University of Dayton School of Engineering Merlin Flight Simulator Lab

See Your Design Come to Life

The Merlin Flight Simulator Lab comprises the flagship 521 engineering flight simulator and instructor station, a UAV desktop station enabling flight in the same airspace as the 521, and an air traffic control station.

The Merlin Flight Simulator Lab:
  1. Provides a rich, hands-on learning environment in aerospace
  2. Exposes students to how airplanes move in three-dimensional space
  3. Initiates aero students into the world of airplanes and flying in an inspirational and transformational manner
  4. Demonstrates basic aerodynamic, propulsion, flight dynamic, structural and design principles through hands-on interaction
  5. Provides study/experience on the complexities of aircraft flight dynamics and controls
  6. Explores fundamental air vehicle design parameters through immediate physical feedback
  7. Closes the loop on the air vehicle conceptual sizing process by trying to fly the plane you've designed
  8. Encourages hands-on, fun learning!

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Merlin Flight Simulator Lab, Dr. Aaron Altman, Director

Kettering Laboratories 103 
300 College Park  
Dayton , Ohio 45469 - 0238