Associate Professor of Airport Management, College of Aeronautics
Hello and Welcome, my name is Dr. William Rankin, II, AAE. Formal introductions aside, let me share some of my personal background with you as well. As a young man I grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, the “Rocket City,” home of NASA’s George C. Marshall Space flight Center. It was in Huntsville that I met some of the greatest scientist of our era, including Dr. Werner von Braun, the head of NASA’s manned space flight program. It was also in Huntsville that I was introduced to flying, airport management and astronomy. As a result of my interest in astronomy, astrophotography has become more than a hobby to me. It’s a passion, the way I capture the universe we live in. If you have time, please feel free to visit my website at www.darkskysite.com
Ph.D. Northcentral University, Core studies in Business Administration with a specialization in Aviation/Aerospace Management.
M.A.S. Degree in Aeronautical Sciences, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Worldwide Campus.
B.S. Degree in Aviation Management, MiddleTennessee State University.
Recognition & Awards
Accredited Management Executive-American Association of Airport Executives
FAA Commercial Pilot/Advanced Ground Instructor
Advanced Certified Online Classroom Facilitator Certification - University of Phoenix - 2012
Certificate of Appreciation for Participation in the Solar System Ambassador Program from Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 2007.
Award of Appreciation from the California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, for work on Project Deep Impact, July 2005.
Certificate of Appreciation for Participation in the Solar System Ambassador Program from Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 2005.
Award of Appreciation from the Society of American Military Engineers for Services Rendered to the Society
Award for “Outstanding Service” from the City of El Paso, Texas in recognition of leadership at the El Paso International Airport on July 17, 1998
Award from the Mayor of the City of El Paso Texas for “Recognition for Dedication and Service Provided the Citizens of El Paso, Texas” on July 14, 1998
Leadership and Contribution by Council Woman Barbara Perez on March 1, 1995 from the City of El Paso, Texas
Appreciation of Outstanding Cooperation from the United States Secret Service, 1988.
Community Recognition Award from the Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, 1983.
Teacher of the year – University of Phoenix – 2004
Teacher of the year – (Aviation Department) –Florida Memorial University- 2006
Scholar of the year (Aviation Department) Florida Memorial University – 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007
Honored Faculty Member Presentation by the University of Phoenix - 2015
You Make a Difference Teaching Recognition (Aviation Department) - University of Central Missouri - 2014
Certificate of Appreciation from NASA Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate, for contributions to NASA’s 2017 Total Solar Eclipse public awareness efforts
Advanced Aviation Research Project
Advanced Aviation Management Internship
Prior to my current position as an Associate Professor of Aviation Management at FIT, I was a Tenured Full Professor of Aviation Management and Chair of the Department of Aviation at the University of Central Missouri for 7 years, before stepping down in August of 2012. Prior to this, I was an Assistant Professor of Aviation at Florida Memorial University in Miami, Florida and Deputy Director of Aviation for the Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport. I joined the Broward County Aviation Department (BCAD) in 1998, overseeing the operations, maintenance, and planning and development sections of BCAD. I have 29 years of airport management experience including the Director of Aviation for the El Paso International Airport, Texas; Manager of the Operations Division, Washington National Airport, Washington, DC; Director of the Eastern Iowa Regional Airport, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Manager of Smith-Reynolds Airport, Winston-Salem, NC. In addition, I am an Accredited Airport Executive in the American Association of Airport Executives and I hold a Commercial Pilot and Advanced Ground Instructor Licenses.
In the roles listed above, I gained a comprehensive knowledge of business and management subject areas, including ethics, strategic management, operations, organizational behavior, human resource, airport operations, inter-governmental relations, facilities management, planning, development, and project and construction management. Other airport management areas of knowledge include budgeting and financial management, technology, property/lease management, and air service development.
I am also an Independent Aviation Management Consultant specializing in airport management expert witness services. Clients have included:
Murry, Morin, and Herman
Cunningham Swaim, LLP
Vernis & Bowling of Northwest Florida, P.A.
Mahoney & Keane, LLP
Lewis Legal Group, PA
Finally, I have taught at University of Phoenix since 1996 as an Adjunct Professor for the School of Business and College of Humanities and Sciences. Courses have included:
Strategic Management and Implementation, Operations Management, Organizational Behavior, Project Management, Organizational Leadership, Management Theory and Practice, Survey of Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship, Man and Machine, Business Ethics.
