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August 2, 2012

Embry-Riddle Classes at Chandler Municipal Airport

CHANDLER, Ariz. – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Phoenix-Chandler Campus will begin holding classes at the Chandler Municipal Airport next week in a partnership to benefit the growth strategy of the airport, and meet the increased demand for aviation and aerospace education. Embry-Riddle will offer its Aviation Safety and Air Science courses twice weekly in the evenings in Chandler Municipal Airport’s conference room from August 6 through October 7.

“One of the ways we can positively shape the future of the airport is through strong partnerships with leaders in the industry,” said Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “As the airpark area begins to reach its potential, partnerships like this one can only help us succeed.”

Embry-Riddle is currently located in Chandler at Pecos and Dobson with a student body of more than 200 adult learners including Boeing Mesa employees, Veterans, transfer students from their partner, Chandler-Gilbert Community College as well as students from corporate and international organizations. However, rising demand has led to the need for expanded space.

“We anticipate growth within each of these segments, and overall growth in the aviation/aerospace sector of the East Valley,” said Patricia Beck, Director of Academic Support. “We are thrilled to have a partner like Chandler who is committed to the same long-term goal.”

The courses are taught by professionals with practical experience in the field. Courses include:

Aerodynamics, Professor Peter Schlichting, Commercial Pilot: Students explore incompressible flow airfoil theory and wing theory. Topics center on: calculation of stall speed, drag and basic performance criteria, configuration changes, high and low speed conditions, special flight conditions, and an introduction to compressible flow.

Aircraft Crash Survival Analysis and Design, Professor Edward Carroll, Boeing Mesa, Rotor wing Pilot: This course provides an in-depth analysis of the accident environment, with particular emphasis on the protection of the occupants. The injury mechanisms and causes will be analyzed, as will the physics and kinematics of the impact sequence. The intent of the course is to familiarize the student with what can be done to minimize the effects of an accident.

About Chandler Municipal Airport/Airpark
The Chandler Municipal Airport and surrounding Airpark area is anticipated to be one of Chandler’s largest employment corridors, second only to the Price Corridor. At ultimate build-out (estimated around 2040), the Airpark will have 25-35 thousand employees and 28 million SF of non-residential space.
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About Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Phoenix-Chandler
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world's largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent institution offering more than 40 baccalaureate, master's and Ph.D. degree programs. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, and through the Worldwide Campus with more than 150 locations in the United States, and the world, including Arizona campuses in Chandler, Luke Air Force Base, at Phoenix-Sky Harbor, Sierra Vista, and Tucson.