Systems and Human Applied Research Performance (SHARP)

The SHARP lab is equipped with two high fidelity flight training devices; the Elite Arrow and a Helicopter simulator, for research purposes.  Several desktop flight simulators are also available including one that uses VR immersion to show and record instrument panel manipulations and outside panoramas.

These allow students to participate in funded pilot centered research projects that challenge general aviation pilots such as hypoxia, spatial disorientation and flight cueing.  

The lab supports many student research and classroom projects in Aerospace Physiology, Extreme Environments, Biopsychology and Sensation & Perception.  The lab also serves faculty who have funding or an interest in aviation human factors.  The lab works closely with the College of Aviation to conduct real world flight research following development in the Aviation Human Factors Lab. 


  • Elite Arrow General Aviation trainer
  • Bell Ranger Helicopter simulator
  • Virtual Reality based X Plane laptop simulator
  • Vibro-tactile (Haptic) cueing belts and seats.
  • Flight suit helmet, oxygen masks, advanced tactical anti-G suit (ATAGS)
  • Throttle quadrants, rudder pedals and yokes for 4 desktop simulators

Lab Information

Lab Director: Dr. John French and Dr. Stephen Rice

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