August 11 (Sat) 12:00pm How an Aerospace Engineer Sees the World of Flight

Event Date: 
Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 12:00pm

Have you ever been curious about how an Aerospace Engineer sees the world of flight? Pilots are trained to understand their aircraft and how to fly it.  The aerospace engineers are trained to create your aircraft with safety designs built in. Many pilots do not fully understand all the safety designs that go into an aircraft and why they are there. With greater understanding comes better utilization of the airplane to its fullest capabilities, safety and expansion of a pilot skills.


Join Kevin Gray, a member of San Carlos Flight Center studying aerospace engineering at Embry Riddle, as he talks about the education engineers undergo and how to apply that information to build an efficient and powerful aircraft.


Kevin moved from Belmont, CA to Prescott, AZ to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering with a concentration in Astronautics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. While studying at ERAU for two years, Kevin has played a significant role in various extracurricular activities. He is currently the braking subteam lead for AZLoop: Arizona’s SpaceX Hyperloop Competition Team and the systems team lead for EagleSat, a student run satellite program that launched Embry-Riddle, Prescott’s first cube-satellite. These academic activities and sophomore level classes have confirmed that he is in the correct field of study and that his dreams of becoming a naval aviator and astronaut are quickly becoming a reality. In 2015, Kevin was awarded the Upwind Summer Scholarship, which allowed him to become a fully certified Private Pilot within nine weeks of training. Since 2015, he has kept his skills sharp by securing tailwheel and aerobatic endorsements, and taking family and friends for Bay Tours. When Kevin is not studying, he can be found working as an Aircraft Failure Analyst for Failure Analysis Service Technology, Inc., on campus working as a Campus Academic Mentor, volunteering on the Upwind Foundation Board of Directors, rock climbing, or enhancing his photography skills.


This event qualifies for FAA Wings credit.

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San Carlos Flight Center has created BAY FLIGHT 2018, an aviation conference for SF Bay Area pilots interested in staying current about the latest topics in aviation, learning new skills and techniques, and hearing from leaders in the field and will be held on Oct 27, 2018 (

San Carlos Flight Center is committed to promoting safety in general aviation through our evening safety seminar programs. Space is often limited so it is important to sign up early through the FAA event notification system at FAASAFETY.GOV. SCFC members may choose to watch the seminar live over the web at home. Contact your SCFC member service rep at (650) 946-1700 to confirm secure online access to any particular seminar.