Just ask Kurt Nichols, who is the engineering manager for Columbia Aircraft, which designs some of the fastest aircraft in the world.
His companys flagship product, the Columbia 400, currently holds the title of Worlds 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 dont 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 hes doing. His companys latest cockpit has just been approved by the Federal Aviation Association; as a result, its just been honored with Inventor Of The Month award by Autodesk Software.
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