Assistant Professor of Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Aeronautical Science Department
Prescott College of Aviation
Prescott campus


COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS

ERAU, Finals Week, Student Breakfast volunteer at Earhart’s, April 28, 2016

Student Veteran Organization, motorcycle poker run, March 20, 2016

Aviation Discovery Camp – ERAU – July 20, 2015 (taught Basic Aerodynamics from

9.30 am – noon)

Aviation Discovery Camp – ERAU – July 22, 2015 (taught Basic Ground School

from 9-10am)

Flight Exploration Summer Camp – ERAU – July 13, 2015 (taught Introduction to

Ground School – 8-9.30am)

ERAU, Diversity Center event, Matt Shepard Movie and Discussion, October 16,

2016

ERAU, WAI event, Mean Girls Movie and Discussion, September 23, 2015

ERAU, Finals Week, Student Breakfast volunteer at Earhart’s, April 23, 2015

ERAU, Finals Week, Student Breakfast volunteer at Earhart’s. Dec 3, 2015

SkyKids, Registration Table Volunteer, Goodyear Airport, April 18, 2015

                        ERAU Parent weekend – April 11, 2015 (assisted in representing the COA)

ERAU Preview Day – March 28, 2015 (noon-4pm)

            Diversity Advisory Board – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Member 2015- Present

Student Appeals Board – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Member 2015-

Present

Faculty Senate – Grievance Committee – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University,

