Herb Hoffmann

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Graduate Studies
Worldwide College of Aeronautics

Office Hours

per appointment on EagleVision

Areas of Expertise

Research Methods

Safety Management System in Aviation (Safety Risk Management)

Human Factors

Air Navigation (Global Positioning System (GPS), Differential-GPS, Radar, RNP, Celestial with Grid and Pressure)

Herb Hoffmann

Dr. Hoffmann is a former U.S. Air Force Air Weapons Controller and Senior Navigator. His military service included both operational and supervisory duties in mobile tactical and strategic air control (AN/TPS-43E and OTH-B [AN/FPS-118]). Furthermore, he was a rated Navigator on the KC-135 A/Q Stratotanker, and a Senior Navigator (Instructor / Evaluator) qualified on the C-130 E/H Hercules tactical transport aircraft. Following his military service, he joined the Deutsche Flugsicherung ([DFS] German Air Traffic Control), and flew as a freelance Cirrus SR20/22 and Socata TBM-700 pilot. He currently holds the following Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) pilot certificates: Commercial Single and Multiengine Land-Instrument, Flight Instructor airplane single engine, and Flight Instructor instrument airplane. He has accrued 105 combat missions, with over 4000 hours of time spent flying / navigating worldwide.
Dr. Hoffmann has been teaching for Embry-Riddle Worldwide since 2004, earning his Ph.D. in Business Administration with specialization in Aeronautical Science Management from Northcentral University in Prescott, Arizona, in September 2008.
Additionally, he has taught five years as an instructor at the DFS Academy near Frankfurt, Germany. Thereafter, he was selected as the international project representative of the Ground Based Augmentation System (GBAS/GLS) Project "GBAS Bremen". His outstanding dedication enabled the DFS to receive FAA support for the Honeywell Ground Station SLS 3000+ (provable safe prototype certification), as well as gaining support from The Boeing Company and TUIfly allowing for the operational testing of the precision instrument approach system in Bremen, Germany. 
In his last job as DFS Senior Safety Expert, he conducted national and international Safety Assessments / Safety Cases and related Safety Projects covering the terminal, and en-route segment. He was named the Safety Lead for the FABEC AMRUFRA Project, FABEC FRA - Free Route Airspace Project, and the SESAR ODP - Single European Sky Initiative Operational Descent Profile Project. He also managed highly visible safety cases such as the unmanned aerial system EUROHAWK. Subsequently, he was selected to serve one year at the German National Supervisory Authority (equivalent FAA) as the Senior Expert in Safety Management.
Combining 32 years of a broad “on the job” experience he now has the tools to take on the next mission at the DFS Academy to address future training requirements and concepts.

  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration, Northcentral University
  • M.A.S. - Master of Aeronautical Science in Av Aerospace Management, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • B.A. - Bachelor of Arts in Intnl Affrs, University of Puget Sound

  • CFII - Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument
  • CPL - Commercial Pilot License
  • AGI - Advanced Ground Instructor

ASCI 185 Introduction to Flight  

ASCI 309 Aerodynamics

SFTY 320 Human Factors in Aviation Safety

ASCI 490 Aeronautical Science Capstone Course

ASCI 515 Aviation/Aerospace Simulation Systems

MBAA 522 Business Research Methods

ASCI 604 Human Factors in the Aviation/Aerospace Industry

ASCI 619 Airport Certification and Operations Safety

ASCI 621 Aviation /Aerospace Safety Program Management

RSCH 670 Research Methods

ASCI 690 Capstone

ASCI 691 Graduate Capstone Course

Zurman, C., Hoffmann, H. O., & Ruff-Stahl, H. K. (2019). Difference in attitudes toward Crew Resource Management based on nationality. International Journal of Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace, 6(4). Retrieved from https://commons.erau.edu/ijaaa/vol6/iss4/8

Jaussi, J. A., & Hoffmann, H. O. (2018). Manned Versus Unmanned Aircraft Accidents, Including Causation and Rates. International Journal of Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace, 5(4). https://doi.org/10.15394/ijaaa.2018.1262

