FlightSafety International partners with Flight Research to offer in-aircraft upset recovery training
COLUMBUS, OHIO (May 3, 2021) – Today, FlightSafety International, the premier professional aviation training company, and Flight Research, an industry leader in advanced pilot training and human spaceflight training, announce the launch of their joint Upset Recovery Training. This offering aims to reduce loss of control in flight accidents by fusing FlightSafety International’s unmatched type-specific simulator training with Flight Research’s in-aircraft instruction.
This Upset Recovery Training will give pilots the opportunity to experience inflight upset with real gravitational forces, vestibular excitation and mental stress that can only be delivered in a plane; further building upon FlightSafety’s simulation programs that replicate scenarios which cannot be safely accomplished in an aircraft, such as very low-level stall events. Using technology and the aircraft provides the most thorough training possible against loss of in-flight control, the single greatest cause of fatal aviation accidents for more than a decade.
“We share a mutual safety obsession with Flight Research, so working with them to develop this enhanced upset recovery training makes perfect sense,” said Brad Thress, President and CEO of FlightSafety International. “This innovation to upset recovery training demonstrates FlightSafety International’s commitment to providing the best in immersive training and preparing aviators who are capable and confident in every situation.”
“As the leading provider of inflight upset recognition and recovery training we are very pleased to be partnering in joint upset recovery training with FlightSafety, the leading provider of simulator-based training,” said Bill Korner CEO of Flight Research. “Because we share a strong commitment with FlightSafety for innovative and state of the art training which better prepares pilots and advances the safety of flight, this is a natural fit for us and demonstrates our continuing focus on training excellence for today’s aviators.”
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About FlightSafety International
FlightSafety International is the world’s premier professional aviation training company and supplier of flight simulators, visual systems and displays to commercial, government and military organizations. The company provides training for pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals from 167 countries and independent territories. FlightSafety operates the world’s largest fleet of advanced full-flight simulators at Learning Centers and training locations in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Norway, South Africa and the United Kingdom.
About Flight Research, Inc.
Aerospace Professionals Since 1981 – Flight Research, Inc. is the leading provider of advanced pilot training, test pilot education, flight test services, and human spaceflight training to advance the safety and capability of the aerospace industry. With a fleet of more than 40 aircraft including supersonic jets, helicopters, turboprops, piston trainers and business jets, Flight Research, Inc. provides services to individuals, flight departments, governments, aircraft manufacturers, and Advanced Aircraft Mobility (AAM/UAM) pioneers. Flight Research is based at the Mojave Air and Space Port in Southern California.
Embry-Riddle Prescott and Flight Research Inc. to Develop Aircraft Training Aimed at Increasing Safety, Piloting Skills
The agreement, which was signed by Embry-Riddle Prescott Chancellor Dr. Frank Ayers and Flight Research Chairman and CEO Bill Korner at the annual air show in Wisconsin, couples the extensive aviation knowledge of the world’s largest aerospace university with the hands-on approach to loss-of-control recovery experience provided by the Mojave, Calif.-based Flight Research Inc.
“Partnering with Flight Research is part of our commitment as a university to understand the science of aviation safety, ensure our students receive the best training in the world, and share our knowledge with all aviators,” said Dr. Erin Bowen, chair of Embry-Riddle Prescott’s Safety Science Department, which includes the Robertson Safety Institute.
Moving forward, Embry-Riddle and Flight Research will collaborate, evaluate and offer recommendations on training curricula. Flight portions of courses will generally take place at the Mojave facility, while ground-based courses will be held at both Flight Research Inc. and Embry-Riddle’s Prescott Campus. Future projects include joint professional workshops that would be open to the public.
“We at Flight Research are honored to have been selected by the prestigious Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to develop training and curriculum programs from basic to highly advanced ground and upset flight training to be offered to the Embry-Riddle community and the general public,” Korner said. “This effort represents another step in an excellent relationship which began over a year ago and is geared toward improving piloting skills and aviation safety.”
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The Robertson Safety Institute's deal with Flight Research Inc. was signed July 30.
