Dr. Brady saw active duty with the U.S. Air Force from 1958 to 1980 as a pilot and was twice decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross in addition to several air medals. Before joining Embry-Riddle, he was chairman of the aviation department at Central Missouri State University and dean of Institutional Advancement and External Programs at Parks College of St. Louis University.
Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Brady is the only person to serve as president of both the University Aviation Association and the Aviation Accreditation Board International and led Embry-Riddle in the development of the first Ph.D. in Aviation program in the United States. He has been called on to represent the national collegiate flight training community at crucial times in the evolution of training technologies, education pedagogy and regulatory practice. Through testimony to Congress, participation in FAA aviation rulemaking committees and outreach to colleagues, he has illuminated the issues surrounding the preparation of first officer aspirants for aviation careers.