Department of Aviation Chair Bryan Branham has more than 20 years of military experience. The former military test pilot and flight instructor is the recipient of two Air Medals for combat MEDEVAC operations during the 1990-91 Gulf War and decorations for humanitarian flight support in Bosnia, Kosovo and other European operations.
A researcher for flight support in testing alternatives to Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation systems, Branham's research flight support has included missions ranging from the Gulf of Mexico to Alaska, working with civil and state agencies and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
At Ohio University, Branham has served as assistant airport director and chief research pilot for the Russ College of Engineering and Technology's Avionics Engineering Center in risk management, flight profile development, aircraft cost analysis and customer liaison for flight mission and pilot support, a role in which he performed initial flights in Synthetic Vision and has contributed to Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) research projects.
Branham also provided flight support and consultation for the FAA's Next Generation Transportation System (NextGen), which includes celestial-based GPS navigation with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS0B) and WAM.
Overseeing more than 120 students and 15 staff in providing flight and classroom training for ratings from Private Pilot to Airline Transport Pilot, Branham holds and Airline Transport Pilot certification with type and instructor ratings in KingAir, DC-3 and the L-29 Delfin jet.