The FAA has commissioned Environmental Tectonics Corporation (ETC) to upgrade and modernize vital flight simulation equipment. ETC will upgrade the software and critical components of a device known as the Gyro IPT II. Built by ETC and managed by the FAA's main facility in Oklahoma City, this equipment plays a key role in the agency's aircrew and pilot training programs.

The overhaul will expand the FAA's ability to perform basic flight training maneuvers. The refurbished trainer will be able to simulate over 22 spatial disorientation flight profiles, record flight data for individual pilots and support cutting-edge research.