Dassault Falcon has agreed to make data from its Falcon 10 business jet available as an educational resource to student engineers at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in a collaboration aimed at bringing engineering students and industry closer together.
A memorandum of understanding was recently signed at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus by Lionel De La Sayette, senior vice president, Dassault Aviation, and Christina Frederick-Recascino, vice president for research at Embry-Riddle.
Working in teams with Embry-Riddle faculty and Dassault engineers, the students will use the data to develop new ideas and improvements for legacy aircraft like the Falcon 10, which has been in service for three decades. They will also conduct studies to reduce the Falcon 10’s “flight print,” an environmental impact measurement much like a carbon footprint, looking at issues such as noise reduction, maintenance costs, and instrumentation and cockpit redesign.
The research collaboration with Dassault enhances Embry-Riddle’s growing “green engineering” expertise. Projects being conducted at the university include design of an aircraft to fly more than 100 mph, reach 4,000 feet, and achieve more than 200 passenger miles per gallon; testing of non-leaded renewable biofuel for general aviation aircraft; engineering of a hybrid automobile; and engineering of wind turbines, as well as floating turbines to harness energy from the Gulf Stream current.