I fulfill responsibilities as a member of the faculty by teaching and engaging in scholarship and service. I also serve as a Exam Proctor for the American Association of Airport Executives Certified Manager (CM) Exam; serve as the Academic Advisor to the Collegiate Aviation Business Executives Students Association within the College of Aeronautics; and, serve as a member if the FIT Academic Program Assessment Committee for the CoA.
Accreditation Team Visits Include:
DEA University; Dubai, UAE 2008, Visiting Team Member for the Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research, Abu Dhabi - UAE
Florida Institute of Technology, Florida 2012, Visiting Team Member for Aviation Accreditation Board International, Auburn, Alabama - USA
Emirates Aviation College, Dubai, UAE 2012, Visiting Team Chair for the Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research, Abu Dhabi - UAE
International Programs Review Include:
International Business Programs, Program Reviewer, National Business and Technology Institute, Upper Mount Gravatt Queensland, Australia
Higher Education Advisory Boards:
Linn State Community College Aviation Advisory Board, Linn Missouri - 2008-2012
Academic Relations - American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE)
Operations/Safety/Planning/Emergency Management - AAAE
Student Chapter Advisors - AAAE
Training - AAAE
I am actively pursuing research on the concept of the Multi-Airport Logistics Systems (MLS), and comparing the performance of cargo and passengers transport modes in the U.S. MLSs. Under the concept of the MLS, the features and the mechanisms of the MLS are analyzed by utilizing case studies on the MLSs in the U.S., especially the Northeast MLS, and the applying complexity theory to the analysis. By contrasting and comparing the various logistics modes in these MLSs, along with their concepts and features, the mechanisms of the MLS are analyzed with a focus on the coordination of cargo development among airports. This provides a framework with a focus on regional airport cargo development within the same regions.
The US airport system experiences approximately one runway incursion per week, which is classified as significant or a barely avoided collision. Runway incursions are divided into three classification types. These types include pilot errors, operational errors, and vehicle errors. After type, runway incursions are further stratified into four distinct categories by increasing severity, ranging from category D, the least severe, to category A, the most severe.
In the wake of recent terrorist events around the world, I am also actively researching issues dealing with prevention of terrorist attacks at airports and airlines. This research has identified the need for airport and airline managers to prepare their airports in the event of terrorist attacks. This preparation includes the recognition of terrorist intentions and characteristics in today’s world, types of potential attacks, recognizing terrorist activity, and incorporating heightened anti-terrorism awareness measures into airport emergency planning efforts.
Finally, as an Ambassador to NASA and Jet Propulsion Laboratories, I also feel compelled to research the future of space flight. Space flight is already attracting interest from tourists and potential space-tourism companies such as Englishman Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, which aims “by the end of the decade… to make it possible for almost anyone to visit the final frontier at an affordable price.” According to a recent survey, 60% of respondents would like to take a holiday in space. Such holidays look more likely now that the $10 million Ansari XPrize that was awarded to the SpaceShip One consortium. As a result, the global space community is currently undergoing a transition phase that is prevalent on several levels (and is likely to continue for the next 10 plus years). First, the American, Russian, and European space programs are slowly shifting their sights from orbital science and research missions to efforts to explore and colonize Mars. Finally, space entrepreneurs and their investors are just beginning to tap into the economic opportunities afforded by the nascent private space flight industry.
Rankin, W. B. (2008). Runway incursions: The effectiveness of airport driver training methods revealed. Berlin, Germany: VDM Verlag Publishing.
Chapters in a Book include:
Rankin, W. B. (2011). Terror attacks: A safety management system training tool for airport and airline managers. In E. Abu-Taieh, A. El Sheikh, & M. Jafari (Eds.), Technology Engineering and Management in Aviation: Advancements and Discoveries(pp. 203-213). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
Cokley, J; Rankin, W; McAuliffe, M; Heinrich, P; Hanrick, P. (2015) ‘Media for Future Space Communities’, in Taylor, A, et al [eds]. Settlements at the Edge, Edward Elgar Publishing in the series New Horizons in Regional Science
Referred Publications include:
Rankin, W. B, & Ewald, M. (2005, Spring). AirportNet and the airport industry. International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies, 5, pp. 213-220.
