Since graduating with a B.S.E.E. from Ohio University in 1986, Jamie Edwards has been employed full-time at the Center working primarily on projects involving the Instrument Landing System (ILS). He earned an A.S.E.E. from Lima Technical College in 1983 and as a student intern in the FAA/NASA Tri-University program at the Center, he aided in the design and implementation of a Loran-C ground-based monitoring system. His work with the ILS involves site surveys for proposed installations, the use of computer modeling to predict the effects of terrain and man-made structures on the ILS and flight measurement evaluations. The data collection flights are used to improve performance of marginal ILS facilities, prepare new ILS facilities for FAA commissioning and evaluate the performance of new ILS designs and equipment.
During his early years at the Center, Jamie served as aircraft panel-operator, however, since 1993 he has served as pilot and lead engineer on most ILS data collection missions.
Jamie holds a commercial pilot certificate with instrument rating for single/multi-engine aircraft and is a certified flight instructor. Having accumulated more than 5500 hours, he is an aircraft owner and also pilots the Center owned King Air C90, Cessna T210 and Piper Saratoga aircraft for a variety of data collection missions which involve Loran-C, VOR, synthetic vision, inertial navigation, GPS, TLS and VHF/UHF data link systems. As a long-time radio-controlled aircraft enthusiast he is an experienced airplane and helicopter pilot and uses these skills to pilot the Center's Brumby UAV aircraft for the various projects.