Dr. Matt Vance, Professional Pilot Faculty Representative, Oklahoma State University
Dr. Matt Vance holds a PhD in Aviation Science from Saint Louis University. He is the Oklahoma State University Professional Pilot faculty representative responsible for academic classes covering aviation: human factors, crew resource management, law, ethics, FAR Part 141 PVT/INST/COMM/MULTI ground school, space science, and safety. Additionally, Dr. Vance is a FAA Certified Flight Instructor/Check Airmen and teaches in our FAR Part 141 flight program. Research publications and interests include sUAS integration into the National Airspace System (NAS), the propensity for autonomous airliners, crew resource management training, ab-initio pilot training, and human preference. Previous to his posting at OSU, he served as Senior Researcher/Flight Instructor for the Center for Aviation and Space at Saint Louis University. Previous industry positions include Boeing Director of Advanced Global Services and Support Business Development at Boeing Defense Space and Security, Secondee (Exchange Officer) – UK Ministry of Defense in London, Director of Washington Studies and Analysis, Future Combat Systems, Air Traffic Management and Boeing Commercial Airplanes Product Strategy. During his years at McDonnell Douglas, Dr. Vance served as a Principal Engineer for Phantom Works Systems Assessment division and prior to that assignment he was a Lead Engineer for the HARPOON missile. His flight experience includes 5,400 hours between US Naval Flight Officer, civil Pilot-in-Command/Instructor flying time. His 20-year military career includes more than 3,000 hours of patrol/submarine hunting with extensive operational experience in Pacific, Indian, Arctic, and North Atlantic theaters and joint Command Center Duty Officer service at the United States Transportation Command.
Undeniable Emerging Trends in Commercial Aviation
As it always has, aviation is changing right in front of us. What may be different now is the scope, depth and implications of the change. Macro trends pressuring commercial companies (air carriers) and commercial operations include the incessant and subtle creep of automation into the cockpit with the near-term implications of removing one crewmember; infusion and integration of UAS and sUAS in the terminal environment airspace; continued basic airmanship skill erosion; and the potential, but very difficult to qualify, real value of softer interpersonal cockpit skills v. the traditional, easier to qualify, harder “stick-and-rudder” skills. Correspondingly, issues then facing collegiate training of future commercial pilots include single-pilot implications; continued pressure on reducing the time to certificates; beyond FAA certifications, what else are we equipping our graduates with to remain competitive in the pilot job market?; is there an appreciation for and understanding of the implications of UAS/sUAS airspace integration?; teaching and reliably demonstrating safety; and lastly, the choice of training aircraft to accomplish this investment in the next generation of commercial pilots raises in importance and value.