Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Aviation Research Projects

These links will take you to the specific project pages that are hosted on our college websites.

4D Flight Management System Trajectory Based Operations (Daytona Beach)
The first phase of research and demonstration of Trajectory Base Operations (TBO) concepts, a key NextGen component, using a fielded 4 Dimensional (4D) Flight Management System (FMS). This Task will include a baseline data collection demonstration that will be conducted at a major U.S. airport(s).
Airport and Spaceport Safety Regulations Analysis (Daytona Beach)
Florida Department of Transportation (PI $20K contract) for an initial study of regulations pertaining to commercial space flight.
Agriculture in a changing climate (Daytona Beach)
Global climate change is forecast to cause major shifts in the general circulation of the atmosphere, which will lead to variations in the length of the growing season and the alteration of precipitation patterns.
Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing for General Aviation (Daytona Beach)
In 2009, general aviation (GA) was responsible for approximately 95% of civil aviation accidents and 89% of fatalities. In spite of a safety record in clear need of improvement, there are various safety programs and efforts underway in the commercial sector that are not yet evident in GA.
Capabilities of the High-Altitude Lab at its Daytona Beach Campus with the Addition of a New Mentor Advanced Aircraft Training Device from Frasca (Daytona Beach)
Embry-Riddle has increased the research capabilities of the High-Altitude Lab at the Daytona Beach campus with the addition of a new Mentor Advanced Aircraft Training Device from Frasca.
Climate Change and Environmental Security Climate-Change-and-Environmental-Security (Daytona Beach)
Since 2007, Drs. Jim Ramsay (Homeland Security program coordinator) and John Lanicci (MSA program coordinator) have been teaching a course in Environmental Security. They examine how extreme weather events and climatic anomalies can destabilize different regions of the world, exacerbating existing geopolitical problems and leading to security challenges for the U.S. and its allies.
Command Communications and Control (Daytona Beach)
Research is proposed to survey the status of Command, Communication, and Control technologies and approaches for Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Conduct of ASI Training for Multi-engine Airplane Instrument and Performance Refresher in Light Twin Aircraft and Flight Training Devices (Daytona Beach)
The training provided refreshed ASIs in job-relevant knowledge and skills including aircraft systems and performance, new technology avionics, review of instrument flight principles, and flight under normal and abnormal conditions.
Conduct of Aviation Safety Inspector Training for Multi-engine Airplane Instrument and Performance Refresher in Light Twin Aircraft and Flight Training Devices (Daytona Beach)
The training provided refreshed ASIs in job-relevant knowledge and skills including aircraft systems and performance, new technology avionics, review of instrument flight principles, and flight under normal and abnormal conditions.
Compression Ignition Engine Certification Issues (Daytona Beach)
The goal is to ascertain the best choices for various classes of vehicles including latest developments. Additionally, a second phase will investigate the existing regulations for certification vis-a-vis the ability of these systems to meet these requirements.
Conference on General Aviation Flight Data Monitoring (Daytona Beach)
An FAA/ASIAS grant was awarded through the Center for General Aviation Research (CGAR). The grant was to support the development and delivery of the second conference on General Aviation Flight Data Monitoring (GAFDM; the first was held at Embry-Riddle's Daytona Beach campus in January 2007).
Course Development for Qualification Training for Technically Advanced Aircraft (Daytona Beach)
A new course for the general aviation (GA) Aviation Safety Inspector (ASI) was developed based on the need for introducing the inspectors to modern (GA) aircraft that are equipped with "Glass Cockpits”.
Daily weathercasts (Daytona Beach)
Each day, television and radio weathercasts are prepared and delivered to various radio and television outlets, providing students with real-world experience for their resumes.
Databank of Scenarios Supporting Development of PTS Guidelines (Daytona Beach)
Dr. Wiggins is developing a databank of scenarios that supports the development of pilot certification training programs (PTS Guidelines) and additional required training (mountain, ADIZ, thunderstorms, etc).
A Database Management System for General Aviation Safety (Daytona Beach)
The research team at Embry-Riddle proposes to conduct a series of analyses to find patterns and associations among general aviation (GA) accidents and incidents. This research work is intended to provide the FAA with analyses of fatal and non-fatal accidents by examining the NTSB database and recommending strategies to mitigate risks associated with such events.
