Flight simulation lab

Flight simulation lab

Our flight simulator is a device that artificially re-creates aircraft flight and the environment in which it flies, for research into air craft control handling quality.

It includes replicating the equations that govern how aircraft fly, how they react to applications of flight controls, the effects of other aircraft systems, and how the aircraft reacts to external factors such as air density, turbulence, wind shear, cloud, precipitation, etc.

Current research

Our research in cue-based processing is designed to help us understand the bases on which pilots interpret and form judgements in complex, time-constrained situations. Our work in decision-support systems is designed to consider solutions that might bridge the gap between humans and advanced technology.


  • Redbird FMX's innovative, 3-axis, electric motion platform
  • Wrap-around immersive visual offer multi-million dollar realism
  • innovative, quick-change aircraft configuration system

The Simulation Hub also has a multi-purpose laboratory that can be used by research participants to recover from motion sickness after a simulation experience. Additionally, the Hub has a large waiting room that visitors can view our current projects. The simulation laboratories are co-located around central control rooms to facilitate both collaboration and the cross-fertilisation of initiatives.

Services and access

  • Access and training
  • Consultation services
  • Contract research & development

The flight simulator is available to internal researchers. External researchers as well as industry users may hire it for research or commercial training purposes. Please contact our Lab Leader - Professor Mark Wiggins.

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Professor Mark Wiggins

Professor Mark Wiggins

Flight simulator lab leader
Psychology Department
Faculty of Human Sciences


Building Y3A, Ground Floor
16 University Avenue
Macquarie University
NSW 2109
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