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Embry-Riddle kicks off milestone year with open house

In a nod to its upcoming 90th anniversary and key role in Arizona’s aerospace, aviation and technological development, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will host a special Open House celebration Wednesday, September 30, 2015, at its Worldwide campus at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.

As part of the Open House, the university will showcase one of its original aircraft, a restored 1928 WACO used in the school’s early days for flight training and air mail delivery. This one-of-a-kind, fully restored plane is scheduled to tour the United States as part of the university’s year-long celebration of its founding 90 years ago in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1926.

From 9 a.m. to noon, and then again from 2 to 5 p.m., the Worldwide Phoenix-Mesa Campus will open its doors to the public with information about the campus’ undergraduate and graduate programs and facilities. A presentation program at 12:30 p.m. will feature guest speaker Embry-Riddle Interim President Dr. John R. Watret and Dr. Bobby Martin, a Honeywell Program Manager for Air Force Platforms and assistant professor at Embry-Riddle Worldwide’s Phoenix locations.

Also on hand at the event will be world-renowned aerobatic performer Matt Chapman, who pilots the  Embry-Riddle Extra 330LX in air shows and events around the country. Chapman will headline homecoming events including a private air show for the university’s Prescott, Ariz., campus on Oct. 3.

“Embry-Riddle’s connection to Arizona exemplifies our commitment to educating leaders in the aviation and aerospace industry,” Dr. Watret said. “With a fast-growing residential campus in Prescott, the three Worldwide locations in the Phoenix area and dual enrollment programs throughout the state’s public school system, we are providing that pipeline of pilots, engineers, technicians and other professions necessary to ensure a safe, profitable and innovate future.”

Airport senior officials echo the significance of having Embry-Riddle expand its presence there.

“Aerospace is a thriving industry in Arizona, and the demand for knowledgeable employees continues to grow,” said Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority Executive Director Jane Morris. “Embry-Riddle has positioned itself as the global leader in aviation and aerospace education and helps to meet the growing demand with highly skilled and informed graduates. Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is proud to be one of the Worldwide locations in the Phoenix area and a part of the 90th anniversary celebration.”

Nearly 350 students are enrolled at Embry-Riddle Worldwide’s three Phoenix area campuses at Gateway Airport/Mesa, Phoenix-Sky Harbor and Luke Air Force Base. Other campuses in Arizona include Davis-Monthan in the Tucson area and Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista.

Aerospace and defense industry - AZ Business Magazine March/April 2012

Aerospace And Defense Industry – Critical To Expanding Economy

Aerospace and defense industry is critical to expanding economy

When I’m asked to name one sector of Arizona’s technology community that is critical to expanding the strength of the economic recovery, I always sum it up in two letters: A&D  — the aerospace and defense industry. It’s a cornerstone industry for Arizona, as our state has seen groundbreaking innovation in this arena for decades.

Boeing, General Dynamics, Honeywell, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Northup Grumman and Orbital Sciences are just a handful of the state’s major industry players contributing to Arizona’s impressive resume. An Arizona economic impact study conducted in 2010 reported that compensation per employee in the Arizona aerospace and defense industry is approximately $109,000. This is 2.3 times the statewide average for all employed individuals. The study also reported when accounting for multiplier effects, the Arizona A&D industry in 2009 can account for a total of 93,800 jobs, labor income of $6.9 billion, and gross state product of $8.8 billion.

But keeping Arizona’s aerospace and defense industry healthy and at pace with the ever-changing knowledge-based economy requires competitive business policies and a coordinated effort among state and federal leaders. Recognizing the critical importance of this imperative, there has been a resurgent statewide support for A&D over the last few years.

A big step was taken when Gov. Jan Brewer created the Arizona A&D Commission. Its active members develop industry goals, offer technical support, recommend legislation and provide overall direction. Another milestone occurred when the Arizona Commerce Authority formed and designated the aerospace and defense industry as one of its foundational pillars. Through the efforts of these two organizations, a request for proposal was issued for the first ever Aerospace, Aviation & Defense Requirements Conference in Arizona. Hosted by the Arizona Technology Council in late January, this successful historic event offered a major opportunity for the A&D community to connect with potential new partners. Attendees also heard a multitude of informative speakers, including a gripping keynote address delivered by Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, the Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force.

A new chapter in the state’s expanding role in A&D research also recently began when the Arizona A&D Research Collaboratory was formed. The organization brings leaders from Arizona’s A&D industries together with researchers from the University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to work together to gain insight into future technological needs for A&D.

Although these initiatives and programs indicate that there’s a resurgence of attention on A&D in Arizona, there are several key elements upon which the industry leaders within the state must still focus. The industry can’t do it alone. We need a unified congressional delegation employing strategies focused on promoting the desirable, high-wage jobs that A&D bring to their constituents.

We also need states leaders to take the lead in advocating for federal A&D projects that are critical to the existence of the state’s industrial base. These efforts not only reap benefits to the large manufacturers but they are hugely significant to building a robust small business supplier base in the state.

Indeed there are great needs still to be met for achieving newly conceived and exciting goals for manned space flight, homeland security and connecting the world with ever-evolving modern communications technologies. With the proper support, Arizona’s aerospace and defense industry can be critical to meeting those needs.

Steven G. Zylstra is president and chief executive officer of the Arizona Technology Council.

Arizona Business Magazine March/April 2012

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Angel MedFlight Scholarship Open To Arizona Aviation Students

Angel MedFlight’s Scholarship for Excellence in Aviation is now open to students pursuing a degree in an aviation program at an Arizona college or university. Applications are being accepted through June 4, 2012.

For the third consecutive year, Arizona’s aviation students will have the chance to apply for a $3,000 scholarship courtesy of Angel MedFlight’s Scholarship for Excellence in Aviation.

The award, established in 2010 by air medical transportation leader Angel MedFlight in partnership with the Arizona Business Aviation Association (AZBAA), is available to students pursuing an undergraduate or post-graduate degree in an aviation-related program at a two- or four-year Arizona college or university.

“As an international air medical transport provider, we have the unique opportunity to impact the aviation industry not only globally and nationally, but also on community and individual levels,” says Angel MedFlight President and CEO Jeremy Freer. “This scholarship gives students a chance to be resourceful, share ideas and take an active role in shaping their educational experience and ultimately their careers.”

The annual Scholarship for Excellence in Aviation was created to support innovation and leadership in Arizona’s aviation students. Andrew Cochran, the 2010 recipient, is an Aeronautical Science senior at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Ariz. The 2011 scholarship winner, Matthew Grega, is a first-year Aeronautical Engineering student, also at Embry-Riddle.

Applicants must submit a video, completed application, resume, school transcript and two recommendation letters. The scholarship committee will make its selection in August and funds will be disbursed directly to the recipient’s college or university. The scholarship will be awarded to a U.S. citizen without regard to sex, race, religion or national origin.

All entries must be postmarked by June 4, 2012. To learn more or download an application, visit http://www.angelmedflight.com/azbaascholarship.html.