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Embry-Riddle Professor Involved in Deadly Helicopter Crash

16 April 2019   Jason Kadah

Moore was a former decorated helicopter test pilot for the U.S. Army.

PRESCOTT, Ariz. – With a heavy heart, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is saddened to announce the passing of Rucie (pronounced Roo-sie) Moore, Professor and Helicopter Program Chair. Moore died as a result of injuries sustained in a private helicopter crash on April 16 near Fountain Hills, Ariz.

Moore has been a full-time faculty member at Embry-Riddle’s Prescott campus for approximately one year. Prior to that, he spent five years as an adjunct professor for both the Embry-Riddle Prescott and Worldwide campuses. In addition, Moore has also been a member of the College of Aviation’s Industry Advisory Board.

Prior to Embry-Riddle, Moore was a decorated helicopter test pilot for the U.S. Army.

“Our dear colleague, Rucie Moore, was an outstanding pilot, an Army veteran and distinguished faculty member with deep experience in the flight test arena,” said Dr. Frank Ayers, Chancellor of Embry-Riddle’s Prescott campus. “His many contributions to the education of our students, including his extensive real world experience, was immeasurable. The entire Embry-Riddle family, our faculty, students and staff, feel his loss and extend our thoughts and prayers to his family.” 

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