Robert Joslin

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

Areas of Expertise

Human Factors, Certification Flight Test, Design Airworthiness Certification, Flight Test Risk Management, FAA Aircraft/Aircraft Systems Regulations and Guidance
Robert Joslin

Dr. Robert Joslin currently serves as  an Associate Professor of Practice with ERAU-Worldwide. He previously served as the FAA’s Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor for Flight Deck Technology and an FAA flight test pilot, and prior to that he was a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps and a military test pilot.

He is a Fellow with the Royal Aeronautical Society, Associate Fellow with the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, Full Member of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators, and a Full Member of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society. Dr. Joslin holds FAA ratings and military qualifications in aircraft ranging from large transports and military/business jets, to general aviation airplanes, seaplanes, helicopters, gliders, powered lift aircraft, and unmanned aircraft with over 8,000 accident-free flight hours in over 100 aircraft types and has flown lighter-than-air aircraft (airship, hot-air balloon). He is also a qualified RQ-12 WASP and RQ-20 Puma Pilot/operator and has completed a Predator pilot familiarization course

Dr. Joslin has served on various national/international committees involved in developing regulations and certification standards for new technology and has over 60 published manuscripts in various aviation periodicals. He also was a "Marine One" pilot for the President of the United States under the Bush Sr. administration, a 1994 NASA Astronaut Candidate finalist, an Assistant Professor of Aerodynamics and Aviation Safety at the Naval Postgraduate School, and is completely bilingual/bicultural having been raised in Latin America. His research areas of particular interest include, but not limited to, human factors in aircraft design, certification of new cockpit technologies, and certification flight test risk management.


- FAA Airline Transport Pilot (ATP)  with aircraft “type” ratings in the A-320, B-787, B-737, BE-200, BV-107, CE-680, DA-2(Easy), EMB-500, G-VI, G-V, N-265, SA-227, SK-92,  SK-61, S-70

-FAA Certified Flight Instructor (CFI,CFII, MEI)-Airplane Single and Multi-engine; Rotorcraft-Helicopter; Instrument Airplane and Helicopter

-FAA Category Ratings- Airplane Single Engine and Multi-engine Land and Sea, Helicopters, Gliders and Powered lift and has flown Lighter-Than-Air aircraft (airship, hot air balloon)

-Naval Aviator (NATOPS) pilot ratings in various  jets, propeller aircraft, helicopters, and tilt-rotors

-FAA Remote Pilot-small Unmanned Aircraft rating

-Military rated remote pilot for RQ-12A "Wasp" and RQ-20 "Puma" unmanned aircraft


  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Aviation, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • M.S. - Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering, Naval Postgraduate School
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, University of Florida

  • ICAP Federal Aviation Safety Officer Training - General Services Administration Interagency Committee for Aviation Policy (ICAP)
  • Engineering Test Pilot course - U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (Naval Warfare Center Aircraft Division)

  • AWEN 502: Airworthiness Proces & Proced
  • ASCI 516: Appl Crew Resource Mgmt
  • AWEN 690: Graduate Research Project
  • ASCI 638: Human Factrs in Unman Aero Sys
  • UNSY 503: Legal & Reg Iss in Unman'd Sys


DAV 901-910 – Ph.D in Aviation Dissertation Research (1-10)

UNSY 691-Unmanned Systems Graduate Capstone

AWEN 690 – Airworthiness Engineering Graduate Research Project (Course Developer)

ASCI 638 – Human Factors in Unmanned Aero Systems

ASCI 604-Human Factors in the Aviation/Aerospace Industry

SFTY 619-Human Factors and Ergonomics

ASCI 516 – Applied Crew Resource Management

UNSY503 – Legal & Regulatory Issues in Unmanned Systems (Course Developer)

AWEN 502 – Airworthiness Process & Procedures



Dietrich, A., Stevens D., Lacher, A., Joslin, R., Lyons, P., Morrison, A., Ryan, W., Cook, S., & Gunnarson, T. (2022). Regulatory Barriers to Autonomy in Aviation (ASTM TR-3), ASTM West Conshohocken, PA https://compass.astm.org/document/?contentCode=ASTM%7CTR3-EB%7Cen-US

