Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott Campus’ Robertson Safety Institute and Flight Research Inc. inked a deal Wednesday, July 30, at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 to produce world-class training and curriculum programs for aircraft loss-of-control situations.
The agreement, which was signed by Embry-Riddle Prescott Chancellor Dr. Frank Ayers and Flight Research Chairman and CEO Bill Korner at the annual air show in Wisconsin, couples the extensive aviation knowledge of the world’s largest aerospace university with the hands-on approach to loss-of-control recovery experience provided by the Mojave, Calif.-based Flight Research Inc.
“Partnering with Flight Research is part of our commitment as a university to understand the science of aviation safety, ensure our students receive the best training in the world, and share our knowledge with all aviators,” said Dr. Erin Bowen, chair of Embry-Riddle Prescott’s Safety Science Department, which includes the Robertson Safety Institute.
Moving forward, Embry-Riddle and Flight Research will collaborate, evaluate and offer recommendations on training curricula. Flight portions of courses will generally take place at the Mojave facility, while ground-based courses will be held at both Flight Research Inc. and Embry-Riddle’s Prescott Campus. Future projects include joint professional workshops that would be open to the public.
“We at Flight Research are honored to have been selected by the prestigious Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to develop training and curriculum programs from basic to highly advanced ground and upset flight training to be offered to the Embry-Riddle community and the general public,” Korner said. “This effort represents another step in an excellent relationship which began over a year ago and is geared toward improving piloting skills and aviation safety.”
About Flight Research
Located in legendary Mojave, Calif., Flight Research Inc. has been providing upset recognition and recovery training in jet and turboprop aircraft since 1981. Customers include general and business aviation pilots and crews, as well as commercial airlines and freight carriers. Flight Research uses MB-326 Impalas and Rockwell Sabreliner 60s as primary training aircraft for both its two- and three-day courses. The Impala’s recovery performance closely parallels those of the world’s most popular business jets, and the Sabreliner shares size and aerodynamic characteristics with business jets, as well as the world’s primary airline population. In addition, Flight Research’s testing division provides high-performance flight platforms and comprehensive testing and development facilities for manufacturers of aircraft, avionics and weapons systems. The company’s support division provides aircraft, personnel and facilities to assist customers in maintaining the highest levels of mission readiness in their aviation operations worldwide. www.flightresearch.com
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