Dr. Thomas Carney is Professor of Aviation and Transportation Technology and former department head of the Department of Aviation Technology at Purdue University, where he has taught since 1972. Dr. Carney has over 49 years of experience as a pilot, with more than 11,100 flight hours, and holds the Airline Transport Pilot certificate with multiengine rating, and 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/high speed flight operations, 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.
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
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
- 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
- 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