Member 2015-Present

                        VITA/TCE Program with the IRS, Volunteer Tax Preparer, 2013-2014

Bikers for Boobies, Breast Cancer Charity Ride, October 2014

Note-taker for student with disability, Arizona Summit Law School, 2011-2013

Maricopa County Justice Court Mediator – Volunteer 2013

Arizona Humane Society – Volunteer 2012

Elim House Battered Women Shelter – Volunteer 2011

Sunshine Residential Homes Inc., about 150 hours as Tutor, 2009-2010

Civil Air Patrol – SWR-AZ-013, 2Lt, Scanner and Member 1999-2002


Professional Development and Conferences

  • Unmanned Safety Institute: Unmanned Safety Awareness Training – May 1, 2016
  • AOPA: Drones and Other Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Webinar – April 27, 2016
  • SMU 50th Annual Air Law Symposium, Texas, March 30 – April 1, 2016
  • ERAU, Mental Health First Aid training, March 26, 2016
  • ABA – I’ve got your back, you’ve got my ear: Suicide prevention in the legal profession, March 21, 2016
  • ERAU, Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Unmanned Aerospace Systems (UAS) – Key concepts for New Users, February 5, 2016
  • ERAU, Preventing Discrimination and Sexual Violence: Title IX, VAWA, and Clery Act for Faculty and Staff, Online course completed on February 3, 2016
  • ERAU, Diversity Benefits for Higher Education Employees, Online course completed on February 3, 2016
  • ERAU, Discrimination and Harassment Prevention for Higher Education, Online course completed on February 2, 2016
  • A3IRCON 2016, Conference and sat on 2 UAS panels, chaired and presented on one Commercial Space Industry panel, and co-presented at WINGS FAASTEAM Session, Chandler, January 2016
  • American Bar Association, CLE on Overcoming Implicit Bias Against Non-Citizen Defendants, January 11, 2016
  • ERAU, Significant Learning Course Design Series, December 2015
  • ERAU, Portland, Oregon recruiting event for COA and Business Department, November 1, 2015
  • FAA Safety Team, Representative Training: IT Security, November 2015
  • The Ins and Outs of Mexico Flying, FAA Wings Training, Mesa-Gateway, November 2015
  • FAA Safety Team Representative Annual Training, Mesa-Gateway, November 2015
  • CFI Certificate Renewal, American Flyers, November 2015
  • Real Pilot Story: Iceman, AOPA Air Safety Institute, November 2015
  • Real Pilot Story: Mountain Crash, AOPA Air Safety Institute, November 2015
  • Real Pilot Story: Pinch Hitting a King Air, AOPA Air Safety Institute, November 2015
  • Real Pilot Story: Ice Ambush, AOPA Air Safety Institute, November 2015
  • Real Pilot Story: Power Loss on Takeoff, AOPA Air Safety Institute, November 2015
  • Real Pilot Story: Prop Attack, AOPA Air Safety Institute, November 2015
  • Real Pilot Story: Snake in the Airplane, AOPA Air Safety Institute, November 2015
  • Real Pilot Story: Three Seconds, AOPA Air Safety Institute, November 2015
  • Real Pilot Story: Toddler Overboard, AOPA Air Safety Institute, November 2015
  • Real Pilot Story: Trapped on Top, AOPA Air Safety Institute, November 2015
  • Real Pilot Story: Underwater Escape, AOPA Air Safety Institute, November 2015
  • Real Pilot Story: VFR in a Snowstorm, AOPA Air Safety Institute, November 2015
  • Real Pilot Story: Vacuum Failure in IMC, AOPA Air Safety Institute, November 2015
  • Accident Case Study: Final Approach, AOPA Air Safety Institute, November 2015
  • Aging gracefully, Flying Safely, AOPA Air Safety Institute, November 2015
  • Real Pilot Story: Bird Strike, AOPA Air Safety Institute, November 2015
  • Real Pilot Story: Fire in the Cockpit, AOPA Air Safety Institute, November 2015
  • Real Pilot Story: From Miscue to Rescue, AOPA Air Safety Institute, November 2015
  • Wake Turbulence Safety Quiz, AOPA Air Safety Institute, November 2015
  • VFR Sectional Charts Safety Quiz, AOPA Air Safety Institute, November 2015
  • VFR Sectional Review Safety Quiz, AOPA Air Safety Institute, November 2015
  • VFR Flight Fond du Lac to Festus Safety Quiz, AOPA Air Safety Institute, November 2015
  • ADS-B for General Aviation, AOPA Air Safety Institute, November 2015
  • Public Benefit Flying: Balancing Safety and Compassion, AOPA Air Safety Institute, November 2015
  • IFR Insights: Cockpit Weather, AOPA Air Safety Institute, November 2015
  • Accident Case Study: Cross-Country Crisis, AOPA Air Safety Institute, November 2015
  • Accident Case Study: In Too Deep, AOPA Air Safety Institute, November 2015
  • General Aviation Security, AOPA Air Safety Institute, November 2015
  • Real Pilot Story: Ditching in the Dark, AOPA Air Safety Institute, November 2015
  • Real Pilot Story: Engine Failure in IMC, AOPA Air Safety Institute, November 2015
  • Accident Case Study: Time Lapse, AOPA Air Safety Institute, November 2015
  • Accident Case Study: Delayed Reaction, AOPA Air Safety Institute, November 2015
  • Accident Case Study: Airframe Icing, AOPA Air Safety Institute, November 2015
  • Accident Case Study: Rescue Gone Wrong, AOPA Air Safety Institute, November 2015
  • Accident Case Study: Everyone’s Problem, AOPA Air Safety Institute, November 2015
  • Accident Case Study: Communication Breakdown, AOPA Air Safety Institute, November 2015
  • Airport Support Network (ASN) Volunteer Orientation, AOPA Air Safety Institute, October 2015
  • Datalink, AOPA Air Safety Institute, October 2015
  • Seaplane Training for Preventing the Spread of Aquatic Nuisance Species, AOPA Air Safety Institute, October 2015
  • A Pilot’s Guide to Flight Service, AOPA Air Safety Institute, October 2015
  • Essential Aerodynamics, AOPA Air Safety Institute, October 2015
  • Mountain Flying, AOPA Air Safety Institute, October 2015
  • GPS for IFV Operations, AOPA Air Safety Institute, October 2015
  • GPS for VFR Operations, AOPA Air Safety Institute, October 2015
  • Aging Aircraft, AOPA Air Safety Institute, October 2015
  • Pneumatic Systems, AOPA Air Safety Institute, October 2015
  • Pneumatic Systems for Maintenance Professionals, AOPA Air Safety Institute, October 2015
  • SkySpotter: Pireps made easy, AOPA Air Safety Institute, October 2015
  • Wing Contamination, AOPA Air Safety Institute, October 2015
