News Briefs

Embry-Riddle Worldwide Professor Deborah Donnelly-McLay, a United Parcel Service 767 pilot, co-authored a peer-reviewed study, with Harvard University researchers, showing how pilot performance is affected by specific carbon dioxide levels on the flight deck.
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Prescott, AZ – August 2, 2018 – Eviation, an Israeli startup pioneering the industry’s first all-electric aircraft, selected Prescott for its US corporate headquarters.  Eviation will open an office at the former Guidance Aviation building, at the Prescott Municipal Airport in August.
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PRESCOTT, Ariz. – Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) attendees from around the world recently gathered at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott Campus to discuss, simulate, analyze and problem-solve at AABI’s annual meeting.
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Dr. Richard “Pat” Anderson, director of the Eagle Flight Research Center at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, described efforts to shape the future of aviation, during the Lindbergh Innovation Forum at the 2018 EAA AirVenture show.
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Armed with small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS), 16 Embry-Riddle students are completing photogrammetric work in support of cultural heritage preservation at a half-dozen sites in Kosovo, as part of a study abroad program this summer.
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For the eighth 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.
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A special article collection on the human side of autonomous driving features Embry-Riddle research that looks at how positive and negative media portrayals of driverless vehicles affect consumer perceptions of the technology. The article collection, published by Elsevier and freely available until Dec. 31, 2018, covers six levels of automation, from none to hands-off driving. The editors note, however, that “regardless of the level of automation we reach, there will always be a human side to autonomous driving, whether it’s the psychology behind getting people into self-driving cars or the policy implications of the technology.” In a pair of Embry-Riddle studies, people were more willing to ride in driverless vehicles after hearing positive information about them, and less willing to ride after hearing negative information. Because people from India are significantly more willing to ride in driverless vehicles compared to Americans, the researchers also looked at the effect of nationality on an individual’s willingness to forego a human driver. Females from India had the highest willingness-to-ride scores, researchers found. The Embry-Riddle team was directed by Scott Winter, a faculty member in the College of Aviation’s School of Graduate Studies, and colleague Stephen Rice of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Human Factors and Behavioral Neurobiology Department on Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach, Fla., Campus. Student Emily Anania served as first author of the research. Co-authors were students Nathan Walters, Matthew Pierce and Mattie Milner.
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Flight Level Engineering (FLE), the first company to join the Customized Business Acceleration Program at the John Mica Engineering and Aerospace Innovation Complex (MicaPlex), was recently featured in Aviation Week and Space Technology.
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As Embry-Riddle prepares for the debut of an iconic new Student Union building on the Daytona Beach Campus, students recently helped determine the best locations for signage. Shown looking over a floor plan diagram are (L-R) students Carlos Novoa Farfan, Walter Solis and Michael Zidek, with Dustin Beech, assistant director for Campus Activities. Featuring floating walls, glass panels and a top floor set beneath a dynamic 300-foot arching skylight, the Student Union will serve as a single, convenient hub for student services, with four technology-enriched floors, 178,000 square feet and events space to accommodate up to 900 people. The building, resembling the wings of a bird, was designed by ikon.5 Architects and constructed by Barton Malow to invoke a sense of adventure and discovery, reflecting the Embry-Riddle student experience. It will house a reimagined Hunt Library, a Student Leadership and Engagement Suite, the Student Affairs Office, a food court and lounge area, a Rooftop  Terrace overlooking Connolly Quad with a peek of Runway 25R-7L’s final approach, a Gaming Area, a rotating display of student art and photography, the WIKD radio station and more.
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Embry-Riddle Central & South America invites talented Brazilian aviation leaders to apply for a highly competitive Aviation Management Program, which will be offered free of charge to 30 aviation professionals. If selected, aviation executives and professionals will take part in a 15-month professional education program encompassing all facets of aviation management, said Fabio Campos, executive director of Embry-Riddle Central & South America. The program helps build workforce capacity for Brazil’s growing aviation industry. It is offered by Brazil’s Institute of Transportation Logistics (ITL), the Social and Educational Services of Transportation (SEST SENAT) and the National Transportation Confederation (CNT), in partnership with the Brazilian Airlines Association (ABEAR). Now entering its third year, a first cohort of students took part in a graduation ceremony on Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach, Fla., campus in fall 2017. The second class is set to graduate in October 2018. Online applications are now being accepted, through July 27, via the website: www.itl.org.br.
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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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