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Aviation Safety

Master of Science in Aviation Safety
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Aviation Partners

UCM Aviation and Envoy Air and Gojet Partnerships.
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AABI International

UCM undergraduate aviation programs are accredited through AABI.

Wing Access Benefits

Priority registration for active duty military personnel, dependents and veterans.

Full-Time Faculty

The aviation faculty members at Central Missouri represent a range of academic and professional training. All faculty hold terminal degrees in their areas of specialization and practices in the field.


David Card

Dave Card

Chief Flight Instructor and Assistant Professor, M.S., University of Central Missouri, Aviation Safety. Certifications: Airline Transport Pilot for Airplane Multiengine Land, Commercial Pilot for Airplane Single; Instrument; Glider, and Aero Tow, Flight Instructor for Airplane Single and Multiengine Instrument Airplane; Glider, Ground Instructor for Advanced and Instrument, FAA Designated Pilot Examiner, and Aviation Safety Counselor.

Contact email:

Phone: 660-543-4335

Located in Hangar 3 at Skyhaven Airport

John Horine John Horine, Ed.D.

Professor Emeritis of Aviation, Ed.D., University of Missouri. Teaching areas: Aviation Management, Air Transportation, Technical Report Writing, Development of Industrial Education. Research area: thesis consultant.  Dr. Horine also serves as the Program Coordinator for students enrolled in the Aviation Safety graduate program.

Contact email:

Phone: 660-543-4457
Located in TR Gaines Suite 210

Richard Martinez Richard Martinez

Assistant Professor with a M.S. in Aviation Safety from the University of Central Missouri and a B.S. in Industrial Technology from California State University of Los Angeles. He is currently a doctoral candidate for Ed.D in Education through Northcentral University. He has a total of 33 years in the Aviation industry, 22 of which being an Aviation Professor/Lecturer and 20 years as an Assistant Chief Flight Instructor. His experience in the field includes Aviation Management, Air Transportation, Aviation Safety, Aviation History, Aerodynamics, Crew Resource Management, Aviation Weather, International Aviation, General Aviation Operations, Aviation Industry Career Development, Aviation Curriculum Development, Ground school from Private Pilot to CFI. His current responsibilities here at UCM include student advisement, recruitment, retention, assessment and program development.

Contact email:

Phone: 660-543-8092
Located in TR Gaines Suite 210
Bill Ruyon William (Bill) Runyon

Assistant Chief Flight Instructor. B.A. in Science/Religion Mid-America Nazarene University, M.S., University of Central Missouri, Aviation Safety. Experience and Expertise: Commercial Pilot Airplane Single Engine Land, Airplane Multi Engine Land, and Glider- Aero Tow & Ground launch qualified, Flight Instructor for Airplane Single and Multiengine Instrument Airplane; Glider. Glider and banner tow qualified. Tailwheel instructor. FAA Safety Team Representative.

Contact email:

Phone: 660-543-4184
Located at the airport in room 203

Fred Schieszer

Fred Schieszer
Professor and Undergraduate Program Coordinator

Professor of Aviation with an Ed.S in Indus. Education,  MS in Aviation Safety, BS in Psychology.  Teaching areas: Aircraft Accident Investigation, Aerodynamics, Aviation History, Aeronautics, Systems, Powerplants etc.  Prior to rejoining the Aviation Department  he was Director of Engineering and Product Development for Renegade Light Sport Aircraft Mfg. where he oversaw development and installation of the first “Lycoming Light Sport Powerplant with an electronic “capacitive discharge” ignition system.  He has been a private pilot since 1967 and has worked as an airport manager, SAR (Search and Rescue) Aircrew in the USCG, Aircraft Accident Investigator, Expert Witness in both Aviation and Maritime Accident Litigation and has conducted extensive research in aviation history.  Mr. Schieszer currently serves as the Undergraduate Program Coordinator for students enrolled in any aviation undergraduate program.

Contact email:

Phone: 660-543-4975
Located in TR Gaines Suite 210

Darren Smith

Darren Smith, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, with a Ph.D. in Educational Management from St. Jude College, an M.S. in Counseling from Troy State University and a B.S. in Psychology from St. Leo University.  He holds all categories and classes of the Airline Transport Pilot certificate and is a Gold Seal, Certificated Flight Instructor with Seaplane, Helicopter (H), Instrument (CFII) & Multi-Engine (MEI) privileges.  He holds the FAA Advanced and Instrument Ground Instructor certificate (AGI/IGI).   In his most recent position as Pilot Instructor with NWA/Delta Airlines, he taught various topics including Human Factors and was Instrument Procedures SME for all fleets.   He has consulted on a variety of aviation projects including airspace redesign, light sport aircraft certification, and pilot training consultation for the military's Maverick UAV helicopter.  Most recently, he provided assistance to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) who was investigating a helicopter accident.  He has time in every category & class of aircraft except the tilt-rotor. 

Contact email:

Phone: 660-543-4878
Located in TR Gaines Suite 210