  • Engine and Propeller, AOPA Air Safety Institute, October 2015
  • Do the Right Thing: Decision Making for Pilots, AOPA Air Safety Institute, October 2015
  • Runway Safety, AOPA Air Safety Institute, October 2015
  • Say it Right: Mastering Radio Communication, AOPA Air Safety Institute, October 2015
  • Know before you go: Navigating Today’s Airspace, AOPA Air Safety Institute, October 2015
  • Weather Wise: VFR into IMC, AOPA Air Safety Institute, October 2015
  • Weather Wise: Air Masses and Fronts, AOPA Air Safety Institute, October 2015
  • Weather Wise: Thunderstorms and ATC, AOPA Air Safety Institute, October 2015
  • Weather Wise: Precipitation and Icing, AOPA Air Safety Institute, October 2015
  • Weather Wise: Ceiling and Visibility, AOPA Air Safety Institute, October 2015
  • Pinch-Hitter, AOPA Air Safety Institute, October 2015
  • Accident Case Study: VFR into IMC, AOPA Air Safety Institute, October 2015
  • IFR Insights: Regulations, AOPA Air Safety Institute, October 2015
  • IFR Insights: Charts, AOPA Air Safety Institute, October 2015
  • IFR Chart Challenge: RNAV Approach, AOPA Air Safety Institute, October 2015
  • IFR Chart Challenge: ILS Approach, AOPA Air Safety Institute, October 2015
  • IFR Chart Challenge: VOR Approach, AOPA Air Safety Institute, October 2015
  • S1ngle-Pilot IFR, AOPA Air Safety Institute, October 2015
  • Unmanned Aircraft and the National Airspace System, AOPA Air Safety Institute, October 2015
  • International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight, Las Cruces, New Mexico, October 2015
  • The Citadel Intelligence and Homeland Security Enterprise Conference and sat on UAS panel, Charleston, South Carolina, September 2015
  • Mental Health First Aid USA, Prescott, Arizona, July 2015
  • A3IRCON, planning conference, Prescott, Arizona, June 2015
  • Space Expo and Conference, Long Beach, California, May 2015
  • Representing Airmen and Air Agencies in FAA Enforcement Matters, Kathy and John Yodice, Salinas, California, May 2015
  • State Bar of Arizona, Course on Professionalism, Phoenix, May 2015
  • Phoenix International Aviation Symposium, Scottsdale, May 2015
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Safe Zone Training, April 2015
  • Arizona Aviation Day in the Capitol, Phoenix, Arizona, March 26, 2015
  • After the Crash Safety Seminar, FAA Wings Program, January 2015
  • A3IRCON 2015, Conference and sat on UAS panel, Phoenix, January 2015
  • Real World Weather Safety Seminar, FAA Wings Program, September 2014
  • ERAU, Diversity Awareness and Skill Sets training for new hires, December 2014
  • ERAU, Sexual Harassment Prevention training for new hires, December 2014
  • Arizona Summit Law School, “Out of the Grey” Navigating the grey area between law school and employment, December 2014
  • American Bar Association, Legal Project Management: Prepare for changes in the Practice of Law, November 2014
  • American Bar Association, Due Process Rights in Charter Schools, November 2014
  • State Bar of Arizona, New Lawyer Boot camp, Day 1 & 2, Phoenix, November 2014
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, How to effectively use mobile technology to enhance your law practice, November 2014
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Starting your own law firm, October 2014
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Streamlining workflow, September 2014
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Do I need staff or is outsourcing for me, August 2014
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Law Firm Ethics, June 2014
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Starting Up, May 2014
  • FAA Safety Team, Representative Training: Representative Manual, August 2014
  • FAA Safety Team, Representative Training: IT Security, August 2014
  • ABA Law Student Division, 15th Circuit Conference, California, October 2014
  • ABA, Aviation Law Symposium, Washington, D.C., October 2014
  • Phi Alpha Delta, District V Conference, Las Vegas, October 2014
  • WestlawNext, Arizona Summit Law School, Research More Efficiently, 2011
  • WestlawNext, Arizona Summit Law School Research More Productively, 2011
  • WestlawNext, Arizona Summit Law School, Certificate of Proficiency – Secondary Sources, 2012
  • WestlawNext Certification, Arizona Summit Law School, 2012
  • WestlawNext Certificate of Proficiency - Statutes/Regulations, Arizona Summit Law School, 2012
  • LexisNexis, Arizona Summit Law School, Professional Research Certification, 2012
  • Private Company Mergers and Acquisitions, ABA Business Law Section, September 2013
  • Voir Dire: finding and ferreting out good and bad jurors, ABA Litigation Section, July 2013
  • How to make Social Media work for your law firm, ABA Law Practice Management Section, March 2013
  • TACLE Bootcamp, Arizona Summit Law School, October 2013
  • CopyrightX, Harvard University School of Law and edX Initiative, April 2013
  • VITA/TCE Intake/Interview and Quality Review Training, IRS, December 2013
  • VITA/TCE Volunteer Standards of Conduct, IRS, December 2013
  • VITA/TCE Basic Certificate, December 2013
  • VITA/TCE Advanced Certificate, December 2013
  • VITA/TCE Military Certificate, December 2013
  • VITA/TCE International Certificate, December 2013
  • VITA/TCE Health Savings Accounts (HSA) Certificate, December 2013
  • VITA/TCE Cancellation of Debt (COD) Certificate, December 2013
  • Annual Security Awareness Training, TSA/AOPA, August 2004-2012
  • Runway Safety Program, AOPA Air Safety Foundation, November 2008
  • Mission: Possible, AOPA Air Safety Foundation, USAF, DoD, November 2008
  • Say Intentions, AOPA Air Safety Foundation, November 2008
  • Do the Right Thing, AOPA Air Safety Foundation, November 2008
  • Engine and Propeller, AOPA Air Safety Foundation, November 2008
  • Know Before You Go, AOPA Air Safety Foundation, November 2008
  • Weather Wise: Air Masses & Fronts, AOPA Air Safety Foundation, November 2008
  • Weather Wise: Ceiling & Visibility, AOPA Air Safety Foundation, November 2008
  • Weather Wise: Thunderstorms & ATC, AOPA Air Safety Foundation, November 2008
