Gregory Alan Zahornacky

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

Areas of Expertise

SME: Crew Resource Management, Flight Management Systems and Autopilots

Gregory A. Zahornacky was a former Airline Captain with USAirways and Pennsylvania Airlines (Allegheny Commuter) He was employed by Pennsylvania Airlines from 1983-1986. When he was hired by the Regional Airlines in 1983 he started his career as a First Officer on the DeHavilland Twin Otter (DHC-6), and flew various commuter aircraft while he was under their employment. He flew the Beech-99, Nord 298, SD3-30 and the SD3-60 (Shorts), and upgraded to Captain on the Shorts in February 1986. He was then hired by USAir in 1986 as a First Officer on the BAC1-11. He retired that aircraft in 1989 and moved over to the DC-9 until USAirways retired that aircraft ion 2001. He then went to the MD-80 as a Captain on that aircraft until USAIRways retired that aircraft in 2002. The last aircraft Greg flew was the B737-300/400 aircraft before deciding on a career change in 2008. Greg received his Masters Degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2010 graduating with Honors (4.0 GPA). He was hired in August of 2010 to be an Associate Professor in the College of Aeronautics where he now teaches Crew Resource Management, Electronic Flight Management Systems and instructs the ATP-CTP ground school for the Universities Flight Department. In 2018, the University Type Rated Greg in the CL-65 (CRJ-200) Regional Jet, using the Full Motion Level D device located on the Daytona Beach Campus. Greg is now a TCI (Training Check Instructor) in the Full Motion Simulator and assists in student training and on occasion a type rating for other professors as determined by the department. Greg has been in aviation for over 47 years and has over 15,000 flight hours.

  • M.A.S. - Master of Aeronautical Science in Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

  • ATP - Airline Transport Pilot
  • BGI - Basic Ground Instructor

  • AS 387: Crew Resource Management
  • AS 435: Electronic Flt Mngmnt Systems

AS-387 Crew resource Management, AS-435 Electronic Flight Management Systems, AS-472 Operational Applications in Aeronautical Science, MSA 620 Airline Operations (Graduate Level)

Line Captain for Pennsylvania Airlines 1983-1986, Line Captain for USAIRways 1986-2008

Type Rated on the DC-9, SD3-30, and the CL-65

Outstanding Performance Award 2016, Professor of the Year 2011 Awarded by the AOA and Pi Kappa Alpha. George Skurla Award in 2000 for Outstanding Alumni