Embry-Riddle is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award degrees at the associate's, bachelor's, and master's levels.
Daytona Beach Campus business programs are accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and our undergraduate degree in Aviation Business Administration is accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board, International (AABI).
Like Managing a Small Town
Management and business professionals are needed in all areas of aviation, as well as in other transportation sectors.
A look at some of the jobs:
Airport managers are like the mayors of small towns, says David Byers, assistant professor of management, marketing, strategy and operations.
“The airport is the community’s gateway to national air transportation and also the first impression visitors get of the community,” Byers says. “There’s a lot going on. With all the responsibilities an airport manager carries , one slip and someone could get hurt.”
At the entry-level, operations agents oversee airfield and terminal activities, supervise the maintenance of equipment, facilities and grounds, and respond to security and emergency needs. At a higher level, airport managers oversee the entire airport, from administration to training. They also prepare budgets, control costs, pay employees, and oversee business development and airport expansion projects.
Airports are complex, multimillion dollar businesses, like upscale malls. "In one Japanese airport, I saw day spas where you can get massages," Petree says. Some airports, he adds, earn enough from tenant leases they can afford to attract new airlines by waiving their landing fees.
Airport planners and designers work with several airports at a time, all in different stages of development, from preparing a 20-year master plan to building a new runway. Planners’ activities range from airport layout drawings and land-use planning to noise and environmental analyses.
People who thrive as airport managers and planners have strong communication skills, enjoy working with people, and love the diversity of daily activities that come with their jobs.
Embry-Riddle has trained 25?f airline pilots so undoubtedly has excellent connections with all airlines.