National Society of Professional Engineers

Richard F. Shay, Captain

Captain Rick Shay is a 747–400 pilot at United Airlines and a former Naval Aviator. He earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico where he studied VLSI Design. While serving as a Naval Aviator he taught formation flying and Air-to-Air gunnery at the Naval Air Station in Kingsville Texas. Captain Shay retired from the Naval Reserves as the Commanding Officer of a Naval Intelligence unit that studied how pilots from other countries flew their combat missions. As a Technical Captain for United Airlines he helped introduce new technologies into the cockpits of United’s aircraft including Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning Systems, Predictive Windshear and the use of data link systems to alter the trajectory of aircraft airborne in Oceanic airspace. In this capacity he flew the first continuous descent data linked or "Tailored Arrival" in U.S. airspace and conducted an in-flight evaluation of the 737-800. He has worked as an FAA certified Standards Captain and Line Check Airman. Since 1995 Captain Shay has chaired several industry groups including the SAE-S7 committee for Flightdeck Standards and Handling Qualities of Transport Category Aircraft, the AIAA Aircraft Operations Technical Committee and the RTCA Trajectory Operations Task Group of the NextGen Advisory Committee. In addition to his work at United Airlines he a partner and CEO of Double Black Aviation Technology L.L.C. where he has been a consultant at NASA’s Langley Research Center for more than 10 years. Captain Shay has worked with NASA to help develop cockpit displays to improve both the safety and productivity of the National Airspace System. He has also worked on projects at NASA including the development of cockpit displays for Flightdeck based Interval Management, Autonomous Flight Operations and Oceanic In Trail Procedure. He has flown the aircraft during several NASA experiments that were quipped with Synthetic Vision Systems, Enhanced Vision Systems, Runway Incursion Prevention System and was a guest pilot during the FAA’s SafeFlight-21 OpEval 2.

RECOGNITIONS: A member of NASA’s ADS-B Development Team that won the Collier Trophy (2007), Three time recipient of NASA’s Turning Goals Into Reality "TIGR" Award for work on Synthetic Vision, Enhanced Vision, Runway Incursion Prevention Systems and Recipient of NASA Ames Research Center "Ames Honor Award" as part of a Joint Ames/Langley simulation team studying Distributed Air Ground – Traffic Management