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Ken Byrnes, Ph.D

Dr. Kenneth Byrnes is an Associate Professor of Aeronautical Science as well as the Chairman of the Flight Training Department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach campus. In his current role as Chairman of the Flight Department, Dr. Byrnes is responsible for leading over 1000 flight students, over 140 Certified Flight Instructors, 30 A&P mechanics, and 15 additional support staff members.

His academic teaching responsibilities include Instructional Design in Aviation, Aviation Legislation, Private Pilot Knowledge, and Commercial Pilot Knowledge courses. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronautical Science, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration in Aviation, and a PhD in Business with a dual specialization in Airline Management and Management of Engineering and Technology.

His dissertation research investigated the relationship between organizational safety culture/climate and pilot decision making. Dr. Byrnes is also a Six Sigma Green Belt and has completed research on important aviation topics such as Flight Instructor training methods, aviation professionalism, ADS-B, Flight Instructor Quality Assurance (FIQA), and Safety Management Systems (SMS). In addition he has significant experience as a Certified Flight Instructor and holds a Commercial Pilot Certificate with Airplane Single-Engine Land, Multi Engine Land, and Instrument Ratings.

He has over 15 years of leadership experience within Part 141 and 142 flight training organizations having held positions as an Assistant Training Manager, Flight Training Manager, 141 Check Airman, 142 Training Center Evaluator, Chief of Flight Production, and Assistant Chief Flight Instructor.