Clint R. Balog
Areas of Expertise
Fixed- and Rotary-wing Flight Operations
Engineering Flight Test
Cockpit Design and Integration
Nuclear Power Plant Outage Project Management
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 in those three fields.
Professionally, Dr. Balog a background as an engineering test pilot, a corporate pilot, a flight test engineer, a senior leader, and as a university professor. He is also former Marine Corps and former Air Force. For Douglas Aircraft he 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. Later he was also the Director of Flight Operations and Training & Chief Pilot for MD Helicopters. And he was the senior manager of production flight test for Hawker Beechcraft on the Hawker 4000 super midsized program. Now, he a full-time professor of aeronautical sciences and the Chair of the Master of Science in Human Factors (MSHF) degree program for the College of Aeronautics of the Worldwide Campus of ERAU, and he continues as an active corporate pilot and researcher. Dr. Balog 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 he consulted in the field of nuclear power plant outage project management.
Dr. Balog holds an 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 9000 hours of total flight time, distributed almost evenly 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 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), 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. At any time he has between four and six dogs in his family that collectively weigh upwards of 1000 pounds. He is an amateur wildlife naturalist, spending extended periods of time in the back country of Yellowstone, Glacier, Katmai, and Denali National Parks tracking, studying, and photographing grizzlies, wolves, and bison. Dr. Balog volunteers with the Gallatin (MT) County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue (SAR) team. He is also an avid wilderness hiker and mountain climber, a horseman, and is a student of Lakota history and culture, of the Expedition of Discovery, of the U.S. Constitution, and of the Founding Fathers.
- Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, Capella University
- M.A.S. - Master of Aeronautical Science in Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
- B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Studies, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
- A.S. - Associate of Science in Avionics Engr Tech, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University