Aviation Symposium Highlights Importance of Academic, Industry Partnerships

More than 100 aviation leaders from the U.S. and abroad are gathered at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach Campus this week for the 30th year of the National Training Aircraft Symposium (NTAS), an annual conference for academic and industry leaders.
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University-industry research partnerships are vitally important to U.S. manufacturing, and at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach Campus, “a goal to provide more high-paying, high-quality jobs” drives all such efforts, Embry-Riddle President P. Barry Butler wrote in an op-ed published August 13 in the Daytona Beach News-Journal.
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The New York Times interviewed Daytona Beach Campus College of Business Professor of Economics and Finance Dr. Bijan Vasigh for a story about the increase of flight delays during the busy months of summer travel. Weather delays in the summer months can add to the obstacles for summer travelers. A single storm can disrupt as many as 100 flights, causing airlines to lose millions of dollars. “The wind is one of the most important issues,” Vasigh said. “Wind shear is one of the most dangerous things.” The story is titled “Summer Flight Delayed? Don’t Assume It’s a Storm.”
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Outtakes

Recently, a new Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner took off from Seattle and flew more than 2,000 miles to Marquette, Michigan on the first leg of what the company says was an endurance test flight. The then reversed course and headed southwest, then turning and veering all over the United States. After several hours, flight trackers realized what the aircraft was doing. It was drawing itself over an 18-hour flight. “Rather than fly in random patterns, the test team got creative, flying a route that outlined a 787-8 in the skies over 22 states,” Boeing spokesman Doug Alder, Jr. told The Washington Post. “The nose of the Dreamliner is pointing at the Puget Sound region, home to Boeing Commercial Airplanes. The wings stretch from northern Michigan near the Canadian border to southern Texas. The tail touches Huntsville, Alabama.”
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Have you ever dreamt about driving a car that could turn into an airplane in less than three minutes like some sort of super spy? If you have around $1.5 million lying around, you can make that dream a reality thanks to the Slovakia-based Aeromobil. The two-seat, electric craft will be available for preorder later this year and comes with a driving range of about 435 miles per charge and can reach a top speed of 99 mph. It also has a cruising range of 466 miles in the air. To learn more or to pre-order yours, visit Aeronmobil’s website.
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Earlier this month, NASA’s Juno spacecraft completed a flyover of Jupiter, resulting in some of the most detailed photos of Jupiter’s famous Great Red Spot to date. This enhanced-color image from nearly 6,130 miles above the planet. For more information about the Juno mission, visit NASA’s website.
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Aurora Flying Sciences’ Aircrew Labor In-cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) reached a milestone recently as it pulled off a simulated landing of a Boeing 737. According to Aurora, the purpose of the ALIAS technology is to “function as a second pilot in a two-crew aircraft allowing for standard and even improved aircraft performance, while reducing individual crew operations and workload, lowering costs, and simplifying training.” “Having successfully demonstrated on a variety of aircraft, ALIAS has proven its versatile automated flight capabilities,” said John Wissler, Aurora’s Vice President of Research and Development. “As we move towards fully automated flight from take-off to landing, we can reliably say that we have developed an automation system that enables significant reduction of crew workload.”
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Embry-Riddle President Dr. P Barry Butler, the student chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and Kenneth Hunt, Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, welcomed an impressive gathering of NSBE space industry luminaries this week to the Daytona Beach Campus for a daylong dialog on creating mutually beneficial partnerships between Embry-Riddle students and NASA researchers.
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Small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), or “drones” will soon help Daytona Beach police officers and firefighters find lost nursing-home residents and assess hazardous areas following hurricanes or other disasters. A new aviation program has been launched by the Daytona Beach Police Department (DBPD), in collaboration with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide and Daytona Beach campuses. The program – including a five-officer unit and a plan for two drones – is expected to launch by the end of 2017 or early 2018.
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A recent collaboration between Mexico’s CETYS University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Campus will not only strengthen the Baja California-based university’s master's program in Engineering and Innovation but also establish a series of courses specifically addressing the needs and interests of the fast-growing aerospace industry in Mexico.
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Profiles

Alexandria Dwyer was able to combine her passion for aviation, international relations and security to become the first graduate of Embry-Riddle Worldwide’s Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies.
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After piloting her first plane in college, Dr. Peggy Chabrian was hooked on the thrill of flight. Over the next 30 years, she logged 2,200 hours as a commercial/instrument multi-engine pilot and recently added helicopter and seaplane ratings to her flight qualifications. As president and founder of Women in Aviation International (WAI), Chabrian combines decades of aviation and academic experience to provide support and resources for women in aviation career fields and interests.
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Congratulations to Prescott Aviation Safety Program Manager Brian Roggow, recently selected as a Regional Honoree for the 2017 General Aviation Awards. With eight FAA regions, Roggow is one of the Top-8 nationally in his category, FAA Safety Team (FAAST) Representative of the year.
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