Rankin, W. B., & Cokley, J. (2005, Spring). Astronauts as audiences: Characteristics of the first space communities, International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies, 5, pp. 167-181.
Rankin, W. B., & Cokley, J. (2006, Fall). Enhancing life in the hyper-surveillance mini-world of a space station: The role of situational awareness, communication, and reality TV in the life of astronaunts. International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies, 6, pp. 283-297.
Rankin, W. B. (2007, Fall). Runway incursions: A critical examination of airport driver training methods. International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies, 7, pp. 133-156.
Rankin, W. B. (2008, Spring). The significance of demographic characteristics in airport driver programs. International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies, 8(1), pp. 139-155.
Rankin, W. B. (2008, July-September). Waco Regional Airport: A case study for strategic airport planning. Journal of Airport Management, 2, pp. 345-354.
Rankin, W. B. (2008, Fall). King County: A case study model for strategic marketing planning for airport managers. Journal of Aviation Management and Education, 1, pp. 1-14.
Rankin, W. B. (2008, Winter). Runway incursions: An industry examination of FAA initiatives and objectives. International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies, 8(2), pp. 225-240.
Rankin, W. B., & Cokley, J. (2009, Spring). Runway incursions: Airport movement area driver training demographics suggest revisions to airport driving training methods. Journal of Management and Marketing Research, 2, pp. 1-17.
Rankin, W. B. (Spring, 2009). King County International Airport case study. Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education and Research.
Rankin, W. B., & Cokley, J. (2009, Summer). Ethnic and cultural focus in airport driver training. International Journal of Training Research, 7(1), pp. 38-55.
Rankin, W. B. (Spring, 2010). General aviation security: A safety management model for colligate learning. Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education and Research.
Rankin, W. B. (2012). Runway incursions: A critical examination of airport driver training methods. The National Civil Aviation Agency Journal (ANAC) of Brazil with permission of the International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies.
Rankin, W., Cokely, J., Heinrich P., and McAuliffe, W., (2013, Summer). Comparison of Historic Exploration with Contemporary Space Policy Suggests a Retheorisation of Settings. Journal of the British Planetary Society, Vol 66, No 07/08.
Rankin, W. B. (Spring, 2015). Preparing airports for weapons of mass effect. Journal of Airport Management, Henry Stewart Publications, London, UK.
Rankin, W.B. (Summer, 2016). Preparing airports and airlines for terrorist (Industry Prespective). Journal of Air Transport Studies, Hellenic Aviation Society, Athens, Greece.
Rankin, W.B., Shen, D., Le, M. (Fall, 2016), Self-Education of agents in the multi-airport logistics systems: A multiple cases study; Journal of Intelligent and Fuzzy Systems, Applications in Engineering and Technology, Beijing, China, Doi: 10.3233/JIFS-169114.
Rankin W, Cokley J, Mc Auliffe M, Heinrich P, Hanrick P (Summer, 2017) Tiny Homes as Logistical Challenges in a Space Colony; Aeronautics and Aerospace Open Access Journal, 1(1): 00002. DOI:10.15406/aaoaj.2017.01.00002
Rankin, W.B., Shen, D., Le. M. (Fall, 2017), Features and mechanisms of multi-airport logistics system, Acta Technica, Institute of Thermomechanics, CAS, v.v.i., 62, No.5A, 989 1002.
Rankin, W.B., Dinler, N. (Fall, 2018), Assessment of the Evolving Low-Cost Business Model for the Future Importance of U.S. Secondary Airports, Manuscript 1267, Journals at Scholarly Commons, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the Article has been accepted for inclusion in International Journal of Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace by an authorized administrator of Scholarly Commons.
Other Refereed Publications include - Dissertation:
Rankin, W. B. (2007). Runway incursions: A critical examination of airport driver training methods (Doctoral dissertation, Northcentral University, 2007): UMI Dissertation Abstracts 3243180.
University Research Publications include:
February 2008, The significance of demographic characteristics on airport driver training programs, Faculty Research Days 2008 submission, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO.
Workshop Publications include:
March 2019, 2nd Annual Airport Facilities Management Conference, Chair and workshop Presenter, Bangkok Thailand
April 2007, What is the future of commercial space travel? Aviation Roundtable, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida.
