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Dr. Tulinda Deegan Larsen

While Dr. Tulinda Larsen has turned her research to the developing drone industry, she has continued to conduct research and provide expert testimony in commercial aviation. Most recently, she completed and extensive study of the market for aviation data, current providers, gaps in the data services, and an outlook for new sources for aviation data. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Business, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. 

She has a deep understanding of management of airline disruptions.  Her dissertation, Behavioral Approach to Airline Management of Massive Flight Disruptions, presents new concepts for addressing airline flight disruptions.


In July 2018, she released her book, 6 Word Lessons: 100 Lessons for Drone Hobby.


Dr. Larsen was recognized as a leader in the unmanned aviation industry by Women and Drones' Awesome Program.  Larsen Profile   The premier unmanned aviation organization, Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) named her Chairman of the Agriculture and Environment Working Group for the Trusted Operator Program (TOP). The 2018 May/June issue of Women for Aviation, a publication of Women in Aviation International, profiled Dr. Larsen.


Dr. Larsen sponsored a Capstone project in the Systems Engineering program, George Mason Univeristy on the use of drones for ski lift management. The students  took first place at the Dean's Business Competition, first place at the US military academy, and first place at the Andrew Sage Memorial Conference.  Design of a Ski Lift Inspection & Maintenance System


In 2009, she founded Skylark Services, LLC to provide economic consulting, specializing in delivering economic analysis to support policy and implementation of data-driven programs.  Since founding in 2009, Skylark Services’ , the largest most comprehensive project has been was working with masFlight to bring the its platform to market.  masFlight, a cloud-based platform cutting data silos to enable analysis used by the USDOT for its Tarmac Delay Program. This tool became the basis of masFlight, a commercial system supporting near-real-time analysis of 800 parameters for 100,000 flights daily. In 2015, masFlight was sold to Global Eagle.


Following the sale, Dr. Larsen served as Vice President, Commercial of the Operations Solutions division of Global Eagle, provided consulting services to the International Air Transport Association to build a new data-exchange product to modernize the industry’s operations data programs.

Prior to working with masFlight,  she was a principal with NEXA Advisors and focused on programs related to air traffic management, including providing services to ITT Corporation related to the FAA contract to modernize air traffic surveillance program and economic analysis services to Iridium to support the creation of Aireon, the its space-based air traffic surveillance system.

Dr.  Larsen began her career as a staff economist for the US Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary.  She served on the in-house task force on regulatory reform for both the trucking and aviation industries.  She left USDOT in 1977 to serve as a transportation economist for the National Transportation Policy Study Commission.  Following her work with the National Transportation Policy Study Commission, she joined the Regional Airline Association.  She was Vice President of the Regional Airline Association (RAA), representing U.S. regional airlines. She was responsible for government relations and was a key industry spokesperson presenting and providing testimony to Congress, federal agencies and industry organizations.  She was a delegate on the U.S. – Canadian Bi-lateral negotiating committee for open skies and received recognition by Aviation Week and Space Technology for outstanding contributions in the field of aerospace in addressing the needs of disable passengers. 

She took a two year leave of absence from RAA from 1980 to 1982 and served as the President of the Alaska Air Carriers Association and Executive Director of the Alaskan Aviation Safety Foundation.  She was awarded the FAA Alaskan Region Special Commendation by the FAA Regional Director for outstanding contributions to Alaskan Aviation Safety and FAA certificate of appreciation for contributions to a better understanding of Hazardous Materials.

 In 1987, she joined a transportation consulting firm, Airline Economics, based in Washington, DC. and has served as a transportation consultant ever since. For a decade she was a Director with the international aviation consulting firm Simat Hellisen & Eichner, now ICF. 

 In 2000, she joined BACK Aviation Solutions to develop new aviation intelligence products and value added services.  Following BACK’s acquisition by Commonwealth Business Media (CBM), she served as managing director of analytical services for CBM.  CBM was an international trade and transportation services company.  Products included magazines, directories, databases, and analytical services in the transportation industry.   CBM was acquired by United Business Media (UBM), a $1.5 billion publishing and conference publicly traded UK firm.  UBM acquired OAG and she was part of the integration team between the aviation intelligence services of BACK and OAG. 

 She was featured in the 2007 Outstanding Transportation Professional Profile, Transportation Research Board, and March TR NEWS.  In 2008, she was named to National Academies, Transportation Research Board, and Blue Ribbon Panel on Essential Air Service program.


Dr. Larsen is a private pilot, certified Part 107 Remote Pilot, President (2016) of the International Aviation Club, past-President (2001) of the Aero Club of Washington DC, member International Aviation Womens Association, member Women in Commercial Drones, member Wings Club,  and served as Chairman, Regional Aviation Subcommittee, Transportation Research Board, National Academies 1995-2007.