NBAA: ERAU Hosts Aircraft Icing Seminar

Daytona Beach, Fla., Sept. 13, 2006 -- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Center for Professional Education (CPE) will present an aircraft icing seminar on Oct. 16, 2006, at the 59th annual National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention in Orlando, Fla.

The one-day seminar, "Managing Aircraft Icing for Corporate Flight Operations," is designed for corporate and/or regional air carrier operators of fixed-wing aircraft and very light jet operators.

The seminar will assist pilots in understanding the tools available to them in managing hazards associated with icing. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the limitations of ice protection systems, aircraft design, and meteorology. Participants will be instructed in evaluating specific aircraft and weather conditions, as well as understanding the differences between ground icing and in-flight icing. Discussions will include a review of icing accidents. The seminar will emphasize practical applications in a real-world environment.

The seminar instructors are industry professionals in the fields of meteorology, icing investigation, and aviation research who also have extensive flying experience.

Steve Erickson is a regional airline captain with over 12,000 flight hours. A member of the Airline Pilot Association's in-flight icing project team, Erickson is a frequent presenter at industry conferences on issues related to in-flight icing.

Dr. Marcia Politovich is lead scientist in the Federal Aviation Administration's Aviation Weather Research Program and serves as in-situ instrumentation editor for the Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology.

Dr. William Rieke is currently chief of aircraft operations at the NASA Glenn Research Center. A pilot with over 12,000 hours of flying experience, Dr. Rieke has flown with the U.S. Navy, the Air National Guard, and the Standard Oil Company. Dr. Rieke has been deeply involved in airborne icing research for more than two decades.

Dr. Judith Van Zante is a contractor for NASA Glenn Research Center's Icing Branch. Her duties include serving as an icing physics subject matter expert, publication content manager, and team leader for a variety of NASA projects.

Seminar moderator Edward (Buddy) Counts is a retired US Airways captain and has worked nationally and internationally to promote safe aircraft icing management. Counts teaches airline management courses for Embry-Riddle at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C.

The seminar will be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. The seminar registration fee, which includes registration for the NBAA Convention, is $495 for NBAA members and $620 for nonmembers. To register, visit the NBAA website at For more information about the seminar, contact Ann Molock, Center for Professional Education, at (386) 947-5275 or

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