Flight Test Engineering


Dr. Brian Kish

He is the Chair of Florida Tech’s Flight Test Engineering Program. He earned a Ph.D. in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He is a graduate of the Air Force Test Pilot School, and has accumulated over 1300 flight hours as a Flight Test Engineer in 49 different aircraft during his 20 year Air Force career. He held leadership positions at three Flight Test units and served as the Vice Chair of the Education Department of the Air Force Test Pilot School from 2005-2008. Since retiring from the Air Force in 2011, Dr. Kish has taught Control Systems, Aircraft Stability & Control, Aircraft Performance, Experimental Aerodynamics and Avionics courses at Florida Tech. He is a member of AIAA’s Flight Test Technical Committee and the Society of Flight Test Engineers. He is a commercial glider pilot and has private pilot license for single-engine land aircraft. Email: bkish@fit.edu Phone: 321-674-7042.

Dr. Ralph Kimberlin

He wrote the text book Flight Testing of Fixed-Wing Aircraft. He is a Fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots with 8,500 flight hours in over 250 different aircraft including 25 first flights. He earned a Doctor of Engineering from the Technical University of Aachen, Germany. He is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and was commissioned as an Air Force officer. While serving in Vietnam, he was one of three officers responsible for the development and combat evaluation of the AC-47 side-firing gun ship. He was a test pilot and flight test engineer for Piper, Rockwell International and Beech Aircraft companies for 10 years. He was a professor and program chair at the University of Tennessee Space Institute for 27 years. Dr. Kimberlin has taught courses in Performance Flight and Stability and Control Flight Test at Florida Tech since 2012. Email: r.kimberlin1@verizon.net  Phone: 931-273-3853.

Dr. Isaac Silver

He is the chief jet pilot. He earned his Ph.D. from Florida Tech in Space Sciences. He also holds a B.S. in Astronomy and Astrophysics from Florida Tech. He’s an Airline Transport Pilot (Airplane Multi-Engine Land), Commercial Pilot (Airplane Single-Engine Land and Sea), Gold Seal Flight Instructor (Single and Multi-Engine), Instrument Pilot (Airplane) and Ground Instructor (Advanced). He has 17,500 hours of flight time with more than 4,000 hours as an instructor. Aircraft include DA-10, DA-20, DA-50/900, L-1329, BE-350, BE-400, IAI-1124, Learjet(24/25/31/35), and L39.

Dr. Markus Wilde

He received his M.S. (2008) and Ph.D. (2012) from TU Munich, Germany. He was accepted into the NRC Research Associateship Program in 2013, as postdoctoral associate at the Spacecraft Robotics Laboratory at the Naval Postgraduate School. In 2014, he joined the Florida Institute of Technology. His research focus lies on autonomous and telerobotic capabilities for rendezvous and capture of space objects. 


Jon Holzman

He is the instructor of Florida Tech’s Helicopter Flight Test Course. Graduating from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2007, he served in the United States Army as an AH-64 Apache Instructor Pilot conducting multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, logging over 2,300 flight hours of experience. He currently works with the United States Air Force as the Flight Test Engineering representative to Global Strike Command during the acquisition and test of the MH-139A Grey Wolf helicopter. His projects of interest include helicopter live fire test & evaluation, helicopter combat maneuvering flight, and weapons employment testing. He is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics as well as the Society of Flight Test Engineers.