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Faculty Profiles

Cusick, Stephen K.

Director, FAA Center of Excellence for General Aviation (PEGASAS), College of Aeronautics

Dr. Cusick is Director of the FAA Center of Excellence for General Aviation at Florida Institute of Technology.  A former U.S. Navy Captain, flight instructor and Naval Aviator, he is an experienced pilot with multi-engine, instrument and helicopter flight ratings.  A subject matter expert in aviation safety, he is the lead author of a recent textbook entitled Commercial Aviation Safety, Sixth Edition from McGraw-Hill. 

Personal Overview

Extensive experience for over 35 years supporting high technology aerospace progams.  As Director of the FAA Center of Excellence for General Aviation, he is engaged as principal research investigator for multiple FAA aviation research projects.    He is a frequent speaker at national safety conferences and for the FAA Safety Team.  Memberships include the National Business Aviation Association, Helicopter Association International, Aircraft Owners and Pilot's Association, and other aviation safety organizations.    

Educational Background

B.S. University of Louisville

M.P.A. University of West Florida

J.D. University of Louisville

Recognition & Awards

General Dynamics Award for Aviation Excellence, Productivity Fellowship Award, and President's Award for University Excellence. 

Current Courses & Research areas

Aviation Safety Management Systems (SMS), SMS Gap Analysis, Flight Data Management,  Aviation Safety Action Programs, Unmanned Aviation Systems, Helicopter Emergency Medical Services, Airport and Aviation Maintenance safety .  

Professional Experience

Extensive experience in all areas of aviation safety including compliance with US FAR and International standards.  Experience includes Safety Management Systems (SMS), aircraft accident investigations, auditing, quality assurance and aviation maintenance practices and procedures.  

Additional Duties

US Helicopter Safety Team 

General Aviation Joint Steering Committee  

Commercial Aviation Safety Team  

Current Research

Aviation Safety Management Systems (SMS), Rotorcraft ASIAS Helicopter Flight Data Management (FDM), Helicopter Scenario Based Training, Helicopter Operations Weather Information.  

Selected Publications

Commercial Aviation Safety, 6th Edition by Cusick, Cortes & Rodrigues New York: McGraw-Hill (2017)

 Cover of Commercial Aviation Safety Book - Cusick