The Center for Aviation and Aerospace Safety provides research, education, and industry engagement to promote global aviation and aerospace safety. Our center proactively identifies and addresses key safety challenges.  

Artistic rendering of the future Center for Aviation and Aerospace Safety on the Daytona Beach campus.
Artistic rendering of the future Center for Aviation and Aerospace Safety on the Daytona Beach campus, expected to open in fall 2023.

Vision

To be a trusted global leader for enhancing aviation and aerospace safety. 

Mission

Promote, lead, and foster collaboration among academic and industry leaders, focusing on research, education, and training that will enhance aviation and aerospace safety. 

Key Objectives

  • Provide quality education and training to support safety awareness
  • Lead and conduct relevant research to enhance safety
  • Support innovation and safety thought leadership

Our Experts

Robert L. Sumwalt
Executive Director

Dr. Kristy Kiernan
Faculty Affiliate

Dr. Barbara E. Holder
Associate Director and Chief Scientist

David Ryan
Executive Director

Advisory Board

Kathy Abbott
Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor for Flight Deck Human Factors, FAA

Dan Elwell
President, Elwell & Associates

Lauren Haertlein
Aviation Regulatory Counsel, Zipline

Craig Hoskins
Vice President of Safety, Security and Technical Affairs, Airbus Americas, Inc.

Richard McSpadden
Senior Vice President, AOPA Air Safety Institute

Terry McVenes
President and CEO, RTCA, Inc.

Houston Mills
Vice President of Flight Operations and Safety, UPS

Lacey Pittman
Vice President of Global Aviation Safety Initiatives, The Boeing Company

Bobbi Wells
Vice President of Safety, Environmental and Regulatory Compliance, American Airlines

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News

The Next Generation of Aviation Safety (Lift Magazine, Spring/Summer 2022)

Give to the Center

Donations to The Center for Aviation and Aerospace Safety Fund for Excellence will be utilized for faculty development, curriculum innovation, student enrichment, and capital equipment.

Give to the Center

Donations to The Center for Aviation and Aerospace Safety Fund for Excellence will be utilized for faculty development, curriculum innovation, student enrichment, and capital equipment.