An in flight photograph of one of the Operator Performance Lab's (OPL) Mi-2 helicopters earned first place in the helicopter category of the Iowa Department of Transportation's biennial Iowa Aviation photo contest for 2019-2020.
The Operator Performance Lab (OPL) was selected as the flight test center for initial testing of a program called the Tactical Combat Training System II (TCTS II), a military training tool that includes Collins Aerospace Joint Secure Air Combat System (JSAS) technology.
She knew the University of Iowa was where she would make that happen. It was ideal for Moore: a top-tier university only a short drive from her hometown. As for what that career would be, Moore looked to family members’ military experience.
Operator Performance Lab was recently honored for the latest efforts in this long line of flight testing work. It was among two recent awards for OPL, which is part of the College of Engineering's University of Iowa Technology Institute.
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Tom "MACH" Schnell, Captain Jim "Max" Gross Chair in Engineering at the University of Iowa, and his team received the Best Paper Award at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots in September 2019. Schnell is a professor of industrial and systems engineering, director of the OPL and associate director of ITI.