Embry-Riddle Researchers are Shaping the Future of UAS Integration

Richard Stansbury knows a thing or two about unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). He’s Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s principal investigator for the Alliance of System Safety for UAS through Research Excellence, or ASSURE, the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Center of Excellence for UAS. When ASSURE launched in 2015, Embry-Riddle was named the technical lead for research involving air traffic integration, and co-lead in pilot and crew training. We recently spoke with Stansbury to learn more about this groundbreaking research center.
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Featured News

An estimated 1,500 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University students will earn degrees as commencement ceremonies will be held for the Daytona Beach, Fla., Prescott, Ariz., and Worldwide campuses in May.  Live web streaming of each ceremony will be available. Information on each ceremony is listed below:
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For the 11th consecutive year, Embry-Riddle Prescott's Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) Business Club dominated the PBL Arizona Leadership Competition, held April 15-16 at Arizona State University.
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Outtakes

When the United Launch Alliance sends their Atlas V rocket into space on April 18, it will mark the end of an era for NASA TV as longtime launch announcer George Diller calls his final liftoff. Diller has served as a launch commentator on NASA Television for the launch countdown of both expendable launch vehicles and the space shuttle, including STS-135, the final space shuttle mission with the launch of Atlantis. He has called the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope aboard Discovery as well as the countdown for the Atlas V rocket carrying the Mars Science Laboratory with the Curiosity rover. In addition to serving as the NASA TV launch commentator, he has also worked as a public affairs specialist at NASA's Kennedy Space Center for 37 years. During a recent press conference, Frank Culbertson, a former NASA astronaut who is now president of Orbital ATK's Space Systems Group, thanked Diller for his service. “A real, true fan of the space program, but also a real contributor,” Culbertson said. “So George, thank you for everything.”
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The U.S. Navy Blue Angels recently treated guests of the Happiest Place on Earth to a magical moment as the team of F/A-18 Hornets executed two passes 500 feet above the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. The Blue Angels were on their way to Lakeland, FL, for the annual Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In.
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Norway is planning to build the world's first ship tunnel through the Stadlandet peninsula, an area known to be dangerous to ships because of its rocky terrain and poor weather. The 5,000-foot tunnel will accommodate boats up to 118 feet wide and 162 feet tall and weighing up to 16,000 tons. The cost of the tunnel is estimated at $314 million with work beginning in 2019. The tunnel is expected to be finished in 2023.
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UK-based Surrey NanoSystems have released a video demonstrating their newest product, Vantablack 2.0, a spray-on coating that can trap more than 99.8 percent of incident light. The company says the material is so dark that if you aimed a laser pointer at it, you couldn't even see the dot. The company originally created the coating for aerospace applications such as satellites.  "The original Vantablack coating marked a major milestone, and is fundamental to many companies developing higher-performance equipment," said Ben Jensen of Surrey NanoSystems. "We continue to develop the technology, and the new sprayable version opens-up a whole new range of applications. This is significantly less reflective than, for example, the super-black paint used for managing stray-light in the Hubble Space Telescope."
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Is there a silver bullet for aviation and aerospace organizations in search of superior performing leaders? Maybe not, but one Embry-Riddle researcher is helping narrow the field by identifying the behaviors that distinguish top performers.
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After four years at the top of the Airline Quality Rating, Virgin America slipped to third in 2016, and the airline it announced a merger with last year – Alaska Airlines – has finished No. 1, with Delta coming in at a close second, according to the 27th annual Airline Quality Rating (AQR), released today (Monday, April 10) at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
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Embry-Riddle researchers’ discovery of how solar wind heats up ions across Earth’s magnetic boundary points to bigger questions about the nature of the sun and could advance research into clean nuclear power.
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Profiles

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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I am pleased to announce Ginger Pinholster has joined Embry-Riddle as the university’s Interim Vice President of Marketing and Communications. Ginger’s 34-year career has been largely devoted to science and research writing/editing, with the objective of promoting science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world. I know her expertise in institutional messaging, media relations, crisis communications, and marketing strategy will serve Embry-Riddle well.
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