College of Engineering

Dr. Richard P. Anderson

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Dr. Richard P. Anderson


Aerospace Engineering

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd. Daytona Beach FL 32114


Richard Anderson

Specialty: Real-Time Health Monitoring, Aircraft Parameter Identification, Flight Testing, Fly-by-Wire, and Automatic Flight Controls

  • Biography
  • Research

Dr. Anderson is an Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Daytona Beach Campus.  He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Central Florida.  His undergraduate and masters degrees are from Penn State University in Aerospace Engineering.  He holds an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Certificate and is an FAA Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) in airplanes, multi-engine airplanes, instrument airplanes and gliders.  He is a solo pilot in helicopters and is an FAA certified aircraft mechanic.  He has flown more than 50 aircraft types solo and has been a flight test pilot/engineer in gliders, single and multi-engine piston and multi-engine jet aircraft.  He is an expert in the area of aerobatics and has held an FAA Statement of Acrobatic Competency.  In 2006, Dr. Anderson was the recipient of the both the Researcher of the Year and Faculty Advisor of the Year at the Daytona Beach Campus. In 2007 Dr. Anderson was the runner up to the Outstanding Teacher award and became the first person to be granted tenure in the College of Aviation and the College of Engineering.

Professor Anderson's primary duties at the University are in the area of flight testing, flight simulation and Fly-by-Wire (FBW) flight control systems.  He is the University lead in the flight test and instrumentation.  He currently has research contracts with the Gulfstream Aerospace, the FAA Technical Center, The Insitu Group, Frasca International, Meaconair, NASA, ETC and JRL, Inc.  This research includes business jet fatigue loads monitoring, testing methods for FAA level 6 flight training devices, general aviation propulsion testing, data acquisition for pilot performance, STOL lift augmentation methods and advance flight simulation strategies.

Professor Anderson has developed the flight test data, stability derivatives and advanced modeling for the University's beyond level 6 DA-42 Twin Star and Cessna 172 training devices.  These devices are the first of their kind to have accurate modeling of all of the required practical test standards maneuvers for private through CFI.  These include Lazy 8's, chandelles, slow flight, power on and off stalls, spins and elevator trim stalls.  He has worked as a technical expert on industry designs such as Gulfstream's G550 FBW concept and Boeing's X-45 UCAV.

He is the head of a new undergraduate minor degree program in the College of Aviation in flight test and simulation.  He was the faculty advisor to one of the largest clubs on campus, the Sport Aviation Club.  He was the Chief Flight Instructor for the Club's FAA part 141 Aerobatic Instructor Certificate.  This club operates seven non-traditional aircraft: a Pitts S-2B aerobatic airplane, a J-3 cub antique tailwheel aircraft and two gliders.  He has served as the national chairman for the International Aerobatics Club's (IAC's) collegiate program.

This semester Professor Anderson is teaching Flight Testing, Aircraft Stability and Control and Fly-by-Wire Aircraft Design.

General Aviation Aircraft In-Flight Load Data Collection and Analysis
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.