C. Daniel Prather, Ph.D., A.A.E., CAM

Serving as Assistant Director of Operations at Tampa International Airport (TPA) from 1998 to 2006, and Associate Professor of Aerospace at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) from 2006 to 2012, Dr. C. Daniel Prather, A.A.E., CAM, has been serving as professor and founding chair of the Department of Aviation Science at California Baptist University (CBU) since July 2012. In this position, Dr. Prather has been responsible for developing curriculum and recruiting students and faculty to the nation’s newest collegiate aviation program.

Currently serving as President of the University Aviation Association (UAA), Dr. Prather is also active in the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). Dr. Prather is an Accredited Airport Executive through AAAE, a Certified Aviation Manager through the NBAA, and an instrument-rated private pilot. He is also an active aviation industry consultant, often busy on projects with the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) of the Transportation Research Board (TRB). He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, a Master of Public Administration degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and a Bachelor of Commercial Aviation degree from Delta State University.

In addition to this textbook, Dr. Prather is author of General Aviation Marketing and Management: Operating, Marketing and Managing an FBO. He is also the designated Airport Certified Employee (ACE) —Operations trainer for AAAE, and a leadership trainer for NBAA and the Helicopter Association International (HAI).

Not counting his one year as a flight coordinator intern at FedEx Express while in college, or flight training he undertook while in high school, Dr. Prather entered the aviation industry in 1996 and has never looked back. Visit Dr. Prather at www.dprather.com.