Scott Winter



I am an assistant professor of doctoral studies in the College of Aviation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  In May 2013, I completed my Ph.D. in the Aviation Technology Department at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.  I began my work at Purdue in June 2010.  During my time in West Lafayette, I have worked on a number of projects dealing with pilot’s transitioning to glass cockpits, instructor perceptions of student training in jet aircraft, and pilot decision-making in emergency situations.

Prior to working at Purdue, I was employed with Cirrus Aircraft in Duluth, Minnesota from October 2006 until December 2009.  While employed with Cirrus, I worked as a member of the Flight Standards and Operations Department.  In that role, I served as a company check airman and provided initial and recurrent training to company pilots.  I also wrote a monthly website called Pilot’s World that addressed safety and pilot training issues.  My time at Cirrus offered me the opportunity to gain experience working for one of the world’s leading general aviation manufacturers and to fly one of the most advanced single-engine piston aircraft.  I also completed international training at Cirrus where I completed training missions in South Africa, Australia, Brazil, the Caribbean, England, France, Germany, and Poland.  My first trip was to South Africa and proved to be a world-view and life-changing experience.  That trip also allowed the chance to complete training elsewhere.  On average, I completed about 5-10 hours of flying in each of the countries listed above; a few more in some and a few less in others.  The experience of flying abroad and working in other airspace systems highlighted just how fortunate we are to have the flexibility to fly and without many of the restrictions imposed elsewhere in the world.

I completed my undergraduate and master’s degree at Minnesota State University, Mankato  in Minnesota.  My Bachelor’s degree was in professional flight with a minor in geography (2005), and my Master’s degree was in Cross Disciplinary Studies (2006) with emphasis areas on aviation and education.