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About David C. Ison

Dr. Ison has been involved in the aviation industry for more than 30 years, during which he has flown as a flight instructor and for both regional and major airlines. He has experience in a wide variety of aircraft, from general aviation types to heavy transport aircraft. While flying for a major airline, Dr. Ison was assigned to fly missions all over the world in a Lockheed L-1011. Most recently, he flew Boeing 737-800 aircraft throughout North and Central America. His true dream was to become an aviation educator, which led him to teaching at the college level – first working as an Associate Professor of Aviation for 7 years at a small college in Montana. He is currently Program Chair of the Master's of Aeronautical Science for the College of Aeronautics and an Associate Professor of Aeronautics for Embry-Riddle Worldwide.
Dr. Ison has conducted extensive research concerning aviation faculty, plagiarism in higher education, research education, statistics in research, air traffic management, aviation accidents, crew resource management, unmanned systems privacy and legislation, as well as the participation of women and minorities in aviation. His previous work has been published in scholarly journals and has been presented at numerous education and industry conferences.
Dr. Ison serves as the Editor of the International Journal of Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace, the new scholarly journal housed in the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Scholarly Commons. He is also Editor of the Collegiate Aviation Review, the peer-reviewed journal of the University Aviation Association. He serves as reviewer for several other aviation and education scholarly journals. He was recently honored with the prestigious Dr. Frank E. Sorenson Award for outstanding achievement and excellence in aviation research and scholarship by the University Aviation Association. Dr. Ison also is regularly published in popular aviation publications such as Plane & Pilot, Professional Pilot, and IFR Refresher. He is also the author of ASA Publication's Oral Exam Guide: Aircraft Dispatcher.


Present Associate Professor of Aeronautics & Research Chair/Worldwide, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

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Honors and Awards

  • Frank Sorenson Award for Research and Scholarship, University Aviation Association, 2013
  • Ossie Abrams Teaching Award, Rocky Mountain College, 2006
  • Gold Seal Flight Instructor Designation, 1995


2009 Ph.D., University of Nebraska - Lincoln ‐ Educational Studies
2003 M.A.S., Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University ‐ Aeronautical Science
1995 B.S., Auburn University ‐ Aviation Management

Contact Information

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Worldwide College of Aeronautics
600 South Clyde Morris Boulevard
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Phone: 7274039903


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