April 30 – May 3: Educational Program | May 1 - 3: Exhibits

David Thirtyacre

Assistant Professor
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University- Worldwide


David Thirtyacre has been an instructor with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University Worldwide Campus for ten years and is an Assistant Professor in the
College of Aeronautics. David is the Chair of the Department of Flight and
currently instructs at the undergraduate and graduate levels in Aerodynamics,
Aircraft Performance, Unmanned Systems, Airborne Robotics, and Aviation and
Aerospace Simulation Systems. David holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical
Engineering, a Master’s Degree in Aerospace Science, and is currently a doctoral
student at ERAU's Dayton Beach campus. His current research is focused on
human factors for sUAS and agricultural use of multispectral data. He retired
from the USAF with 27 years of duty in the fighter community with over 3500 hours in fighter aircraft,
and was a pioneer in the use of unmanned systems. The majority of his career was spent at Nellis Air
Force Base in Las Vegas, Nevada where he specialized in operational test, and was the USAF Warfare
Center’s director of advanced programs. He was the focal point for advanced program operational
planning; combining the air, space and cyberspace domains with 5th generation aircraft, unmanned
systems, national capabilities and other DoD assets. He is the owner of SkyVue 3D, a commercial
drone mapping enterprise, and is a current multi-engine commercial pilot, remote pilot, and certified
flight instructor, instrument.


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