Flight simulators and mission simulation facilitiesFlight simulators and mission simulation facilities

Contact details:

H.G.M. Bohnen / R.C.J. Ruigrok
Anthony Fokkerweg 2, 1059 CM Amsterdam

Fighter 4-Ship (F4S) is a research simulation facility that can simulate the collective tactical operations of up to four fast-jet fighter aircraft. Fixed-base reconfigurable Helicopter Pilot Station (HPS ) for pilot-in-the-loop simulation purposes. MUST is developed by NLR as a reconfigurable generic Unmanned Aircraft Control Station research simulation facility. GRACE provides a flexible cockpit environment where new systems and procedures can be evaluated under realistic conditions including motion and turbulence. APERO is a flexible, transportable research flight simulator that can be used for avionics display design & evaluation, demonstration of new cockpit concepts, part-task training and networked flight simulation.

F4S is an integral part of the NLR Airpower Simulation capability, whereby all NLR simulators can be flexibly interoperated on demand, complete with integrated mission support systems. The Airpower Simulation capability also provides means to easily interoperate with a large variety of simulators across the world.
Research is focused on, but not limited to:
• Progressing Distributed Mission Simulation (DMS) technology; • Improving Distributed Mission Training (DMT) training; • Enhancing team tactics; • Performing Concept Development and Experimentation (CD&E).
HPS can be configured for a variety of rotorcraft such as: • Single main rotor, tail rotor; • Tandem rotor; • Co-axial rotor; • Side-by-side rotor;
HPS has the capability to flexibly interoperate with other NLR research simulation facilities, including mission support systems and Computer Generated Forces (CGF): • F4S; • MUST; • GRACE/ APERO; • NARSIM.
Features of MUST: • Supports both operational - and virtual platforms; • Supports both operational - and virtual video images; • Supports a wide range of UA types, from small to MALE/HALE; • Supports Stanag 4586; • Platform control: -Auto-Pilot control; -Waypoint control. • Camera control: -Manual control; -Geo-referenced control. • Preflight planning (checked against fuel, terrain, traffic); • Reconfigurable GUI, both PC and tablet based; • OSG based map engine; • Supports ADEXP traffic information; • Logging functionality; • Parts of the system developed within AT-One in co-operation with DLR.
Features of GRACE: • Electric 6 DOF fully programmable electric motion system; • Wide collimated visual display system – field of view 210° by 50°; • Fidelity comparable with level D training simulators; • Fully configurable cockpit with room for experimental equipment; • Flight controls: Column and Wheel / Side Sticks / Centre Sticks; • Electric Control Loading System for all flight controls; • Throttle levers: 1, 2, 3 or 4 levers – Airbus or Boeing style; • Auto Pilot panel: Airbus FCU or Boeing MCP; • Cockpit displays: 5 large displays with masks for different layouts; • Side displays: 4 Electronic Flight Bag like touch screen units.
Applications of GRACE: • Prototype testing based on wind tunnel measurements; • Handling Qualities evaluation and Flight Control System tuning; • Motion Cueing Algorithm testing and tuning; • Cockpit Display and Avionics Systems evaluation; • Advancing your application to a higher Technology Readiness Level; • Flight operation and ATM concept validation and evaluation; • Evaluation of Training methods and concepts.
APERO offers the following services:
• Operational concept design & evaluation in the areas of safety, Air traffic Management (ATM), security and efficiency;
• A platform for demonstrations and public relation purposes;
• Execution of pre-integration activities before going to a full flight simulator or other test environments;
• Facilitation of part task training;
• Advanced pilot station for Air Traffic Control (ATC) simulator.
APERO is a very flexible test environment. This is achieved by:
• Commercial hardware and software including monitors with touchscreen that offer the flexibility to enable aforementioned services and topics;
• Cockpit hardware: Sidestick or control column, throttle quadrant, trackerballs;
• Autopilot/Autothrottle and EFIS control panel. This basic flight hardware enables to simulate a realistic cockpit environment;
• Modular cockpit. The cockpit can be transported to any location in the world;
• Flexible software: several flight models available (e.g. Boeing, Airbus, Fokker);
• Use of NLR’s display design tool Vincent;
• Desktop version called AIRSIM is available to enable early evaluations.