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     Date Submitted:01-04-2016
     Last Modified:06-04-2016 (01:34)
    Job information
     Current job:Professor
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Own country
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsProject Manager, Chief Pilot, Instructor, Investigator, Human Factors in Aviation & Space, Astrophysical Studies

    Personal Attributes & Executive Core Qualifications


    Multi-lingual professional with thirty three years of professional experience in the aviation sector, with a strong desire to apply this commitment and dedication to stakeholders, champions, team members, employees, government officials and the public – ECQ 2 & ECQ 5


    Highly developed cross-cultural communication skills with the ability to lead people from diverse backgrounds to meet organizational goals – ECQ 2


    Detailed oriented and dedicated leader with extensive professional training experience using diverse tools including FDM and SMS – ECQ 4


    Knowledgeable in online education and instructional tools including Blackboard, Sakai, Canvas, and Moodle LMS. Designed, wrote and maintain online educational website ( – ECQ 3


    Experienced conducting policy reviews, developing rules and regulations to comply with International and Federal Regulations. Plan and analyzed programs related to the financial aspect of overall operations and resolve interdepartmental conflicts – ECQ 2 & ECQ 4


    Expertise and experience in planetary science, applied science and technology and flight technology, which I efficiently and creatively use to identify ways in which students can learn and discuss material in their course – ECQ 2


    Knowledge of and accountable for Project Management tasks ranging from organizational methodology, initiation and project evaluation, project champion interface, team building and cross function utilization, Gantt and PERT development, project fast forwarding and closeout; including problem solving, decision making, risk analysis and customer acceptance – ECQ 3.


    Aware of external national, international and corporate policies that I use to formulate objectives and priorities necessary to implements strategic plans. Develop champions and interact with stakeholders so as to capitalizes on opportunities and manage risk – ECQ 1 & ECQ 5



    Experience as a Professional Educator


    Teaching Introduction to Aerospace Safety

    Teaching Principles of Accident Investigation

    Teaching Human Factors in Aviation Safety

    Teaching Pilot Crew Resource Management (CRM) 3-day initial classes

    Taught Cabin Crew and Dispatch 2-day initial Crew Resource Management classes

    Taught recurrent pilot, cabin crew and dispatch CRM classes

    Taught Senior Management concepts of Crew Resource Management

    Taught Special Airport Procedures; Category C airports

    Taught Long Range Navigation (Omega, INS, IRS & GPS) and 90’, 120’ & 180’ Desert & Oceanic ETOPS

    Taught Metric, QFE and Polar Flying (>60o N or S latitude) for pilots

    Instructor Airbus Initial Operations simulator (including AQP) and aircraft

    Instructor Airbus Recurrent Operations simulator and aircraft

    Delivered seminars on Decision Making and Accident Prevention

    Discussed (and performed) the evaluation process of FDM (FOQA and AIFS)

    Presented seminars on the negative aspects of Flight Data Monitoring on Crew/Aircraft Interference

    Lectured on Effective Communication Techniques for native English and ESL individuals

    Lectured on Leadership, Team Behavior, & Synergy

    Lectured on Situational Awareness, Human Error and Reliability



    Embry Riddle Aeronautical University                        Nov 2014 - Present

    Adjunct Professor in the Applied Aviation Sciences Department

    Daytona Beach, Florida USA


    Professor of Commercial Space Operations and Aerospace and Occupational Safety teaching 14 CFR, 49 CFR, HF & International Accident Investigation Techniques. Project Manager of AAS Department’s Suborbital Space Flight Simulator.



    Shaheen Air International                                      May2011 –Oct 2012

    Airbus A-330-300 Chief Pilot, Training Captain, Instructor & Route Evaluator

    Lahore, Pakistan


    Chief Pilot, Senior Captain and Standards Instructor for first private airline operating wide-body Airbus aircraft in Pakistan

    Member FDM development team and corporate financial and operational ombudsman

    Route evaluator coordinating operations with marketing, dispatch and maintenance departments

    Chief Pilot for the Airbus A330 operation in Lahore

    Responsible for Pilot operations of Haj and Umrah flights into and out of Saudi Arabia.

    Dual Seat Qualified A330-300.

