Department of Aviation Technology, Purdue University 1401 Aviation Drive
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-2015
Prof. Donald A. Petrin is an Associate Professor in the School of Aviation and Transportation Technology where he has taught since 1979. Prof. Petrin has over 34 years of experience as a pilot, with more than 11,500 flight hours primarily in turbine powered aircraft. He holds the Airline Transport Pilot certificate with Diamondjet, Beechjet, and Learjet type ratings. Prof. Petrin' s teaching responsibilities have included aviation human factors, crew resource management, subsonic and transonic aerodynamics, transport category automated flight decks, advanced navigation, International Civil Aviation Organization procedures, and advanced collegiate turbine aircraft training. He has fostered international relationships through his travels to Australia, Canada, China, and Ireland and has facilitated visits by educators and administrators from the Civil Aviation University of China. His research interests have included crew resource management, the cultural impact on aviation knowledge transfer, very light jet training, product support, and airport emergency preparedness.