Assistant Professor of Aeronautical Science
Aeronautical Science Department
Daytona College of Aviation
Daytona Beach campus


  • M.A. - Master of Arts in Human Relations & Management, Webster University
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Amer Political & Military Affrs, United States Naval Academy

  • CPL - Commercial Pilot License

  • AS 357: Flight Physiology
  • AS 309: Aerodynamics
  • AS 408: Flight Safety

Professor Rick Gallup is a 1972 graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering and a Masters Degree in Business Management from Webster University. After graduation Professor Gallup deployed to Viet Nam on the USS Racine as navigator. He received his Navy wings in 1974 and was selected to become an Advanced Jet Flight Instructor. While assigned to VT-22 at NAS Kingsville, Texas he taught students the entire spectrum of flight from instruments, and formation to air combat maneuvering. Following his tour as a Naval Flight Instructor, Professor Gallup was assigned to a fighter squadron, VF-33. At VF-33 he flew the F-4 Phantom II off the decks of the USS Independence, and USS Eisenhower. At VF-33 he was selected to attend and graduated from the Naval Fighter Weapons School, 'Top Gun'. Professor Gallup was selected to be an Adversary Pilot and joined VF-43. VF-43 was the Navy's East Coast Adversary Squadron. As an Adversary Instructor Pilot, Professor Gallup taught graduate level Energy-Maneuverability and Aerodynamics in the Atlantic Fleet's Fighter Readiness Program. At the adversary squadron he was officially cited as 'a fighter pilot's fighter pilot.' During his tenure as the Safety Officer, VF-43 won the Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award while flying their aircraft beyond the edge of the maneuvering envelop. His past experience in the disciplines of Aerodynamics, Flight Physiology, and Aviation Safety make for lively discussions in the classroom. Upon leaving the Navy, Professor Gallup inter-service transferred to the United States Marine Corps reserve to fly the A4M with VMA-131 at NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. Professor Gallup was employed by General Electric initially as a Systems Engineer on 'Black' (Top Secret) Space Systems and finally as the Manager of Navy and Marine Corps Flight Simulation Programs. In 1991, Professor Gallup founded an aerospace consulting company, The Gallup Group, Inc. For ten years, The Gallup Group successfully assisted aerospace corporations in enhancing their bottom line. In the summer of 2000, Professor Gallup joined the Aeronautical Science Department within the College of Aviation. Currently, Professor Gallup teaches Aerodynamics, Flight Physiology, Flight Safety, and Aviation Legislation. In 2003, Professor Gallup was selected by the graduating class to receive the 'Outstanding Faculty Excellence' Award. In 2004, and 2005 Professor Gallup was recognized nationally in the publication Who's Who Among America's Teachers. He was the first ERAU Faculty to be initiated into the Order of Omega. He was selected to be on the first ERAU Honor Board as a Faculty Representative. In the spring of 2007, Professor Gallup was runner-up for the 'Professor of the Year Award.' Professor Gallup's goal is to assist the student in achieving success here at ERAU and to assist the student in achieving success in life.