Advanced Rotorcraft Technology, Inc. (ART) was founded in June 1982 to provide specialized engineering consulting for all aspects of rotorcraft Technology. Our consulting activities required extensive simulation of rotorcraft so ART became familiar with all available rotorcraft simulation tools. As our expertise in rotorcraft grew we developed a rotorcraft dynamics modeling tool called FLIGHTLAB to assist us in our consulting work. ART began selling FLIGHTLAB commercially in 1990 and it has since become the leading commercial software tool for rotorcraft modeling and analysis. ART has continued to perform basic research into rotorcraft phenomena for NASA, the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy and to support all major U.S. rotorcraft manufacturers in design and analysis of rotorcraft. ART areas of consulting have included structures, aerodynamics, propulsion, control, handling qualities, and test and evaluation. In the course of performing this consulting work, ART has used FLIGHTLAB to develop models of all major U.S. Military helicopters and many U.S. and foreign civil helicopters. In 1995 ART began selling flight dynamics models we had developed with FLIGHTLAB into the training simulator industry. In 2000 we contracted with L3 Communications Link Simulation and Training Division to provide all the flight dynamics models for the Aviation Combined Arms Tactical Training (AVCATT) Simulators they developed for the U.S. Army. Today more than 600 of our flight dynamics models are in use in Military training simulators from mission training simulators to Operational Flight Training simulators. In addition to rotorcraft, ART has expanded FLIGHTLAB to address modeling and analysis of fixed wing aircraft.
In 1998 ART developed the Rotorcraft Comprehensive Analysis System (RCAS) by combining elements of our FLIGHTLAB rotorcraft modeling and analysis environment with rotorcraft components that had been developed for the Army’s Second Generation Comprehensive Helicopter Analysis System (2GCHAS). Under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Army in 2000, ART agreed to support our RCAS system as a non proprietary tool for U.S. Government applications and the Army agreed to assist ART in obtaining the engineering data needed to develop and validate models of all Army helicopters. RCAS and FLIGHTLAB are now extensively used as complementary and interchangeable rotorcraft modeling environments by the U.S. Government.
Since 2000 ART has also pursued developing turnkey simulators utilizing our flight dynamics models. Our HeliFlight line of simulators supports both reconfigurable and aircraft-specific simulators with varying degrees of fidelity. Providing hardware that has been integrated with our modeling software presents a very cost effective solution to our customers.
ART’s main office is located in Mountain View, California, near Stanford University and the Ames Research Center. We also have a sales office in Orlando, FL. Our staff includes 18 employees with predominantly Ph. D’s and Masters Degrees in Aerospace Engineering. We have performed rotorcraft consulting for 25 years and collectively our staff has over 100 years of experience in rotorcraft engineering. Our Primary Engineering Disciplines include Mechanical Engineering and electrical Engineering with sub disciplines of aeronautics, propulsion, structures, control, handling qualities, test and evaluation, and modeling and analysis. We have extended our rotorcraft expertise to support the wind turbine industry with both the RCAS and FLIGHTLAB programs supporting wind turbine modeling and analysis.
Due to our extensive experience, research and DOD partnering, ART has the unique capability to offer an overall solution in a cost effective manner to our customers.
Advanced Rotorcraft Technology, Inc.