Data Communications Human Factors Air Traffic Control Implications on Preferential Treatment Service for Equipage Scenarios Across the NAS (Daytona Beach)
The goal of this project is to investigate and validate Data Communications (Data comm.) concepts and generate requirements for acquisition.
Detect Sense and Avoid for UAS (Daytona Beach)
The intent of this report is in conducting an examination of current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations directly applying to Detect, Sense, and Avoid (DSA) capabilities of UAS.
Development of an Aviation Weather Database Highlighting Weather Encounters (Daytona Beach)
The project team, which includes the FAA’s Civil Aerospace Medical Institute, Clemson University, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, interviewed 26 General Aviation (GA) pilots over a 25-month period.
Development and Calibration of Model for Analysis of Safety of 14CFR137 Agricultural Aircraft Operations (Daytona Beach)
This project developed and calibrated a computer model, using Administration recommended software, to assess and analyze safety requirements and potential hazards associated with agricultural aircraft operations.
East central Florida Extreme Weather Events (Daytona Beach)
I am interested in analysis of extreme weather events that have taken place in east-central Florida. These include the Christmas Day 2006 tornado, Ground Hog Day tornado outbreak, and the Daytona-area flooding event of May 2009.
Effect of ADS-B on Near Mid-Air Collision Rates of GA Aircraft (Daytona Beach)
The introduction and use of ADS-B in general aviation aircraft and the establishment of supporting GBTS nationally will result in a significant and predictable decrease in the number of aircraft near mid-air collisions at uncontrolled, non-towered airfields nationally.
Embry-Riddles Partnership with Colorado Altitude Training (Daytona Beach)
Professor Harmon has led Embry Riddles partnership with Colorado Altitude Training (CAT), a company providing high-altitude products to the FAA and other universities, to develop a 10-person unit that would use air machines to extract oxygen from the air in an enclosure creating a low-oxygen environment.
Environmental Security Research (Daytona Beach)
We are developing a methodology for studying the ways in which extreme environmental events and climatic anomalies can affect human and national security considerations.
ERAU Support of FAA Surveillance and Broadcast Services Program Office and Flight Test Activities (Daytona Beach)
Provides testing and support for the SBS deployment of ADS-B ground stations focused on UAT technology.
The Ethiopian Famine of 1984 to 1985 (Daytona Beach)
Book Chapter for Food and Famine in the 21st Century to be published by ABC-CLIO Publishing.
Evaluation of 14 CFR Part 91 211 (Daytona Beach)
Dr. Smith is working in the preliminary stages of a research project to evaluate 14 CFR Part 91.211(a)(1): Supplemental Oxygen in the ERAU Normobaric Chamber.
Evolution of a Companion Website An Assessment of Online Ancillaries (Daytona Beach)
Proceedings paper and presentation accepted for the International Conference on Information Communication Technologies in Education, Rhodes, Greece
FAA Industry Training Standards FITS (Daytona Beach)
The FAA/Industry Training Standards (FITS) research project has generated $2.2 million since its inception in 2002 for Embry-Riddle. The current tasks are compiling a summary of all FITS deliverables over the life of the project and developing a database of scenarios for the general public to use in coordination with the FAA safety team.
Flight Data Monitoring-General Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (Daytona Beach)
The goal of this research project is to develop an information system capable of collecting, archiving, and disseminating data recorded by flight data monitoring (FDM) devices installed in general aviation (GA) aircraft from various constituents of the GA community.
Flight Data Monitoring - General Aviation Safety Information Analyses and Sharing - Phase II (Daytona Beach)
Embry-Riddle aircraft will be equipped with FDM recording devices and the flight data will be uploaded to a centralized flight information database.
Forensic Synoptic Analysis (Daytona Beach)
Acquisition and digitization of weather information from pre-instrumental time period
Gap or Risk Analysis for UAS (Daytona Beach)
This project performed (1) a regulatory gap analysis regarding UAS propulsion systems and (2) a risk analysis of such systems. The second component of the research is a risk analysis consisting of hazard identification, risk assessment, analysis of risk exposure, and risk prioritization.
