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Scientific Research Facility (SRF)

SRF Workstation

The Scientific Research Facility (SRF) is equipped with a professional Airbus A330 real-time simulation environment, but the SRF does not have its own visualization system for the outside view. Research projects are primarily prepared and implemented at the SRF workstation. Innovative display philosophies can be integrated into the simulation process or novel control input devices and flight control computers can be implemented.

Airbus A330/A340 Full-Flight Simulator (LFT FT21 in operation until 2009)

Cockpit des A330/340 Flugsimulator an der TUB (bis Juli 2009)

From 1993 to July 2009, the ILR had an Airbus A330/340 Full-Flight Simulator (FFS) of the highest certification Level D (according to JAR STD 1A) certified by the German Federal Office of Civil Aviation (LBA). The simulator was planned and operated by the Zentrum für Flugsimulation Berlin GmbH (ZFB) in close cooperation with Lufthansa Flight Training Berlin GmbH (based at Berlin-Schönefeld Airport, now Lufthansa Aviation Training).

In addition to pilot training, the simulator also served to carry out diverse research projects and various teaching tasks.

A330 Scientific Research Facility (SRF)

Beobachtung der ESSAI Versuche an der Scientific Research Facility (SRF)

The simulator was additionally equipped with a special research facility. (Scientific Research Facility, SRF) This equipment made it possible to access interfaces of the simulator to implement own software and systems, as well as to couple original hardware with software components.

Using permanently installed cameras, audio and video signals could be played back and recorded from the cockpit on the SRF (see picture). Data Gathering Utility (DGU) software has a time stamp of the video signal together with simulator data stored on hard disk.

Sale of the A330/340 FFS to Finnair Flight Academy (Helsinki)


The simulator was shut down and dismantled in July 2009, one day after completion of the STENA test series. It is now owned and operated by Finnair Flight Academy in Helsinki (Finland).

In February 2010, a test series with 20 pilots was carried out as part of the PPB research project. After another series of tests in the GLS research project, Finnair then upgraded the simulator to Airbus Standard 1.4, cutting the interfaces for research unfortunately.

Further information/publications on the A330/340 FFS

A330-200 FFS (FT69) at LAT Berlin-Schönefeld


A A330-200 FFS (FT69) has been put into operation at the Simulator Centre in Schoenefeld and can now be booked again for teaching (e.g. flight simulation technology) when available (see photo).

Through a new agreement with LAT, research is now carried out in Frankfurt (A340), Munich (E195, A346 and A320), Schönefeld (B737, A320 and B777), Vienna (Q400) and also Zurich (BCS100/300).

Further information can be found on the pages of the research projects: Heterex, RF to xLS, SAMSYS and SAMSYS II.

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