About Flight Research Located in legendary Mojave, Calif., Flight Research Inc. has been providing upset recognition and recovery training in jet and turboprop aircraft since 1981. Customers include general and business aviation pilots and crews, as well as commercial airlines and freight carriers. Flight Research uses MB- 326 Impalas and Rockwell Sabreliner 60s as primary training aircraft for both its two- and three-day courses. The Impala’s recovery performance closely parallels those of the world’s most popular business jets, and the Sabreliner shares size and aerodynamic characteristics with business jets, as well as the world’s primary airline population. In addition, Flight Research’s testing division provides high-performance flight platforms and comprehensive testing and development facilities for manufacturers of aircraft, avionics and weapons systems. The company’s support division provides aircraft, personnel and facilities to assist customers in maintaining the highest levels of mission readiness in their aviation operations worldwide. www.flightresearch.com
About Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent institution offering more than 70 baccalaureate, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business, Engineering and Security and Intelligence. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., and through the Worldwide Campus with more than 150 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and with online classes. The university is a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities and government agencies. For more information, visit http://www.embryriddle.edu, follow us on Twitter (@EmbryRiddle) and facebook.com/EmbryRiddleUniversity, and find expert videos at YouTube.com/EmbryRiddleUniv. For more about Prescott Campus, follow on Twitter at @ERAU_Prescott and at facebook.com/ERAUPrescott
Boom and Flight Research partner to test XB-1, Boom's supersonic demonstrator, in Mojave Desert
DENVER, Colorado – January 21, 2020 – Boom Supersonic, the Colorado company building history’s fastest supersonic airliner, today announced the formation of a strategic partnership with Flight Research, Inc. (FRI) aimed at bringing test flights for XB-1, Boom’s supersonic demonstrator aircraft, to the supersonic corridor stretching across the Mojave Desert. As part of the partnership, FRI will provide Flight Test Support to Boom with a T-38 Talon, a two-seat, twin-jet supersonic trainer, for pilot proficiency training as well as a chase aircraft during XB-1’s flight test program.
Boom will also sub-lease a portion of the FRI Headquarters, building a custom state-of-the-art space to support XB-1, including a fully instrumented flight test control room and an XB-1 simulator room with cockpit and visual displays. The agreement includes use of one of several FRI hangars located at Mojave Air and Space Port beneath the supersonic corridor. This custom space gives Boom a presence at XB-1’s testing site and allows it to reassemble XB-1 after transport to Mojave and immediately begin testing.
“Flight Research provides essential equipment and superior facilities at the Mojave Air and Space Port, enabling us to finalize and fly XB-1,” said Boom founder and CEO, Blake Scholl. “We specifically selected the T-38 for our flight test program because of its similar flight characteristics and ability to chase XB-1 through low speed supersonic flight. This is an exciting time at Boom and we’re glad to have a partner in FRI to help us get to the finish line.”
“With Boom, we’re presented with an opportunity to partner with a dynamic and ground-breaking organization that is challenging conventional wisdom about flying,” said Scott Glaser, Senior Vice President of Operations at FRI. “This will be a new supersonic testing project for us, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome Boom to this historic airfield and to outfit a space to meet their needs. We look forward to contributing to the return of supersonic commercial air travel.”
Boom is currently building XB-1, which will help refine the design and engineering of Overture, Boom’s revolutionary supersonic commercial airliner. XB-1 shares key technologies with Overture, such as advanced carbon fiber composites and a refined delta wing planform. Lessons from XB-1 have already helped optimize Overture and will prove in-flight key technologies for safe, efficient travel at supersonic speeds.
FRI, in conjunction with one other Mojave AERO Group Subsidiary, The International Flight Test Institute, operates more than 40 aircraft comprised of multiple fleets. Aircraft types range from flight test-instrumented supersonic trainers, corporate and military training jets, turboprops and helicopters.
About Boom Supersonic
Boom Supersonic is redefining commercial air travel by bringing supersonic flight back to the skies with Overture. This historic commercial airliner is designed and committed to industry-leading standards of speed, safety, and sustainability. Boom's vision is to bring families, businesses, and cultures closer together through supersonic travel and make the world dramatically more accessible. Boom is the first commercial airplane manufacturer to commit to a carbon-neutral flight test program and to build sustainability into its entire aircraft program. XB-1, Boom's supersonic demonstrator aircraft for Overture, rolled out in 2020 and its flight test program is underway. The company is backed by world-class investors including Bessemer Venture Partners, Prime Movers Lab and American Express Ventures and has 30 aircraft on pre-order. Founded in 2014, Boom has assembled a team of over 150 full-time employees who have made contributions to over 220 air and spacecraft programs. For more information, please visit https://boomsupersonic.com.