March 2019, Runway Incursions: Best practices and an analysis of computer-based training, 2nd Annual Airport Facilities Conference, Bangkok Thailand
March 2019, Preparing airports for terrorist attacks, 2nd Annual Airport Facilities Conference, Bangkok Thailand
February 2008, Runway incursions: A critical examination of airport driver training methods, New Learning Technologies Conference, Society for Applied Learning Technology, Orlando, Florida.
August 2008, Waco Regional Airport: A case study model for colligate distant learning, Washington Interactive Technologies Conference, Society for Applied Learning Technology, Washington, DC.
February 2009, General aviation security: A safety management system model for distant learning, New Learning Technologies Conference, Society for Applied Learning Technology, Orlando, Florida.
September 2011, Comparison of historic exploration with contemporary space policy suggests a re-theorisation of settings, 100 Year Starship Study Public Symposium, Orlando, Florida.
January 2015, Tiny Habitats (on Mars), FIT Buzz Aldrin Space Institute Workshop, Melbourne, Florida.
March 2004, Waco Regional Airport case study, FMC Faculty Research Days, Florida Memorial College, Miami, FL.
March 2005, The PLO and aviation terrorism, FMC Faculty Research Days, Florida Memorial, Miami, FL.
March 2006, Security at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), FMC Faculty Research Days, Florida Memorial University, Miami, FL.
March 2004, King County International Airport case study, FMC Faculty Research Days, Florida Memorial University, Miami, FL.
April 2007, Runway incursions a critical examination, The Faculty of the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO.
October 2008, Overview of the Department of Aviation, 40thAnnual Aviation Department Alumni Homecoming Reception and Dinner, Aviation Department Alumni of the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO.
July 2015, The Millennial Age – The Next Generation of Aviation Employees, Florida Airports Council, 46th Annual Conference, Boca Raton, Florida.
Other Creative Works:
December 2008. Latest thinking in airport marketing - Modern marketing planning at US airports. Henry Stuart Talks (audio presentation series). Series Editor: Dr. Anne Graham, Senior Lecturer in Air Transport and Tourism. University of Westminster, London, UK.
March 29,2015, Aviation Assaults, Linkedin Pulse. Published by request of Linkedin Editorial Staff at: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/aviation-safety-assaults-william-rankin/edit
May 2016, Building Small Observatories (Contributor), Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Toronto ON M9A 1B7
May 25, 2016, EgyptAir - Would the Adoption of a Security Management System (SeMS) avoided this Event? Is Employee Training Lacking? Linkedin Pulse. Published at: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/egyptair-would-adoption-security-management-system-sesm-rankin/edit
Aeronautics and Aerospace Open Access Journal
The Aeronautical Journal, Royal Aeronautical Society, London, England
International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies - FAA, USA
International Journal of Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace, USA
International Journal of Aviation Management, Olney, Bucks, UK
Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education & Research (JAAER)
Dissertation and Thesis Committees:
Sanjai Rahul, (Forthcoming), Aviation Security with the Implementation of Airport Body Scanners, DBA in Business Administration, Open University of Mauritius, Réduit – Chair of Committee.
Umut Oztekin, (2018), Employees Attitudes toward Safety Risk Management and Safety Performance at U.S. Airports, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida – Committee Member.
Nurettin Dinler, (2018), Assessment of the Evolving Low-Costs Business Models for the Future Importance of U.S. Secondary Airports, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida - Chair of Committee.
Safak Aktemur (2015), Review of Aviation Research: A Content Analysis of Articles Published in the Collegiate Aviation Review, 2007–2012, Florida Institute of Technology - Committee Member.
Ulreen Jones, (2015, November), Causal Factors Related to the Incidence of Pilot Deviation Runway Incursions, Ph.D. in Aviation Sciences, College of Aeronautics, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida – Committee Member.
Hussain Alhallaf, (2016, February), Examining the Relationship between Factors Affecting the Aviation Profession and the Concept of Aviation Professionalism, Ph.D. in Aviation Sciences, College of Aeronautics, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida – Committee Member.
Brodenick Sharp (2009, November), Assessing Flight Safety Differences between US Major and Regional Airlines, Ph.D. in Business Administration, Department of Business Administration, Northcentral University, Prescott Valley, Arizona – External Committee Member.