  • Weather Wise: Precipitation & Icing, AOPA Air Safety Foundation, November 2008
  • Essential Aerodynamics, AOPA Air Safety Foundation, November 2008
  • Mountain Flying, AOPA Air Safety Foundation, November 2008
  • A Pilot’s Guide to Flight Service, AOPA Air Safety Foundation, November 2008
  • SkySpotter: Pireps Made Easy, AOPA Air Safety Foundation, November 2008
  • Aging Aircraft, AOPA Air Safety Foundation, November 2008
  • Pinch Hitter, AOPA Air Safety Foundation, November 2008
  • Pneumatic Systems, AOPA Air Safety Foundation, Parker, December 2008
  • Pneumatic Systems for Maintenance Professionals, AOPA Air Safety Foundation, USAIG, December 2008
  • Datalink, AOPA Air Safety Foundation, December 2008
  • GPS for VFR Operations, AOPA Air Safety Foundation, December 2008
  • GPS for IFR Operations, AOPA Air Safety Foundation, December 2008
  • IFR Insights: Regulations, AOPA Air Safety Foundation, January 2009
  • IFR Insights: Charts, AOPA Air Safety Foundation, January 2009
  • Accident Case Study: VFR into IMC, AOPA Air Safety Foundation, January 2009
  • IFR Chart Challenge: ILS Approach, AOPA Air Safety Foundation, January 2009
  • IFR Chart Challenge: RNAV Approach, AOPA Air Safety Foundation, January 2009
  • IFR Chart Challenge: VOR Approach, AOPA Air Safety Foundation, January 2009
  • Single-Pilot IFR, AOPA Air Safety Foundation, January 2009
  • Say it Right, AOPA Air Safety Foundation, August 2009
  • Line Up and Wait, Federal Aviation Administration, September 2010
  • Flight Instructor Refresher Clinic, AOPA/Jeppesen, December 2005
  • Flight Instructor Refresher Clinic, Aviation Seminars, October 2003
  • Initial CCW Class, Gunsite Academy, Inc., July 2005
  • NRA Training, CCW Renewal, June 2012
  • Collins Writing Program: Developing Writing & Thinking Skills across the Curriculum and 5 Types of Writing, July 2004
  • Inclusion Training, Phoenix Union High School District, July 2004
  • Physical Environment & Materials, Phoenix Union High School District, July 2004
  • Setting Expectations, Phoenix Union High School District, July 2004
  • Preparing for the First Days of School, Phoenix Union High School District, July 2004
  • Establishing a Positive Environment, Phoenix Union High School District, July 2004
  • School-Home Communication, Phoenix Union High School District, July 2004
  • Evaluation, Phoenix Union High School District, July 2004
  • Quick Teaching Tips, Phoenix Union High School District, July 2004
  • Internet Sites for Educators, Phoenix Union High School District, July 2004
  • Introduction to special Education, Phoenix Union High School District, August 2004
  • Standards-Based Approach to Planning & Standards-Based Instructional Units, Phoenix Union High School District, August 2004
  • Curriculum Mapping and Concept Definition Map, Phoenix Union High School District, July 2005
  • Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment, National Evaluation Systems, Inc., July 2009
  • Multicultural/Diversity, Phoenix Union High School District, July 2005
  • Metacognition Training, Phoenix Union High School District, July 2005
  • AIMS Reading Strategies, Phoenix Union High School District, January 2005
  • AIMS Writing Strategies, Phoenix Union High School District, January 2005
  • AIMS Math Strategies, Phoenix Union High School District, January 2005
  • SEI Endorsement, Phoenix Union High School District, August 2006
  • Previewing the Text, Graphic Organizers and Foldables, Phoenix Union High School District, January 2005
  • Active Note-Taking and Chalk Talk, Phoenix Union High School District, July 2006
  • Learning Logs and RAFT, Phoenix Union High School District, July 2006
  • Shaping up a Review, Think Alouds and T-Chart Organizer, Phoenix Union High School District, July 2006
  • Think-Pair-Share, Mental Note Taking, Double Fishbowl and 3-2-1 Reflection, Phoenix Union High School District, July 2006
  • Beyond Survival: Thriving in the Phoenix Union High School District, Arizona Education Association, August 2006
  • ESL Training, Phoenix Union High School District, July 2007
  • Podcast From Still Photographs, Phoenix Union High School District, July 2007
  • Dramatization, Frayer Model and Excess Baggage, Phoenix Union High School District, July 2007
  • Cooperative Learning Structures, Phoenix Union High School District, July 2007
  • K-W-L Organizer, Conversation Circles, Silent Dialogue and Dyads, Phoenix Union High School District, July 2008
  • Reading Strategies, Reading GRO and Student Engagement Strategies, Phoenix Union High School District, July 2008
  • 45-30-15 and Cornell Note Taking, Phoenix Union High School District, July 2008
  • Numbered Heads and Pivot A-B, Phoenix Union High School District, July 2008
  • Teach TEC: Teaching an Enhanced Advanced Customized Hands-On Technology Education Course, ASU/UA, June 2009
  • Mental Health Issues, Phoenix Union High School District, June 2009
  • Prop 301: Aerospace, Phoenix Union High School District, January 2009
  • Criterion Training, Phoenix Union High School District, September 2010
  • Genesis Training of Trainers, Phoenix Union High School District, May 2010
  • Health Disparities, Education & Research and Culturally Grounded Health Communication with Underserved Populations, ASU Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center, June 2010
  • Text marking Critical Strategy, Phoenix Union High School District, February 2011
  • Qualified Teacher Evaluator training, September 2007 – August 2010
  • Science in the City Summer Program for elementary school students, June 2009-2011
  • American Heart Association, CPR and Emergency Cardiac Care, March 2000
  • American Heart Association, CPR and Emergency Cardiac Care, January 1998
  • National Safety Council, First Aid and Adult/Child/Infant CPR & AED Training, July 2009
  • Belly Dance Training, Glendale Community Center, January 1997
  • Malta Olympic Committee, Sports Psychology Seminar, Feb 1992
  • Malta Olympic Committee, Sports Nutrition Seminar, May 1992
  • Malta Olympic Committee, Sports Injury Seminar, November 1992


