Chancellor of Prescott Campus and Professor of Aeronautical Science
Aeronautical Science Department
Prescott College of Aviation
Prescott campus

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  • Ed.D. - Doctor of Education in Adult Education, Nova Southeastern University
  • M. - Master in Aviation Management, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

ASC 101 Student Success
AS 230/232 Instruments
AS 330 Transcontinental Flight Navigation
AS 452 Electronic Navigation
AS 460 International Flight Operations
MSA 652 Continuing Educations Role in Aviation (Course monitor)
MSA 602 Air Transportation System (Course Monitor)
MSA 611 Aircraft Sytems Safety

Ayers, F. (2009). Student Perception of the Validity and Reliability
Of University Flight Training Assessment, submitted to the Collegiate
Aviation Review (CAR) a juried publication of the University Aviation
Association

Ayers, F. (2008). A Study of Student Perception of the Validity and Reliability
In University Flight Training Assessment, (Doctoral Dissertation),
NOVA Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Ayers, F. (2006) The Application of Scenario Based Recurrent Training to
Teach Single Pilot Resource Management (SRM) under the FAA
Industry Training Standards (FITS) Program. Journal of
Aviation/Aerospace Education & Research, 15(2), 13-26

Ayers, F., (2004). Single Pilot FITS, COPA uses scenarios to improve pilot
Decision-making. NAFI Mentor, 6 (10), 8-10

Ayers, F. & Connolly T., (2003). Teaching FITS, New Training Program
Addresses Next-Generation GA Aircraft. NAFI Mentor, 5(10), 10-13

Ayers, F. (2002). A Day in the Life, Woman Pilot Magazine, 10, 16-19

Ayers, F. (1996). Mission Type Orders and Joint Air Employment Doctrine.
(Available from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA
17013-5050)

Ayers, F. & Gravatt, B. (1988). The Fireman, Twelve O Clock High
Revisited. Aerospace Historian, 35, 20-25

Technical Reports

Summers, M., Ayers, F., Connolly, T. and Robertson, C. (2007) Managing
risk through scenario based training, single pilot resource management,
and learner centered grading, http://www.faa.gov/education
_research/training/fits/

Ayers, F., Summers, M., and Connolly, T. (2005). Scenario Based Training
Course Developers Guide: A Guide for training providers, Fixed
Base Operators, and Aircraft manufacturers,
http://www.faa.gov/education _research/training/fits/


Ayers, F., Robertson, C, & Connolly, T. (2004), FITS Private Instrument Generic Syllabus for technically Advanced Aircraft, Version 1.0, http://www.faa.gov/avr/afs/fits/, (Located under the generic button)

Ayers, F., Robertson, C, & Connolly, T. (2004), FITS Piston Technically Advanced Aircraft Recurrent Training Syllabus and Standards, Version 1.0, http://www.faa.gov/avr/afs/fits/, (Located under the generic button)

Ayers, F., Robertson, C, & Connolly, T. (2003), FITS Master Instructor Syllabus TAA Scenario Based Instructor Guide, Version 1.0, http://www.faa.gov/avr/afs/fits/, (Located under the generic button)

Ayers, F., Robertson, C, & Connolly, T. (2003), FAA Industry Training Standards (FITS) Scenario-Based Transition Syllabus and Standards For Technically Advanced Piston Aircraft, http://www.faa.gov/avr/afs/fits/ (Located under the generic button)

Fiduccia, P., Wright, B., Ayers, F., Edberg, J., Foster, L., Henry, M., et al. (2003).General Aviation Technically Advanced Aircraft FAA-Industry, Safety Study, Final Report.http://www.faa.gov/avr/afs/fits/ (Located under the
whats new button)



Formal Presentations

Ayers, F. (26 March, 2009) Making the Business Case for ADS-B
In Your Organization. Invited to present at the Aviation Week
Management Forum on ADS-B & Next Gen Air Traffic Modernization,
Washington, DC


Ayers, F. (4 June, 2008). A Study of Student Perception of the Validity and Reliability
In University Flight Training Assessment, a paper presented to the FAA
Center for General Aviation Research (CGAR) Spring Conference,
Anchorage, AK

Ayers, F. (20 March, 2008). Maximizing Use of Simulation in Ab Initio Education,
Panel address delivered to the National Training Aircraft Symposium,
Daytona Beach, FL

Ayers, F. (19 March, 2008). Working Together as Flight Training Teams,
Panel Charge delivered to the National Training Aircraft Symposium,
Daytona Beach, FL

Ayers, F. (28 June, 2006). Learner Centered Grading, presented to the FAA
Center for General Aviation Research (CGAR) Spring Conference,
Prescott, AZ

Ayers, F. and Connolly, T. (8 October, 2004). The FITS Project Approach to Flight Training, University Aviation Association Fall Education Conference, Toronto Canada

Ayers, F. and Wright, B.. (4-7 November, 2003) Joint Training Standards Development for New Technology General Aviation Aircraft-FAA/Industry Training Standards, Federal Aviation Administration Centers of Excellence, 3rd Joint Annual Meeting, Daytona Beach, FL.

