Eagle Flight Research

The Embry-Riddle Eagle Flight Research Center (EFRC) serves as the university’s Aerospace R&D facility.


The state-of-the-art center is equipped to conduct a variety of projects, including:

  • Experimental flight testing
  • Aircraft modifications for FAA certification
  • Design and testing of unmanned aerial systems (UAS)
  • Development and verification of high-fidelity (up to Level D) flight-data models used in engineering and training simulators
  • Prototype engineering solutions to advance eco-friendly alternatives in aviation

The EFRC is affiliated with the College of Engineering's Department of Aerospace Engineering and supports the class and individual projects of the university’s various undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral engineering students. The students’ research and practical efforts are supported by a diverse and experienced faculty, with specialties in fixed- and rotary-wing flight dynamics and control, flight testing, aeroelasticity, electrical engineering, air-breathing propulsion, parameter identification, and aerodynamics.

To aid in a variety of research projects, the EFRC maintains a dedicated experimental Cessna 172, which is equipped with an internal navigation system and flight-testing data acquisition and sensor package.

The EFRC has an experienced staff of professors, staff, and consulting FAA-Designated Engineering Representatives (DERs), pilots, and technicians. Our faculty, staff, and students are experienced with experimental aircraft, certification, instrumentation, and data gathering and analysis.

To help further enhance our students’ experience, in addition to university- and program-related projects, the Flight Research Center does research work for commercial customers, including the aviation industry, government, and military. This gives our students excellent exposure to leading aviation and high-technology companies.

Notable projects

Completed during the past few years at the Eagle Flight Research Center:

  • Modification of a Beechcraft King Air to enable operation as an aerial sprayer
  • Development of structural health monitoring systems for rotorcraft
  • Two flight testing campaigns for the Diamond DA42 Twinstar and DA42 L-360 Level 6 Flight Training Devices (FTDs)
  • Successful design, modification, and flight of the “World’s First Parallel Direct-Drive Hybrid Aircraft” for the NASA/Google-sponsored Green Flight Challenge
  • NASA Unmanned Systems Aerospace Operations Challenge
  • Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) ASTM Compliance Audits
  • The New Electric Airplane
  • Tethered Balloon Researcher
  • Dedicated Experimental Airplane

Whether their goal is academic research or fulfilling industry needs, students are placed in focal positions and challenged to acquire the knowledge and skills to solve increasingly difficult problems. 

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.

Lab Director: Richard "Pat" Anderson

External Website: http://sites.erau.edu/efrc/