Cockpit Simulators


GECOThe Generic Experimental Cockpit (GECO) is a modular cockpit simulator with flight-mechanical models of the DLR test aircraft ATTAS. The flight-mechanical models are interchangeable, depending on the application required.




APERO offers low cost flexibility for high fidelity design and flight operations research. APERO (Avionics Prototyping Environment for Research and Operations) is a flexible, transportable research flight simulator that can be used for avionics display design & evaluations, demonstration of new cockpit concepts, part-task training and networked flight simulation.

It is primarily used:

  • By HMI experts that build new HMI interfaces to test new HMI concepts in a cockpit environment.
  • To study new cockpit concepts in an early stage before doing a full flight simulator experiment.
  • To do small pilot in the loop experiments fully focussed on the new HMI concept.
  • To train pilots how to use these new HMI concepts.
  • To test flight simulator software in an early stage.
  • To learn people basic cockpit knowledge and aircraft handling.

APERO can also be part of a distributed simulation and can be used as an intelligent blip driver. More…


The Generic Research Airciraft Cockpit Environment is a full 6 degrees of freedom flight simulator. The basic layout of the simulator is based on Airbus (A330/340) cockpits, but interchanging instruments panels, glare shield panels, mid pedestal and side sticks with column/wheel allows configurations in Boeing (B747), business jet, Fokker and generic full glass layouts.

GRACE can be used for a wide variety of research applications including:

  • Training Research
  • ATM concept evaluation
  • ATM procedure validation.
  • Avionics prototyping: display/symbology evaluation
  • Human Factors research
  • Accident Investigation and Prevention