Textron Aviation Announces Embry-Riddle Prescott Among 2018 University Partners for Top Hawk Program

Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, today announced it has selected Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univerity – Prescott among the universities chosen for the 2018 Top Hawk program, and is to accept the delivery of a new, custom branded Cessna Skyhawk 172 to support flight training, university recruiting efforts and promotional activities throughout the year.
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As companies develop space vehicles to send private individuals into outer space, a new lab at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach Campus may become the industry’s testbed for spacesuit design.
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Continuing more than three decades as champions, The Eagles Flight Team from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach Campus has won the 2017-2018 Region IX National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (NIFA SAFECON) competition. Embry-Riddle students received 11 first-place victories in addition to the overall SAFECON championship at Auburn University Regional Airport in Auburn, Ala., from Oct. 30 to Nov. 4. Embry-Riddle continues to the national competition in April/May in Terre Haute, Ind.
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While it might cost billions to build a submarine, the United States Navy is adding a new piece of equipment that will set them back about $30: an Xbox controller. The USS Colorado will be the first nuclear-powered submarine to incorporate an Xbox 360 controller to operate its periscopes. The Navy believes that the controllers will help because they are more familiar to younger sailors and require much less training. The current joystick also costs about $38,000. “That joystick is by no means cheap, and it is only designed to fit on a Virginia-class submarine,” Senior Chief Mark Eichenlaub, the assistant navigator of the USS John Warner told The Virginian-Pilot. “I can go to any video game store and procure an Xbox controller anywhere in the world, so it makes a very easy replacement.” The Colorado is scheduled to be commissioned in November.
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Boston Dynamics has a message for everyone out there worried that a robot will soon take their job: don’t fret just yet. In a recent Ted Talk about the strides taken by the engineering and robotics design company, Boston Dynamics aired this 15-second clip of one their robotic creations showing that the days of robotic overlords might still be off in the distance.
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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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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Golden Eagles Flight Team was inducted into the San Diego International Air & Space Museum’s Hall of Fame on Nov. 9, 2017. Since 1963, the Hall of Fame has honored more than 200 of the world’s most significant pilots, crew members, visionaries, inventors, aerospace engineers, business leaders, preservationists, designers and space pioneers.
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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Air Force ROTC Detachment 157, located in Daytona Beach, Florida, has long been considered one of the top AFROTC units in the country. This year is no exception, with three cadets making the rated supplemental list, and five of whom have been selected to attend Euro-Nation Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT).
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Approximately seven years in the making, engineering students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott Campus will launch EagleSat-1, a cube satellite (CubeSat) aboard a Delta 2 rocket scheduled to lift off from California on Nov. 18, 2017, at 2:47 a.m.
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Profiles

Graduating with his business degrees from Embry-Riddle, standout student athlete Jason Alvarez knows what it takes to succeed. As a Procurement Agent and Supplier Integration leader for The Boeing Company, Jason travels the globe meeting with seat suppliers to ensure Boeing delivers the best products and services to their airline customers. He also offers some advice to current and prospective business students.
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Dr. Jason M. Ruckert, Vice Chancellor of Online Education at Embry-Riddle Worldwide, has been appointed to distinguished leadership positions with two national organizations focused on shaping the future of online higher education. Earlier this month, Ruckert was named vice chair of the WCET Steering Committee. WCET is the leader in the practice, policy and advocacy of technology-enhanced learning in higher education. This summer, Ruckert was appointed to UPCEA’s National Council for Online Education Advisory Board. The national council is the first of its kind and focuses on leadership; strategy; financial models; marketing and program development; student services; and effective partnerships within online education. “Both national boards have plans to do some pretty amazing things in the future, and the institutions represented are certainly those that plan to be on the cutting edge of online education. My goal is to ensure Embry-Riddle is always synonymous with world-class online education" Ruckert said.
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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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