADS), it became the research platform for CAA’s participation in the tri-partite, ICAO-sponsored Pacific Engineering Trials, and later was included in the Future Air Navigation Systems (FANS). First world trials are conducted with Boeing.

Thomson-CSF acquires 30% equity stake in Adacel. The equity is paid by gifting computers which are to be used for an Adacel contract to develop the Airways Remote Control and Monitoring System (RCMS) as a product for Thomson-CSF’s customers, including the CAA of Australia. 



Adacel wins a contract to develop the Radar Analysis and Test System for CAA of Australia. The same year, the company is awarded the development of a cloud seeding system for CSIRO. Thomson-CSF, a French aviation and defense company (now Thales), requests the three Adacel engineers to assist in debugging the Thompson-CSF Adelaide Air Traffic Control System. This project started a long relationship with Thomson-CSF.

The year Adacel PTY Ltd is created by three budding radar engineers from the then Civil Aviation Authority of Australia (now Airservices): Danny Rowley and Silvio Salom originally, who were joined by David Smith a year later. The company name is an acronym derived from the three specialist skills of the founding members: ADA (the real-time programming language), C/C++ (a general-purpose programming language), and the first two letters from the word “electronics”– ADA-C-EL. One of the first projects the company undertook was the development of a self-service postal station system. And this is how Adacel was born.


Leverage our industry expertise with the infinite potential of technology to advance safety and efficiency in aviation.

To be the foremost authority and trusted partner for the global air traffic community.

our ADACEL values

A - Aspire to be best, as a person and as a team.
D - Develop industry-redefining solutions.
A - Advance safety and efficiency in aviation.
C - Create an unmatched customer experience.
E - Empower our customers and team members to reach their potential.
L - Lead with passion, integrity, and knowledge.