Benjamin Glattstein, a flight instructor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, had a passion for aviation and love of adventure.
An inspiring friend, mentor and teacher, Glattstein tragically died at the age of 28 in an aircraft accident on November 25, 2010, after departing California on his way to Australia. He was awarded his Master’s degree in aeronautics from Embry-Riddle in 2011, posthumously.
The Ben Glattstein Upset Recovery Training Scholarship was established in his memory to provide Embry-Riddle students with scholarships to receive advanced upset recovery training.Born in Sydney, Australia, Glattstein took his first flight lesson in a Piper Arrow, before soloing three weeks later on November 28, 2000.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in aviation from the University of Western Sydney in 2004, Glattstein became an exchange student at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus and completed his multi-engine commercial and instructor pilot certificates.
Always seeking adventure, Glattstein participated in rock climbing, sailing, tennis, mountain biking, and scuba diving and was a member of the Surf Club. He was active in the Eagle Sport Aviation Club, which also established a memorial fund in his name.
In 2005, he was hired as an Embry-Riddle flight instructor and his students admired and respected his attitude, passion, and dedication. He became a gold seal instructor, was selected as a team safety leader with the Aviation Safety Department and won the Presidential Safety Award. Glattstein was one of the select few upset recovery instructors at Embry-Riddle.
The next two years, he flew a series of cross-Pacific trips to Japan, New Zealand, and Australia. He flew his first Atlantic crossing from Canada to India in 2010, but his trip was cut short after mechanical problems in Jordan. He returned to the U.S., intending to cross the Pacific to Australia.