    RAK Airways                              June2010 - May 2011

    A-320 Chief Pilot, Training Captain, Instructor, Language Evaluator and Route Examiner

    Ras Al Khaimah, UAE


    Served as Chief Pilot, Standards and Training Captain coordinating with UAE GCAA and acted as company ombudsman


    Line & Simulator Instructor responsible for initial training of foreign pilots in MENA and Indian subcontinent region (JAA Certified TRI/A including base trainer A-320)


    Route instructor for special operations including QFE/Metric flying, special escape route operations, Category C airports and severe weather operational procedures


    Coordinating arbitrator between SMS Manager, Financial & Pilot Groups


    Aviation language Evaluator


    Captain/First Officer Line Operational Evaluator.


    ICAO/GCAA/UK-CAA Certified CRM Instructor


    Special Airport Simulator and Line Instructor (VNKT)


    Dual Seat Qualified A-320.


    Air Arabia Airlines                         Feb2003 - June 2010

    Senior Captain Airbus A-320, Sharjah, UAE


    Member original pilot of first Low Cost Airline in MENA Region


    Aided in development of ABY’s worldwide transport in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East; Special airport qualified Captain. Cat II & ETOPS Qualified.


    Operational Line Training Captain for special airports (VNKT, OYSN & OAKB)


    Established enroute and drift-down procedures for flights into Former Soviet Union (CIS) nations


    Dual seat qualified.


    Procedural instructional Captain for unique environments (QFE, extreme weather & metric flying)


    Member of Pilot Safety Committee responsible for review of FDM Data


    Pilot group and operational management mediator and conflict resolution mentor


    Member of Pilot Selection Committee (2009 to 2011)



    ONA/PSA/US Airways (Mergers)                    Jan1979 –Feb 2003

    Captain on A-320, A-330, B-737, B-757, B-767, DC-9, MD-80, FK-100 KPHL, PA


    Experience within North, Central & South America, Europe, Caribbean and East Asia Operations.


    Member of FOQA Development Team


    Experience in CAT 2, & 3 operations in severe winter and tropical situations.


    Tornado Alley, Lightning Alley and Hurricane Alley qualified instructor.



    Flight Studies (unpaid training)                    April 1977 - Jan 1979

    ATP DC-8 and FE B-727 License San Diego, CA and Atlanta, GA


    Student attaining advanced pilot training and licenses in turbojet aircraft.


    General Atomics Corporation                               Oct1975 - Feb 1977

    Junior Structural Engineer San Diego CA


    Performed finite element analysis on core support post/seat assembly for the Fort St Vain high temperature gas-cooled nuclear reactor


    Experienced with ATJ, ATJ-X graphite composite material and silica ceramics in extreme thermal and fluid conditions


    Familiar with Fortran IV and V computer code


    Flight Studies (unpaid training)                       Oct1974 - Sept 1975

    Commercial, Instrument and Multi Engine Pilot Licenses San Diego CA


    Completed FAA pilot licensing training


    United States Air Force                          July1972 - Aug 1974

    USAFA Training, Colorado Springs, CO


    Student in Military Studies, Command and Control Operational Structure



    Formal Education

    MS, with Honors in Space Studies, Planetary Science              2015
    American Public University, Charlestown, W VA


    BS, Applied Science and Technology                          2013
    Thomas Edison State College, Trenton, NJ


    AS, Flight Technology                                               2013
    Thomas Edison State College, Trenton, NJ



    Educational Training and Certifications


    TEFL Instructor and aviation English language evaluator


    Airbus A-320 Type Rating Instructor


    Crew Resource Management Instructor


    Line Training Captain and First Officer Evaluator



    Technical Training and Licenses


    UK Management Pilot Training School                           2006


    UK Crew Resource Management School                     2011


    Airbus Type Rating Instructor School                     2012


    US Airways Command Pilot Course                    1988


    Cambridge Certified TEFL Instructor                           2012


    U.S. Air Force High Altitude Training                        1974


    FAA Airline Transport Pilot License (ATP); ratings (A320, B737, B757, B767, DC8, DC9/80, FK100) 1978

    GCAAAirline Transport Pilots License (ATPL); ratings (A320, A330, Cat 3 & ETOPS)                         2003


