Robert "Bob" Thomas is an Assistant Professor in the Aeronautical Science Department at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach campus. In addition to teaching classes, Bob manages the College of Aviation’s Aviation Learning Center (a free tutoring center for aviation students) and is a Flight and Check Instructor under the ERAU’s 141 Pilot School Certificate.
Bob received his pilot and flight instructor certificates and Bachelor of Science in Aviation Human Factors with a minor in Atmospheric Science from the University of Illinois. He has a Master of Science in Aeronautics Degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with concentrations in Aviation Weather and Education Technology. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Aviation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Before coming to ERAU to work as a flight instructor in 2007, Bob was a flight instructor at the University of Illinois and at Central Illinois Air in Mattoon, IL. He also was an on-air weather broadcaster on both AM radio and TV for approximately three years and has experience as the Director of the evening newscasts for WICD, an ABC affiliate, and production work at WILL, a PBS affiliate, both located in central Illinois.
Bob has been flying since 2000, has over 3000 flight hours, and holds the following FAA certificates and ratings: Airline Transport Pilot ASEL & AMEL; Gold Seal Flight Instructor ASE, AME, & Instrument-Airplane; Ground Instructor-Advanced; and Remote Pilot-SUAS.