Dr. Robert "Bob" Thomas is an Assistant Professor in the Aeronautical Science Department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach campus. He teaches courses relating to pilot training, aircraft performance, aviation instruction, curriculum design, and photography using Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). Bob’s research focus is on augmenting flight training methods, education technology, virtual reality training, active learning, data collection via UAS, and assessing pilot knowledge. He also has experience in television production and broadcast meteorology in both television and radio on local PBS and ABC affiliates.
Bob has 2800+ flight hours and holds the following FAA certificates and ratings: Airline Transport Pilot ASEL & AMEL with CL-65 type rating, Gold Seal Flight Instructor ASE, AME, & Instrument-Airplane; Ground Instructor-Advanced; and Remote Pilot-sUAS. He is also is a Flight and Check Instructor under ERAU’s 14 CFR 141 Pilot School Certificate. Bob has a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Human Factors with a minor in Atmospheric Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He has a Master of Science in Aeronautics Degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with concentrations in Aviation Weather and Education Technology. He completed his Ph.D. in Aviation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a specialization in Aviation Safety and Human Factors.