Not a day goes by where Capt. Tara Wright isn’t approached by a passenger wanting to take a photo with her because they report never being on a flight piloted by a female.
“I call it a selfie a day and educating one person about how flying airplanes is something anybody can do if they have access to the right education and skill-building opportunities,” said Wright, an Alaska Airlines pilot who graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach Campus in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Science.
Embry–Riddle congratulates 2017 alumnus John Maris, Ph.D., for his induction into the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame (CAHF) at a ceremony in Calgary, Alberta, on June 7.
Maris is a published author on a wide range of aeronautics subjects, holds numerous worldwide patents and serves on the boards of a range of academic and public sector agencies. In 2005, He was awarded Canada’s oldest aeronautical prize, the prestigious Trans-Canada (McKee) Trophy for his contributions to Canadian aerospace.
As Hurricane season begins this month, a team of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University professors and graduate students have been charged with studying Hurricane Irma’s mass evacuation and provide recommendations for a smoother exodus in the future.
Using 3D printing, fiberglass and stainless steel, a team from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University developed a tool that could help NASA explore underneath ice-covered surfaces in space.
Embry-Riddle was one of 25 teams across the U.S. selected to participate in a simulated microgravity challenge at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.
The mega–popular website Thrillist is featuring a study of the colleges most likely to land you a job in every state, and you’ll see Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University listed twice. That’s because the career-guidance website Zippia has ranked Embry–Riddle as the No. 1 school in Arizona and Florida for getting a job for the second year in a row – that’s first in Florida out of 146 colleges and universities and first in Arizona out of 48.
Using the latest data on job placement ratings for colleges nationwide using the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System from the National Center for Education Statistics, Zippia published a list of the schools in each state for 2018 with the best record of job placements after graduation. They also factored in employment levels for all graduates 10 years after students earned their degrees.
In September, Zippia also ranked Embry–Riddle’s Prescott, Ariz. and Daytona Beach Fla. campuses No. 1 in their respective states where graduates go on to earn the highest salaries.
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A team of four students from the Colleges of Aviation and Engineering in Daytona Beach returned to campus as the big winners in the National Science Foundation’s Cyber-Physical Systems–Virtual Organization Challenge, a national collegiate autonomous aerial vehicles competition held in Marana, Ariz. in May.
Faculty member Carolina Anderson recently took a break from her favorite pastime – flying an aircraft upside down – to participate in a high-level National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) discussion on how best to prevent aircraft accidents caused by in-flight loss of control.
Anderson, an associate professor of aeronautical science – whose many achievements include being the first woman to receive a Ph.D. in aviation – was invited to join the roundtable event at the NTSB headquarters in Washington, D.C.
NASCAR star Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 9 for Hendrick Motorsports, stopped by the Embry–Riddle Daytona Beach campus Wednesday morning to try his hand at flying the Advanced Flight Simulation Center’s level D CRJ 200. Accompanied by a gaggle of reporters and videographers, he joined Capt. Tom Peterson, Canadair Regional Jet Program Manager in the cockpit of the full motion flight simulator for a quick flying lesson.
Elliott knows what he’s doing when he sits in the pilot’s seat. In 2015, he earned his private pilot license and now holds multi-engine instrument and rotorcraft ratings.
After Elliott came out of the CRJ 200 with a big smile on his face, he headed over to the ERAU Motorsports shop in the mechanical engineering building to check out the ERAU motorsports team’s Formula SAE racecar that recently competed in the Society of Automotive Engineers’ 120-team Formula competition at Michigan International Speedway. Elliott spoke with team members, jumped in the driver’s seat and cranked up the engine.
Elliott flies a Cessna Conquest II turboprop to most of the races in the southeast U.S. His love of flying came from his dad, NASCAR legend Bill Elliott, who is still an avid flyer. In February 2016, Elliott got to fly with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds during a break from Daytona 500 media day.
Elliott said in an interview with motorsports writer Jeff Gluck that he’s found being a pilot is good brain exercise for racing, that it keeps his mind focused on something that’s not racing, but takes the same type of mental concentration.
Embry-Riddle Professors Dan Macchiarella and John Robbins led a group of nine Daytona Beach students on a UAS Disaster Study Away trip in May to support Oklahoma Emergency Management and Dept. of Wildlife Conservation efforts to survey the aftermath of large rangeland fires that raged across hundreds of thousands of acres in Oklahoma in April.
Whether their interest in flying was sparked by other pilot family members or from listening to commercial jets and F-16s roar overhead, six female Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University pilots have their eyes set on one goal – winning the 42nd Air Race Classic (ARC).
Embry-Riddle alumni Abigail “Abbey” Brown and Reinardo “Rey” De Jesus Jr. met in class, began dating, became airframe and powerplant (A&P) certificated maintenance technicians and found good jobs before they graduated with degrees in aviation maintenance science.
In mid-April, two Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University students, who are also Project PoSSUM graduates, served as test subjects for the first post-landing tests of a commercial spacesuit at Survival Systems USA in Groton, Conn.
Embry-Riddle students Heidi Hammerstein and Amy Ramos recently completed a comprehensive training program in preparation for these tests, including instruction in post-landing systems engineering, spacecraft egress, and rescue and recovery architecture.