Eagle Flight Research Center Director Speaks at the Lindbergh Innovation Forum


Dr. Richard “Pat” Anderson, director of the Eagle Flight Research Center at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, described efforts to shape the future of aviation, during the Lindbergh Innovation Forum at the 2018 EAA AirVenture show.

The Lindbergh Innovation Forum took place on Tuesday, July 24 from 9:00 a.m. – Noon at the Aviation Gateway Park Forums Ten on the air show grounds.

Anderson holds a Ph.D. in mechanical, materials and aerospace engineering from the University of Central Florida and oversees an array of aviation research projects at the Eagle Flight Research Center (EFRC).

EFRC research spans four key areas, encompassing advances in propulsion; unmanned autonomous vehicles; manned flight control; and certification. Specifically, projects underway at the EFRC include an effort to get the lead out of aviation gas; the development of a personal air vehicle (with VerdeGo Aero); and the development of a hybrid-electric aircraft.

For further information on the Lindbergh Innovation Forum, see https://prn.to/2JwnOpT.

Founders Innovation Prize

Anderson, a professor of aerospace engineering at Embry-Riddle and an expert on strategies for avoiding in-flight loss of control, was also invited to help judge finalists for the EAA’s Founders Innovation Prize.

The competition seeks to reduce in-flight loss of control accidents involving experimental / amateur-built aircraft by challenging EAA members to develop innovative solutions, from training strategies to new technologies.

Five finalists will present their solutions to Anderson and the other judges, who will award first, second and third place prizes valued at $25,000, $10,000 and $5,000, respectively.

The live showdown for the Founders Innovation Prize will take place on Tuesday, July 24 at 8:00 p.m. at Theater in the Woods.