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Creating the future of flight with Dr. Pat Anderson

How much do you think air transportation will change in the next 10 years?

Dr. Pat Anderson, Chief CTO of VerdegoAERO shares his vision of the future of flight.

In the episode we mention these links:

VerdegoAERO Website:

YouTube links to examples of ballistic aircraft recovery systems:

Sorry folks, it's not the latest microbrew. What you see here is lead-free fuel.

About Dr. Pat Anderson

Dr. Anderson created the technology that enables the Urban Air Mobility future. He is Director of the Eagle Flight Research Center at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University specializing in: new vehicle concepts, advanced flight controls, and novel certification strategies. He led the world’s first piston gas/electric hybrid aircraft program and was recognized as Researcher of the Year. Dr. Anderson holds an airline transport pilot rating, is a flight Instructor, and is also rated as an airframe and power plant mechanic.

He is also a Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Daytona Beach Campus.  He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Central Florida.  His undergraduate and masters degrees are from Penn State University in Aerospace Engineering.  He holds an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Certificate and is an FAA Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) in airplanes, multi-engine airplanes, instrument airplanes and gliders.  He is an FAA certified aircraft mechanic (A&P) with Inspection Authorization (IA). In 2012 Dr. Anderson was awarded the Florida State University Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and is the first person within the University to be granted tenure in the College of Aviation and the College of Engineering.​  He is currently the Director of the University's Eagle Flight Research Center, where he supervises several students and staff.

Research Activities

Hybrid and Electric Aircraft PropulsionAlternative aviation fuel certification and testingHybrid tailsitter UAV development - Airframe/propulsion/controlsAgricultural UAV research and developmentManned aircraft Fly-by-Wire systemsAircraft Parameter Identification (PID) for simulation, math modeling and controls


Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering, University of Central FloridaM.S. - Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering, Pennsylvania State UniversityB.S. - Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

Research Projects


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