Odisho, E. V., Truong, D., & Joslin, R. E. (2021). Applying Machine Learning to Enhance Runway Safety Through Runway Excursion Risk Mitigation. Journal of Aerospace Information Systems. https://doi-org.ezproxy.libproxy.db.erau.edu/10.2514/1.I010972

Joslin, R. (2021, November). Remote Control. Aerospace-Royal Aeronautical Society, 48(11), 44-45. https://www.aerosociety.com/media/17312/aerospace-magazine-november-2021.pdf

Blackburn, R., & Joslin, R. (2021). Detectability of Clothing Color by Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Search and Rescue Operations. Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education & Research, 30(1). https://commons.erau.edu/jaaer/vol30/iss1/3

B737 Max Technical Advisory Board. (2020, November 18). B737 Max Technical Advisory Board final report: Design Change to the B737 MAX Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System. Federal Aviation Administration. https://www.faa.gov/foia/electronic_reading_room/boeing_reading_room/media/737_Technical_Advisory_Board_Final_Report.pdf

Joslin, R. (2020, June). The Wrights Were Wrong. Journal of Aeronautical History-Correspondence, Royal Aeronautical Society, pp.6-9. Retrieved from https://www.aerosociety.com/media/14007/letters-2020.pdf

Joslin, R. (2020, June). Pilot error! What about pilot saves? Aerospace-Royal Aeronautical Society, pp. 20-21.

Joslin, R. (2020, June 16). Pilot error! What about pilot saves? [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.aerosociety.com/news/pilot-error-what-about-pilot-saves/

Joslin, R., & Odisho, E. (2020, March). Rethinking unstable approach Aerospace-Royal Aeronautical Society, pp. 38-40

Joslin, R., & Odisho, E. (2020, January 28). Rethinking unstable approach training [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.aerosociety.com/news/rethinking-unstable-approach-training/

Joslin, R. (December 2019). Valid Flight Control Forces for Aircraft Design-Part II (The Results), Cockpit-Society of Experimental Test Pilots, pp. 22-23

Beringer, D. B., & Joslin, R. E. (2019, November). Evaluation of Muscular Forces That Can be Applied to Flight Controls. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting (Vol. 63, No. 1, pp. 141-145). Sage CA: Los Angeles, CA: SAGE Publications.

Joslin, R. (December 2017). Valid Flight Control Forces for Aircraft Design, Cockpit-Society of Experimental Test Pilots, pp. 5-14

Joslin, R. (2017). Certification of Aircraft and Aircraft Systems. In S. Landry (Ed.), Handbook of Human Factors in Air Transportation Systems (pp. 147-194). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Joslin, R. E. (Summer 2017). Drones: Where and When to Find Them. Rotor Magazine, 30(2),43-45.

Joslin, R. (April 2017)- “The Force Awakens”, Aerospace-Royal Aeronautical Society, pp. 24-25

Joslin, Robert (2015, September). Situation Awareness Issues in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Accidents and Incidents. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, September 2015; vol. 59, 1: pp. 41-44. SAGE Publications.

Joslin, Robert (2015) "Synthesis of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Safety Reports," Journal of Aviation Technology and Engineering: Vol. 5: Iss. 1, Article 1. http://dx.doi.org/10.7771/2159-6670.1117

Joslin, R. (March 2015)- “Essential Instruments”, Aerospace-Royal Aeronautical Society, pp. 36-38

Joslin, R. E. (2014, September). Examination of Anthropometric Databases for Aircraft Design. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting (Vol. 58, No. 1, pp. 1-5). SAGE Publications.

Joslin, Robert (2014) "Validation of New Technology Using Legacy Metrics: Examination of SURF-IA Alerting for Runway Incursion Incidents," Journal of Aviation Technology and Engineering: Vol. 4: Iss. 1, Article 1. http://dx.doi.org/10.7771/2159-6670.1096

Joslin, R. E. (Summer 2014). ADS-B (In) Applications for Helicopter Safety. Rotor Magazine, 27(2),pp. 36-39.

