A HUB FOR ENGINEERING AND AVIATION RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
The Applied Aviation and Engineering Research Hangar E mbry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s mission to become the world’s leader in aerospace education and research is well on its way to becoming a reality. Over the last 10 years, Embry-Riddle has invested heavily in this mission, adding nationally renowned faculty and more than 250,000 square feet of leading-edge facilities to create an aerospace education and research community like no other in the region. Now, with the ongoing construction of the 90-acre aerospace research and technology park, which includes the John Mica Engineering and Aerospace Innovation Complex (scheduled for completion April 2017), Embry-Riddle is poised to take aerospace education, innovation and economic development to the next level.
The new Applied Aviation and Engineering Research Hangar will be the next crucial step in our efforts to provide real-world solutions for industry, develop a talent pipeline for Florida’s future workforce and drive economic development in the state. Embry-Riddle requests $2.5 million in matching funds from the State of Florida to help construct the Applied Aviation and Engineering Research Hangar, which will serve as the new home of the university’s innovative Eagle Flight Research Center—the hub for engineering and aviation research and development (R&D) at Embry-Riddle. Ideally located within the research park with direct access to the Daytona Beach International Airport (by way of Taxiway Sierra, to be completed in the fall of 2017), the Applied Aviation and Engineering Research Hangar will provide immediate access to the people, facilities and technology needed to design, build and test the next wave of aviation and aerospace solutions for industry.
2017 Requested Investment to Construct Hangar: State of Florida Contribution $2.5 MILLION
FLORIDA AVIATION/AEROSPACE EMPLOYERS HIRING EMBRY-RIDDLE GRADS: NASA • AIRBUS ONEWEB • BLUE ORIGIN • THE BOEING COMPANY
T he E agle F light R esearch C enter
A s one of the few universities in the nation that has a dedicated flight-test facility, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), is committed to building its capability to design, build and certify hardware and experimental flying vehicles. Embry-Riddle’s Eagle Flight Research Center (EFRC) is at the heart of this effort. As the university’s flagship aviation research arm, the EFRC has the unique distinction of combining the attributes of a research complex with the capabilities of an aircraft hangar and engine test bed. Home to a cadre of faculty and specialized industry professionals— which includes Designated Engineering Representatives (FAA DERs), Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics, (FAA A&P), Inspection Authorization (FAA IA) and Test Pilots—the EFRC delivers research and development assets for both manned and unmanned aircraft and their approvals, under the strict guidance of the Federal Aviation Administration. With this unique combination of talent and resources to meet the FAA’s stringent safety and engineering requirements, the EFRC is an ideal solutions provider for industry and government partners. In its 6 year history, the EFRC has consistently attracted aircraft certification projects to the state of Florida. Past and present companies that have funded research at the Eagle Flight Research Center include: Airbus, Embraer, Textron (Cessna, Beechcraft, Bell and Lycoming), Rolls-Royce, GE Aviation, Pratt &Whitney, Hartzell, Garmin and Avidyne.
EAGLE FLIGHT RESEARCH CENTER PARTNERS
EMBRAER • HARRIS CORP • LOCKHEED MARTIN • NORTHROP GRUMMAN • ROCKWELL COLLINS • SPACEX • GENERAL DYNAMICS • HONEYWELL
A n O pportunity to L aunch A N ew E ra of I nnovation in A viation
Under a new regulatory climate made possible by new safety and engineering standards signed into law in 2016, the FAA is creating an environment that will likely double the safety while reducing the costs of bringing aircraft R&D efforts through certification and into the marketplace. For the aviation industry and the Eagle Flight Research Center (EFRC), which helped develop these new standards, it is the beginning of a new era of technological revolution. With such a favorable regulatory environment, the EFRC anticipates an upsurge of start-ups moving into the aviation space, creating disruptive technologies that will change the way we fly—including electric and hybrid propulsion, rapid prototyping, real-time simulation and modeling, mobile applications, autonomous aircraft and several others within the EFRC’s focus areas. The EFRC is ideally positioned to play a key role in this revolution. With our unique research expertise and design- build-test capabilities all under one roof, we will be able to attract those hi-tech start-ups that are looking to advance their aerospace vehicle innovations to commercial application. The university has dedicated significant resources to the Applied Aviation and Engineering Research Hangar, but additional costs remain to build and equip a facility that can leverage the growing availability of partnership opportunities in the region. In light of this need, Embry-Riddle requests $2.5 million in matching funds to help construct and equip the Applied Aviation and Engineering Research Hangar in its new research park. Support for this vital project will transform the region by enabling the university to: •Drive research investment in Florida and attract companies to the area, stimulating economic growth •Establish Central Florida as an aviation and aerospace innovation region •Expose graduate students to a solutions-oriented, applied learning environment that prepares them to lead innovation in their chosen professions We will also consistently provide tech-ready, graduate-level talent to the industry, creating the workforce for Florida’s future.