Aviation Certification

Airline Transport Pilot Certificate – Airplane Multi-Engine Land, 2003-Present

Citation Ce-500 Type Rating, 2003-Present

Commercial Pilot Certificate – Airplane Single-Engine Land with Instrument Rating, 2000-Present

Certificated Flight Instructor – Airplane – Single-Engine Land, 2000-Present

Basic Ground Instructor Rating, 2002-Present

Advanced Ground Instructor Rating, 2002-Present

Instrument Ground Instructor Rating, 2002-Present

Gold Seal Flight Instructor Rating, 2002-Present

Current Medical Certification Class 1, 1994-Present


Pilot Experience

Total time                             4056

Pilot in Command                3900

CFI dual given                     2622  

Night                                     494

Single-engine land              2849

Multi-engine land                 1207

Cross Country                      1775

Instrument                            266

Single-Engine complex         339



  • J.D. - Juris Doctorate in Juris Doctor, Arizona Summit Law School
  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration, Northcentral University
  • M.A.S. - Master of Aeronautical Science in Aeronautical Science in Aviation/Aerospace Operations, Aviation/Aerospace Safety Systems, Human Factors, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

  • AS 399: Special Topics in Aero Science
  • AS 405: Aviation Law
  • CEAS 397: Coop on Aeronautical Science
  • AS 324: Global UAS Regulations
  • SUAS 1300: Global UAS Risk Mgmt

BA 390

BA 325

AS 395AA - AS 324

AS 405


Nilsson, S. (2016, April). What a great time to be Alive: A look at the Commercial Space and Unmanned Aircraft Industries. Keynote Speech at the Aviation Explorers Fundraising Dinner. April 30, 2016. Air Force National Guard, Phoenix Sky Harbor, Arizona.


Nilsson, S. (2016, April). UAS: Regulations in the NAS. FAASTeam Safety Seminar. April 12, 2016. Co-presented with Ernie Copeland, Scottsdale FSDO, ERAU DLC, Prescott, Arizona.


Nilsson, S. (2016, February). Podcast on Federal, State, and Local Drone Laws, Property Rights and Privacy. The Drone Law Pro – Enrico Schaefer. February 5, 2016. Available at https://www.dronelaw.pro/field-preemption-faa-trumps-state-local-drone-laws/


Nilsson, S. (2016, January). UAS: Regulations in the NAS. Presentation at Honeywell Flight Technical Services Safety Stand Down as part of FAASTeam. January 28, 2016. Deer Valley, Arizona.


Nilsson, S. (2016, January). UAS: Regulations in the NAS. FAASTeam Safety Seminar. January 16, 2016. Proceedings to A3IRCon 2016, Chandler, Arizona.


Nilsson, S. (2016, January). 2015 Commercial Space Industry Snapshot as seen through the eyes of the ISPCS. January 15, 2016. Proceedings to A3IRCon 2016, Chandler, Arizona.


Nilsson, S. (2016, January). A3ircon in Chandler. January 15, 2016. FOX 10 News at 7.39am in the Morning Show.


Nilsson, S. (2015, December 22). Interview for article in UAS Magazine by Miller, P. C. entitled Studying UAS Regulations Overseas. Available at http://www.uasmagazine.com/blog/article/2016/01/studying-uas-regulations-overseas


Nilsson, S. (2015, December 22). Interview for article in UAS Magazine by Miller, P. C. entitled FAA had to Assert it Regulatory Authority. Available at http://www.uasmagazine.com/articles/1379/aviation-attorney-faa-had-to-assert-its-regulatory-authority


Nilsson, S. (2015, November). UAS: Regulations in the NAS. Presentation at Sanders and Parks Law Office. November 17, 2015. Phoenix, Arizona.


Nilsson, S. (2015, October). UAS: Regulations in the NAS. FAASTeam Safety Seminar. October 24, 2015. Casa Grande Copperstate Fly-In, Arizona. 


Nilsson, S. (2015, October). UAS: Regulations v. Policy. FAASTeam Safety Seminar. October 10, 2015. Mesa-Gateway, Arizona.


Nilsson, S. (2015, September 17). Interview for article in UAS Magazine by Miller, P. C. entitled States continue to Pass Laws in Conflict with FAA’s Authority. Available at http://www.uasmagazine.com/articles/1245/states-continue-to-pass-laws-in-conflict-with-faaundefineds-authority


Nilsson, S. (2015, September). In the Aftermath of Pirker: Questions of Policy Versus Law on Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Proceedings to The Citadel 2015 Intelligence and Homeland Security Enterprise Conference. Charleston, South Carolina.


