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Planning for My Last Year

Kelly McCoy

Kelly McCoy,
Senior, Aviation

Athens, OH 15 April 2013 – It’s almost May, and that means one thing: graduation! As a senior I have watched as my friends fuss over getting resumes in order, finding a job, and moving their things out. However, I have none of these worries; after much deliberation, I decided to stay a fifth year.

I was skeptical at first, thinking that I needed to stay on track and graduate in four years, but there were so many reasons to stay! The biggest factors in my decision were my desire to complete 2 minors–Spanish and Meteorology–along with taking advantage of work opportunities that the Aviation program offers.

I minored in Spanish because I like the language and the culture, and it gives me another career option should I ever not be able to fly. A minor in Meteorology is very helpful when paired with my flight training; as pilots we are constantly affected by the weather and always need to know current conditions and be able to analyze data to predict future conditions.

I also plan on flight instructing for the university next year. As a Certified Flight Instructor I will be giving students the necessary training they need to get their Private Pilot Certificate and Commercial License. While instructing, I plan on applying for the position as co-pilot of OU’s King Air 350. This plane is used by Ohio University’s Air Transportation Service and provides transportation for employees.

And I am also excited to continue as an Engineering Ambassador for another year!

Training to be a Certified Flight Instructor

Kelly McCoy

Kelly McCoy,
Senior, Aviation

Athens, OH 17 November 2012 – Fall is here! Though it may not feel like it some days, I’m definitely taking advantage of the warmer-than-normal weather. I am working on becoming a Certified Flight Instructor, and it allows me to get more hours in the air. Right now I’m working on a project with my instructor where he acts as a student and I act as the instructor, and I have to teach him everything he needs to know to safely operate an aircraft. I create lesson plans and find unique ways to explain everything from the different parts of an airplane to the different theories of lift to emergency procedures. It’s definitely challenging but it’s interesting being on the side of the instructor, as opposed to the side of the student, and good preparation for next semester when I will have real students.

The nice weather also allowed us to have a chili cook-off/fly-in at our airport this fall. It was the first time we have ever done something like this, and it was a great fundraising opportunity for the OU chapter of Women in Aviation, International. A few people brought their planes in, and many people drove down from campus. It will most likely turn into an annual event.