93-year-old inventor and former NASA Langley engineer recognized for developing weather hazard advisory technology for private pilots
HAMPTON — Norman Crabill, a retired NASA Langley engineer, is well into his ninth decade but keeps busy with projects.
As an inventor and a part-time employee at VíGYAN, an aerospace research firm in Hampton, Crabill, 93, offered details of his latest masterpiece — the active ride improvement system.
It’s something that would help with turbulence by adding a device similar to a shock absorber.
“I need to be doing something,” he said.
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Photo Credit: Norm Crabill smiles while being honored by co-workers at aerospace research firm ViGYAN in Hampton Wednesday afternoon February 5, 2020. Crabill invented the Pilot Weather Advisor System which allows pilots the ability to get satellite views and better information when flying into weather systems. (Jonathon Gruenke / Daily Press)