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Industry and Academic Leaders Take On Aviation Challenges at Upcoming A³IR Conference

Embry-Riddle Prescott Event in Phoenix Jan. 17-18 Adds Free Session on Aviation Safety for Public

Prescott, AZ., January 7, 2014

Embry-Riddle to Present AIR Conference Exploring Current Challenges Facing Aviation Industry

WHAT: The Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace International Research (A³IR) Conference presented by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University -Prescott Campus has added a free, open-to-the public FAA general session on the final day.

The two-day groundbreaking event will bring together industry and academic leaders for presentations and discussions covering topics on the cutting edge of aviation and technology. The 2014 conference will address the following:

  • Global Security, Cyber Intelligence & Aviation Safety
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems & UAVs – Privacy and Security
  • Commercial Space Flight Systems and Safety
  • Human Factors, CRM and Aviation Psychology
  • Systemic Safety including Fire, Law Enforcement and Emergency Response

The keynote speaker is Robert Sumwalt, current member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). A pilot with more than 30 years of experience including 24 years as an airline pilot, Sumwalt was appointed to a two-year term with the NTSB as Vice Chairman in 2006 by President George W. Bush. He was then reappointed to the Board as a member for an additional five-year term by President Barack Obama in 2011. He has been involved with and led numerous airline safety programs and is co-founder of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) Critical Incident Response Program, which provides guidance to airline personnel involved in traumatic incidents.

Sumwalt will also speak as the subject matter expert at the free, open-to-the-public FAA session at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, titled “Safety Culture Enhancements.” Embry-Riddle Associate Vice President for Safety Dan McCune and Embry-Riddle Prescott Aviation Safety Program Manager Brian Roggow also will be part of the session.

Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are still available. Please contact Merrie Heath: merrie.heath@erau.edu | 928-777-3901.

Media is invited to attend.

Complete daily conference agenda, participant registration and more information are available online at commons.erau.edu/aircon. Follow the event on Twitter @A3IRCON.

WHEN: January 17-18, 2014 (Friday and Saturday)

WHERE: The Wigwam Golf and Spa Resort, 300 East Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park, AZ 85340. Accommodations for conference participants are available at wigwamarizona.com or by calling 800-327-0396.

COST: Registration is $250.

PARTICIPANT CONTACT: Vicki Launders, Office of the Dean/College of Aviation Prescott Campus | vicki.launders@erau.edu | 928- 777-6617

MEDIA CONTACT: Melanie Hanns, Director of University Communications | melanie.hanns@erau.edu | 386-226-7538

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world's largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent institution offering more than 70 baccalaureate, master's and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business and Engineering. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., and through the Worldwide Campus with more than 150 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The university is a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities and government agencies. For more information, visit http://www.embryriddle.edu, follow us on Twitter (@EmbryRiddle) and facebook.com/EmbryRiddleUniversity, and find expert videos at YouTube.com/EmbryRiddleUniv.