The Edwin A Link Named Lecture was established in 2007 to honour Edwin A Link, the distinguished pioneer of synthetic training. The role of simulation and flight simulators in aeroplane development, training and evaluation has evolved significantly over the last 80 years, often in response to technical innovations in both the aeroplane and ground support systems. At this year’s Edwin A Link Named Lecture, Dr David White, Chief Scientist, L-3 Link Training and Simulation, considered how their roles are now reversed and more often than not it is somehow expected that the aeroplane has been programmed to perform like the simulator.
About the speaker:
Dr David White, Chief Scientist, L-3 Link Simulation and Training
Dave White has 35 years’ experience in the Aviation and Simulation Industries. He has worked for British Aircraft Corporation (Warton), Royal Aircraft Establishment (Farnborough), Rediffusion Simulation and its successors. He holds a Doctorate from Southampton University and in 2003 became a Visiting Professor at Cranfield University. He has worked on various aspects of most new civil and military aircraft programs from Tornado through to the B-787 & A-350. For the last 17 years he was the Chief Scientist at Thales Training & Simulation, before transferring in August this year to take up the same role for Link UK. In 2007 he was awarded the RAeS Silver Award accompanied by the Flight Simulation Silver Medal and in 2010 he was presented with the ARINC Edward. A. Link award by the FSEMC.