Moody’s Investors Service Upgrades Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Credit Rating

Embry-Riddle Board of Trustees Chair Mori Hosseini and President P. Barry Butler Available to Comment
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The Air Transport Research Society (ATRS) and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University released the key results of the ATRS 2017 Global Airport Performance Benchmarking Task Force report at the 2017 ATRS World Conference in Antwerp, Belgium.  This annual report provides a comprehensive, unbiased comparison of airport performance worldwide, focusing on productivity and operating/management efficiency, unit cost competitiveness and comparison of airport charges.
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International, award-winning light sport aircraft manufacturer Seamax will have their Research & Development operations join Embry-Riddle Research Park’s Customized Business Acceleration Program to build on its business, technological and research capabilities as it looks to establish itself in the United States.
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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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A German team named HY4 which is comprised of a group of engineers, entrepreneurs and flight enthusiasts is working to develop a local network of short distance flights that are completely flown by zero-emission aircraft. The “electric air taxi” network will feature aircraft that run on sustainable electric propulsion systems using hydrogen fuel cells that can fly a maximum range of a little over 900 miles. The current HY4 body has a wingspan of 76 feet and a length of just under 25 feet. The aircraft can fir four passengers with one being the pilot.
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Canadian airline Westjet got into the Guinness Book of World Records recently as they lit up a Utah desert with the world’s largest circulation projection. The airline projected a giant prize wheel on the ground, visible to passengers on flight from Toronto to Las Vegas. The prize wheel landed on a single seat number, 4A, and the lucky passenger in that seat was awarded a $2,500 shopping spree, tickets to see a Cirque du Soleil show and more. “WestJet turned 21 this year and as the international airline that brings the most guests to Las Vegas, we celebrated by lighting up the desert," said Rob Daintree, WestJet Director of Marketing. "Inspired by the brilliance, energy and wonderful experiences Las Vegas provides, we created a unique event for our guests by flying over a radiant prize wheel.” The wheel also broke the record for greatest light output in a project image.  For the record, the wheel measured 3,300-feet wide, with the light output at 4,666,000 lumens. The wheel took 61,483 feet of cable.
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For the seventh straight year, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has been selected as one of the Great Colleges to Work For by The Chronicle of Higher Education, the nation’s most respected publication covering colleges and universities.
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The NCAA Division II Membership Committee has determined that the Embry-Riddle Athletics program has successfully completed the transition from the NAIA to full-fledged NCAA II membership. The announcement was made on Monday, July 17, by University President Dr. Barry Butler at a press conference in the Henderson Welcome Center.
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The U.S. Office of Naval Research has awarded a five-year, $900,000 research grant to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to develop advanced communication, perception and energy systems for unmanned surface vessels (USVs).
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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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