    FAA Commercial Pilots License (CPL)                  1975


    FAAFlight Engineers Turbojet License (FE B727)              1979


    JAAType Rating Instructor License (TRI/A A-320)                   2012


    CAACrew Resource Management Instructor License (CRM-I)                   2011


    GCAA Line Training Instructor                 2009


    ICAO Special Airport Instructor               2011


    ICAO Special Procedures Instructor                         2011


    FAA Category C Airport Qualification                          1984


    JAA Category C/D Airport Qualification                       2005


    ICAO Category C Airport Qualification                                 2005


    GCAA Chief Pilot                               2011


    Memberships and Affiliations


    Planetary Society


    International STEM Education Association


    Organization of Black Airline Pilots


    Tuskegee Airman’s’ Association


    U.S. Air Force



    Professional and Scholarly Presentations


    Decision Making and the Modern Airline Pilot–presented to the management of Cathy Pacific Airlines


    Corporate Airline Safety Culture in the Middle East– presented to General Civil Aviation Authority of the United Arab Emirates


    Articles and Research


    Propagation Effects of ATJ and ATJ-X Graphite Material in 1300 K Gas Environment on Silica and Alumina Ceramics (Corporate Paper, co-author)


    International Mandates Requiring the Humanitarian Use of Remote Sensing Technology to Advance Groundwater Hydrological Exploration in Underdeveloped Nations (Research Paper)


    Physical and Mental Challenges Facing the Feasibility of A Human Mission to Mars and Determine Whether to Start the Mission Planning Process (Research Paper)


    ALPHASAT I-Xl: A New Free Space Optics Communication Satellite Incorporating Advanced Laser GEO to LEO Links at 2 Gbit/S (Research Paper)


    Precedents Allow for Modification of the Current Outer Space Treaties to Ensure that Civilian Space Tourism Provides a Common Need and Benefit for Mankind (Research Paper)


    Direct Collapse of Molecular Clouds Became the Seed Black Holes for Quasars at z > 2 Based Upon the M.– Galactic Diameter Proportionality as Observed in the Dwarf Galaxy Henize 2-10 (MS Thesis)


    Faulty Pitot Tube, Ice & PI* Stall Caused Air France 447 to Crash (Paid Article)


    Awards and Honors


    USAF National Defense Medal


    Graduate School, Graduate with Honors, 3.92 GPA


    Undergraduate Dean’s List, 3.71 GPA




    Highly Competent Subject Areas





    Microsoft Office Suite



    Subject Matter Expert:


    Crew Resource Management

    Human Factors in Aviation

    Pilot Decision Making Process

    Aviation Communication

    Aviation Weather & Systems

    Special Airport Procedures

    Sweptwing Aircraft Stability and Control in Upset Conditions

    Aviation Accident Cycle

    Airline and Aviation Safety Culture

    FOQA, AFIS, FDM and ASR Reporting Methods

    Airbus A-320 Series; Aircraft Systems, Performance, Limitations, EU-SOPs and Operation

    Airbus A-330 Series; Aircraft Systems, Performance, Limitations, EU-SOPs and Operation

    Planetary Science

    Astrophysical Studies

    Orbital Mechanics

    Remote Sensing Satellites

    Special and General Relativity

    Communication Satellites

    Psychology and Physiology of Humans in Space

    Doppler and Transit Planetary Research Methods

    Planetary, Galactic and Nebular Theory

    Stellar Fusion Cycle

    Lunar Geology

    Astronomical Instrumentation

    Space Law

    Non Terrestrial Propulsion




    English (Fluent)

    German (Conversational)

    Spanish (Basic)

    Russian (Basic)


    Citizenship & Residency:


                United States of America, citizen by birth

                Federal Republic of Germany, citizen by birth

                Kingdom of Spain, legal permanent resident







    NASA Astronaut Wendy Lawrence

    Professor of Orbital Mechanics and Space Physiology

    American Public University


    Dr. Kimberly A. Roff, Ph.D.

    Professor of Humanities

    Thomas Edison State College


    Dr. Robert Hill, Ph.D.

    Professor of Astronomy

    Thomas Edison State College



    Dr. Edward Albin, Ph.D.

    Professor of Astronomy and Head of Georgia State Planetarium

    American Public University




    Elizabeth Moneymaker, Esq., J.D.

    Professor of Space Law

    American Public University



    Captain Aristeidis Pappas, Ph.D.

    Principle Operations Inspector and Airline Examiner

    United Arab Emirates, General Civil Aviation Authority



    Mr. Adel Ali


    Air Arabia Airlines



    Captain Yarko Stawnichy

    Vice President of Flight Operations

    US Airways Airlines



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