Air Traffic Management
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While Embry-Riddle students represent all 50 states and 141 countries, there is one trait they all share; a determination to succeed. The bonds our students develop last a lifetime. Throughout the year, our Alumni Association works to connect alumni with each another and with hundreds of employers worldwide.
As the world’s largest and most respected university specializing in aviation and aerospace, Embry-Riddle has been at the forefront of ground-breaking aeronautical milestones since the early days of flight. With over 130,000 graduates around the globe, Embry-Riddle is not only leading the future, it is changing it.
The Embry-Riddle Company is founded by T. Higbee Embry and John Paul Riddle at Cincinnati’s Lunken Airport on Dec. 17 – exactly 22 years to the day after the Wright brothers’ famed flight at Kitty Hawk.
The Embry-Riddle Flying School, which opened in spring 1926, gains attention in 1927 when the school trains student Frank Shelton to fly solo in only 5 hours, 34 minutes – believed to be the shortest amount of time at that point.
Cincinnati becomes one of the nation’s first cities with direct Airmail service. The Embry-Riddle Company wins the contract because it had "gained a name for itself through the industry, the quality of its flying school, and the high tone of operations at Lunken Airport," according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
After thorough examination by the Aeronautics Branch of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Embry-Riddle’s Flying School becomes one of the first five schools in the country to receive an “Approved School Certificate” under the Air Commerce Act.
The U.S. government selects the now Miami-based Embry-Riddle Company to train pilots for the U.S. Army Air Corps, the predecessor to the U.S. Air Force. By the height of WWII, Embry-Riddle is the largest privately operated flight school in the world.
In the post-war years, the Riddle Aeronautical Institute continues to train pilots but struggles financially until the early 1960s, when increased demand for aviators causes the school to outgrow its Miami facilities.
The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Institute, established as a non-profit corporation in 1959, moves from Miami to Daytona Beach, FL, in 1965, in what the school calls “Operation Bootstrap.”
Embry-Riddle achieves university status in 1970 and becomes Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. That same year, the first residence center is established in Fort Rucker, AL, the beginning of Embry-Riddle’s Worldwide Campus. Later in the decade, the university opens a residential campus in Prescott, AZ.
With residential campuses now in Daytona Beach, FL, and Prescott, AZ, tens of thousands of online students, and 135+ Worldwide locations around the world, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University continues to train the world’s best pilots, plus some of the best engineers, mechanics, air traffic controllers, meteorologists, and many others.