Air Data Research
For more than 40 years, John Eakin has been flying or fixing a variety of military and civilian airplanes, rotorcraft, and missiles. He holds airline transport pilot, flight instructor, and A&P mechanic certificates and has several decades of experience in both aviation and computer databases. He speaks the language of aviation.
Over time, he was frequently tasked with researching the service history of various aircraft with data provided by government agencies. While the information was readily available, however, a complete, cohesive picture of the indicators and causes of failures was absent. With the growth of computer capabilities and the collection of databases, it became possible to merge the data and discover the larger picture. ADR was formed to answer questions far beyond the vision of the original database designers.