Nilsson, S. (2015, September). Pilot Enforcement Action Presentation. Prescott Airport Users Association. September 15, 2015. Prescott Airport, AZ.


Nilsson, S. (2015, September). Podcast on UAVs and the Law. The UAV Digest. September 5, 2015. Available at http://theuavdigest.com/uav111-uavs-and-the-law/


Nilsson, S. (2015, July). Podcast on Drones, the Law and the FAA. The Drone Dude. July 10, 2015. Available at http://www.dronedudepodcast.com/e/010-interview-with-aviation-lawyer-sarah-nilsson-about-drones-the-law-and-the-faa/


Nilsson, S. (2015, May). UAS: Regulations v. Policy. FAASTeam Safety Seminar. May 23, 2015. Mesa-Gateway, Arizona.


Nilsson, S. & Hamilton, J. (2015). Practical Aviation and Aerospace Law (6th ed.). Chapter 18: Commercial Space Operations. Newcastle, WA, Aviation Supplies & Academics.


Nilsson, S. & Hamilton, J. (2015). Practical Aviation and Aerospace Law Workbook (6th ed.). Chapter 18: Commercial Space Operations. Newcastle, WA, Aviation Supplies & Academics.


Nilsson, S. (2015 August). In the Aftermath of Pirker: Questions of Policy Versus Law on Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Proceedings to The Citadel Conference on Intelligence and Security. 21 pps.


Nilsson, S. (2015, February). Pirker and Beyond: Questions of Policy Versus Law on Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Proceedings to A3IRCon 2015 at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. 21 pps.


Nilsson, S. (2014 April). A Circle Takes No Sides. Dissertation. Arizona Summit Law School. 45pps.


Nilsson, S. (2011 June). Relationship between Recent Flight Experience and Pilot Error General Aviation Accidents. Dissertation. Northcentral University. 192 pps.


EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY, Prescott, AZ     January 2015 – Present

Assistant Professor of Aviation Law and Regulations,

College of Aviation and School of Business in College of Arts and Sciences

BA 390, BA 325, AS 405, and AS 395AA now AS 324


FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION, Phoenix, AZ                  January 2015 – Present

FAASTeam Representative

Aviation safety volunteer who works closely with FAASTeam Program Managers to actively promote safety. Training and support is given by the FAASTeam Program Managers. Duties include teaching safety seminars and assisting with organization and implementation of training.


NILSSON LAW, PLLC, Peoria, AZ                                                       October 2014 – Present

Founder and Managing Attorney

Opened solo practice law firm upon passing the Arizona State Bar Exam and being officially sworn in as a member of the Bar. Primary focus of the firm is business formation, contracts, estate planning, aviation and space law, mediation and circle justice. Unique aspect of the firm is the 24-hour access that clients have to a live attorney who is always on call! Additionally most business is transacted over the phone or online for convenience 

of the client, and when documents need to be signed and notarized, the attorney and notary make business/house calls.


ARIZONA SUMMIT LAW SCHOOL, Phoenix, AZ             December 2014 – February 2015

Alumni Bar Prep Coach

Mentored five students who were preparing to sit the February Bar Exam in Arizona. Provided motivation, good study techniques, stress coping mechanisms, time management advice and academic preparation. Graded MEEs and MPTs. Met with school leadership throughout the process on a weekly basis to devise and implement best strategies for their success.


NEAL LAW FIRM, PLC, Scottsdale, AZ                                    January 2014 – August 2014

Law Clerk

Worked with Clio and WealthCounsel in the law office of Abigail Neal, specializing in estate planning (wills and trusts), informal probate and business formation (limited liability companies, limited partnerships and limited liability partnerships, corporations, nonprofit corporations and 501(c)(3) charities). Filed annual reports and worked closely with the Arizona Corporation Commission on several business formations. Wrote a company-training manual. 

ARIZONA SUMMIT LAW SCHOOL, Phoenix, AZ                        January 2014 – April 2014

Teacher Assistant

Assisted Professor Millar in the Spring 2014 trimester with two courses: criminal procedure and advanced legal writing and advocacy. Taught class presentations to help the students grasp the course concepts. Graded several quizzes and tests. Performed limited amounts of legal research.


INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, Phoenix, AZ                        December 2013 – April 2014

VITA/TCE Volunteer

The VITA Program generally offers free tax help to people who make $51,000 or less and need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. As an IRS-certified volunteer I provided free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals in local communities. I could inform taxpayers about special tax credits for which they may qualify such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. VITA sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls, and other convenient locations. The TCE Program offers free tax help for all with priority assistance to people who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement issues unique to seniors.  


CURRY, PEARSON & WOOTEN, PLC, Phoenix, AZ     November 2012 – December 2014

Legal Externship

Assisted Attorney Michael Pearson with legal research and writing, drafted motions, and edited documents for distribution to clients. Learned 1&1 software and created web pages with legal content in the areas of FAA pilot enforcement and other aviation issues.


