The Academic Complex (AC1) contains a number of classrooms and faculty offices for the Colleges of Aviation, Arts and Sciences, and Engineering. Labs are also available in AC1 to students from a variety of disciplines, such as the Engineering Design Lab, the Airway Science Lab, and the Weather Center. In short, AC1 serves as a hub of academic activity on the Prescott Campus.
- Airway Science Lab (Room 110): Students in the Aeronautical Science and Unmanned Aircraft Systems programs in the College of Aviation participate in collaborative projects that take place in the Airway Science Laboratory. Designed to encourage teamwork and cooperative learning, the lab provides students with dual-monitor workstations and partner seating in addition to worktables with power and internet supply.
- Meteorology Laboratory (Room 116): The Meteorology Laboratory is used for teaching senior Applied Meteorology classes, for meteorology tutoring and for student research. Students access around 600 GB of archived and real-time data using interactive graphics software plus satellite and radar imagery, to perform research into notable past storms, climate variability and change, cloud microphysics and a variety of other meteorological studies. Students also access data to support WxChallenge, an intercollegiate weather forecasting competition.
- College of Engineering Senior Design Laboratory (Room 118): At Embry-Riddle, the College of Engineering maintains work spaces for a wide range of two-semester senior design teams who practice team skills while working on relevant projects that prepare them for life in the industry. At any time this space may house a propulsion team or spacecraft team, with students collaborating within attitude and control, electronics, structures and integration subteams.
- Design and Computer-Aided Design Lab (Room 123): New engineering students typically in their freshman and sophomore years will come to this lab to learn design and Computer-Aided Design (CAD). Students work with modern equipment using software packages such as CATIA and Solid Works. This software works with Stereolithography (3-D) printers that create the student-designed parts out of thousands of layers of thin composite material.