Joslin, R. (December 2013)- “Harmonizing Runway Incursion Severity Classification with Alerts from Flight Deck Equipage”, Cockpit-Society of Experimental Test Pilots, pp. 30-40

Joslin, R. E. (2013, September). Human Factors Hazards of IPADS In General Aviation Cockpits. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting (Vol. 57, No. 1, pp. 56-60). SAGE Publications.

Joslin, R. (2013). Runway incursion awareness systems. Marine Corps Gazette, 97(5), 54.

Joslin, R. (July-Aug 2012) – “Runway Incursion Awareness”. Approach Magazine-Naval Safety Center, Vol. 57, No. 4, pp. 23-24

Joslin, R. E. (2012). Federal Communications Commission Aviation Jurisdiction. The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). Retrieved from http://www.cali.org/lesson/9488

Joslin, R. (Winter 2011) – “A Case for Federal Aviation Regulations to Develop Civil Supersonic Transport Aircraft”. International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies, Vol. 11, No. 2, pp. 49-58

Joslin, R., Tuccio, W. , & Goodheart, B. (Winter 2011) – “A Mixed Method Approach to Runway Incursion Rating”. International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies, Vol. 11, No. 2, pp. 13-38

Joslin, R. (December 2010)- “Certification of the Wright Flyer-A Historical Perspective”, Cockpit-Society of Experimental Test Pilots, pp. 20-29

Joslin, R. (December 2009)- “Anthropometric Considerations for the Selection of Flight Testers”, Cockpit-Society of Experimental Test Pilots, pp. 20-22

Joslin, R. (June 2003) –“Vortex Ring State Fallacy”, Approach Magazine-Naval Safety Center, Vol 48, No.6, pp. 26-27

Joslin, R. E. (1999). Factors for the right discipline. Marine Corps Gazette, 83(3), 51.

Joslin, R. (July 1997) – “Moments from Disaster-revisited””,  Approach Magazine-Naval Safety Center, Vol 42, No. 4, p. 24

Joslin, R. (March 1997) –“Microbursts and Windshear for Helo Pilots”, Approach Magazine-Naval Safety Center, Vol 42, No. 2, p. 44

Joslin, R. (January 1997) –“Bad Vibes”, Approach Magazine-Naval Safety Center, Vol 42, No.1, p. 27

Joslin, R. E. (1997). Marine aerospace engineering duty officers. Marine Corps Gazette, 81(5), 42.

Joslin, R. (November 1996) –“Do You Know Your Bucket Airspeed”, Approach Magazine-Naval Safety Center, Vol. 41, No.6, p.9

Joslin, R. (July 1996) –“Operational Risk Management, Marine Corps Gazette, Vol. 80,No.7, p. 61

Joslin, R. E. (1996). fitrep 2000. Marine Corps Gazette, 80(3), 48.

Joslin, R. E. (1995). Land, sea, air, and space. Marine Corps Gazette, 79(5), 63.

Joslin, R. (November 1994) –“Moments from Disaster””,  Approach Magazine-Naval Safety Center, Vol. 39 No. 10, pp. 22-23

Joslin, R. E. (1994). A UH-1N facelift: Resurrecting the helicopter observation squadron. Marine Corps Gazette, 78(7), 47.

Joslin, R. (Jul-Aug 1991) –“Say What?” U.S. Army Aviation Digest , Vol. 1-91-4, p. 52

Joslin, R. (Mar 1991) –“RPM is Life”,  Flying Safety Vol. 47, No.3,  

Joslin, R. (Winter 1990) –“Density Altitude Overkill”, Rotor Review Magazine-Naval Helicopter Association, Vol. 28, p. 23

Joslin, R. (1990 Journal) –“Moments from Disaster””,  Business Aviation Safety, Vol. 6, p. 11

Joslin, R. (January 1990) –“Moments from Disaster-Part II””, Approach Magazine-Naval Safety Center, Vol. 35, No. 7, pp. 8-9

