Dr. Thomas Carney is Professor of Aviation Technology and former department head of the Department of Aviation Technology at Purdue University, where he has taught since 1972. Dr. Carney has more than 50 years of experience as a pilot, with more than 11,000 flight hours, and holds the Airline Transport Pilot certificate with multiengine, Mitsubishi Diamond, and Beechjet type ratings, in addition to the Certified Flight Instructor certificate with airplane single- and multiengine, and instrument airplane ratings. Dr. Carney's primary scholarly areas in aviation include advanced aviation meteorology, high performance turbine operations, high altitude flight, and corporate flight department management. Dr. Carney was the 1996 recipient of the James G. Dwyer award for outstanding undergraduate teaching in the School of Technology, and is a member of the inaugural group of 225 men and women included in the Purdue University Book of Great Teachers. In 2002, he was awarded the William A. Wheatley award by the University Aviation Association, given annually to a professional educator of more than 10 years' experience, who has made outstanding contributions to aerospace education. Dr. Carney is also the recipient of the 2003 Outstanding Alumnus Award from the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department at Purdue, and in 2012 he received the Distinguished Science Alumnus award from the Purdue College of Science. In 2004, Dr. Carney was named “Member of the Year” by the Council on Aviation Accreditation, and in 2006, he received the President’s Award from the University Aviation Association, for long-term leadership and service to that organization. In 2008, he received a recognition award for “leadership and guidance…provided to future airline pilots”, from the Airline Pilots Association (ALPA). Dr. Carney received the Aviation Accreditation Board International Chairperson’s Award, in July 2017, for service to that organization. In April 2018, he was presented with the FAA Wright Brothers’ Master Pilot Award, given “to recognize individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill, and aviation expertise for at least 50 years while piloting aircraft as "Master Pilots"”.
In addition to his flight background, Dr. Carney holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Atmospheric Science, and maintains a courtesy faculty appointment in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. His primary research areas of interest in aviation technology and atmospheric science include aviation meteorology and the impact of weather on aviation operations, synoptic-scale dynamics and energetics and the interactions between synoptic- and mesoscale motion fields, aviation leadership and management, effective methods for recruiting and preparing the next generation of aviation professionals, and the use of aircraft for airborne research applications in earth-atmosphere data sampling. He is the author, or co-author, of more than 100 publications and presentations, and is a current or former member of a number of national and international organizations and committees relating to collegiate flight education and accreditation, aviation meteorology, corporate flight operations, and the ICAO Next Generation of Aviation Professionals Task Force.
Dr. Carney served for 9 years as the senior editor of the Collegiate Aviation Review, and is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education and Research. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI), as chairman of the Accreditation Committee of AABI, and is a past chairman of the Certified Aviation Manager Governing Board (CAMGB) of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). He also served as the founding chairman of the NGAP (Next Generation of Aviation Professionals) Task Force of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Dr. Carney is an active consultant in corporate flight operations and expert witness in litigation involving flight operations and aviation meteorology. In 2004, he was designated a Certified Aviation Manager by the CAMGB.
Ph.D., Atmospheric Science, Purdue University, May 1984
M.S., Aviation Climatology, Purdue University, December 1977
B.S., Professional Pilot Technology, Purdue University, June 1971
A.A.S., General Aviation Flight Technology, Purdue University, January 1970
FAA Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, Airplane Multiengine Land, MU300/BE400 Type Rating
FAA Commercial Pilot privileges, Airplane Single-engine Land
FAA Certified Flight Instructor, Airplane Single- and Multiengine Land, Instrument-Airplane
FAA Certified Ground Instructor, Basic, Advanced, and Instrument
Dwyer Award for outstanding undergraduate teaching in the School of Technology, 1996.
Selected as a member of the inaugural group of 225 professors in the Purdue University Book of Great Teachers, 1999.
University Aviation Association (UAA) William A. Wheatley Award, September 2002
Outstanding Alumnus Award, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Purdue University, April 2003
University Aviation Association President’s Award, October 2006
Distinguished Alumnus Award, College of Science, Purdue University, April 2012
Chairperson's Award, Aviation Accreditation Board International, July 2017
FAA Wright Brothers' Master Pilot Award, April 2018
Relevant Publications and Presentations
- Carney, T. Q. and R. F. Dale (1981). Modeling occurrences of non-VFR weather: A case study for design of flight instruction programs. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 62, 610-615.
- Vincent, D. G. and T. Q. Carney (1984). Differences between kinetic energy budget terms derived from SESAME and NWS data sets. Mon. Wea. Rev., 112, 2347-2353.
- Carney, T. Q. and D. G. Vincent (1986). Meso-synoptic scale interactions during AVE/SESAME I, 10-11 April 1979. Part II: Influence of convective activity on larger scale flow. Mon. Wea. Rev., 114, 353-370.
- Carney, T.Q. and J.B. Oyler (1995). Teaching Advanced Topics in Aviation Meteorology and Practical Aeronautical Decision-making in a University Professional Pilot Program. Preprint for 6th Conference on Aviation Weather Systems, Dallas, TX, January 1995, American Meteorological Society, Boston, MA, 02108.
