Capabilities of the High-Altitude Lab at its Daytona Beach Campus with the Addition of a New Mentor Advanced Aircraft Training Device from Frasca
Embry Riddle has increased the research capabilities of the High-Altitude Lab at its Daytona Beach Campus with the addition of a new Mentor Advanced Aircraft Training Device from Frasca.
The Mentor, which is approved by the Federal Aviation Administration, replicates the cockpit of a Cessna 172 aircraft equipped with Garmin G-1000 integrated avionics and a Truvision visual system, the platform used in Embry-Riddle’s flight training program.
The Mentor has a sophisticated data recording package that measures and graphically displays a pilot’s performance and deviations while flying. Embry-Riddle researchers will use the new device to measure performance and decision-making by pilots training in a hypoxic environment. Investigators have already completed one preliminary study of pilot performance at altitudes where hypoxia can affect behavior. With about 1,200 students at the campus preparing to be professional pilots, researchers have a sizeable pool of subjects to study.
Glenn Harmon is an Associate Professor in the Aeronautical Science department at Embry Riddle Daytona Beach.