Flight Operations Simulation Branch (AFS-440) is responsible for managing the Flight Operations Simulation Laboratory (FOSL), comprised of Boeing 737-800NG and Airbus 330/340 full flight simulators (FFS), along with high-fidelity air traffic controller simulator stations for the Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) environment. All simulators can be linked to provide real-time, realistic, dynamic virtual terminal operations, which can be used to observe and evaluate pilot/controller/aircraft interface and performance data with in a defined or generic environment.

The branch develops and provides on-demand operational simulations of existing, modified, and emerging Next Generation (NextGen) Communications, Navigation, and Surveillance (CNS) technologies and procedures.

These operational simulations support aviation safety studies, implementation research, and operational evaluations. Branch simulations and data collection efforts are accomplished through computer models, flight and air traffic control (ATC) simulators, and when necessary, actual aircraft are utilized.

The branch collects Human-in-the-loop (HITL) and flight data to meet safety management system (SMS) study and risk analysis requirements, supporting the FAA, aviation industry, and international organizations such as ICAO, to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of flight operations, standards, capacity, and aviation safety.

Flight Operations Simulation Branch’s clients include:

  • Office of NextGen
  • Air Traffic Organization
  • Airports
  • Aviation Industry
  • FAA executives who seek objective safety assessments to improve flight operations, standards, capacity, and aviation safety within the NAS.
  • FAA Regions
  • Flight Technologies and Procedures Division
  • Surveillance and Broadcast Services (SBS) Program Office

Federal Aviation Administration
Flight Operations Simulation Branch, AFS-440
6500 S. MacArthur Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 73125

Phone: (405) 954-7466
Fax: (405) 954-2528