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Dr. David C. Ison has been involved in the aviation industry for over 30 years both as a flight instructor and flying for regional and major airlines. Early in his career, Dr. Ison served as a first officer, captain, and chief pilot for a regional airline flying Embraer-120 Brasilias and Canadair Regional Jets. While flying for a major airline, he was assigned to fly missions all over the world in a Lockheed L-1011, and most recently flew Boeing 737-800 aircraft throughout North and Central America.

Dr. Ison has over 6,000 hours of flight time and holds ATP Multi-Engine Land, Commercial Single-Engine Land and Sea, Gold Seal Certified Flight Instructor, Instrument Flight Instructor, Multi-Engine Flight Instructor, Ground Instructor—Instrument and Advanced, and Aircraft Dispatcher certifications. He has also been honored by the National Association of Flight Instructors as a Master Ground Instructor.

Dr. Ison is the Research Chair and Associate Professor of Aeronautics for the College of Aeronautics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide. He holds a Master’s degree in Aeronautical Science—Operations Specialization from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a PhD in Educational Studies/Higher Education Leadership with a Specialization in Aviation Education. Dr. Ison regularly contributes articles to the scholarly aviation publications IFR Refresher, Professional Pilot, and Plane & Pilot magazine, and was awarded the 2012 Frank E. Sorenson Award for his outstanding achievement of excellence in aviation research/scholarship.

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