ARIZONA SUMMIT LAW SCHOOL, Phoenix, AZ                     July 2013 – December 2013

Mediator

Worked in the Law School’s Mediation Clinic and on site with the City of Phoenix and was assigned mediations dealing in dog-barking issues. Worked in the Maricopa County Justice Court assigned to mediate various cases involving contract disputes, debt collections, HOA disputes and other small claims cases.


SOUTH MOUNTAIN HIGH SCHOOL, Phoenix, AZ                     July 2007 – February 2013

Program Manager of Aerospace Magnet

Provided leadership and support to approximately 2 to 3 other teachers and 200 students within the Aerospace Department each year. Managed the department’s budget and coordinated on a monthly basis with the district’s leadership and the other magnet of the Phoenix Union High School District. Sat on South Mountain High School’s Instructional Cabinet. Partnered with industry flight school, Chandler Air Service and coordinated flight training at Chandler Airport for the flight students enrolled in the Aerospace Magnet.


SOUTH MOUNTAIN HIGH SCHOOL, Phoenix, AZ                     July 2004 – February 2013

Flight Instructor of Aerospace Magnet

Provided flight and ground school training to approximately 50 students within the Aerospace Magnet each year. Partnered with industry flight school, Chandler Air Service and coordinated flight training at Chandler Airport for the flight students enrolled in the Aerospace Magnet. Sponsored the Flight Team, a high school club for future aviators.


US AIRWAYS, Phoenix, AZ                                                     June 2006 – September 2006

Intern

Interned with the Vice President of Flight Operations, Captain Joe Chronic. Worked within the aviation safety office while working on my Masters of Aeronautical Science Degree at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Performed a study comparing US Airways’ inadvertent emergency slide deployment with industry trends. This study, presented to the airline’s CEO, Doug Parker, was later published in their internal newsletter.


SPORTS CLUB AT CITY SQUARE, Phoenix, AZ                    September 2003 – July 2004

Assistant Director

Worked with Director, Al Ezrre of Pro-Fit Inc. Performed bookkeeping tasks, client billing and payroll services. Hired aerobics instructors and personal trainers. Managed the fitness center. Provided in-house training for the staff. Handled customer service issues with clients.

Personal Trainer and Aerobics Instructor

Provided personal training, one-on-one, to clients. Counseled clients on living a healthier lifestyle. Taught classes in Step Aerobics, Stretch and Strength Training, Senior Fitness, Kickboxing, and Low-Impact Aerobics.


CRM, Scottsdale, AZ                                                                      June 2003 – August 2003

Flight Instructor - CFI, CFII, MEI

Performed the duties of an FAA certificated flight instructor. Created and implemented a ground school class for Citation Ce-500 type rating training. Assisted in class presentations. Photographed aircraft parts and created PowerPoint slides for use during the ground school portion of the class.


EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY, Phoenix, AZ    May 2003 – August 2003

Assistant Center Director

Enrolled students into the various Bachelor or Master Degree programs. Assisted the Center Director with regards to meetings, public relations, facilities, scheduling and staffing.


CUTTER AVIATION, Phoenix, AZ                                                  May 2003 – August 2003

Customer Service Representative

Provided interface between private jets and ramp personnel with respect to catering and fuel services. Drove the courtesy van between the FBO and Sky Harbor’s main terminals.


AEX INC., Phoenix, AZ                                                                       April 2002 – April 2003

Part 135 Cargo Pilot

Flew air cargo missions in Piper Navajo, Piper Seneca III and IV aircraft between Arizona, California, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah. Primarily instrument flights, mostly at night and some day. Received Hazmat certification for the purpose of carrying radioactive isotopes to the VA Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico from Phoenix, Arizona.


CRM, Scottsdale, AZ                                                                     January 2002 – April 2002

Flight Instructor - CFI, CFII, MEI

Performed the duties of an FAA certificated flight instructor. Trained students for private, instrument, commercial, and multi-engine certificates.


WESTWIND SCHOOL OF AERONAUTICS, Deer Valley, AZ       Nov 2000 – January 2002

Flight Instructor - CFI, CFII

Performed the duties of an FAA certificated flight instructor. Trained students for private, instrument, and commercial pilot certificates.


PHOENIX PLAZA FITNESS CENTER, Phoenix, AZ            August 1999 – November 2000

Assistant Director

Worked with Director, Al Ezrre of Pro-Fit Inc. Performed bookkeeping tasks, client billing and payroll services. Hired aerobics instructors and personal trainers. Managed the fitness center. Provided in-house training for the staff. Handled customer service issues with clients. 


PHOENIX PLAZA FITNESS CENTER, Phoenix, AZ      September 1997 – November 2000

Personal Trainer and Aerobics Instructor

Provided personal training, one-on-one, to clients. Counseled clients on living a healthier lifestyle. Taught classes in Step Aerobics, Stretch and Strength Training, Senior Fitness, Kickboxing, and Low-Impact Aerobics.


NATURALLY WOMEN FITNESS CENTER, Phoenix, AZ       September 1995 – June 1997

Personal Trainer and Aerobics Instructor

Provided personal training, one-on-one, to clients. Counseled clients on living a healthier lifestyle. Taught classes in Step Aerobics, Stretch and Strength Training, Senior Fitness, Kickboxing, and Low-Impact Aerobics.


