A³IR Conference to explore challenges facing aviation industry

The Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace International Research (A³IR) Conference presented by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will bring together industry and academic leaders for presentations and discussions covering topics on the cutting edge of aviation thought and technology.

The 2014 conference, slated for Jan. 17-18 in Phoenix, will address:

  • 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, a 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 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.

Also as part of the conference, students from multiple universities will compete for presentation slots and prizes.

The daily conference agenda, registration and more information are available online at commons.erau.edu/aircon

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