Clint R. Balog

Title
Associate Professor, College of Aeronautics
Email
Department
Department of Graduate Studies
College
College of Aeronautics

Areas of Expertise

Fixed- and Rotary-wing Flight Operations

Engineering Flight Test and Evaluation

Human Factors

Human Performance and Error

Cognitive Neuropsychology

Cockpit Design and Integration

Regulatory Compliance

Nuclear Power Plant Outage Project Management


Clint R. Balog


Dr. Clint R. Balog lives near Bozeman, Montana and has been an aviation professional and pilot for over 43 years. His call sign is 'Clutch'.

Academically, Dr. Balog earned undergraduate degrees in Avionics Engineering and Aeronautical Science from ERAU in Daytona Beach. At the graduate level he earned a Master of Aeronautical Science degree with a specialization in Aviation/Aerospace Operations from ERAU. He also earned a Ph.D. in Psychology, with specializations in Cognitive Neuropsychology, Human Factors, and Human Performance from Capella University. He conducts research and is published in those fields, among others.

Professionally, Dr. Balog has a background as an engineering test pilot, a corporate pilot, a HEMS pilot, a flight test engineer, a human factors professional, a senior leader, and as a university professor. He is also former Marine Corps and former Air Force. For Douglas Aircraft Dr. Balog was a lead flight test engineer on the commercial programs, and for Northrop Grumman he was a lead flight test engineer on the YF-23A Advanced Tactical Fighter and a Chief Flight Test Engineer on the B-2A Advanced Technology Bomber. He was an instructor pilot, project test pilot, and a project manager for CAE SimuFlite, developing and training in advanced flight simulators, both fixed-wing and rotary-wing.  Dr. Balog led the development of the first FAA Level-D certified civilian helicopter simulator.  Later he was the Director of Flight Operations and Training & Chief Pilot for MD Helicopters. Dr. Balog was the senior manager of production flight test for Hawker Beechcraft on the Hawker 4000 super midsized program. Now, he is a full-time professor of aeronautical sciences and human factors and the former, and first, Chair of the Master of Science in Human Factors degree program for the College of Aeronautics of the Worldwide Campus of ERAU, leading its development.  Dr. Balog continues as an active corporate pilot and researcher. He founded and operates his own consulting business working in the fields of flight operations and human factors and human performance, focused on operational procedures and regulatory compliance, cockpit design and integration, and engineering test and evaluation. Outside of aviation Dr. Balog consulted in the field of nuclear power plant outage project management.

Dr. Balog holds a U.S. FAA ATP license with AMEL, AMES, ASEL, ASES, and Rotorcraft-Helicopter ratings, all at the ATP level, as well as numerous aircraft type ratings. He has over 10,000 hours of total flight time, distributed approximately 60/40 between fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft, in engineering flight test, corporate, and HEMS operations. That time has been spent predominantly flying the Cessna Citation line, the Gulfstream GV/G550, The Dassault Falcon three engine series, the MD Helicopters line, and the Sikorsky S-76 series.

Dr. Balog’s active professional memberships include the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association for Aviation Psychology (AAP), Psi Chi International Honor Society for Psychology, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), the Society of Flight Test Engineers (SFTE), the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), the Seaplane Pilots Association (SPA), the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) as a corporate member, and Mensa.

Personally, Dr. Balog has many outside interests. He rescues, adopts, and rehabilitates giant breed dogs, and always has multiple dogs in his family collectively weighing hundreds of pounds.  He is an amateur wildlife naturalist, spending extended periods of time in the back country of Yellowstone, Glacier, Denali, and Katmai National Parks tracking, studying, and photographing grizzlies, wolves, and bison.  He is also a avid wilderness hiker and mountain climber, a mountain biker, a horseman, and motorcyclist.  Dr. Balog is a student of the U.S. Constitution, the Founding Fathers, the Expedition of Discovery and the early exploration of the United States West, and of Lakota history and culture.


