Derek Gowanlock, Technical Lead for Flight Autonomy, National Research Council

With 11 National Research Council (NRC) of Canada investigators — plus government, industry and academic collaborators — Derek “Duff” Gowanlock takes a crawl-walk-run approach to autonomous flight (see “Supervised Autonomy, Step-by-Step,” Vertiflite, Nov/Dec 2021). In March, the NRC Bell 412 advanced systems research aircraft at Ottawa’s Flight Research Laboratory flew departure, enroute and approach profiles hands-off and chose a ramp spot among other helicopters for a landing guided by light detection and ranging (lidar). “It was actually a pretty significant milestone for us,” said Gowanlock. To our knowledge, it’s the first complete supervised autonomy flight on a transport-category helicopter in Canada, ever.”

Learn more about Derek in Vertiflite Leadership Profile, Vertiflite July/August 2022 magazine by Vertical Flight Society.

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Derek Gowanlock, Technical Lead for Flight Autonomy, National Research Council

With 11 National Research Council (NRC) of Canada investigators — plus government, industry and academic collaborators — Derek “Duff” Gowanlock takes a crawl-walk-run approach to autonomous flight (see “Supervised Autonomy, Step-by-Step,” Vertiflite, Nov/Dec 2021). In March, the NRC Bell 412 advanced systems research aircraft at Ottawa’s Flight Research Laboratory flew departure, enroute and approach profiles hands-off and chose a ramp spot among other helicopters for a landing guided by light detection and ranging (lidar). “It was actually a pretty significant milestone for us,” said Gowanlock. To our knowledge, it’s the first complete supervised autonomy flight on a transport-category helicopter in Canada, ever.”

Learn more about Derek in Vertiflite Leadership Profile, Vertiflite July/August 2022 magazine by Vertical Flight Society.

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