Dr. Flavio A. C. Mendonca is an assistant professor and researcher in the School of Aviation and Transportation Technology at Purdue University. Prior to entering academics, Dr. Mendonca served 30 years in the Brazilian Air Force as an officer, a pilot, and as an aircraft accident investigator. He has over 30 years of experience as a pilot, with approximately 4,000 flight hours. As a Brazilian Aeronautical Accidents Investigation and Prevention Center member (2001-2007 and 2011-2014), Dr. Mendonca acted in the capacity of Investigator in Charge (IIC) of several aircraft accidents and serious incidents involving Part 121 and Part 135 operators as well as military aircraft.
Dr. Mendonca provided expertise related to aviation safety and the investigation of aircraft accidents and incidents during the ICAO safety management panel, acting as an adviser to the Brazilian team during the development of the first edition of the ICAO Annex 19 – Safety Management. Dr. Mendonca has conducted research studies regarding fatigue identification and management by Part 141 Collegiate Aviation Pilots.
His primary scholarly areas in aviation include aviation safety, fatigue in aviation, human factors, and the safety management of wildlife hazards to aviation.