Nation’s first aviation Ph.D. program researches runway incursions

Ever since a collision of two airplanes at a Canary Islands airport caused the deaths of nearly 600 people, experts have been trying to do something about unauthorized vehicles or people on airport runways. But the rate of runway incursions keeps rising, and so does the potential of another disaster.

B.J. Goodheart, a 34-year-old student in the nation’s first aviation Ph.D. program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, is determined to figure out why.

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