Aviation Technology Directory
Thomas Q Carney Ph.D., ATP, CAM
Campus: West Lafayette
Department: Aviation Technology
Office: NISW 202
Department of Aviation Technology, Purdue University
1401 Aviation Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2015
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 over 44 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. He currently flies as pilot-in-command and training captain on Purdue's Beechjet (BE400A) aircraft. 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. 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). In April, 2012, Dr. Carney received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Science at Purdue.
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, the use of aircraft for airborne research applications in earth-atmosphere data sampling, and UAV/UAS operations. 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, and corporate flight operations.
Dr. Carney served for 9 years as the senior editor of the Collegiate Aviation Review, and is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education and Research and the Journal of Air Transportation. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI), is a former president of AABI, and is the immediate past chairman of the Certified Aviation Manager Governing Board (CAMGB) of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). He also serves as chairperson 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.
Relevant Publications and Presentations
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
Rodwell, J.F., A.K. Coulby, T.Q. Carney, and J.H. Mott. (2010). Essentials of Aviation Management (7th ed.). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.