Aircraft Systems Lab at Embry-Riddle in Daytona Beach

The Les Kumpula Flight Techniques & Electronic Navigation Lab is one of the few simulation labs in collegiate aviation instruction where students are taught the nuances of automatic flight and aircraft performance. 

Aircraft Systems Lab

Aircraft Systems Lab at Embry-Riddle in Daytona Beach

The Les Kumpula Flight Techniques & Electronic Navigation Lab is one of the few simulation labs in collegiate aviation instruction where students are taught the nuances of automatic flight and aircraft performance. Due to increasing complexity of airspaces surrounding our most congested airports, autopilots are required in order to fly the precise departure and arrival procedures. This precision allows for more efficient use of the airspace surrounding these airports. There have been many accidents caused by the complexities of man/machine interface and it is imperative that pilots be taught the appropriate use of automation. Here at Embry-Riddle we believe that pilots should be taught the appropriate uses of automation from day one. Using the Boeing 747-400 as the platform, advanced computer systems are used along with real-life aircraft automation interfaces to teach students when, and when not, to use automation and how to manage all navigation systems, including themselves. Additionally, using computer programs designed by Embry-Riddle, this lab is used to demonstrate the theoretical concepts of aircraft performance through computer simulation. Using their newly learned understanding of aircraft physics, students calculate the expected performance of the B747-400 in various environmental conditions and run computer simulations to verify the accuracy of their calculations. 

Lab Information

Contact Us: To speak to someone about this lab or any of our facilities, call us at 386-226-6100 or 800-862-2416, or email DaytonaBeach@erau.edu.