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Alumnus Michael Bockler (Embry-Riddle [FL] ’98) Lauded for Excellence in the Aviation Industry

Michael Bockler channels years of aviation expertise into his work with Berry Aviation, Universal Hydrogen and private flying endeavors.

CONCORD, NC, February 16, 2024 /24-7PressRelease/ — Michael Bockler has been included in Marquis Who’s Who. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Drawing on years of professional aviation experience, Mr. Bockler excels as a pilot, instructor, and check airman for Berry Aviation, Inc. Berry Aviation contracts aviation services to the Department of Defense. In addition to his work at Berry Aviation, he is an experimental test pilot for Universal Hydrogen. As a test pilot and leading expert on the De Havilland Dash 8 aircraft, Mr. Bockler is part of a diverse team consisting of two test pilots, engineers, maintenance, and support staff at Universal Hydrogen. This team’s goal is to build and conduct test flights on the United States largest hydrogen powered electric fuel cell airplane ever to take to the skies. Mr. Bockler also owns an aircraft where he provides private aviation services. At 47 years old, Mr. Bockler brings more than 30 years of experience in aviation to his current multiple roles.

An expert in his field, Mr. Bockler holds a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach Fl, and is a licensed stock car driver. In conjunction with his work, he aligns himself with his alma mater’s chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, of which he is a charter brother.

Due to his vast breadth of knowledge, Mr. Bockler has been featured in several publications and videos, including “Universal Hydrogen’s first Flight Day-of Documentary,” “Universal Hydrogen Dash 8 Completes first Flight,” and “Universal Hydrogen Begins Flight Testing for their Hydrogen Regional Aircraft at Mojave Air & Space Port.” In 2023. He was also honored in the October 2023 issue of the Wall Street Journal.

While his career has been filled with many highlights, Mr. Bockler takes the most pride in flying the country’s first hydrogen powered electric aircraft on March 6, 2023. In honor of Universal Hydrogens achievements, when retired from test flights, the airplane’s electric engine is slated for display in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington DC. Though hard work and dedication have brought him far in his career, he credits his success to his steadfast drive to excel and his drive to improve upon his skills.

Looking ahead, Mr. Bockler plans to pioneer a new trail in electric aviation pilot training.

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