- Carney, T.Q., A.J. Bedard, J.M. Brown, M.J. Kraus, J. McGinley, T.A. Lindholm (1995). Hazardous Mountain Winds and Their Visual Indicators. Department of Commerce/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
- Carney, T.Q. (1997). The Effects of Turbulence on Corporate Flight Operations. Contributed article in “Insuring a Smooth Ride in a Turbulent Environment”, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO.
- Garman, K.E., K.A. Hill, P. Wyss, M. Carlsen, J.R. Zimmerman, B.H. Stirm, T.Q. Carney, R. Santini, and P.B. Shepson (2006). An airborne and wind tunnel evaluation of a wind turbulence measurement system for aircraft-based flux measurements. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 23, 12, 1696-1708.
- Garman, K.E., P. Wyss, M. Carlsen, J.R. Zimmerman, B.H. Stirm, T.Q. Carney, R. Santini, and P.B. Shepson (2007). The contribution of variability of lift-induced upwash to the uncertainty in vertical winds determined from an aircraft platform. Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 126 (3) 461-476, Springer Netherlands.
- Ferrel, D. S., T. Q. Carney, and S. R. Winter (2011). Risk perception analysis of a Small Aircraft Transportation System. Journal of Aviation Technology and Engineering, 000:000 1–7.
- Brender, Ronald F., and T.Q. Carney (2013). Comparison of Best Economy and Best Power Mixture Settings in the Purdue University Training Fleet Revisited. Journal of Aviation Technology and Engineering: Vol. 2: Iss. 2, Article 4.
- Winter, S. R., Fanjoy, R. O., Lu, C.T., Carney, T. Q., & Greenan, J. P. (2014). Decision to use an airframe parachute in a flight training environment. Journal of Aviation Technology and Engineering, 3(2), 28-34.
- Bjerke, Elizabeth; Smith, Guy; Smith, MaryJo; Christensen, Cody; Carney, Thomas; Craig, Paul; and Niemczyk, Mary (2016). "Pilot Source Study 2015: US Regional Airline Pilot Hiring Background Characteristic Changes Consequent to Public Law 111-216 and the FAA First Officer Qualifications Rule," Journal of Aviation Technology and Engineering: Vol. 5: Iss. 2, Article 1. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.7771/2159-6670.1133
- Smith, Guy; Bjerke, Elizabeth; Smith, MaryJo; Christensen, Cody; Carney, Thomas; Craig, Paul; and Niemczyk, Mary (2016) "Pilot Source Study 2015: An Analysis of FAR Part 121 Pilots Hired after Public Law 111-216—Their Backgrounds and Subsequent Successes in US Regional Airline Training and Operating Experience," Journal of Aviation Technology and Engineering: Vol. 6: Iss. 1, Article 9. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.7771/2159-6670.1140
- Smith, MaryJo O.; Smith, Guy M.; Bjerke, Elizabeth; Christensen, Cody; Carney, Thomas Q.; Craig, Paul A.; and Niemczyk, Mary (2017) "Pilot Source Study 2015: A Comparison of Performance at Part 121 Regional Airlines Between Pilots Hired Before the U.S. Congress Passed Public Law 111-216 and Pilots Hired After the Law’s Effective Date," Journal of Aviation Technology and Engineering: Vol. 6: Iss. 2, Article 4. Available at: https://doi.org/10.7771/2159-6670.1151
Keller, Julius C.; Carney, Thomas; Xie, Allen; Major, Wesley; and Price, Matt (2017) "VFR-into-IMC: An Analysis of Two Training Protocols on Weather-Related Posttest Scores," Journal of Aviation Technology and Engineering: Vol. 7: Iss. 1, Article 1. Available at: https://doi.org/10.7771/2159-6670.1150
- Mendonca, Flavio A. C. and Carney, Thomas Q. (2017) "A Safety Management Model for FAR 141 Approved Flight Schools," Journal of Aviation Technology and Engineering: Vol. 6: Iss. 2, Article 3. Available at: https://doi.org/10.7771/2159-6670.1144
Major, Wesley L.; Carney, Thomas; Keller, Julius; Xie, Allen; Price, Matt; Duncan, John; Brown, Lori; Whitehurst, Geoffrey R.; Rantz, William G.; Nicolai, Dominic; and Beaudin-Seiler, Beth M. (2017) "VFR-into-IMC Accident Trends: Perceptions of Deficiencies in Training," Journal of Aviation Technology and Engineering: Vol. 7: Iss. 1, Article 4. Available at: https://doi.org/10.7771/2159-6670.1153
- Rodwell, J.F., A.K. Coulby, T.Q. Carney, and J.H. Mott. (2010). Essentials of Aviation Management, 7th Edition. Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, Dubuque, IA
Coulby, A.K., J.H. Mott, and T.Q. Carney, 2015. Essentials of Aviation Management, 8th Edition. Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, Dubuque, IA.
Dr. Carney is an active consultant in corporate flight operations and expert witness in litigation involving flight operations and aviation meteorology.
American Meteorological Society
Aviation Accreditation Board International
University Aviation Association
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association