Labs and Facilities

The purpose of this guide is to outline major capabilities, resources, and facilities within the College of Aviation (COA).  Laboratories found in the various departments are highlighted. Additionally, potential areas of future research are provided as examples of how COA capabilities may be used. This is meant to be a living document based on products developed by the university and various departments and current inputs by the subject matter experts.

The College of Aviation hosts five departments: Aeronautical Science, Applied Aviation Sciences, Aviation Maintenance Science, and School of Graduate Studies. Each of the departments is represented in this guide.

Aeronautical Science

the Airline Operations Center

The Airline Operations Center Lab is a simulation facility for aircraft dispatch and operations in the national airspace. Students learn airline operations for AS 472 and AS 474 during the last 3 weeks of the semester.

Aviation Learning Center

The Aviation Learning Center (ALC) in the College of Aviation is a student resource center where free tutoring is provided to students with a primary focus on Aeronautical Science and Flight course related topics.

the Aircraft Systems Lab at erau

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.

students in the High Altitude Normobaric Lab

Professional pilots spend the majority of their flight time at high altitudes making Hypoxia Awareness Training an extremely valuable resource.

student in the spatial disorientation lab

The Spatial Disorientation Lab allows aviation students to experience physical sensations normally associated with prolonged or sudden changes in attitude and/or visual references.

students in the uas lab

The College of Aviation UAS Lab is the largest Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Lab for research and aircrew training in the United States.

a student testing VR equipment

The mission of the VR lab is to explore, develop, and test immersive simulation technologies for use in aviation and aerospace research learning.


Applied Aviation Sciences

students studying a recreated crash

The Applied Aviation Sciences Department operates the Aerospace Forensics Lab, formerly known as the Aircraft Crash Lab.

Air Traffic Control Tower Lab at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach

This lab is a high-fidelity simulation of ATC in a tower, integrating ATC interactions, and includes the capability to simulate air traffic Local Controller, Ground Controller, and Flight Data positions, pseudo pilot control of aircraft and adjacent sectors.

the Enroute Air Traffic Control Center Lab

The Enroute Laboratory is a real-world environment where Air Traffic Management students learn and practice communications and aircraft handling skills required during the enroute phase of air traffic control.

Flight Data Analysis (FDA) Lab

The mission of the lab (currently under development) will be to support and advance experiential learning and unique research activities of students and faculty.  The lab will enhance flight data analysis and promote collaboration with industry and aviation experts.

two students with a payload

The mission of the lab (currently under development) will be to provide development, operations, and testing support for university-class space research payloads and instrumentation.

a student in the Spacesuit Research and Development Lab

The mission of the lab (currently under development) is to conduct innovative and collaborative spacesuit research and integrate this knowledge into the commercial spaceflight arena while providing a student and faculty-centered education platform that supports critical thinking and creativity.

Suborbital Operations Science Lab

The lab simulates a space vehicle and associated control center to perform takeoffs and landings from conventional runways and flights up to 350,000 feet.

Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) Lab

The Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) Lab is a realistic simulation of the Class C airspace around Daytona Beach International Airport and the high-density Class B airspace surrounding Orlando International Airport.

A student works in the weather broadcasting lab

Potential research topics include video editing techniques, communication of complex information for different audiences, symbolic representation of scientific information, effectiveness of different on-camera interview techniques, the role of cognitive bias in the perception of climate theories, spatial and temporal perception of displayed meteorological data.

students in the weather center

The Weather Center is primarily used as a location where students can access weather data and analysis applications for lab assignments and student research products.


Aviation Maintenance Science

Aircraft Systems Lab at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
The 1,500 square foot systems lab includes a variety of training aides and aircraft system components from both general aviation and transport category aircraft. 
AMS Hangar and Ramp – Powerplant Line Maintenance Lab
The hanger has numerous functional engines; 5 Lycoming carbureted O-320 engines, 3 Lycoming IO-360, a TCM IO-360, a Austro AE300 FADEC engine, and 2 Pratt & Whitney PT6 engines, all on test stands equipped with instrumentation.
Electrical Lab at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
This 1,700 square foot lab is equipped to accommodate functions for both airframe and powerplant electrical systems found on both general aviation and air transport aircraft. 
Reciprocating Engines Lab
This 2,000 square foot lab is designed to facilitate basic engine and propeller systems.
Structures Lab at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach
This 3,000 square foot lab is equipped to accommodate a variety of functions related to the fabrication and repair of aircraft metal and composite structures.
Turbine Engine Lab and Test Cells at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach
This 2,500 square foot lab provides students an opportunity to develop a solid understanding of the operation, inspection, and overhaul of a turbine (jet) engine.  

Flight

students in the Advanced Flight Simulation Center

Next-generation Flight Simulation and Training Devices (FSTDs) are increasingly valuable in today’s complex flight training environment. To meet the need of these environments, the Advanced Flight Simulation Center (AFSC) operates an extensive fleet of FAA qualified FSTDs including eleven Level 5 and 6 Flight Training Devices (FTDs), as well as a single Level D Full-Flight Simulator (FFS).

the Flight Operations Center at ERAU
The Flight Operations Center is the heart of Embry-Riddle’s flying organization ensuring smooth and safe operations.

School of Graduate Studies

students in the Cognitive Engineering Research in Transportation Systems (CERTS) lab
The CERTS Lab conducts research in Human Factors, Human Performance, training, attentional allocation, fatigue, situation awareness, adaptive automation, inattentional insensitivity, and NextGen initiatives.

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