  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, Capella University
  • M.A.S. - Master of Aeronautical Science in Aviation Aerospace Operations, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Studies: Aeronautical Operational Control Avionics, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
  • A.S. - Associate of Science in Avionics Engineering Technology, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

  • Airline Transport Pilot - Federal Aviation Administration

Undergraduate courses cleared to teach:

ASCI 202    Introduction to Aeronautical Science

ASCI 221    Introduction to Flight Physiology                                

ASCI 254    Aviation Legislation

      ASCI 317    Rotorcraft

ASCI 378    Helicopter Flight Environments

ASCI 388    Helicopter Flight Planning

ASCI 412    Corporate and Business Aviation

ASCI 428    Advanced Helicopter Systems and Functions

ASCI 438    Advanced Helicopter Operations

ASCI 490    Aeronautical Science Capstone Course

PSYC 320   Aviation Psychology

PSYC 400   Introduction to Cognitive Science

SFTY 320   Human Factors in Aviation Safety

TRAN 490  Transportation Science Capstone Course

UNSY 431   Unmanned Systems Human Factors Considerations


Graduate Courses Cleared to Teach:

ASCI 515    Aviation/Aerospace Simulation Systems

ASCI 560    Advanced Rotorcraft Operations

ASCI 622    Corporate Aviation Operations

ASCI 634    Aviation/Aerospace Psychology

ASCI 660    Sensation and Perception

ASCI 663    Memory and Cognition

ASCI 691    The Aeronautical Science Graduate Capstone Course

MSHF 606   Human Cognition

MSHF 612   Human Performance, Limitation, and Error

MSHF 618   Virtual Environments, Simulation, and Robotics

MSHF 624   Ergonomics and Biomechanics

MSHF 640   Human Physiology and Adaptation

MSHF 646   Industrial Applications in Aerospace

MSHF 652   Crew Platform/Control Room Automation, Design, and Integration

MSHF 691   The Human Factors Capstone Course

MSHF 700a MSHF Thesis I

MSHF 700b MSHF Thesis II

SFTY 619   Human Factors and Ergonomics

SYSE 641   Systems Psychology

SYSE 647   Human Factors in Complex Systems

SYSE 653   Cognitive Systems Engineering

 



Balog, C. (2016). A validation of the efficacy of descriptive instrumental collective case study methodology for examining pilot cognitive functioning. International Journal of Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace, (3)4. Retrieved from http://commons.erau.edu/ijaaa/vol3/iss4/4.

Balog, C., Terwilliger, B, Vincenzi, D., & Ison, D. (2016). Examining human factors challenges of sustainable small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) operations. In P. Savage-Knepshield & J. Chen (Eds.), Advances in Human Factors in Robots and Unmanned Systems: Vol. 499. Confronting Human Factors Challenges (pp. 61-73). USA: Springer.

McAndrew, I., Glassman, A., Bourdeau, D., Balog, C., & Navarro, E. (2016). Unmanned aerial systems operational challenges when used between regions where English is not widely spoken or understood: Human Factors Considerations. Proceedings of the International Conference on Robotics and Automation Engineering, 53-57. doi: 10.1109/ICRAE.2016.7738788.


  • MENSA; 2002-Present
  • Psi Chi, International Honor Society in Psychology; (2020-present)
  • American Psychological Association (APA); 2006-Present
  • Association for Aviation Psychology (AAP); 2007-Present
  • Society of Flight Test Engineers (SFTE); 1985-Present
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES); 2012-Present
  • National Business Aviation Association (NBAA, as a corporate member); 2008-Present
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA); 1993-Present
  • Sea Plane Pilots Association (SPA); 1999-Present

Dr. Balog holds a U.S. FAA Airline Transport Pilot license with AMEL, AMES, ASEL, ASES and Rotorcraft-Helicopter ratings, all at the ATP level, as well as numerous aircraft type ratings. He has more than 10,000 hours of flight time, distributed approximately 60/40 between fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft, in engineering flight test, corporate, and HEMS operations. That time has been spent predominantly flying the Cessna Citation line, the Gulfstream GV/G550, the Dassault Falcon three engine series, the MD Helicopters line, and the Sikorsky S-76 series.