Joslin, R. (May 1990) –“Night Vision Google Lip Lights”, Marine Corps Gazette-, Vol. 74, No. 5, p. 93

Joslin, R. (Fall 1990) –“Relatively True Winds”, Rotor Review Magazine-Naval Helicopter Association, Vol. 31

Joslin, R. (May 1989) –“What is Inertia”,  Aviation Digest Magazine-U.S. Army  Safety Center, Vol. 1-89-5, pp. 19-20

Joslin, R. (Spring 1989) –“Tale of the Tail Rotor”, Rotor Review Magazine-Naval Helicopter Association, Vol. 25, pp. 25-26

Joslin, R. (Summer 1989) –“Downwind Departure”, Rotor Review Magazine-, Vol. 26, p. 33

Joslin, R. (October 1989) –“Helicopter Accident Prevention”, Marine Corps Gazette , Vol 73, No. 10, pp. 36-37

Joslin, R. (Fall 1989) –“Low on Gas, Out of Ideas”, Approach Magazine-Naval Safety Center, Vol. 27, pp. 28-30

Joslin, R. (May 1989) –“Real Men Don’t Do Hover Checks”, Approach Magazine-Naval Safety Center, Vol 34, No.11, pp.18-20

Joslin, R. (Jan 1989) –“Moments from Disaster”, Approach Magazine-Naval Safety Center, Vol 34, No 7, pp. 48-49

Joslin, R. (June 1989) –“The Vortex Ring State”, Flying Safety Magazine-Air Force  Safety Center, Vol. 45. No. 6 p. 27

Joslin, R. (December 1988) –“Habla Air Wing”, Approach Magazine-Naval Safety Center, Vol. 34 No. 6, p. IFC

Joslin, R. (October 1988) –“Moments from Disaster”, Flying Safety Magazine-Air Force  Safety Center, Vol 44 No. 10, pp. 22-23

Joslin, R. E. (1988). A more accessible NATOPS. Marine Corps Gazette, 72(5), 27.


Professional Research Experience:


-FAA Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor for Flight Deck Technology Integration - The FAA’s recognized expert for flight deck technology issues responsible for defining and advancing new concepts in the field of navigation, communication, surveillance, flight guidance and flight management both nationally and internationally  and establishing and maintain FAA leadership in these dynamic technical fields.

-FAA Aircraft Certification Flight Test Pilot for emerging technologies directly involved in aircraft and systems certifications participating in developmental evaluations, issue papers, certification plans, test reports and final certification. Direct experience with emerging technologies such as Synthetic Vision, Enhanced Vision Systems, Enhanced Flight Vision Systems, Electronic Flight Bags, Runway Advisory and Alert Systems, Very Light Jets

-Commanding Officer-Defense Contract Management Agency-Bell Helicopter for the initial Development, Test and Evaluation, Production Acceptance and Deliveries of the first Tilt-Rotor aircraft (MV-22) in the world.

-Military Developmental Test Pilot/Chief Pilot planning, directing and coordinating technology development and operational activities for Head Up Displays, Forward Looking Infra-red, Night Vision Goggles, Advanced Communication/Navigation systems, Electronic Countermeasures, at Naval Air Warfare Center-Aircraft Division, Patuxent River MD and Naval Air Warfare Center-Weapons Division, China Lake CA

-Aircraft Mishap Investigator- Provided expert aerodynamic analysis for 10 aviation mishap investigation boards, Naval Safety Center. (1987-1990)

-Aviation Expert Witness-called upon to give deposition regarding factual information on unanticipated right yaw in helicopters-Avant V. Briley, Central Helicopters and Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Sep 1989)


Doctoral Dissertation Committees

-Dissertation Committee Chair- Ph.D. in Aviation (2020), Cory Trunkhill, “Public Acceptance of Health Screening Recommendations, Safety Risks, and Implied Liabilities for Space Tourism Participants”

-Dissertation Committee Chair- Ph.D. in Aviation (2020), Sarah Talley, “Public Acceptance of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Prescription Deliveries in Rural Areas”

- Odisho, E., Truong, D., Esser, D., Joslin, R., & Maxson, R. (2019). Determining Pilots’ Misperception of Runway Excursion Risk Through Predictive Modeling of Flight Data. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL

- Myers, P., Truong, D., Robbins, J., Joslin, R., & Kerns, T. (2019). A Behavioral Research Model for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Data Gathering Operation. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL.

