Expert and Author
Dan Boedigheimer, Ph.D
Advanced Aircrew Academy
Subject Matter Expert: Human Factors
After finding a passion for teaching as a CFI, Dan built a solid instrument scan and gray hair flying a Beech 1900 for Great Lakes without an autopilot across the Midwest. The regional airline flying would routinely include 8 instrument approaches a day (uphill both ways in icing conditions to minimums). His business aviation flying experience spans 4 years in a small Part 91 flight department (1 aircraft / 2 pilots) and 13 years in a large Part 135 operation starting as a SIC and working his way up to managing their training and standards program.
With a philosophy of being a lifetime learner and a stubbornness to re-write a 300+ page dissertation for a 3rd time to free the reader from having to endure the “non-academic” word “it,” Dan holds a Ph.D. in Aerospace Science. He gained membership to the Delta Mu Delta Academic Honor Society for finding 193 academic ways to rephrase “it.”
Inspiration for his Ph.D. dissertation came in the first hour of him being a first-time attendee to Safety Standdown in 2006. Tony Kern captured the attention of the audience with his proven leading-edge road map on how to join the Global War on Error. Four years later, Dan’s FAA sponsored dissertation “Exploring Pilot Reliability Certification and Changing Attitudes on the Reduction of Errors” was published in the Journal of the Transportation Research Record with the data to prove the effectiveness of Convergent Performance’s PRC program. Dan later joined the Convergent Performance team as a part-time lead human factors instructor while continuing to be a full-time pilot. Dan has been a regular presenter at Safety Standdown since 2011 in Asia, Latin America, and the U.S.
Dan has served on the NBAA Safety Committee since 2014. First as a member of the Training Advisory Committee and today as a co-leader of the Training and Standards Team. Dan also serves on the International Business Aviation Council’s IS-BAO Standards Board as the training subject matter expert and is a reviewer for the Embry Riddle Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education & Research. Dan’s day job is leading an incredible training team as CEO and a founding partner of Advanced Aircrew Academy.
Dan lives in the mountains of Colorado. Dan and his wife Jodie are soon to be empty nesters with a son at Colorado State University studying beer, slack lining, semi-adulting, and minoring in Environmental Health (tree hugging + biology) and a daughter in her last year of high school who has perfected the eye roll and competitively jumps horses nearly as high as he is tall and faster than he can run.