Profile: Danny Jones, the Flight-Sim King

L-3’s system architect builds F-16 combat simulators for the U.S. Air Force

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Profile: Danny Jones, the Flight-Sim King

Bits in Flight: With advanced graphics technologies, this simulator can faithfully mimic the challenges an F-16 pilot can face during combat missions.

Photo: Swiss Federal Office of Topography

Flying combat missions in a jet fighter requires reflexes that can respond to challenging terrain, shifting mission objectives, and hostile forces. Danny Jones is helping U.S. Air Force pilots develop those reflexes by building perhaps the most advanced military flight simulator in the world.

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

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