Scott Burgess

Associate Professor, College of Aeronautics
Department of Flight
Worldwide College of Aeronautics
Worldwide campus

Office Hours

0800-1700 Central or by appointment

Areas of Expertise

Rotorcraft Safety

Flight Operations

Unmanned Systems flight and operations

Operational, Team and Personal Security



Education: Dr. Scott Burgess began his academic career as an undergraduate student, graduating from Oregon State University. Served 27 years in the military, and graduated from the US Army Command and Staff College and the USAF Air Command and Staff College. He earned a Master of Aeronautical Science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and Ph.D. from Northcentral University. Now, Dr. Burgess continues that academic career as a full-time faculty member in the Worldwide Campus Department of Aeronautics Undergraduate Studies as the Program Chair of the Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics. 

Awards and Experience:  Dr. Burgess' 30+ years of aviation experience includes both military and civil aviation organizations. He is qualified on seven military and civilian helicopters (among them, the Schweizer 269, Robinson R-22, AH-1 Cobra, UH-1 Huey, OH-58 Kiowa, with several hundred hours in an F-15E Strike Eagle as a functioning Weapons Systems Officer). Additionally, experiences include loading strategic airlift aircraft, and even exiting them in flight.

Employed at Embry-Riddle since 1999, Dr. Burgess began at the Prescott Campus as the Army ROTC detachment commander. During this time he was asked to help the campus to study, market, and develop a new academic program in rotorcraft. Burgess ran this program from 2002-07, was selected as the College of Aviation Faculty of the Year in June 2007. Burgess moved to Texas in the summer of 2007 to bring the rotorcraft academic program (sans flight) to the Worldwide Campus in 2008.

Interests: Scott designed, engineered, and built his Energy Star-rated home on 600 acres of family land along the Brazos River in Haskell County, Texas. In his free time, Burgess ranches with his wife, acts as a certified concealed handgun instructor for the State of Texas, and serves as an adjunct instructor at Gunsite Academy in Arizona during summers in support of a program he began at the Prescott Campus in 2002. 


  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration, Northcentral University
  • M.A.S. - Master of Aeronautical Science in Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Oregon State University

  • Certificate - AUVSI Top Operator: Remote Pilot Instructor
  • Certificate - Certified Member of the Aviation Accreditation Board International
  • CFI - Certified Flight Instructor
  • CPL - Commercial Pilot License
  • Remote Pilot

  • UNSY 601: Unmanned Sys, Comd,Contrl,Comm
  • SUAS 2000: SUAS Ground School
  • UNSY 235: sUAS Flight & Mission Planning
  • UNSY 235L: sUAS Flight & Mission Plan Lab
  • SUAS 1400: SUAS Inspection Course


PRESCOTT CAMPUS
AS 142 Private Helicopter Operations
AS 242 Commercial Helicopter Operations
AS 342 Instrument Helicopter Operations
AS 442 Certified Flight Instructor, Helicopter
AS 378 Environmental Helicopter Operations
AS 388 Helicopter Flight Planning
AS 246 Basic Navigation
STG 395R Personal Security and Defensive Skills
ALL Military Science

WORLDWIDE
ASCI 560 Rotorcraft Operations
ASCI 602 Air Transportation
ASCI 202 Aeronautical Science for Management
ASCI 317 Rotorcraft
ASCI 428 FMS/Autopilots for Helicopters
ASCI 388 Helicopter Flight Planning
ASCI 490 Aeronautical Science Capstone Course
ASCI 378 Environmental Helicopter Operations
ASCI 438 Advanced Helicopter Operations

SFTY 409 Aviation Safety

TRAN 274 Transportation Science

TRAN 411 Strategic Intermodal Alliances

UNSY 515 sUAS Operation Fundamentals

UNSY 235 sUAS Flight and Mission Planning



Publications

Burgess, S.S. (2016), A systems theory approach for studying safetymanagement systems for operations of small helicopter organizations      (Doctoral Dissertation). ProQuest.