  • American Leadership and Policy Foundation, Senior Fellow, January 2016 – Present
  • International Air and Transportation Safety Bar Association, Member 2014 - present
  • State Bar of Arizona, Member, October 2014-Present
  • United States District Court of Arizona, Member, December 2014-Present
  • American Bar Association, Member, 2011-Present
  • Phi Alpha Delta International Law Fraternity, Goldwater Chapter, Member, 2012-Present
  • Arizona Summit Law School, Student Bar Association, Evening Student Delegate, 2012-2013
  • Arizona Summit Law School, Aviation Law Student Association, President, 2012-2014
  • Arizona Summit Law School, Night Student Society, Member 2011-2013
  • Arizona Summit Law School Alumni Association, Board Member, Chair of Communications, August 2014- December 2014
  • Young Lawyers Division of Maricopa County Bar Association, Board Member, December 2014- December 2014
  • Women in Aviation, International, Member, 2002-2003, 2012-present
  • National Association of Flight Instructors, Member, 2003-2004, 2014-2015
  • Experimental Aircraft Association, Member, 2003-2005
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Member, 1998-Present
  • Arizona Pilots Association, Member, 2014-Present

2016            Outstanding Faculty of the Year 2015-2016, College of Aviation, ERAU-Prescott

2014            Notary Public, Arizona Secretary of State

2014            Arizona Summit Law School, Dean’s List since 2012

2014            Arizona Summit Law School, CALI Award in Business Associations

2014            Arizona Summit Law School, Order of the Quill

2014            Arizona Summit Law School, Merit Scholarship recipient since 2011

2014            Arizona Summit Law School, Community Service (Pro Bono) Certificate

2013            Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination, National Conference of Bar Examiners

2013            Arizona Summit Law School, Basic Mediation Certificate

2011            Northcentral University, College of Business and Technology Management, Dean’s List                           since 2007

2006            Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, College of Aeronautical Science, Dean’s List since                       2003

2003            Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, College of Professional Aeronautics, Dean’s List                           since 2000

2004            Arizona Department of Education, Standard Career & Technical Education Certificate,                           Business and Marketing

2007            Teacher of the Week – Smoothie Award, South Mountain High School

2011            PBIS Staff Member of the Week, South Mountain High School

2011            Principal’s Top 3, South Mountain High School

2012            Over and Beyond the Call of Duty Award, South Mountain High School

2008            Arizona Department of Education, Structured English Immersion K-12 Endorsement

2003            Airline Transport Pilot Certificate – Airplane Multi-Engine Land

2003            Citation Ce-500 Type Rating

2000            Commercial Pilot Certificate – Airplane Single-Engine Land with

                     Instrument Rating

2000            Certificated Flight Instructor – Airplane – Single-Engine Land

2002            Basic Ground Instructor Rating

2002            Advanced Ground Instructor Rating

2002            Instrument Ground Instructor Rating

2002            Gold Seal Flight Instructor Rating

2000            Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager Aerospace Education Achievement Award, Civil Air Patrol

1996            American Council on Exercise (ACE)-certified Personal Trainer, 1998, 2004

1998            American Council on Exercise (ACE)-certified Aerobics Instructor

1996            American Council on Exercise (ACE)-certified Group Fitness Instructor, 2004

1999            Kickfit Kickboxing Certified Instructor

1999            International Sports Sciences Association, Fitness Therapy certified

1997            Healthcare Dimensions, Inc., Silversneakers Senior Fitness certified, 1998, 1999

1998            Senior Fitness Association, Older Adult Fitness certified

1992            ICS Learning Centers, UK, Fitness & Nutrition Diploma

1993            Qigong Associaiton, Malta, Level 1 Certification

1988            Bok-Chuan Pai Kung Fu, White Sash

1988            Bok-Chuan Pai Kung Fu, Certificate of Merit

1989            Bok-Chuan Pai Kung Fu, Junior Instructor

1989            Bok-Chuan Pai Kung Fu, Yellow Sash

1989            Bok-Chuan Pai Kung Fu, Orange Sash I & II

1990            Bok-Chuan Pai Kung Fu, Green Sash I & II

1990            Bok-Chuan Pai Kung Fu, Self-Defense/Street Fighting

1991            Bok-Chuan Pai Kung Fu, Blue Sash I

1992            Bok-Chuan Pai Kung Fu, Nunchakus/Self-Defense

1992            Bok-Chuan Pai Kung Fu, Tonfas, Black Belt

1984            British Theatre Dance Association, Malta, Gold Medal Ballet

1984            British Theatre Dance Association, Malta, Grade III Ballet

1983            British Theatre Dance Association, Malta, Grade II Ballet

1982            British Theatre Dance Association, Malta, Grade I Ballet

1983            British Theatre Dance Association, Malta, Grade II Modern

1983            The Alison White Dance Studio, Malta, Certificate of Merit

1982            British Theatre Dance Association, Malta, Grade I Modern