News and Events


History of the Aero Vodochody L-29 Delfin in Aviation Classics magazine.

May 30, 2017. Flying Magazine reports on pilot behavior and safety reserach at OPL.

May 12, 2015. Lynn Anderson Davy (IowaNow) interviewed the OPL research team about current research projects that focus on pilot distraction and degraded visual environments .

OPL and AIRBUS flight to test and evaluate the Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security SFERION® situation awareness system that uses the operational SferiSense 500® LiDAR.

January 11, 2017, John Croft, Aviation Week and Space Technology, Flying Airbus’s Augmented Reality System In A Mil Mi2. In September 2016, Airbus and OPL teamed up at the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Grounds and demonstrated Airbus's use of augmented reality in a head-mounted display.


Spring 2016, University of Iowa Foundation, Soaring to New Heights, The partnership between Rockwell Collins and the University of Iowa College of Engineering spans more than 40 years. Click here for a video interveiw with OPL.


August 21, 2015, John Croft, Aviation Week and Space Technology, Mi-2 to the Avionics Rescue, two page spread with four pictures in online and printed magazine on the state of the art avionics testbed and sensor fusion system developed by OPL. For a video for the above story, click here.

August, 2015, Ben Kieffer, Iowa Public Radio, River to River, Interview with Tom Schnell on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter helmet.

June, 2015, Ben Kieffer, Iowa Public Radio, Caveman Physiology in the Jet Age, Interview with Tom “Mach” Schnell at the Operator Performance Laboratory (OPL)

High-Five Prep for AirVenture Aviation Week


Link Margin, NASA, Rockwell Collins prove out high high capacoty UAS data link Avionics Magazine
New Research Examines Behavior to Improve Avionics Design, Regulation Avionics Magazine
NASA, Industry Tackle Next-Gen Human Limits Aviation Week
Aviation Week did a video story on upcoming research at OPL involving Attention-Tolerant Avionics Design
Crystal Group Teams with University of Iowa’s Operator Performance Laboratory for Real World Product Evaluation
Meet Rockwell Collins New CEO video features research done at OPL


KGAN did a story on OPL work with helocopter sensors in Researchers Give Pilots Sight in Storms
OPL on Today Show Are airline pilots relying too much on automation?
NBC Bay Area filmed two segments at OPL on Commercial Pilots: Addicted to Automation? and An Automation “Trap” for Pilots?
OPL wins Rockwell Collins Supply Chain Management Award
"Companies test high-tech gear in University of Iowa's jets" in Des Moines Register
OPL was featured on the cover of The Press Citizen
The Mi-2 was featured in Warbird Digest


The Article in December 3's Aviation Week & Space Technology about LVC
OPL was on the cover of the December 3 issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology
Article about LVC in Cedar Rapids Gazette


OPL Visits 2009 Quad Cities Air Show
OPL Hosts NASA Workshop and Review Session for the Integrated Alerting and Notification NRA
OPL Featured in The Daily Iowan
ISGC Acquires Shuttle Tire


I/ITSEC 2008
OPL Provides Evening Program at 27th DASC
Northrop Grumman's Leading Edge Features OPL
Northrop Grumman Visits OPL
OPL Survives Flood, Thanks to Volunteers and Staff
OPL Release from QCAS
OPL in the Quad City Times - Quad-City Air Show ends on high note


I/ITSEC Mission: An Insider Perspective
UI Engineer Exhibits Test to Evaluate Effectiveness of Training Programs
OPL Names Honorary Flight Research Pilot
OPL Holds Open House
UIAA, College of Engineering Presentation Huge Success
UIAA, College of Engineering Host Synthetic Vision Presentation May 24
Schnell, Rockwell Collins Receive 2007 Prometheus Award
UI Individuals, Projects, Companies Honored For Excellence In Innovation
UI Individuals, Projects, Companies Honored For Excellence In Innovation
UI-Coached High School Student Robotics Team Semifinalist In Competition
UI Engineers Net $887,628 NASA Grant To Develop Pilot-Avionics Interface


Illuminate Magazine - Better Reality Through Simulation - OPL featured on Pages 27,28
UI To Host Moline Talk On Aviation And Synthetic Vision March 23


UI Engineer Receives $132,445 Contract To Study Road Markings
Engineering Lab Unveils Navigation System At Air Show July 25-31
UI Engineering Students Win Space Grant Scholarships


Lab Wins Grants To Develop Synthetic Helicopter Vision System - University News Service - The University of Iowa
UI Lab Wins $466,000 NASA Grant For Aircraft Vision System - University News Service - The University of Iowa
OPL featured in the Press-Citizen


UI receives $30,000 gift from Rockwell Collins
Researchers Use $400,000 Grant To Study Yellow Highway Lines


UI to co-host June 2-4 national symposium on simulation


UI invites participants for emotions of driving study
Virtual flight vision system airs at Aug. 25-26 Iowa City air show
UI researcher looking for friendly skies receives $120,000 in grants

Other news

Reaching for the Skies by Tina Owen
Elegant Integrations enhance cockpit situational awareness by Alan Staats
Halftime commercial features Bob Chiusano and comments about The University of Iowa assisting Rockwell Collins with synthetic vision.
Smart Eye - eye tracking - if you want reality.
OPL at The University of Iowa and EGI have collaborated to create a portable physio-metrology laboratory that can be used on various research platforms.
Picture This - an infrared image supplemented by a digital terrain view gives pilots a unique 3D perspective.
Are You Driving Yourself Sick? How to minimize your stress behind the wheel, by Timothy Gower.