General Aviation Aircraft In-Flight Load Data Collection and Analysis (Daytona Beach)
The scope of the project is to re-asses the fatigue evaluation data for empennage and wing structures of small airplanes. The airframe monitoring system to be used is the flight recorder system designed and manufactured by SEI in cooperation with ERAU.
Ice Cloud Parameterizations and Aircraft Icing (Prescott)
Ice and mixed phase clouds have an important impact on aviation, but they are often poorly represented in the models. This work will help improve our understanding of aircraft icing occurrence through better parameterizations of the ice microphysical cloud properties.
Improved Tropical Cirrus Parameterization for Global Climate Models (Prescott)
The goal of this research is to help improve climate prediction through better representation of the tropical microphysical cirrus properties in Global Climate Models (GCMs). Cirrus clouds are one of the biggest uncertainties in the radiative budget, crucial to the understanding of short- and long-term trends in climate. The detailed composition of the high altitude tropical cirrus clouds is not well known, and the study of tropical cirrus microphysics will help to improve how these clouds are represented in climate models.
Independent Operational T and E on NAS-ADS-B (Daytona Beach)
The purpose of this statement of work(SOW) is to identify the activities, schedule, travel and products that the FAA would like to procure from ERAU in support of the ADS-B Broadcast services IOT & E.
Integration of Unmanned Aircraft into the NextGen Airspace System (Daytona Beach)
Ted Beneigh and Wade Lester are the Program Director and Program Manger, respectively, of the research concerning the integration of unmanned aircraft into the NextGen airspace system.
Integrating Space Transportation Research and Development Into a Space-Focused Regional Innovation Cluster (Daytona Beach)
Study for the Economic Development Administration for a suborbital point-to-point Pathfinder Mission including accident investigation training and space traffic management.
Joint Training Standards Development-FAA or Industry Standards FITS program (Daytona Beach)
To develop the methodology to create and deploy joint training standards under the FAA/Industry Training Standards (FITS) program for a new generation of technologically sophisticated and extremely capable aircraft entering the General Aviation fleet.
Key Spaceport Planning and Design Requirements Study (Daytona Beach)
Analyzing the effect of spaceport environmental variables associated with commercial spacecraft operations, and their effect on commercial and general aviation as related to delays, aircraft mix, economics, and overall spaceport operations.
Management Transformation Safety Management Systems Pilot Project Criteria or Requirements Development (Daytona Beach)
This project aims to provide subject matter expertise in the development of SMS requirements/criteria that could be utilized as a basis for development of a design/manufacture SMS, as well as the regulatory acceptance and oversight of an implemented SMS within a design/manufacture.
Mesoscale Computer Modeling of the North American Monsoon over Arizona (Prescott)
This research uses advanced computer models to improve understanding of the evolution of the North American monsoon system. The goal is to better understand the response of warm season atmospheric circulation and precipitation patterns to slowly varying boundary conditions like sea temperatures and soil moisture.
National Defense Issues- Air Warfare Counterinsurgency and Strategy Development (Daytona Beach)
Professor Rob Owen continues active research in national defense issues, particularly in air warfare, counterinsurgency, and strategy development.
Next-Generation Air Transportation System Weather Research (Daytona Beach)
Various activities in support of NextGen weather research, development, testing of new capabilities and specifically supporting activities regarding weather and air traffic management integration research at the Florida NextGen Test Bed facility at the Daytona Beach International Airport.
Orographic Precipitation (Prescott)
The geographical distribution of precipitation over the rugged terrain of northern Arizona depends on the strength and orientation of the flow in relation to terrain, temperature and moisture structure, cloud microphysics, precipitate fall speeds, wind drift, evaporation, and the presence of dynamical mountain wave effects. Research is under way to understand these effects using a combination of observations and numerical modeling.
Pilot Awareness of Current and LED Elevated Runway Guard Lighting (Daytona Beach)
Currently, incandescent lights are used at airports worldwide for approach, taxiway, centerline, touchdown, and other lighting needs. Data from commercial packaging of typical lights indicates that the average lifespan of an LED is about 60,000 hours compared to about 1500 hours for the incandescent lights.
