Who We Are

The Next-Generation ERAU Applied Research (NEAR) lab, located at ERAU's Daytona Beach campus is a research and development (R&D) facility supporting faculty, staff, and students.  Additionally, the lab offers consulting services for the private sector and government entities.  Our team of engineers and researchers collaborate with the aerospace and aviation industry on software engineering proof of concept, rapid prototyping, software quality assurance, modeling and simulation, data mining, and various other related R&D projects.  NEAR has successfully completed a number of projects for the FAA, NASA, NOAA, and the industry.



NEAR is developing an unmanned aircraft system for hurricane research.  Gale is a tube-deployable UAS designed to investigate energy transfer in the boundary layer directly beneath a storm.  Carrying a variety of weather sensors, the system is deployed form a P-3 Hurricane Hunter aircraft directly into the storm and is designed to collect data for up to one hour.


The FAA has contracted with Embry-Riddle to conduct NextGen research and demonstrations at the Florida NextGen Test Bed on the Daytona Beach International Airport.  NEAR provides engineering support, proof of concept, and early implementation of NextGen technologies and systems.


NEAR provides a platform for conducting R&D incorporating human-in-the-loop and hardware-in-the-loop simulations.  Real-time simulation capabilities are also available for various applications, including in-depth analysis of overall scenarios for project risk mitigation and planning.  Advanced software modeling tools, such as the Total Airspace and Airport Modeler (TAAM) and Terminal Area Route Generation and Evaluation and Traffic Simulation (TARGETS), allow our team to explore fast-time airspace and airport conditions and evaluate events related to runway incursions, accident investigation, airport/airspace capacity, and other future air traffic management concepts.

iEMID for iOS

iEMID for iOS

application development

iEMID for ios

The ERAU Multi-Information Display is an iOS app that visualizes aircraft information and geospatial data for real time situational awareness.

electronic flight bag

NEAR's Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) app can display weather and aeronautical information directly fromFAA System Wide Information Management (SWIM0 services with real-time push updates displayed over a user-selectable map.  Available for iOS, Windows, Mac, and Linux.



The NEAR Flight Operations (NFO) tool allows dispatchers to create and manage flights using SWIM in the MiniGlobal environment.  The NFO seamlessly interacts with a data management service (DMS) to synchronize and manage EFB data exchange and profiles with FAA SWIM services in real time.

data mining

NEAR collects an immense amount of data from the world meteorological network and the Aircraft Situational Display to Industry (ASDI) encompassing NAS flight plan data as well as ADS-B data.  This data is processed and used to augment real and fast-time simulations and perform comprehensive cost benefit analysis.