Given that most close calls happen within 1.5 miles of a runway approach or departure zone, researchers recommend extending the runway exclusion zone for drones at the ends of high-risk runways from about 1 mile to 3.5 miles.
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has received a $485,000 FAA grant to tackle the shortage of employees in the aviation industry by providing free training to high school students hoping to become pilots, drone operators, and aerospace engineers.
At Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, students get the chance to experience spatial disorientation in a safe space in the university’s new Spatial Disorientation Laboratory.
“For those of you who want to become an aircraft maintenance technician, and you’re qualified and certified, you can almost name your price.”
“We have had students who finished and soloed in times that we have never seen before,” Embry-Riddle Flight Training Manager Nicole Hester said. “We’re also getting feedback from our instructor pilots that students in the new program can immediately control the airplane and understand radio communications very well.”
“Proper energy management is essential for performing any maneuver, as well as for attaining and maintaining desired vertical flightpath and airspeed profiles in everyday flying,” says Embry-Riddle’s Dr. Juan Merkt, who collaborated with the FAA on the chapter.
A study by an Embry Riddle researcher shows the COVID-19 pandemic had an “alarming impact” on pilot proficiency.
Researchers have put out a call for women who are FAA-certificated mechanics or repairman to complete a survey about their experiences in their jobs.
The students are studying a back-up system that would be like a “fail-safe” for drones, adding an additional layer of control and safety, according to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University officials.