News Briefs

Dr. Bijan Vasigh, professor of economics and finance at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Daytona Beach Campus College of Business, stated his belief that aircraft safety could be compromised if the number of required flight hours for pilots were to be reduced, in an interview with The Points Guy. Experience, he said, minimizes accidents. "[The Pilot] shortage could be overcome, rather than by cutting hours, by having applicable training for more people, making the job for the pilot more effective, and higher wages," Vasigh said. Read the full article.
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Kimberly J. Becker, president and CEO of San Diego County Regional Airport, will serve as commencement speaker for Embry-Riddle Worldwide San Diego (California) Campus’ Spring graduation ceremony.
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Embry–Riddle’s flight training media production group, Special VFR Productions, has received a bronze award in the Non-Broadcast Educational Video category at the 39th Annual Telly Awards. 
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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.
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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. Check out more Embry–Riddle facts and figures at http://news.erau.edu/media-resources/did-you-know/.
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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.
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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University student Jordan Brown is one of 75 Americans selected to participate in the 2018-2019 Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) for Young Professionals, a year-long fellowship for study and work in Germany. CBYX for Young Professionals provides opportunities for youth to collaborate, interact with new people and new ideas, and, ultimately, to become better global citizens and better leaders. The program annually provides scholarships to 350 Americans and also brings 360 Germans to the United States.
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Microsoft Corp. will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA) at the Jacksonville Community Campus serving Naval Station Mayport, Naval Air Station Jacksonville and Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay on Friday, June 1, at the Duval County Veterans Memorial Wall. MSSA in Jacksonville is a reflection of the need to provide service members with training and certifications before they transition out of the military, and Microsoft’s strong commitment to the veteran community.
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Embry-Riddle Asia students recently made a visit to Boeing Flight Services Singapore campus for a tour of the facility and the unique opportunity to fly a 737NG level-D full flight simulator. 
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In acknowledgement of its ongoing commitment to providing innovative and high quality degree programs online, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Campus, has been recognized by IDG Communications, Inc., as a recipient of the 2018 CIO 100, an annual award program recognizing organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT).
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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide-Pensacola (Fla.), Campus will hold its commencement ceremony with guest speaker The Honorable Ashton Hayward III, Mayor of Pensacola, at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at the National Naval Aviation Museum, 1750 Radford Blvd.
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Professor Dale Avery has been announced as the new Program Coordinator for the department's Bachelor of Science in Global Security and Intelligence Studies. 
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The Unmanned Systems Sciences Program in the College of Aviation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach Campus has selected the Penguin C unmanned aircraft system (UAS) from UAV Factory for flight training with student operators and pilots at the nation’s largest undergraduate UAS program.
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The Embry-Riddle Formula SAE team invites you to the unveiling of the team's 2017-2018 formula-style racecar. ER-04 will take on 120 of the top universities from across the world at Michigan International Speedway in just a few days.    Please join our team, their families, engineering faculty, staff, faculty and friends at the Willie Miller Instructional Center, Friday, May 4 at 2 p.m. Take some photos, come to see and hear the amazing car, hear the stories from spring testing, and help send off the team in style! Light refreshments will be served.
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The Jim and Linda Lee Planetarium at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Prescott Campus welcomed its 10,000th visitor in April, just six months after opening its doors to the Embry-Riddle campus and the Prescott community.
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