The Flight Operations Center of Lasbordes
The DCAS includes the Flight Operations Center of Lasbordes (COAL) located on an airport a few kilometers from the ISAE-SUPAERO campus. Within the scope of its teaching and research activities, COAL operates a fleet of nine light aircraft.
The fleet includes :
4 two seat single- engine Aquila aircraft used for initial flight training
3 single-engine four seat DR400 used for the training of initial pilots, ISAE-SUPAERO students and for research activities.
The instrumented single-engine TB20 used for training students and for research purposes. This aircraft has a telemetry system which enables to track a flight in real time from the Institute’s classrooms.
1 twin-engine P68 Observer 2 Vulcanair, which has been instrumented for training students and for research purposes.
The COAL maintenance unit, handles daily implementation of aircraft, fleet maintenance and regulatory monitoring of navigability. In addition, it prepares and processes aircraft modification files required for carrying out research or training flights.
The activities are divided into 3 areas :
pilot training of Pilots and students in the engineering and masters programs on light aircraft ;
flight mechanics training and initiation to flight testing techniques for students ;
Research flights in the field of human factors.
The twin engine aircraft which has recently joined the fleet shall expand the offering of practical training and will be equipped with sensors for monitoring the pilot (eye trackers). Polyvalent and equipped with an important payload, optical sensors can be embedded in a hatch under the fuselage.