Ayers F., Connolly, T., & Dubuque, D., FAA Industry Training Standards, (11-12 June 2003), Federal Aviation Administration, General Aviation Center of Excellence, 2nd Annual Meeting, Anchorage, AL.

Industry/ University Presentations

Ayers, F. (23 August, 2004). 'Using Guided Discussion and Learner Centered Education in the College Classroom' Invited presenter at the ERAU Faculty Teaching and Learning Seminars. Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fl.

Ayers, F., and Wright, B., (July, 2003) FAA Industry Standards,), Tent Forum, Experimental Aircraft Association Annual Fly-Inn, Oshkosh WI

Ayers, F. (Jan , 2002). Personal Leadership Style, Matching Your Skills to the People and the Task. Invited presenter 4th Annual Student leadership Conference, Embry Riddle University, Daytona Beach, Fl

Ayers, F. (Jan , 2001). Leadership In Large Organizations. Invited presenter 3rd Annual Student leadership Conference, Embry Riddle University, Daytona Beach, Fl


Flight Experience and Ratings

Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) with type ratings in the Boeing 757 and 767,
Certified Flight Instructor (CFI)
Commercial Pilot, Single Engine Land,

Over 5,300 flight hours in the following aircraft B 757, B-52, T-37, T-38, KC 135, C-47, and a wide variety of light single engine aircraft

Prior Life/Work Experience

Colonel (Retired) United States Air Force
Chief of Joint Military Education, The Pentagon
Commander, 37th Support Group, Lackland Air Force Base Texas
Commander, 329th Combat Crew Training Squadron (B-52), Castle Air Force Base California
Commander, Camp Phillips, Guantanamo Bay Naval Base Cuba

Civic Activities

President, Flagler, Palm Coast High School, School Advisory Committee, 2001-2002
Lay Leader, Palm Coast United Methodist Church, 2002-2003
Board Member , Sonrise Walk to Emmaus Community, Ormond Beach, FL
Musician, Dr. Rick Martorano 18 piece Jazz Band, 2002-2003



Funded Research

Dr.Ayers is the Principal Investigator for the FAA Industry Training Standards (FITS) program. He is the lead researcher and project manager of a one million dollar, three and one half year grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. Professor Ayers supervises eight researchers at two separate institutions plus two graduate assistants. He coordinates the efforts of the FAA, four major general aviation manufacturers, and three major universities.

The FITS team is exploring the application of Scenario Based Training, Single Pilot Resource Management (SRM, a new concept) and learner centered grading to the traditional GA training challenge. This 'product based research' is developing scenario-based education and training programs for a new generation of Technically Advanced Aircraft (TAA). It is a nationally program and has been identified as the number one priority for General Aviation Safety on FAA Administrator Marion Blakey's FAA Flight Plan, 2004-2008. FITS have been featured in Flying, AOPA, NAFI Mentor and other trade publications.

Dr. Ayers entered the FITS research team into a strategic partnership with Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) to combine the efforts of their 840,000-dollar NASA grant to study TAA Training, with the ongoing FITS effort. This and other ongoing FITS research will validate and improve the FITS training concepts.

Dr. Ayers was an invited member of the FAA Technically Advanced Aircraft Safety Study. The final report of this group of industry, government, and academic experts identified root causes and interventions for a string of 13 accidents over a two-year period in the Cirrus and Lancair aircraft. The recommendations of this study endorsed the FITS training philosophy and execution and provided valuable insight for the FITS team.

To date the FITS team has developed seven FITS generic syllabus for light jet and piston Technically Advanced Aircraft. Four of these products are FAA approved and three additional will be approved by the end of the year. Specific FITS training products are already in use at Cirrus Aircraft, Cessna, and Adam Aircraft. Additional FITS training courses are in development at Eclipse, Lancair, Diamond, and Mooney Aircraft..

Awards:

National Award Winner: Professor Ayers is the recipient of the 2005 University Aviation Association (UAA) Frank E. Sorenson Award. This national award is presented for research and publication excellence and was presented at the UAA National Convention in September of 2005.

National Recognition: Professor Ayers is included in the eighth and ninth editions of 'Who's Who Among America's Teacher's, published in September of 2004. He was nominated by a former student and formally accepted in June of 2004.

University Wide Award Nominee/Recipient: Professor Ayers is the winner of the 2004 Outstanding Faculty Award, Presented April the 7th 2004 at the '2004 Student Activities Awards Ceremony'. Presented to the single outstanding faculty member at the Daytona Beach campus who 'has provided outstanding support of an organization.'

Outstanding Aeronautical Science Faculty Member Award, 2001-2002 (awarded second year in the department)

FITS recognized as the Center of Excellence (COE) as the General Aviation Research 'Success Story' at the 3rd Annual COE Conference from over 30 ongoing research efforts