The Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) Lab is a realistic simulation of the airspace used at the FAA Academy.

The high-fidelity simulators integrate ATC interactions in a TRACON environment. This includes the capability to simulate air traffic, radar, and non-radar control, pseudo pilot control of aircraft and adjacent sectors, and interphone communications.  

Potential research topics include spatial and temporal perception and attentional allocation, workload management, biometric analyses, in-flight emergency management, communication errors, cognitive biases, knowledge sharing processes and errors, fatigue, shared situation awareness, airspace/airport design, and decision-making.


  • 15 Controller positions
  • 15 Pseudo-pilot positions

Lab Information

Location: College of Aviation 348

Lab Director: Dr. Bill Coyne

Contact Us: To speak to someone about this lab or any of our facilities, call us at 386-226-6100 or 800-862-2416, or email