OneSky, a portfolio of flying companies under Directional Aviation, will join Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Research Park as a Tenant Partner in addition to creating the OneSky Innovation Center at the John Mica Engineering and Aerospace Innovation Complex (MicaPlex) in Daytona Beach that will tap into the talent of Embry-Riddle students to help developing technology key to the advancement of private aviation.
The new OneSky Innovation Center will host coding competitions and offer full- and part-time paid internships to Embry-Riddle students studying aviation information technology to assist with the coding, testing and documentation of core initiatives.
“As the OneSky family of brands leads the industry in developing cutting-edge technology to support its many customers, we are proud they selected Embry-Riddle as their University partner,” said Embry-Riddle President Dr. P. Barry Butler. “This is the first step in developing a comprehensive enterprise-to-industry partnership with OneSky.”
OneSky’s portfolio of private jet aviation companies includes Flight Options, Flexjet, Sentient Jet and Sentient Jet Charter.
Projects planned for the Innovation Center will encompass a broad range of emerging technologies including the Internet of Things (IoT), aviation cloud computing and applying the latest concepts in Big Data to OneSky’s nearly 500 terabytes worth of stored information. These initiatives will complement the companies’ existing innovation, which includes feature-rich new Apple iOS mobile apps developed for Flexjet, Sentient Jet and Skyjet – three of the flying companies OneSky IT supports.
“We will be adapting the latest existing technologies from other industries into our business,” said OneSky Chief Technology Officer Greg Johnson. “And we will be developing new technologies unique to private aviation built on the foundation of our decades of experience and history of innovation.”
To spark interest, the Innovation Center also will host coding competitions on campus to identify fresh talent, encourage out-of-the-box ideas and create excitement about the center on campus.
“Our interns – four to five this fall – will work closely with our IT team on real-world problems gaining practical experience that will serve them well in the aviation industry,” Johnson said.
The center at Embry-Riddle will be integrated with the greater OneSky IT team through video conferencing, collaboration tools such as Slack, and leading technology workflow software.
For more details, go to the center’s website, innovation.onesky.com.
As part of the MicaPlex, OneSky also will be able to work with current Research Park tenant and resident partners as well as access university research facilities, technology, resources and talent.
OneSky encompasses the flying companies of Directional Aviation: Flexjet, Flexjet Ltd., Sentient Jet and Skyjet.
Known as the MicaPlex, this cornerstone building of the Research Park at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will house collaborative workspaces, a wide range of laboratories and business support services collocated to ensure that technology-focused startups will have every advantage for success. The first building phase also includes a large wind tunnel and test facility with cutting-edge instrumentation. Named for former U.S. Representative John Mica (R-Florida) in honor of his key role in supporting the university’s educational and research endeavors, it is strategically located in Central Florida’s “Convergence Zone” of innovation and discovery. This collaborative atmosphere is designed for incubating new technologies across 10,000 square feet of flex lease space to meet tenants’ needs. For more information, go to erau.edu/micaplex. For information about partnership opportunities, call (386) 226-4928 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent institution offering more than 80 baccalaureate, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts & Sciences, Aviation, Business, Engineering and Security & Intelligence. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., through the Worldwide Campus with more than 125 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and through online programs. The university is a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities and government agencies. For more information, visit www.embryriddle.edu.