SERVING THE NEEDS OF INDUSTRY
Airbus Americas, Inc. supports the development of facilities and a research test bed at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Airbus has partnered with the Eagle Flight Research Center on Hybrid Electric Propulsion Research and believes this research—led by Eagle Flight Research Center—warrants our pledge to provide industry subject matter expertise to this effort.
Senior Vice President Strategy and Corporate Development Airbus Americas
Hartzell Propeller believes that the Eagle Flight Research Center’s research on Hybrid Electric Aircraft Propulsion is important enough that we have pledged our industry resources to the effort. We believe that a new research facility with a test cell for hybrid electric propulsion research would be an asset to the industry.
— Brian E. Meyer Manager, Aircraft Applications Engineering Hartzell Propeller Inc.
“The successful development of a research test bed in Daytona Beach, Florida at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will provide opportunities for collaboration on joint university/industry research in flight testing, fully electric aircraft propulsion, electrified hybrid aircraft propulsion and other areas of common interest. GE Aviation plans to provide general consulting support to Embry-Riddle, as appropriate, should this proposal be selected for funding. GE Aviation also will consider teaming with Embry-Riddle for future programs should this program result show sufficient potential. —Shawn O’ Day GM, Marketing Business and General Aviation & Integrated Systems
•Execute research contracts on industry timelines •Provide one-stop solutions to industry challenges •Create opportunities for commercialization of university innovations and services
A DRIVING FORCE FOR INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP
As home to the Eagle Flight Research Center, the Applied Aviation and Engineering Research Hangar will advance the university’s research capabilities in key technical areas, including:
• Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and the impact of their integration on the national airspace.
• Eco-friendly alternatives in aviation.
• Aircraft modifications for FAA certification.
• Simulations that model complex aerospace systems, which allow companies and organizations to assess risks and costs and identify new efficiencies in operations. • High-performance software, mobile applications, and user interfaces for the next generation of aviation and aerospace systems. • Secure software development that ensures the safe and secure operation of aviation and aerospace systems.
SERVING THE NEEDS OF INDUSTRY “The capability of the Eagle Flight Research Center to not only develop fundamental technology but to also prototype and flight test is critical to the support of emerging initiatives in aviation. ” — Jack Pelton, CEO & Chairman of the Board Experimental Aircraft Association
Top 15 Engineering Schools in the U.S. 2016 College Choice No. 1 Aerospace Engineering For 17 Years U.S. News & World Report Embry-Riddle is Consistently Ranked at the Top. No. 1 Online Bachelor’s Degree U.S. News & World Report
Embry-Riddle thanks The State of Florida for its time and consideration of this request to help construct our new hub for aviation and aerospace innovation: the Applied Aviation and Engineering Research Hangar.
The aviation and aerospace industries are on the verge of a technological revolution that will feature alternative fuels, autonomous systems and NextGen technology, to name a few. With the growing partnerships made possible by the expertise of our Eagle Flight Research Center, Embry-Riddle is ideally positioned to leverage these developments in what is certain to be a multi-billion dollar sector of our growing economy. With state support of the construction of the Applied Aviation and Engineering Research Hangar, Embry-Riddle will be able to train hundreds of additional graduate-level students, attract and retain great talent to the area and help drive economic growth for Florida and the region by creating new, high-paying jobs in this rapidly evolving, high-tech aviation and aerospace industry.
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