Aircraft Avionics, Systems, and Equipment

Bowling Green State University
Case Western University
Miami University
NASA Glenn Research Center
Ohio University
Plum Brook Station
University of Dayton

Bowling Green State University

University Owned Airport

  • Aircraft include:
    • 6 Cessna 172s
    • 2001 and newer models (fuel-injected with Garman GPS navigation units)
    • 2 Piper Arrows, one with glass cockpit, Garmin 430 GPS; complex aircraft trainer
    • Piper Seminole Garmin 430 GPS; twin trainer
  • State of the art “glass” and traditional instrument simulators

Technologies offered:

  • New hand-held technology for semi-immersive, exploration in virtual environments

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Case Western University

Biologically Inspired Robotics Complex: Aerostructures Lab

  • Two slow flyer R/C planes for pilot training
  • 9 channel RC radio for test-flying micro air vehicles
  • several micro aerial vehicles
  • 27” x 27” oven for curing carbon fiber micro air vehicle wings and fuselages
  • Access to full machine shop (including CNC milling machine) for micro air vehicle wing and fuselage mold fabrication
  • Freezer for storing pre-impregnated composite carbon fiber
  • Hood for sanding carbon fiber
  • Soldering station for assembly of electronic components
  • Vacuum pumps for carbon fiber curing process
  • Molds of previously designed micro air-land vehicles
  • All materials necessary for carbon fiber lay-up.

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Miami University

Electrical and Electronics Circuit (EEC) Laboratoy

  • 8 PC Workstations with OrCad PSPICE Demo copies
  • 9 C.A.D.E.T II with Electronics Workbench
  • Multimeters, Galvonometers, Ammeters, Voltsmeters, Watts Meters, Oscilloscope, Power Supplies, Signal Generators, Experimental Circuit Boards

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NASA Glenn Research Center


Electromagnetic Interference Laboratory (EMI)
Provides intermediate testing as the design progresses, testing for shielding effectiveness, filtering and grounding, final qualification testing of experiments in flight configuration, and testing at customer locations for items too large to fit in the EMI Laboratory shielded room

Flight Research Building (Hangar)

The Hangar is a 65 X 250 ft. heated facility that is large enough to hold numerous aircraft of various sizes.

Microgravity Emissions Laboratory (MEL)

Developed for the support, simulation, and verification of the International Space Station (ISS) microgravity environment.

Power Systems Facility (PSF)

Testbeds where scientists and engineers verfiy criticial design concepts, test prototype hardware and software, and validate electrical power systems in real-time simulations under actual loading and operating conditions.

Zero Gravity Research Facility (Zero-G)

  • Used to study the effects of microgravity on physical phenomena such as combustion and fluid physics, to develop and demonstrate new technology for future space missions, and to develop and test experiment hardware designed for flight aboard the Space Shuttle or International Space Station
  • Provides researchers with a near weightless or microgravity environment for a duration of 5.18 seconds
  • Allowing the experiment hardware to free fall a distance of 432 feet (132 m) creates the microgravity environment at the Zero-G facility

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Ohio University

University Airport

  • Equipped with experimental MLS, ILS, and VOR installations

Kendall Executive Tamiami Airport

  • Located in Miami, FL and used as an all-weather testing site for ILS glide-slope and localizer performance

