Athens, OH 11 November 2013 – This past weekend, the Ohio University Chapter of Women in Aviation, International (WAI) hosted the second annual Chili Cook-Off and Fly-In at the Ohio University airport in Albany. This year was another great success, with competitors and tasters flying over in their personal aircraft or driving in from Athens. We even had someone come down from Cleveland! Several university aircraft were on display at the event, including the historic DC-3, in use by the avionics department for research on advanced navigation systems. This plane, originally part of the Army fleet in WWII, it was used by the Federal Aviation Administration for flight checks until it came to Ohio University.
Throughout the day, anyone could enter a chili in one of 4 categories: Spicy, Mild, Non-traditional/Alternative, and Game. We were lucky to have many delicious entries, and the most original had to be the Spam and bacon chili. Each taster voted for their favorite in each category and for an overall winner, and the judging was very close. Winners walked away with personalized trophies, and the proceeds benefited the OU Chapter of WAI.
This year the chapter is working hard to raise money to be able to go to the annual WAI conference in order to network and attend professional development seminars. In the past, attendees have had the chance to talk to professionals in industry-leading companies, find mentors in their field, and interview for internships and jobs after graduation. Everyone looks forward to this opportunity!
Athens, OH 10 September 2013 – This summer I had the opportunity to experience first-hand what it’s like to work in the airline industry. I was fortunate enough to be invited to St. Louis by Trans States’ Director of Operations, Keith Stamper, an Ohio University Aviation alumnus, for a flight operations internship with the regional carrier, Trans States Airlines. The airline had originally started operations in the early 1980’s as Resort Air, later becoming Trans World Express for TWA, and now flying for United and US Airways.
While I was in St. Louis for the summer, I participated in a wide variety of airline operations, from rewriting the new-hire systems integration training on the Embraer jets to assisting with the company’s new hire interview process, by sitting in on the simulator evaluations in a Sabreliner simulator. Every day I went to work, I learned more and more about what it takes to run something as complex as a regional airline.
The mentors I had at the airline made as much effort as possible to expose me to the different aspects of an air carrier, giving me different tasks ranging from working on recurrent training programs for crew schedulers to meeting aircraft at the airport to audit and update the manuals on-board the aircraft. The company felt like one giant family, all working to achieve the same goal of making the airline better. I truly feel that by going and working with the airline’s management team, it was by far one of the best decisions of my career so far. After being a part of the Trans States family for the summer, I can’t wait to go back and be a part of the company as a pilot!
Athens, OH 11 November 2012 – With the temperatures changing and leaves turning, I can tell fall has arrived in Athens. Growing up here, I have seen many fall seasons come and go and it by far is one of my favorite seasons–second only to winter, when the campus gets a nice blanket of snow.
With the season now in full force, my friends and I like to get together and have backyard aviation bonfires and hang out with each other after a long day of classes and flying at the airport. It is one of the best ways for me to unwind after dealing with homework and projects throughout the semester and it helps me keep up with my friends throughout the college. My friends and I will also get together to go skating at Bird Arena during one of the recreational skating session throughout the week when we have free time. We’ll go to the front Room in Baker Center afterword for hot apple caramel cider and warm beverages after a couple hours of skating around.
Finally, my favorite thing that’s great about the fall season for me is getting to go fly and see all of Ohio’s hills and landscape from above to see the trees’ leaves turning while practicing flight maneuvers around the Athens area and southeastern Ohio. For me, getting to see all the landscape in a way that most students don’t ever get to see is something that really makes a major like aviation flight amazing and makes me look forward to my future career as a professional pilot.