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Richard Ranaudo

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Mr. Richard J. Ranaudo earned a B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Connecticut and a M.S. Degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Ohio State University. He has been as a military fighter pilot, and experimental test pilot, and has flown over 35 aircraft types in the past forty years. He has an FAA Airline Transport Pilot Certificate and is type rated in several large turbo jet, turbo prop, and large piston transport aircraft. He joined NASA in 1974, and performed extensive flight research in propulsion, aircraft icing, aero-acoustics, stability and control, aircraft performance, and parabolic flight. In 1994, he was appointed the Chief of NASA Lewis Research Center Flight Operations. While at NASA, he authored several technical papers on aircraft icing. In 1998 he joined the Bombardier-Learjet Corporation in Wichita, Kansas as a senior experimental engineering test pilot and Manager of Canadair Flight Test Operations. He was responsible for the development and certification flight tests of the Global Express Intercontinental Business Jet and CRJ 700/900 Regional Jet Aircraft. In 2003, he joined the University of Tennessee Space Institute, and taught courses in Systems Flight Testing and Human Factors in Aviation. Since January 2011 Mr. Ranaudo is a self-employed technical consultant. He has over 11,000 flight hours, primarily as Pilot-in-Command.

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