Terwilliger B., Thirtyacre D., Ison, D., Kleinke, S., Burgess, S., Cerreta, J.S., & Walach, C. (2016). Consumer multirotor sUAS evaluation and training. International Journal of Unmanned Systems Engineering, 4(2), 1-18. doi: 10.14323/ijuseng.2016.5 

Burgess, S. (2016). Book review: Competency-based education in aviation: Exploring alternate training pathways. International Journal of Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace, 3(3). http://dx.doi.org/10.15394/ijaaa.2016.1139

Burgess, S.S. & Moran, K., Use of virtual environments for simulation of accident investigation (January 16, 2015). Aviation / Aeronautics / Aerospace International Research Conference. Paper 21. Retrieved from http://commons.erau.edu/aircon/2015/Friday/21

Materna, R., Mansfield, R. E., & Walton, R. O. (2015). Aerospace Industry Report. Lulu. com. [Contributor]

Colborn, M. & Burgess, S. (2014, November).  Check your performance charts. Rotor & Wing. 48(11), 34-36.

US Helicopter Safety Team. Comparative Report, Volume 1. USJHIMDAT to USJHSAT Data. March 2014. [Contributor]

US Helicopter Safety Team. Comparative Report, Volume 2. USJHIMDAT to USJHSAT Data. March 2014. [Contributor].

Incorporation of concurrent design principles into experimental course development process [unpublished manuscript - Terwilliger, B. Hernandez, D., & Burgess, S. (2013).]. Daytona Beach, FL: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide, College of Aeronautics.

Burgess, S. (2012). The Reality of Aeronautical Knowledge: The Analysis of Accident Reports Against What Aircrews are Supposed to Know.  International Helicopter Safety Team. Located at http://www.ihst.org/portals/54/Reality_Aeronautical_Knowledge_21MAY12.pdf 

Anderson, K., Burgess, S., Balog, C. & Weiland, L. (2013). BSA Capstone white paper. Daytona Beach, FL: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Worldwide Campus, College of Aeronautics.

DiRienzo, J., Burgess, S., (2011) ASCI 438 Advanced Helicopter Operations Course Book.  Daytona Beach, FL: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide, Department of Aeronautics.

Helicopter Operations and Safety Minor and Certificate A-04L, (2008). Daytona Beach, FL: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide, Department of Aeronautics.

FAR Part 141 Course Training Outlines for Private/Commercial/ Instrument/Flight Instructor Rotorcraft-Helicopter. (2007). Prescott, AZ: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, College of Aviation.

Helicopter Aviation Safety; NTSB Accident Reports and their Relationship to Helicopter Aerodynamics and Principles of Flight. (June 2006). [Unpublished manuscript]. Prescott, AZ: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, College of Aviation.

Aeronautical Science Degree - Helicopter Flight Program, Viability Study, Curriculum Proposal A-04K, and Business Plan. Published (2005) and re-submitted (Approved 2008), Prescott, AZ: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, College of Aviation.

Helicopter Operations and Safety Minor Curriculum A-04K, Proposal (Approved), (2005). Prescott, AZ: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, College of Aviation.

Personal Security and Defensive Skills Curriculum Proposal A-04L. Published for curriculum inclusion. (2003).Prescott, AZ: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, College of Aviation.

Ground Training Syllabi for all ERAU Helicopter Academics, Published and FAA Approved, (2007). Prescott, AZ: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, College of Aviation.

Forward Deployment of Air Traffic Control. Lakenheath Air Base, UK. [Unpublished Masters Graduate Research Project], (1999). Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University- Extended Campus

Standing Operational Procedures (1996). US Army Air Traffic Control, US Army Europe, Wiesbaden, Germany.

Annexes to Operational Plans for global air transportation operations of a 17,000 employee organization. 1989

Grants                                         

Burgess, S., Ison, D., Sanders, B., Vincenzi, D., Weiland, L., & Whealan-George, K. (2016). Transitioning to the Virtual Classroom (TVC). Grant application for FAA Center of Excellence for Technical Training and Human Performance.  

Bowen, B.D., Holt, T.B., Vasigh, B., Ison, D., Burgess, S., Fink, M. & et al. (2016, October). Institute for Global Air Transport Analytics (IGATA) – An ERAU Center of Research Excellence. Submitted to ERAU Accelerate Research Initiative for $50,000. Pre-proposal approved.


Former Army Aviator and Instructor Pilot
FAA Certified Flight Instructor, Commercial Pilot, Remote Pilot
Associate Professor (Prescott and Worldwide)

Texas Concealed Handgun Instructor
Adjunct Instructor, Gunsite Academy
Master Mason, Past Master, District Deputy Grand Master (2018), A.F.& A.M.

2003 US Army, National ROTC Instructor of the Year

2003-2004/2004-2005 Who's Who of America's Teachers

2004-2005 Who's Who of America's Executives and Professionals

2007 Prescott Campus, College of Aviation Faculty of the Year