-Techau, T., Hampton, S., Truong, D., Cortés, A., Joslin, R., Stolzer, A., Craig, P.,  & Moeller, L. (2018). General Aviation Pilot Acceptance and Adoption of Electronic Flight Bag Technology). Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL.

- Baker, E., Cuevas, H., Dattel, A., Cortés, A., Joslin, R., Stolzer, A., Still, D,  & Hickey, M. (2017). Comparative Analysis of Conventional Electronic and OZ Concept Displays for Aircraft Energy Management. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL.


Professional Academic Experience:

-Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide,   Associate Professor, Department of Graduate Studies instructing accredited college courses in aerodynamics, human factors, safety, and unmanned aircraft systems  (2019-present).

-Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide,   -Associate Program Coordinator for  Ph.D. in Aviation Program.  (2019-present).

-Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide,  Adjunct Assistant Professor Instructing accredited college courses in aerodynamics, human factors, safety, and unmanned aircraft systems (2013-2019).

-Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Instructor for “Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems-Key Concepts”- Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Feb, 2017.

-Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Instructor for “Unmanned Aerospace Systems (UAS) - Key Concepts for New Users”- Massive Open Online Course (MOOC),  January  11-24, 2016.

- FY14 Real World Design Challenge- Judge for Unmanned Aircraft System Challenge: Precision Agriculture, November 15, 2014

-Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University- Industry Advisory Board for Ph.D. in Aviation Program (2014-2019).

-Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Instructor for “The Human Factor in Aviation”- Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), April-May, 2014.

-Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey CA. Assistant Professor Instructing accredited college courses in aerodynamics  and aviation safety to approximately 1000 aviators from the U.S. Armed Forces and allied countries.

-U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, Patuxent River MD. Experimental/Developmental Test Pilot Academic and Flight Instructor at the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School training experienced pilots, flight officers and engineers from all U.S. military services and foreign nations. Instructed on the processes and techniques for developmental test planning, conducting performance and flying qualities tests, analyzing performance data, assessing systems functionality and test report writing to determine compliance with military standards


Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)-Fellow

Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP)-Associate Fellow

International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI)-Full Member

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES)-Member

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)-Member

American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)-Member

Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA)-Member

FAA Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) –A-320, B-787, B-737, EMB-500, G-VI, G-V, DA-20, BE-200, SK-61, S-70, BV-107, SA-227, NA-265, CE-680, SK-92

FAA Category/Class Ratings-Airplane Single and Multi-Engine Land and Sea, Rotorcraft-Helicopter, Glider, Powered Lift and has flown Lighter-Than-Air aircraft [airship, hot-air balloon]

FAA Certified Flight Instructor (CFI,CFII, MEI-Airplane Single and Multi-engine, Rotorcraft-Helicopter; Instrument Airplane and Helicopter

FAA Remote Pilot-Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Small Unmanned Aircraft System Operator-USMC: RQ-12A WASP IV  & RQ-20 AE PUMA

Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) Operator: RQ-12A WASP IV  & RQ-20 AE- (USMC)



"Distinguished Alumnus 2021", Carol Morgan School, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

“Commencement Speaker” (2014), ERAU Worldwide, San Diego CA.

“Scribe of the Year” (1990), Rotor Review magazine, Naval Helicopter Association

“Grampaw Pettibone” (1990) recognition award for contributions to aviation safety through publications, National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola FL

“Navy Commendation Medal” (1990) for excellence in teaching Aerodynamics and Aviation Safety, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey CA

“Contributor of the Year” (1989), Approach magazine, Naval Safety Center, Norfolk VA