Pilots still needed for study

The MITRE Corporation’s Center for Advanced Aviation System Development is still recruiting pilots for a study evaluating proposed changes to runway standards at general aviation airports. Pilots who participate can earn up to $250.

The study will examine whether infrastructure standards, such as runway width and length, pavement markings, visual guidance systems and edge lighting, can be changed to accommodate satellite-based instrument approach procedures, such as Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (LPV) approaches, to those runways that don’t currently support low-visibility procedures.

The five-hour research evaluation will take place at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, and involves four hours of simulator time.

Coordinators are looking for a representative sample of pilots across all age categories and certificate types (private, commercial and ATP) who can legally fly a Cessna 172 in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC).

Although travel expenses will not be covered, pilots will be paid up to $250 for their participation.

According to Anna Christine Yilmaz, a graduate assistant and CFI at Embry-Riddle, pilots are needed for sessions running through the rest of the summer and into the fall.

Interested? Contact Yilmaz at yilmaza@my.erau.edu

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