Senior Meteorolgoist To Visit Campus

Suzanne Fernandes / News Editor

National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) is a U.S. Federal agency responsible for investigating every civil aviation accident occurring in the National Airspace System. Their mission is to ‘Independently Advance Transportation Safety’ and they work closely with other government agencies (such as the Federal Aviation Administration) to do so. Accidents are not always caused by pilot error but rather, it can involve a plethora of factors like faulty maintenance or inclement weather. Weather is an important aspect for aviators to grasp the concept of.  Surely, weather related accidents occur and on Nov. 10 at 6 p.m., our campus has the opportunity to learn more about the NTSB’s “Most Wanted List” focusing on general aviation safety regarding weather. ‘Identifying and Communicating Hazardous Weather’ hosted by ERAU Daytona Beach American Meteorology Society is happy to present Mr. Donald Eick, Senior Meteorologist in the Office of Aviation Safety in the Operational Factors Division (AS-30) of the NTSB. The evening will include topics such as general aviation accident statistics, primary area of weather related accidents, human factors, and specific examples of several recent weather related accidents with a special emphasis on thunderstorms.  Several of the NTSB Safety Alerts on thunderstorms and latency of NEXRAD (next generation radar) data will also be discussed with examples.

Mr. Eick has over 39 years of experience in aviation weather and has worked for the NTSB since 1998. During that time,  he was involved in hundreds of general aviation, regional, majors, and international air carrier accident investigations.  He has also been featured in several documentaries on weather-related aircraft accident.

His resume includes 14 years with Trans World Airlines where he started as an instructor in flight operations teaching meteorology, regulations, and flight procedures in their Kansas City training center.  He was promoted to head the meteorology department at TWA’s Operational Control Center located at JFK International Airport in New York. He was responsible for providing worldwide weather support to operational control and flight dispatch while assisting in the daily operation of the airline.  He received numerous awards and has been recognized for his outstanding performance in aviation weather support. Mr. Eick also has an extensive aviation weather training background and provides instruction at the NTSB’s Basic Accident Investigation Courses (BAIC) in the aviation and marine divisions, rotorcraft and Military accident investigation programs.  He has also taught at Oshkosh, Sun ‘n Fun and other specialized training programs at several air carriers, corporate flight departments, military training institutes such as Flight Safety International and Pan Am Training Institute.

Mr. Eick earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Aeronautical Studies and a Meterology degree from Florida State University. He holds a commercial pilot license with instrument rating, aircraft dispatcher, and weather observer certificates. In his career, he has worked on more than 400 aviation accidents including American Airlines flight 1420. This scheduled flight from Dallas, Texas to Little Rock, Arkansas overran the runway and crashed. It had encountered a thunderstorm. For more information on this event, you can contact Brett Dean at deanb1@my.erau.edu or on  386-226-6446. Brett is the Vice-President of External Affairs of the ERAU DB American
Meteorological Society.