Kenneth Byrnes

Kenneth Byrnes

Assistant Dean of the College of Aviation, Associate Professor of Aeronautical Science, and Chair of the Flight Training Department

Dr. Kenneth Byrnes serves as the Assistant Dean of the College of Aviation, an Associate Professor of Aeronautical Science, and the Chair of the Flight Training Department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach campus. Leading with expertise and dedication, he has over 20 years of leadership proficiency in flight training organizations. Dr. Byrnes oversees a dynamic team of professionals, including 1800 flight students, over 200 Certificated Flight Instructors, 30 aircraft mechanics, and 50 support staff members within the Flight Department. In his role as Assistant Dean, he collaborates with the Dean to guide a thriving academic community comprising approximately 150 faculty and support staff, catering to over 2500 students across 11 diverse academic programs, spanning from Associate to PhD levels.

Dr. Byrnes brings extensive academic expertise to his teaching responsibilities, which encompass courses such as Instructional Design in Aviation, Aviation Legislation, Private Pilot Knowledge, and Commercial Pilot Knowledge courses. His educational journey includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronautical Science, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration in Aviation, and a PhD in Business specializing in Management of Engineering and Technology. Notably, his doctoral research delved into exploring the interplay between organizational safety culture/climate and pilot decision-making.

In addition to his academic achievements, Dr. Byrnes holds a Six Sigma Green Belt and has conducted significant research on critical aviation topics, including Flight Instructor training methods, aviation professionalism, ADS-B/NextGen Systems, Flight Instructor Quality Assurance (FIQA), and Safety Management Systems (SMS). Dr. Byrnes holds an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate and has a wealth of practical experience as a Certificated Flight Instructor with ratings in Airplane Single-Engine Land, Multi-Engine Land, and Instrument. His prior roles include Assistant Training Manager, Flight Training Manager, FAA 141 Check Airman, FAA 142 Training Center Evaluator, Chief of Flight Scheduling and Production, and Assistant Chief Flight Instructor. Dr. Byrnes is committed to advancing aviation education and safety while nurturing the next generation of aviation professionals.