Hoffmann, H. & Walton, R. (2018). Integration of the ground‐based augmentation system in continuous descent operations. NAVIGATION. 2018; DOI - 10.1002/navi.262. https://doi.org/10.1002/navi.262

Heidelmeyer, G., Hoffmann H. (2010). Safety Assessment on the use of ADS-B in an Air Situation Display for Separation Purposes. Langen, Germany: German Air Navigation Services. (Document-ID: OT064-EC-D04)

Hoffmann, H. O. (2008). Assessing continuous descent arrivals and instrument procedures towards increased runway landing capacity (Order No. 3333046). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (304822986). Retrieved from

Biebrach, R., & Hoffmann, H. (2003). Training manual: Instrument navigation / instrument procedures. Langen, Germany: German Air Navigation Services Academy.

Hoffmann, H. (1994). Is there a reduction of safety with the removal of the Navigator in the C-130J Hercules? (Unpublished Graduate Capstone Project). Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach.

Faculty advisor:

Miiro, S. (2017). The Issues and Complexities Surrounding the Future of Long Duration Spaceflight. Retrieved from http://commons.erau.edu/ww-graduate-works/3
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Herbert Hoffmann

Lücke, M. (2009). Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast "Ein geeignetes Ortungssystem für den Endanflug?" [… “A suitable Surveillance System for the final approach?”] (Bachelor Thesis). Fachhochschule Gelsenkirchen, Gelsenkirchen. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Herbert Hoffmann


United States Air Force Squadron Officers School, Maxwell AFB, AL. (1995)

Radar OPS Tech Seminar-FAA#0897EA0XX, Zurich, Switzerland. (2001)

German Air Traffic Control Academy: Instrument Flight Procedure Design Course, Langen, Germany. (2003)

German Air Traffic Control Academy: Classroom Teaching Techniques Course, Langen, Germany. (2004)

German Air Traffic Control Academy: Theory of on the Job Training Instruction -ATM, Langen, Germany. (2004)

German Air Traffic Control Academy: Basic Satellite Navigation Course, Langen, Germany. (2004)

EUROCONTROL IANS ACADEMY: Global Navigation Satellite Systems Course, Luxembourg. (2005)

German Air Traffic Control Academy: Safety Management System-Safety Methodology Course, Langen, Germany. (2007)

EUROCONTROL IANS ACADEMY: Safety Management in ATM Course, Luxembourg. (2009)

EUROCONTROL IANS ACADEMY: Human Factors for ATM Safety Actors Course, Luxembourg. (2011)

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University: Capstone Chair - transition from ASCI 690 to 691. (2011-2012)

ERAU FACD qualification for the following mediums: Online, Eagle Vision Home / Classroom / Blended. (2011 - 2015)

German Air Traffic Control Academy: Learning Management System Administration Course, Langen, Germany. (2016)

German Air Traffic Control Academy: Learning Management System: Captivate Software and eLearning Didactics Course, Langen, Germany. (2016)

German Air Traffic Control Academy: Educational Qualification Course, Langen, Germany. (2016)

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University: Virtual Community of Practice (VCoP) Spring 2018, Worldwide. (2018)

Federal Aviation Administration: Certified Flight Instructor Refresher Course, Online, Gleim.com. (2018)

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University: Virtual Faculty Learning Community (V-FLC) Fall 2018, Worldwide. (2018)

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University: Self-Paced Workshop on APA Formatting, Center for Teaching and Learning (2019)


EUROCONTROL LATO - Landing and Take Off Group (2004-2006)

International GBAS Working Group (2004-2006)

FABEC AMRUFRA Project Safety Lead (2009)

FABEC FRA - Free Route Airspace Project Safety Lead (2016)

SESAR ODP - Single European Sky Initiative Operational Descent Profile Project Safety Group Lead (2016)

United States Air Force Air Medal (Third Oakleaf Cluster), Aerial Achievement Medal, Commendation Medal (Third Oakleaf Cluster)