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NEWS & NOTES FROM THE WORLD OF EMBRY-RIDDLE C H ATTE R An actress/reporter discusses the progress of construction at ‘Starship City.’ National Exposure A LT I M E T E R : H I G H P O I N T S AT E M B R Y- R I D D L E For the 13th consecutive year, the annual “Best Colleges” guide published by U.S. News and World Report ranked Embry-Riddle’s undergraduate aerospace engineering program No. 1 in the nation. The men’s and women’s soccer teams at the Prescott Campus—first-year rookies in the California Pacific Conference—both won 2012 Cal Pac Championships. Under an agreement with the Canaveral Council of Technical Societies, Embry-Riddle will digitize and catalog a unique archive of space-focused technical papers from more than 40 years of annual Florida Space Congress conferences dating back to 1966. Daytona Beach Campus cast as ‘Starship City, USA’ E   mbry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus provides the setting for Starship City, USA—and its students, faculty and staff serve as extras—in National Geographic channel’s Evacuate Earth, which aired nationally in December. The speculative science program portrays a neutron star explosion that threatens life on Earth, and explores the possibility of creating a giant spacecraft to save the human race. Produced by Atlas Media, the show highlights Embry-Riddle laboratories and campus landmarks, such as the Jim Henderson Administration and Welcome Center, which was under construction at the time (pictured above). Jason Kring, assistant professor of human factors and systems, is featured as an expert source throughout the two-hour special. According to Kring, the show’s general premise is sound. “If we detected a stellar remnant on a collision course with Earth and we had 50 to 100 years to plan, it’s likely we could build a vessel that could save a percentage of the population, he says. ” The show generates a sense of urgency for continued space exploration, Kring notes. “As they say, ‘Necessity is the mother of invention.’” PARTNERSHIP CREATES ONE-STOP SHOP FOR RESEARCH Embry-Riddle and Advanced Aerospace Solutions (AdvAero) have taken a longstanding relationship to the next level with the signing of a partnership agreement in October. Embry-Riddle President and CEO John P. Johnson says the collaboration represents a milestone for Embry-Riddle in attracting high-tech, high-profile John companies to work with the university and help grow its developing aerospace Maris research and technology park, located adjacent to the Daytona Beach Campus. “What we are doing here is bringing together the best of both of our sets of capabilities in order to provide a unique, one-stop shop for aerospace and defense companies who need to realize their aerospace ideas and products on-time and within budget,” says John Maris (‘83, DB), CEO of Marinvent Corporation, a founding partner of AdvAero. AdvAero has committed its Flying Avionics Test Bed and Research Simulator to the venture. 2 LI FT S P R IN G 201 3 ER AUAL UM NI.ORG Representatives of 14 major U.S. airlines and regional carriers joined Embry-Riddle faculty and staff for a one-day Pilot Supply Summit on Nov. 8 at the Daytona Beach Campus. “The need for qualified pilots in sufficient numbers has never been greater in this country, says Cape ” Air President and Chief Operating Officer Dave Bushy. Recent reports, including one by Boeing, forecast nearly 460,000 pilots and more than 600,000 aircraft maintenance technicians will be needed globally during the next 20 years. In the meantime, Congress has mandated more stringent standards for pilots; namely, that first officers will hold an Airline Transport Pilot certificate, which requires 1,500 hours of flight time, as opposed to the current requirement—a commercial pilot certificate that requires only 250 flight hours. The proposed rule has yet to be finalized by the Federal Aviation Administration. “The new rules regarding first officer qualifications make it imperative that Embry-Riddle, as the leader in professional pilot education, join the leaders of the airline industry in finding joint solutions to the pilot supply problem, says ” Tim Brady, dean of Embry-Riddle’s College of Aviation at the Daytona Beach Campus. According to Brady, EmbryRiddle is part of a stakeholders group that is pursuing all means to mitigate the impending pilot shortage. Members of the group recently traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and with representatives of the Aviation Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives. “We’ve asked the GAO to conduct a study to determine the dimensions of the problem and to suggest some solutions, Brady says. ” PHOTO COURTESY OF ATLAS MEDIA Airlines, Embry-Riddle Examine Projected Pilot Shortage http://www.ERAUALUMNI.ORG

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Lift - Spring 2013

Lift - Spring 2013
A Soulful Presence
Riddle Field
Higher Learning
Alumni Weekend/ OctoberWest
Navigating Home
Riding on Real Estate
Doctors’ Remedy
Helping Eagles Fly
Alumni News
Class Notes

Lift - Spring 2013