Yesterday, I was deeply saddened to let you know that a tragic aircraft accident had claimed the lives of an Embry-Riddle student pilot as well as a pilot examiner.
With a heavy heart, I can now confirm that the fallen were our student and U.S. Navy veteran Zachary Capra and John S. Azma, a highly experienced pilot examiner designated by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Zach, 25, had planned to graduate this summer with a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautics. He was a member of Embry-Riddle’s Student Veterans Organization, having transferred to the university following his service to the Navy (2012-2016). Zach had been an aviation boatswain’s mate on the USS Harry S. Truman. He graduated from Mountain Range High School in Westminster, Colo., and he attended Adam State University in 2011.
An aspiring pilot, Zach was described by a friend as someone who smiled often and never hesitated to provide encouragement to others.
Zach was the beloved son of Patsy and John Capra of Thornton, Colo.
John Azma, founder of AZMA Flt Inc. of Orlando, Fla., was well known and respected by many in the Embry-Riddle community. He was a highly decorated FAA-designated pilot examiner as well as a pilot proficiency examiner and a flight instructor, John had at least 20 years of flight experience and nearly a dozen unique jet aircraft-type ratings. His proficiencies encompassed many aircraft, from single-engine piston aircraft to multiengine turbine powered jets. He was known for his calm professionalism in the cockpit.
John is survived by his wife, Isabelle Azma, and their two sons.
We have all been shocked and devastated by this tragedy. We will continue to provide support for everyone in the Embry-Riddle community who is experiencing grief. We share our sincere condolences to all those affected by this loss.
The National Transportation Safety Board is conducting an in-depth investigation. We are working closely with authorities to support their efforts in any way we can. We will provide additional information on an ongoing basis, as soon as we possibly can.
Campus members in need of support at this time are encouraged to contact the Counseling Center or the Chaplain’s Office.
Cellular and developmental biologist Dr. Sally Mason, who served as the 20th President of the University of Iowa from 2007 until 2015, has been named a member of the Board of Trustees of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – the world’s largest, oldest and most comprehensive aviation and aerospace education institution.
With the shared mission to launch and ensure success of emerging enterprises seeking to innovate the future of engineering, aviation, aerospace and beyond, Boeing HorizonX has signed on as a Nexus Partner at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Research Park.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has named Lon D. Moeller – an accomplished faculty member with expertise in business ethics, conflict management and negotiations and a successful university administrator – to serve as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of the world’s leading institution of higher education focusing on aviation, aerospace and research.
For the fifth consecutive year, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Campus is the only private, not-for-profit institute out of 346 universities nationwide ranked in the Top 5 of U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 list for best online bachelor’s degrees.
Virginia State Trooper Lt. Henry Jay Cullen, 48, who was killed in a helicopter crash near Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12, 2017, was a 1991 graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach, Fla., campus. He received a bachelor of science degree in Aeronautical Science. The entire Embry-Riddle community’s thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult and sad time.
Moody’s Investors Service (“Moody’s”) has increased its credit rating for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University from Baa1 to A3. This investment-grade rating is the highest underlying rating the University has received from Moody’s.
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.
A group of Embry-Riddle engineering students stood under the towering 70-foot steel beams that form the skeleton of the future student union as construction crews buzzed with activity.
While touring the construction site of the building, engineering students got a real-life lesson from Barton Malow Company structural engineers who discussed the project’s progress as well as the timeline to complete milestones.
“This is one of the most complex jobs I’ve worked on,” said Barton Malow Project Manager Phillip Sayers. “It’s a very detail-oriented job and you can’t afford to be wrong.”
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Board of Trustees has named Dr. P. Barry Butler, Executive Vice President and Provost at the University of Iowa, as the sixth president of the world’s leading institution of higher education focusing on aviation, aerospace and research.
Update: The search for Embry-Riddle's next President has concluded. For more information, read "Dr. P. Barry Butler Named New President of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University."
After the unanimous endorsement of candidates presented to the Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC) as well as student and faculty representatives of the Embry-Riddle Presidential Search Committee, the process has quickly moved to the selection stage as candidates for the university’s next president position are on the Daytona Beach campus this week for final interviews.
In recognition of its high-quality education focused on student engagement and world-class faculty, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide has been ranked No. 1 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 list for best online bachelor’s degrees in the nation.