- Artificial intelligence
- Automated vehicles
- Autonomous systems
- Command and control
- Data analytics
- Flight research - avionics
- Flight testing
- Human factors/ergonomics
- Human simulation
- Photonics/optical sensors
- UAV research
- Wireless communication
The Operator Performance Laboratory (OPL) is a world-renowned flight test laboratory that conducts research on human-in-the-loop and intelligent autonomous systems to increase efficiency, inter-operability, and safety. The lab has been in operation for 24 years and has more than 2,800 hours of flight test experience in over 400 projects or project increments.
Tom Schnell, PhD
OPL Resources and Capabilities
OPL has 11 instrumented aircraft (six manned, five unmanned) and six flight simulators. Systems of particular interest include flight decks, airborne sensor systems, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems, and automotive user interface systems.
OPL resources and capabilities include the following:
Labs, shops, hangars, tooling, fixtures, instrumentation
Current USAF/AFRL Public Aircraft Operations (PAO)
Flight Test process for DoDD 5030.61/AWB-340 and GFR
Experienced flight testers and human factors professionals
Flying physiological episode assessment sensors: ECG, EEG, GSR, SpO2, respiration, temp, air quality, physiological shirts, eye tracking, etc.