Wednesday, April 5, 2006

Building A Better Cockpit Is Not A Flighty Career

BEND, Ore. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – You can’t be a flighty person when you’re trying to build a better cockpit.

Just ask Kurt Nichols, who is the engineering manager for Columbia Aircraft, which designs some of the fastest aircraft in the world.

His company’s flagship product, the Columbia 400, currently holds the title of World’s Fastest Certified, Piston-Powered Aircraft, but, these days, Nichols is more focused on cockpits.

He wants to give modern cockpits an updated look, making them more functional than ever, by including two screens so that pilots can see what the engine is doing and ergonomic seats to ensure their comfort during long fights.

And while most airplane cockpits don’t have enough room for beer coolers, Nichols says great pains are taken to make sure that the cup holders meet federal regulations.

Nichols knows what he’s doing. His company’s latest cockpit has just been approved by the Federal Aviation Association; as a result, it’s just been honored with Inventor Of The Month award by Autodesk Software.

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