Pilot Study of the FAAs OSE of the GTG and NCV Products (Daytona Beach)
This is a summary of the evaluations that were conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) William J. Hughes Technical Center (WJHTC) Weather Team in regards to the Operational Suitability of the Graphical Turbulence Guidance (GTG) weather product.
Program Management Support for the US Airways and Aviation Communication and Surveillance Systems Project (Daytona Beach)
Program management support for the FAA/USAir/ACSS Philadelphia project focusing on using ADS-B to augment and improve situational awareness in an operational environment.
Statistical Analysis for General Aviation Accidents (Daytona Beach)
The identification of causal factors for problems within a complex system present a variety of challenges to the investigator. This project will proceed by considering existing data on GA accidents, applying data mining methods.
Synthetic Speech and Visual Data Communications for Flight Deck Use (Daytona Beach)
The objective of this research was as a first phase to determine the parameters for the implementation of a synthetic speech system on the flight deck as a means of optimizing communications between ATC and pilots.
Synthetic Speech and Visual Data Communications (Daytona Beach)
Dr. Macchiarella is conducting research, in coordination with the FAA, to determine the parameters for the implementation of a synthetic speech system on the flight deck as a means of optimizing communications between air traffic control and pilots. The project is titled Synthetic Speech and Visual Data Communications for Flight Deck Use. This is a $829K project.
Technology Survey on UAS Propulsion Systems (Daytona Beach)
The purpose of this paper is to cast in broad strokes the scope, schedule and cost of a Technology Survey on UAS Propulsion Systems which composes Phase 1.
Terminal Operations Safety Research Project-Landing and Holding Short-LAHSO (Daytona Beach)
This project was an effort that involved graduate students, under supervision of graduate faculty, collecting data for the project operating tow video cameras, recording the position of aircraft - on or above runway threshold to stop - at taxiway exit, with a RADAR device used to record aircraft speeds during final approach, touchdown, and rollout.
Training Standards Development for General Aviation Aircraft (Daytona Beach)
The FITS research team has developed a combined private pilot certificate and instrument rating syllabus that was implemented at a university.
A Training-Transfer Experiment to Evaluate the Importance of Classroom Instruction in a Flight Simulator Based Upset Recovery Training Program (Daytona Beach)
The purpose of this research is to determine the effect of classroom-only training for upset recovery training. Upset recovery training is an expensive undertaking.
Transfer of Upset Recovery Training (Daytona Beach)
For the past three years, Dr. Rodney Rogers, Professor of Aeronautical Science, has been involved in research to measure transfer of upset recovery training conducted using flight simulation devices. The research has been funded by two FAA grants totaling $400,000.
A Visiting Scholars Grant from the Carl Albert Center for Congressional Research (Daytona Beach)
A Visiting Scholars grant from the Carl Albert Center for Congressional Research & Studies to examine the original papers of Senator Mike Monroney.
UAS Emergency Flight Recovery and Termination (Daytona Beach)
This paper presents a study of the current technologies, procedures, and regulations related to emergency recovery and flight termination systems for UAS.
Visual Guidance Remote Airport Lighting Systems (Daytona Beach)
This project aims at developing low-cost/ low-power lighting systems that can be deployed at remote airports. Lighting at rural airports is much needed as they give communities they serve a transportation link during time-critical situations such as emergency medical services.
Weather Technology In the Cockpit Pilot Training Requirements (Daytona Beach)
In 2009, we began a multi-year research project funded by the FAA to examine general aviation pilot education and training issues associated with using real-time weather information in the cockpit. Alongside teams from the University of North Dakota and University of Alaska-Anchorage, our Embry-Riddle team included faculty from the Human Factors and Systems and Doctoral Studies departments.
Web-Based Tools for Meteorology Education (Prescott)
This project, pending funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), will enhance online weather visualization tools in the context of meteorology education by creating a website to display meteorological quantities optimized for undergraduate instruction. This will combine interactive graphical products with online tutorials that interactively train students in the understanding, application, and synthesis of meteorology theory in a range of diverse meteorological contexts.
Wildlife Strike Database and Website Maintenance and Expansion of Graphics Applications to Web Search for General Aviation (Daytona Beach)
An analysis of US airports for their suitability as test sites for a General Aviation (GA) AHAS was conducted. Approximately 100 airports were analyzed.