Which services does the facility offer

There are 4 different flight simulation facilities:

  • A fixed-base reconfigurable Helicopter Pilot Station (HPS) for pilot-in-the-loop simulation purposes
  • The Fighter 4-Ship (F4S), which can simulate the collective tactical operations of up to four fast-jet fighter aircraft
  • A fixed base avionics prototyping simulator (APERO), 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
  • A reconfigurable generic Unmanned Aircraft Control Station research simulation facility (MUST)

The flight simulators are highly interoperable an can be can easily be linked to the ATC facilities.

Detailed specifications of the simulators’ capabilities can be found below.

Who can benefit from these services

Aircraft manufacturers, avionics and equipment suppliers, military operators.

How to get access to the facility

You can get access to the simulation facilities through an agreement with NLR. You will find the contact info on the right.

Detailed description of the facilities


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 research simulation facilities, including mission support systems and Computer Generated Forces (CGF): F4S, MUST, APERO and NARSIM.

HPS features

  • Outside view with field of view of 180° horizontally by 70° vertically
  • Mechanical helicopter controls (collective, cyclic stick and pedals) and a high fidelity four- axis electrical control loading system
  • Cockpit instruments and cockpit displays are simulated using four colour touch screens
  • Helmet Mounted Display (HMD)
  • Computer Generated Forces (CGF)
  • Rotorcraft flight mechanics models of
    • NH90
    • Apache
    • Cougar
    • Chinook
    • Tilt rotor (ART FlightLab software environment)
  • VROOM (virtual reality room with capability to simulate helicopter rear crew stations or ground crew stations)
Fighter 4-Ship

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.

  • Progressing Distributed Mission Simulation (DMS) technology
  • Improving Distributed Mission Training (DMT) training
  • Enhancing team tactics
  • Performing Concept Development and Experimentation (CD&E).

For F4S also see the Fighter 4-ship page.

  • 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.
  • 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.