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Flight Operations Simulation Branch

Flight Operations Simulation Laboratory


It’s cutting-edge research in a state-of-the-art facility and it’s all happening at the FAA’s Flight Operations Simulation (SIM) Laboratory at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City, home of the only level D aircraft simulators in the country with a primary role of research.


Level D certification means:

  • Six degrees of freedom motion
  • Minimum 150-degree visual field of view
  • Realistic sounds
  • Special weather, motion and visual effects
  • Replicates the actual aircraft cockpit


With our Boeing 737 and Airbus 330 Flight Dynamics Package simulators and high-fidelity air traffic controller simulator stations, we can create realistic test scenarios for essentially any condition pilots, aircraft, or air traffic controllers might face.

From modeling airspace environments to evaluating aircraft, pilot, and air traffic controller performance, the FAA SIM lab can meet almost any research need a federal government agency might have.

We can link our aircraft simulators to our air traffic control stations for real-time, virtual terminal operations, providing pilot-controller-aircraft interface with sophisticated human-in-the-loop simulations.


The FAA SIM lab tests people, equipment, systems, technologies and procedures including:

  • ADS-B
  • Eye Tracking
  • Wake turbulence
  • Closely-spaced parallel operations
  • Air traffic services
  • Low visibility operations
  • Upset recovery
  • Enhanced vision systems
  • Head up displays


We design studies to fit your needs. Test design options include varying weather, wind, ambient lighting and runway lighting.

Users can choose from 30 airport environments coast to coast with others possible.

We provide invaluable human factors and safety data for a wide range of end-users. Results are recorded for study and analysis, including pilot debriefing with video recaps and computer data files. If needed, our companion branch, the Flight Systems Laboratory, can be looped in to analyze that data.

The FAA SIM Lab can also connect via the NextGen prototyping network to facilities and simulators across the country, allowing simultaneous operations from different locations that can test new procedures and prototype equipment. FAA SIM Lab services enhance flight operations, standards, capacity, and aviation safety and are available to all FAA Lines of Business and all branches of the federal government at no additional cost to the user.

We offer flexibility and ease of scheduling. For more information on collaborating with the FAA Simulation Lab:

Contact Information

Flight Operations Simulation Laboratory
Phone: 405-954- 7466

Download our Brochure
The FAA Flight Operations Simulation Laboratory brochure contains information on its use and capabilities at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center.

Watch the Flight Operations Simulation Laboratory in action
The FAA Flight Operations Simulation Laboratory video showcases its capabilities at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center.

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