|By Carmelo Turdo|
Dr. Lercel has earned his FAA Airframe and Power plant Certificate, FAA Private Pilot Certificate and Federal Radio Communications Commission's General Radiotelephone Operators License. He holds a Masters in Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Aviation Operations and just completed his Ph.D. in Aviation from Saint Louis University.
Dr. Lercel discussed FAA-funded Center for Aviation Safety Research, including current projects in the areas of safety management, development courses and research including Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). In the coming months, St. Louis University will receive Taurus and Zagi UAS vehicles and a simulator (to be integrated with air traffic control). Partners in UAS research include Williams Aerospace, General Dynamics, and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. A major part of the UAS research project involves the integration of UAS vehicles into controlled airspace. Flights at the Cannon Range at Fort Leonard Wood have been performed, and the search for additional airspace for testing in Missouri or eastern Illinois continues.
More on the Center for Aviation Safety Research will be forthcoming in a future post.