Flight Level Engineering (FLE), the first company to join the Customized Business Acceleration Program at the John Mica Engineering and Aerospace Innovation Complex (MicaPlex), was recently featured in Aviation Week and Space Technology.
In an article titled Simpler Future Flight Decks, author Bill Carey discusses FAA testing of new flight controls that will be simpler to use and more capable than current technology. This future flight deck, being tested on a FLE Ryan Navion piston engine aircraft, will also reduce workload and enhance safety, with much of its functionality possibly hosted separately from the aircraft.
“One of the tasks is to demonstrate the EZ-FLY fly-by-wire flight control augmentation system to non-pilots. Our team is developing a much more intuitive, lower workload, lower risk of cognitive error control and display system. This work is at the heart of simplified vehicle operations research and development,” said Borja Martos, Ph.D., of FLE, who is seen flying the Ryan Navion in the front-page photograph. Martos is also an engineer and research pilot at Embry-Riddle Eagle Flight Research Center and holds a B.S. and M.S. in aerospace engineering from Embry-Riddle.
Flight Level Engineering specializes in aerospace research, engineering, and professional education services. The company owns and operates the world’s only 5 degrees of freedom (DOF) and 6-DOF piston powered in-flight simulators. FLE also manufactures non-motion research flight simulators and the Osprey unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) research platform, used extensively by the U.S. Air Force Research Lab. Richard Thomas, co-owner and founder of FLE, is also an alum, with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and an MBA from Embry-Riddle.
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