Michael W. Suckow is an Associate Professor of Practice of Professional Flight in the School of Aviation and Transportation Technology at Purdue University. His teaching is largely focused on flight operations, transport aircraft simulation and senior capstone coursework. He holds an ATP and 3 type ratings along with Certified Flight Instructor Instrument and Multiengine Airplane rating with over 8,000 hours of flight time.
His current research activity is working with industry in the development of enhanced qualification programs that improve the job readiness of graduates. The small group trial methodology combined with the equivalent or better standard of FAA guidance is demonstrating the efficacy of these concepts and the foundation for development of a roadmap to improve the quality of pilot training. He is also working to develop an affiliates program that will allow for the dispersion of these enhanced concepts to flight schools around the country to assist in the quantity of pilot development.