This symposium of ERAU faculty, staff, and students explores the roles of sports in aviation and seeks to provide an overview of the ways in which these two enormous sectors influence each other.

Sample topics include, but are not limited to:

  • airline sponsorships of teams and venues
  • aerospace physiology and the effects of flying on athletic performance
  • long-distance travel for athletes and distinctive opportunities for aerospace engineering
  • the contributions of the sport of air racing to airplane design and manufacture
  • how air travel changed American sports
  • plane crashes involving athletes or teams (e.g. Roberto Clemente or Marshall’s football team)
  • physical fitness and the requirements of flying (including athletic programs at Riddle)
  • from the Goodyear Blimp to drones: the impact on the fan experience
  • sporting events as terrorist targets, aviation, and security
  • the significance of aviation infrastructure on a city’s bidding for sporting events (such as the World Cup)
  • sports-related jobs in airlines
  • business strategies for the distinctive transportation needs of professional athletes
  • and, most generally, how the needs of the multi-billion dollar world of sports shape aviation.
Detailed Agenda

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Monday, November 26th
12:00 PM

Welcome; Poster Session

David Keck, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Maria Secatore

Student Union 428 - Instruction Room

12:00 PM - 12:05 PM

12:05 PM

Historical Perspectives

Leo Murphy
Stephen Craft, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Student Union 428 - Instruction Room

12:05 PM - 12:35 PM

12:35 PM

Careers in Sports and Aviation

Matt Wilson
Bob Joyce

Student Union 428 - Instruction Room

12:35 PM - 1:00 PM

1:00 PM

Airport Infrastructure and Major Sports Events

Chris Grant

Student Union 428 - Instruction Room

1:00 PM - 1:15 PM

1:15 PM

Aerospace Engineering and Sports

Shayla Merrigan
Virginie Rollin

Student Union 428 - Instruction Room

1:15 PM - 1:40 PM

1:40 PM

Aerospace Physiology; S.U.I.T. Lab


Student Union 428 - Instruction Room

1:40 PM - 2:40 PM

2:40 PM

ERAU's 1929 Basketball Team

Scott Oakley

Student Union 428 - Instruction Room

2:40 PM - 2:50 PM

2:50 PM

Aviation Business and Sports

C. Sierra
A. Pajic
S. Ambrose

Student Union 428 - Instruction Room

2:50 PM - 3:20 PM

3:20 PM

Other Aspects of Sports and Aviation

K. Harris
T. Frederick
J. Robbins

Student Union 428 - Instruction Room

3:20 PM - 4:00 PM