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BTN LiveBIG: Iowa doing sky-high research

The Operator Performance Laboratory (OPL) at the University of Iowa does flight test research, pilot performance assessment and pilot training systems research and design. The OPL is directed by Tom Schnell, associate professor in Mechanical and industrial Engineering, who is a commercial pilot and a flight instructor. LiveBIG sat down with Schnell to discuss the program. How did the program start? Was there anything in place when you proposed the program? We started from Ground Zero. I had nothing other than a $100,000 startup package of funding. But I had no trouble getting the University to approve. The University of