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The Office of Undergraduate Research at Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University announced the recipients of the sixth annual Discovery Day Awards, held on April 10. Discovery Day, the University’s Undergraduate Research Symposium, was the culmination of hard work and significant achievements for over 300 student researchers representing the four colleges at the Daytona Beach Campus – Engineering, Arts & Sciences, Business and Aviation. 
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Continuing global interest in environmentally friendly business practices has created new opportunities for research and development - making Earth Day more of an everyday occurrence. One student group at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is taking environmental responsibility to heart. Guided by Dr. Marc Compere, an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, these students are working year-round on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sponsored research for sustainable transportation.
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For the 12th consecutive year, Embry-Riddle’s Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) Business Club dominated the PBL Arizona Leadership Competition, held April 13-14 at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz.
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Twenty-five years have passed since the more than 15-hour Battle of Mogadishu, known as the deadliest firefight since the Vietnam War. But for retired U.S. Army Ranger Col. Danny McKnight, whose heroic leadership was portrayed in the book and movie Black Hawk Down, the Oct. 3, 1993 battle and the six rangers he lost are always on his mind. He routinely visits their families and checks on soldiers who were also injured.
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Dr. Bijan Vasigh, professor of economics and finance at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Daytona Beach Campus, was recently interviewed for a story in The Points Guy,  titled "United Airlines' #BumpGate: One Year Later."     According to Vasigh, 7-8% of passengers are no-shows for flights, due to connecting flight delays and other various reasons, which makes it extremely difficult for airlines to hit their revenue targets without overbooking each flight. "It's a very careful calculation to strike the right balance," he said.   Read the article in full.
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When tested on their knowledge of 23 types of weather information, from icing forecasts and turbulence reports to radar, 204 general aviation (GA) pilots surveyed by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University researchers were stumped by about 42% of the questions. The findings, published in the April 2018 edition of the International Journal of Aerospace Psychology, are worrisome because GA pilots flying smaller planes at lower altitudes, usually with minimal ground-based support, have higher weather-related accident and fatality rates, said Embry-Riddle’s Elizabeth Blickensderfer, a professor in the Department of Human Factors and Behavioral Neurobiology.
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The Embry–Riddle Office of Alumni Engagement hosted a lively discussion on the commercial space race Monday, April 9, to highlight the latest edition of Lift, Embry–Riddle’s alumni magazine. Marc Bernier, director of the university’s speaker series, spoke with experts in the field of space law, orbital mechanics and the commercial space industry in the Lemerand Auditorium at the Daytona Beach Campus.
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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University students from the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Daytona Beach chapter recently returned from the 44th Annual Convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with good news. Amidst the workshops, visits to the exhibition hall and collegiate competitions, 14 of the 25 Embry-Riddle NSBE members attending the convention secured interviews during the convention with companies such as Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, BAE Systems, General Electric, Microsoft, Rockwell Collins, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force. Seven students received job or internship offers. Embry-Riddle junior Naia Butler-Craig, who is majoring in Aerospace Engineering, also received the Region III Executive Board Member of the Year Award. "The NSBE executive board created workshops and events throughout the year that developed our members academically, socially and professionally, keeping NSBEs missions statement to heart,” said William Wanyagah, president of the Embry-Riddle NSBE chapter and an aerospace engineering junior. “I am happy overall with the determination and perseverance of NSBE members who attended the 44th annual conference in Pittsburgh." Naia Butler-Craig, a NASA Pathways intern for the NASA Glenn Research Center, served as the 2017-2018 Region III Membership Chair overseeing membership activities for Region III, which includes members in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, the Caribbean and South America. The award is given to a regional executive board member who went above and beyond what was required. Payton Boliek, vice president of the Embry-Riddle chapter, was promoted at the convention to the board for Region III and will oversee members of all chapters as the 2018-2019 Region III Membership Chair, succeeding Butler-Craig. The region has about 3,000 members, Butler-Craig said. Co-advisors for the Embry-Riddle chapter, who helped students prepare for the convention, are assistant professor Dr. Leroy L. Long III and Kenneth E. Hunt, director of Embry-Riddle’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University faculty member Snorri Gudmundsson served as chief aerodynamicist on a team that jointly designed the Cirrus SF50 Vision® Jet, which received the 2017 Robert J. Collier Trophy.
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Retired U.S. Army Ranger and commander Col. Danny McKnight, whose heroic leadership was portrayed in the book and movie Black Hawk Down, will give the keynote address at Embry-Riddle’s Veterans Appreciation Day at the ICI Center at 11:30 a.m. on April 16.
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Earlier this year, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reported one million drones had been registered in the United States. With 878,000 hobbyist and 122,000 business drones on the books, the environment is prime for budding entrepreneurs with new ideas and applications. Before you decide to hang your shingle, be sure to take several considerations into account if contemplating a drone business.
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In the closest finish in nearly three decades of identifying the nation’s top airlines, Alaska Air barely edged out Delta Airlines to retain its No. 1 position, according to the 28th annual Airline Quality Rating (AQR), announced today, Monday, April 9, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
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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.
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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.
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Navy ROTC midshipman Cheyenne Nelson completed an extraordinary assignment last month. Nelson and her unit had the honor of welcoming VIPs to the third annual Night to Shine at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus.
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