About the author
Dr Richard L. (Dick) Newman received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Following graduation, he began graduate studies at Penn State University. After completing the course work for his doctorate, Dick left school to fly for Northwest Airlines. He left airline flying because of its adverse affect on domestic life and was employed designing wind tunnels. At the same time, Dick completed the requirements for a master's degree in engineering from Purdue.
Dick was then employed as a contract flight test engineer, first on an US Air Force pro-gram and then on a Canadian STOL project in Ottawa. Canada. When the latter program ended, he returned to the States and began working as an independent contractor on both FAA and Air Force contracts. He was able to use an Air Force Contract Report on head-up display design requirements as his Ph D dissertation.
Dick continued as a flight test consultant working both on and off-site for a variety of domestic and foreign organizations.
In 2001, Dick joined the faculty of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as an associate professor. In 2003, he was recruited to join the FAA in the Transport Standards Staff.
Following retirement from the FAA, Dick spent three years at the Naval Air Systems Command developing protocols for approving experimental military aircraft to fly in the National Airspace System (NAS)
His book Head-Up Displays: Designing the Way Ahead is the basic reference for head-up display design, certification, and training. A later book Cockpit Displays: Test and Evaluation provides the methodology for simulator and flight testing of modern flight displays.
Ms Madeleine Kolb received her bachelor's degree in Zoology and her master's degree in Genet-ics from the University of Washington. After serving in the Peace Corps, she was employed at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs (EOEA). Working in various programs within the EOEA, Madeleine prepared technical reports, status reports, draft and final regulations, findings, master plans, etc.
Later, as Project Manager at GZA, an engineering consulting firm near Boston, she pre-pared over 300 technical reports for a variety of clients, including Teradyne, General Dynamics, Biogen, Boston University, and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston. After her father died, Madeleine returned to Seattle and to the UW, earning a Certificate in Technical Writing and Editing. As a technical writer and editor at the FAA, she worked with aeronautical engineers and others to create a variety of technical, regulatory documents.
Madeleine was active in Toastmasters and volunteered to give presentations at work at every opportunity. One was on the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the Wright Brothers Flight in 1903 or the retirement lunch of a fellow worker whom she roasted—in a light-hearted, teasing sort of way.
After retiring from the FAA, Madeleine began writing blog posts, completed the requirements for her Distinguished Toastmasters (DTM) award, competed in writing and speaking contests, taking flying lessons, and, of course, began writing this book