2018 - Pilot Source Study

The Pilot Source Study (PSS) is a longitudinal study that has been ongoing since 2010.  The PSS examines the relationship of U.S. regional airline pilot background and flight experiences to their performance during initial training.  Data was collected in 2018, analyzed in 2019, and our journal article was published in early 2020.  I  was honored to be a team member for this PSS update  See the article below and for more information.

2018 - Dissertation Research

Doctoral dissertation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  Using an adapted version of the extended Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT2), this survey research project evaluated factors that affected general aviation pilot adoption and acceptance of electronic flight bags (EFB).

2017 - Pilot Training Metrics Study

In association with three faculty members at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, I worked as a doctoral student researcher in a project that examined the amount of time spent by flight students at the university's flight school to achieve proficiency in various tasks required in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airman Certification Standards (ACS).

Publications and Speaking Engagements:

Pilot Source Study 2018: Five Years after the FOQ Rule—New-Hire First Officer Backgrounds and their Performance in US Regional Airline Training

General Aviation Pilot Acceptance and Adoption of Electronic Flight Bag Technology 

Smith, Guy M.; Smith, MaryJo O.; Techau, Troy E.; and Hight, Michelle P. (2020) "Pilot Source Study 2018: Five Years after the FOQ Rule—New-Hire First Officer Backgrounds and their Performance in US Regional Airline Training," Journal of Aviation Technology and Engineering: Vol. 9: Iss. 1, Article 2. Available at: 6670.1198

Techau, T. (2018). General aviation pilot acceptance and adoption of electronic flight bag technology (Order No. 10975712). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (2139763240).

Pilot Training Metrics at a Part 141 University Training Program

Hampton, S., Truong, D., Byrnes, K., & Techau, T. (2017). In 17th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations Conference, 2017. Available at:

Understanding the effects of resistance to change on the advent of UAS

Techau, T. (2015). Presentation at AUVSI Unmanned Systems 2015, Atlanta, GA.

Aircraft Flight / Maintenance  Status Logbook

Techau, T. (2011).  Maintenance tracking publication for aircraft owner/operators.

The New Detectives

Techau, T. and Strawser, D. (2010, April) Security Products Magazine

Fully Portable Screening Solution to Revolutionize Security Checkpoints - Brijot's Mobilescan

Techau, T. (2009, April). Presentation at MMwave/THz Security Systems for Government and Commercial Applications Conference, Herndon, VA.

Passive Millimeter Wave Full Body Imaging

Techau, T. (2008).  Presentation at MMwave/THz Security Systems for Critical Infrastructure & Mass Transport Conference, Tours, France.

Concept of Operations for Identity Dominance

Techau, T. (2006).  Publication for use within the U.S. Department of Defense while at United States Central Command, Macdill Air Force Base, FL.

Identity Dominance: Enhancing Military Operations Using Biometric Technologies

Techau, T. (2006, September).  Presentation at Biometrics Consortium Conference, Baltimore, MD.