Researchers use a variety of flight simulators to immerse trainee and experienced pilots in challenging fight scenarios, while monitoring every aspect of their performance with cutting-edge measurement tools.

The results allow them to predict how new cockpit technologies and procedures will work in the real world.

Our technology

The laboratory at Swinburne is equipped with:

  • a light aircraft simulator with five-axis motion system – capable of replicating Garmin G1000-equipped Cessna 172 aircraft to train students in real life
  • a helicopter simulator with 180-degree visual system 
  • a fixed-base procedures simulator around highly automated A320 jet airliner
  • a passive eye-tracking camera system for researchers to record where the pilot looks during simulated flights without special glasses
  • a variety of PC flight simulators for smaller experiments and prototyping
  • virtual reality headsets for visual immersion
  • a Cessna 172 aircraft and workbench for simulating hands-on maintenance work.
  • Aviation simulator.
    Aviation simulator.
  • Oculus Rift aviation simulator.
    Oculus Rift aviation simulator.
  • Aviation cockpit simulator.
    Aviation cockpit simulator.
  • Helicopter simulator.
    Helicopter simulator.

Future additions

Research currently underway includes:

  • the evaluation of emerging technologies for training future pilots
  • the impact of Heads Up Guidance Systems and automation on pilot visual attention
  • the use of virtual reality as a tool for educating airport and airline service employees.

We hope to further expand the scope and scale of aviation research by working closely with our industry partners.

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Whether you’re a PhD student, media, or an organisation looking to access our facility or partner with us, please contact Dr Tommy Cheung on +61 3 9214 8527 or via

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