Category Archives: Aviation

Simulation for Airline Operations Course

Tim Napoli

Tim Napoli,
Junior, Aviation

Athens, OH 13 April 2020

A class project that I am a part of this semester is our Airline Operations course simulation. Throughout the whole semester, we are given a task of creating an airline on an online simulator.

We are in charge of marketing, airfare, what planes and gates to buy/lease, and what routes to fly. This all helps us as pilot to understand daily operations of an airline and why goes on behind the scenes. Since we do a lot of flying, it is awesome to see things from a different perspective. This simulation even helps me to realize why airline tickets are so volatile. It could be $100 one day and $500 the next.

This project is something I actually have enjoyed being a part of and one of my favorites by far. It allows for creativity and managerial skills. I definitely give props to those who are in charge of buying/selling aircraft and putting them on routes to make the most money. That’s a lot of hard work and I could never do that in real life. This is why I chose to fly the plane and not manage it.

As I said before, this is probably one of my most favorite projects from all of college and would definitely participate in it again if it was available. I am pleased to have a new-found knowledge in airline management and look forward to possibly using it someday in the real world.

Finding Ways to Relax

Tim Napoli

Tim Napoli,
Junior, Aviation

Athens, OH 7 March 2020

Being in school can get stressful and very busy very fast. It’s important to find things to do to unwind. Luckily for me I enjoy flying, so I will try to get out to the OU airport and fly whenever I can, weather permitting of course.

If I can’t fly, some things I might do to relax are go play a round of golf with friends or even just turn on some music and chill in my bed. As lazy as that sounds, it allows my mind to clear itself and to not think about anything. It doesn’t take much for our minds to get cluttered with things to do for school or even around the house. So, taking even 15 minutes to unwind helps destress.

It is nice going to school at OU where there are many things to do to relax, including going to the gym, riding bikes or running on the bike path, or watching one of the many sports teams play a game. Take some time away, even if it’s a few minutes from school work, kick back and relax. It helps for me and I’m sure it will help for you.

Looking ahead to Life after College

Tim Napoli

Tim Napoli,
Junior, Aviation

Athens, OH 2 February 2020

Being a junior in my second semester, I figured it was time to start figuring out what I wanna do after college. Things such as where I wanna work or where I wanna live. I never really gave it any thought until now, and I have used many resources to help me through the process.

I have friends in companies of my interest and I have talked with them about the opportunities involved with each company. After talking with my friends, I write down the different benefits and opportunities and compare the different companies. Then, if I really want to go above and beyond, I might email management about the company and what I would be getting myself into. All of these steps are important to me and are important for my long term goals.

Choosing where I want to live is pretty broad as I am most willing to move wherever my job requires. Especially in my field of aviation, being a pilot calls for moving on occasion.

Just take the time to realize what you want and where you want to be. Weigh the options and choose what speaks to you, because it will be an important decision in your life.

Giving a Tour of the OU Airport

Tim Napoli

Tim Napoli,
Junior, Aviation

Athens, OH 24 November 2019

This last Friday, I had the chance to give a tour of the Ohio University airport to a very enthusiastic group of students who were ready to learn. The group came from Meigs High School and was made up of students in the Special Education program at the school. The teachers were happy when they heard that we’d be excited to give them a tour.

The day started off by showing them around the maintenance hangar to see what the mechanics do on a day-to-day basis. They happened to be working on a few planes when we stopped by, and the students were happy to see that. Next, we went over to our main hangar where we keep all of the training aircraft. They had a blast when I let them take pictures in front of our planes and even let them sit inside. Finally, we went to our flight training facility and showed them our simulators.

It’s not everyday that I get to share my passion for flying, but to give a tour for these students made my day. To see all of their faces lit up with joy as they walked past all of our planes was priceless.

I know it can be hard for those with special needs to feel comfortable, but I could tell that every single one of them felt right at home. The chaperones would tell me that they were happy that they didn’t feel different; that they had someone to talk to. I never thought of them as anyone different from you or me. I saw them as students who wanted to learn and who wanted to see what it’s like to be a pilot here at Ohio University.

This is what I love so much about being an ambassador. I get to share my passion with everyone and anyone. I told them to please come back anytime to give them more tours and to chat with all of the students.

Sharing Flying with Friends

Tim Napoli

Tim Napoli,
Junior, Aviation

Athens, OH 19 October 2019

Today was a special day. I was able to take up a fellow ambassador flying and show them what I do on a daily basis. It was interesting to see how another individual who isn’t sharing the same major reacts to being up in the air. Their face when we were flying four, five, even six thousand feet in the air is priceless.

I was even able to allow them to fly in circles for a few minutes to get a feel for how a plane operates. They insisted on wanting to go back up and fly again and were bummed when we had to land.

I thought back to when I first started flying, and I remember having the same reaction. In fact, every time I can get up in the plane and fly, I am excited and ready to see something new. There’s nothing better than being able to fly.

Even though I was nervous about taking a non-pilot up in the air, since I’ve only ever flown with an instructor or myself, I would definitely do it again. I love being able to share my interests with others, and I hope that fellow students can get the chance to experience something as exciting as getting to fly.

Enjoying Golf in Athens

Tim Napoli

Tim Napoli,
Junior, Aviation

Athens, OH 18 October 2019
One recreational event here on campus that I really enjoy is golfing. Just being outside and enjoying the view of the Hocking river that splits the course allows me to relax and I am happy that Ohio University makes it possible to participate in that sport.

OU has a wide range of sports and many spaces for those sports to be played. For golf, this mean either the university’s driving range or the challenging 9-hole golf course.

Golf

The driving range is in close proximity to campus and is a large open field where you can hit balls until your heart’s desire. I am happy that OU offers this usable space to practice, because it is cheaper to improve my game at the range than on the course, and I don’t have to worry about losing any balls.

Golf

When I feel confident enough in my skills, I will usually get a group of friends together and play on the campus golf course. The 9-hole course, although half the number of holes as a regular golf course still offers full length holes and challenging pin locations. Great for golfers of all experience.

There’s something about being outdoors that allows me to relax and to forget about school temporarily. I’m able to relieve stress and just play the sport I enjoy so much. I have met many new friends out on the course or even at the driving range, and I continue to meet new people all the time. I even have fellow pilots who enjoy playing, since that seems to be a popular sport among aviators.

Golf

If you haven’t visited the driving range or the golf course here on campus, I highly recommend going to see either one, because there aren’t many other colleges that will offer this experience.

AirVenture

Sarah Bailey

Sarah Bailey,
Junior, Aviation

Athens, OH 17 March 2019

Last summer I was able to go to Oshkosh, Wisconsin for the annual EAA Airventure Fly-In Convention. It is the world’s largest fly-in and for that week the Wittman Regional Airport becomes the busiest airport in the world.

There is something there for people interested in all branches of aviation, including military aircraft, seaplanes, amphibious planes, vintage aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aerial systems, and more. The event featured hundreds of exhibitions with everything from repurposed airplane parts to building your own engine. There were air shows several times a day and hundreds of airplanes to look at on the ground.

While I was there I volunteered with the Seaplane Pilots Association, a nonprofit organization that protects, promotes, and advocates for seaplane aviation. I have always been very interested in seaplanes. When I turned fifteen I got a seaplane ride for my birthday, and it is actually what inspired me to pursue a career in aviation.

Volunteering with the SPA was a great opportunity for me to learn more about the history of seaplane flying and to meet people in that community. I was also fortunate enough to win a scholarship to get my seaplane rating at Kenmore Air in Seattle, Washington! Becoming a seaplane pilot has been a dream of mine for years now so I’m very excited to do that at the end of spring semester.