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Antonio I. Cortés, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies

College of Aviation, Daytona Beach Campus

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Subject Matter Expert: Aviation Hazard Assessment & Risk Analysis

Tony leads the School of Graduate Studies in the College of Aviation at the Daytona Beach Campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU). He oversees master’s and doctoral degree programs, heads aviation safety research projects, and teaches courses in safety management, accident investigation, and human factors.

In his previous position as the Associate Dean of Aviation he established the college’s Virtual Reality Laboratory, co-authored the 6th Edition of the popular Commercial Aviation Safety textbook, and helped oversee a pilot training operation that logs 75,000 flight hours and 23,000 simulation hours every year. Prior to that he chaired the Department of Applied Aviation Sciences where he supervised research and learning in aerospace and occupational safety, spaceflight operations, meteorology, and air traffic management.

His past research established a theory of false cognitive expectancies in airline pilots, developed a tactile simulation of airfoil icing, and determined precursors to aircraft loss-of-control events measurable through flight data monitoring. His current research explores Just Culture in military aviation settings and trending of safety performance.

Tony’s operational experience comes from having been a U.S. Air Force C-21A Learjet evaluator and instructor pilot, a C-141B aircraft commander and flight safety manager, an MD-80 pilot for Midwest Airlines and ALPA safety officer, and an engineering air safety investigator at the Headquarters U.S. Air Force Safety Center.

He has a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master's degree in Aeronautics from ERAU, and a Ph.D. in Business from Northcentral University with research focused on human error on the flight deck. His work has earned him the FAA Distinguished Service Award, the NASA Honor Award, the Tunner Award for the most outstanding airlift crew in the U.S. Air Force, the ERAU Outstanding Teaching Award, and the Aeronautical Science Outstanding Performance Award. He is the former Chair of the Advisory Council for the Bombardier Safety Standdown.


Dr. Antonio Cortés

Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies

College of Aviation, Daytona Beach Campus

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd
Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Phone: +1-386-226-7560
Email: antonio.cortes@erau.edu
Website: daytonabeach.erau.edu/college-aviation/graduate-studies