Hangar Facility

  • Contains aircraft storage, flight program support and laboratory space


  • (2) Cessna 152
    • Trainer: Single engine
    • Engine: Lycoming O-235-N2C
    • Horsepower: 108
    • Landing Gear: Fixed, tricycle
    • Seats: 2
    • Cockpit: Conventional
    • Flight courses:
      • Private pilot
      • Certified Flight Instructor – airplane
  • (1) Beechcraft Baron
    • Trainer: Multi-engine, high performance, complex
    • Engine: (2) Continental IO-520-E
    • Horsepower: 300
    • Landing Gear: Retractable, tricycle
    • Seats: 4
    • Cockpit: Conventional
    • Flight courses:
      • Multi-engine
      • Certified Flight Instructor – multi-engine
  • (2) Piper Arrow
    • Trainer: Single engine, complex
    • Engine: Lycoming IO360 SER
    • Horsepower: 200
    • Landing Gear: Retractable, tricycle
    • Seats: 4
    • Cockpit: Conventional
    • Flight courses:
      • 420
      • 445
  • (7) Piper Warrior III
    • Trainer: Single engine
    • Engine: Lycoming 0-320-D3G
    • Horsepower: 160
    • Landing Gear: Fixed, tricycle
    • Seats: 4
    • Cockpit: Glass
    • Flight courses:
      • Private pilot
      • Instrument
      • Certified Flight Instructor – airplane
      • Certified Flight Instructor – instrument

William E. Jackson Library

  • Includes the personal library and papers of the Late William E. Jackson, inventor of the ILS and VOR navigation systems; extensive documentation of FAA, NASA, military, and industrial projects undertaken by the center and others; and technical and seminar materials on various aspects of the ILS and MLS

Antenna Anechoic Chamber

  • Initial Operational Capability as of 28 May 2003
  • Indoor Antenna Anechoic Chamber Provides a new capability to launch and verify in-house antenna designs
  • System can be used for both near-field and far-field measurements for electrical large and small antennas, respectively.
  • Shielded Anechoic Chamber provides for added data accuracy and integrity.
  • Key Features:
    • Size: 13’ x 13’ x 26’
    • Enclosure: Fully Shielded, > 100 dB of isolation
    • Hybrid Near-field Scanner to test:
      • Electrically large antennas in near-field
      • Electrically small antennas in far-field
      • Direct Far-field measurements
    • Test Modes:
      • Planar
      • Cylindrical
      • Spherical
    • 10 kHz – 6.0 GHz with Vector Network Analyzer

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Plum Brook Station


Space Power Facility (SPF)

  • The world’s largest space environment simulation chamber measuring 100 ft. in diameter by 122 ft. high
  • The facility is available on a full-cost reimbursable basis to government, universities, and the private sector.

Spacecraft Propulsion Research Facility (B-2)

  • World’s only facility capable of testing full-scale upper-stage launch vehicles and rocket engines under simulated high-altitude conditions
  • The engine or vehicle can be exposed for indefinite periods to low ambient pressures, low-background temperatures, and dynamic solar heating, simulating the environment the hardware will encounter during orbital or interplanetary travel.

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University of Dayton

Electronic/Electrical Failure Analysis Laboratory

  • Analyzes, characterizes, and solves problems related to electrical components, including printed wiring boards, wiring, connectors, switches, solder joints, integrated circuits, and hybrid microcircuits

Sensors Laboratory

  • Equipped with various electrochemical and optical instruments including scanning potentiostats, conductivity and oxygen analyzers, fluorescence and UV/VIS spectrophotometers, and a YSI MBS analyzer for nutrient and ion analyses

Center for UAS Exploitation

  • Communication Systems
  • Power & Propulsion
  • Onboard Sensing & Computing
  • Rapid Prototyping & Fabrication
  • Software Development
  • Modeling & Simulation
  • Control Systems

Electronics Lab

  • Application-specific equipment design
  • Sensor selection and instrumentation development
  • Equipment specification, assessment, upgrade and repair
  • Data acquisition systems

Calibration Lab

  • NIST traceable standards for mechanical, electrical, and environmental measurements
  • Sensor and system calibration service and consultation
  • Calibration records control and automated database
  • Test and validation procedures

Metrology Lab

  • Three axis (CMM) and circular feature (Indicorder) characterization
  • Surface roughness measurement (Profilometer)
  • Gauges and fixtures for specific thickness and feature measurements

Avionic Diagnostics Lab

  • Automated test equipment (ATE) technology assessments

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