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Dr. David Esser

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Dr. David Esser


Aeronautical Science

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David Esser
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Dr. Esser was a member of the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Flight Department from 1981 to 1995, and has been a member of the Aeronautical Science Department since that time.  His undergraduate degrees are from Embry-Riddle in Aviation Management, Computer Science, and Aeronautical Science.  In 1989, he was awarded the M.S. in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle, graduating at the top of his class.  

Professor Esser completed the Ph.D. Degree in Organization and Management Leadership from Capella University, again graduating at the top of his class.  His dissertation pertained to airline Advanced Qualification Training and Line Check Safety Audits to validate Threat and Error Mitigation techniques.  It also involved Flight Operations Quality Assurance and Aviation Safety Action Program data collection.  He holds FAA Airline Transport Pilot certificate with a Type Rating in Airbus A319/320: Advised Graduate Research Projects and Thesis in Topics of CRM, AQP, Flight Data Monitoring, and FOQA.

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Flight Data Monitoring-General Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing
The goal of this research project is to develop an information system capable of collecting, archiving, and disseminating data recorded by flight data monitoring (FDM) devices installed in general aviation (GA) aircraft from various constituents of the GA community.
Flight Data Monitoring - General Aviation Safety Information Analyses and Sharing - Phase II
Embry-Riddle aircraft will be equipped with FDM recording devices and the flight data will be uploaded to a centralized flight information database.