Category Archives: Aviation

Travel Home for Winter Break

Jannat Al Barwani

Jannat Al Barwani,
Junior, Aviation Management

Athens, OH 16 January 2017

If you were far away from your family, believe me when I say: you will take the advantage of each long vacation to go back home.

Over winter break, I went back to my lovely country, Oman. It takes a whole day to reach there, but seeing my family is worth it. I really love Oman during the winter season because people can go to a lot of entertaining areas where they have an outdoor breakfast followed by having lunch. In contrast, summer is a very terrible season in Oman; no one can go outside because it is extremely hot. The weather does not matter to me as long as I get to see my family.

I was glad that I got the opportunity to visit the Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman. I went there with my sister since she enjoys watching ballet shows as do I.

We watched the show Anna Karenina which was performed by the Eifman ballet of St. Petersburg. They play was based off of the novel of the same name that was written by the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy. The novel basically talks about a married aristocrat and her affair with an affluent man. The show was emotional and breathtaking, it was a tragic story. I find the joy in trying to understand what those ballet movement meant and how they relate it to the novel.

The show was not the only thing that was breathtaking—so was the design of the Royal Opera House. The structure of the building resembled a western design and the indoor decor of the opera house had an Arabian theme. I found that was a really spectacular combination.

My winter break was not only in Oman, I also visited Britain and met up with my sister who currently works for BAE systems in the U.K. We both enjoyed the New Year`s Eve in London.

I made new friends there and we spent quality time together that will never be forgotten. I visited Manchester, Liverpool and Blackpool as well. It is my third time visiting Britain, but every time I visit, I get the same excitement as if it was my first time there.

Chili Cook-Off

Becca Sedlak

Becca Sedlak,
Junior, Aviation Flight

Athens, OH 11 November 2016

For three years now, every Dad’s Weekend my dad and I go to OU’s Women in Aviation annual Chili Cook-off. My Freshman and Sophomore year, my mom would make a pineapple chili and my dad would bring it down and we would enter it in the non-traditional category. This year I have my own apartment, so my dad and I made the pineapple chili. To be honest we just threw everything in the crockpot then looked at the recipe that we didn’t even follow.

Throughout the night the chili cooked and we went and entered it into the cook-off on Saturday. Since, we have made this chili for two years and never won I didn’t think that we actually would win this year too.

Chili Cook-Off Prize

When the results came back, the pineapple chili I made with my dad won first place for the non-traditional chili category. I couldn’t believe it–for the past two years, this chili was never close to winning and when we don’t follow the recipe it won. Now my dad and I hold something over my mom: the fact the year we made the chili and we won. I think that was the best the highlight of the weekend besides my dad coming down to visit.

Women in Aviation

Becca Sedlak

Becca Sedlak,
Junior, Aviation Flight

Athens, OH 27 October 2016

I have been apart of OU’s Chapter of Women in Aviation International for 3 years now. My best friend is the president and I am the Vice President and one of the most rewarding feelings we get is when we introduce other girls to aviation. One of my most favorite activities is Girls in Aviation day, which is hosted by OU’s Chapter of Women in Aviation. Girls from all over the Athens area come out to the OU airport for the day and learn about flight.

The girls range from kindergarten to high school but their reactions are the best. Four short years ago I was in their shoes and was just learning about aviation. So much information was thrown my way and I fell in love with how amazing flight is. I also enjoyed how the female pilots added a little feminine flare in a prominently male field with their pink lanyards, lip-gloss and airplane inspired shoes.

This year a female helicopter pilot from the National Guard flew in with her crew from Charleston. I don’t know who was in more awe the parents, the girls or us college kids. My favorite questions one of the little girls asked was why she had so many pockets on her uniform. The Lieutenant then explains she keeps her phone in one pocket, her credits cards in another and then she keeps her lip-gloss in another pocket.

The best part of the day was the end because I saw how each one of the girls left amazed. The girls left thinking that they can be anything their little hearts desire and I know that I helped to achieve that.

Celebrating Eid in Athens

Jannat Al Barwani

Jannat Al Barwani,
Junior, Aviation Management

Athens, OH 16 October 2016

Fall season has always been my favorite, when the warm sunshine rays hug the colorful trees. I enjoy going around Athens and experiencing nature’s beauty at this time of the year. As the trees start to transfer and fade in color by the end of fall how WONDERFUL is that!

What makes fall more exciting and great is that I usually gather with some of the lovely people I know here in Athens and celebrate what is called eid. Eid is a celebration that Muslims celebrate every year. It is called the sacrifice fest. People usually celebrate Eid as a holy ceremony about obeying god willing as prophet Ibrahim did. Muslims usually gather and celebrate this day by having lunch and praying.

Eid seemed very different here in Athens since my family aren’t around and not being able to wear new traditional clothes. The great company I have here in Athens makes me happy especially on that day as they made me feel as if I have another beloved family in Athens that I share wonderful and unforgettable times with. We enjoyed our time in Strouds Run State Park.

eid Celebration

It was a clear and lovely weather. We had delicious barbecue. It was very tasty that I couldn’t even stop eating.

eid Celebration

After enjoying the lovely lunch, we took a ride by the boats there and enjoyed the rest of the day catching up with each other and having a laugh.

eid Celebration

Appreciating Architecture in Georgia

Jannat Al Barwani

Jannat Al Barwani,
Junior, Aviation Management

Athens, OH 30 August 2016

This summer, I went to Georgia (the country in Europe, not the state). I found Georgia pretty peaceful and wonderful for nature lovers.

When I was going around Georgia and exploring the beauty of it, I realized that it has a fascinating location between three countries and a diversity of Italian, Turkish, and Russian culture. In fact, those have affected the architecture of its buildings.

Georgia

The country has a combination between the old and modern life. For example, Tbilisi, which is the capital city of Georgia, has old forts and hoods in the middle of a modern city. They have many spectacular buildings that are designed by great architects.

Georgia

Although I saw many spectacular designs in Georgia, especially in Tbilisi, the churches there are the ones that have caught my attention the most. Not a day passed without me visiting a new church. Most of the churches I have visited were pretty old and have a fascinating design.

Georgia

I was amazed by the material that the churches are built from and how strong they are. That, for sure, shows how the civil engineering for those old churches were far more advanced than their times.

Georgia

The holy trinity cathedral of Tbilisi is the third tallest and the largest building in the world. That made me think how talented the civil engineers, who were included in construction of this church, are. They must have studied the geology of the place very well and had a great virtualization of the building. I went there only for a week, but until now I am still fascinated by the architecture there.

Drago Cvijetinovic

Drago Cvijetinovic,
Senior, Aviation

Athens, OH 18 April 2016

With the end of the year approaching, and graduation only about two weeks away, I can’t help but think about how all of this is coming to an end. About five years ago, I was studying day in and day out for college admission tests, thinking about which college I wanted to go to, and writing down pros and cons for a number of different universities.

It would be fair to say I may have shed a few years off my life from the levels of stress I had thinking about all this. It’s not easy to make these large financial decisions that impact the rest of your life, especially at the age of 18.

There was always a little part of me that wanted to come to Ohio University, maybe because I had an older sibling that went here too. The idea of college was intimidating at first, but coming down for Sibs Weekend as a high school senior, spending time with my sister and her “college friends” was a huge encouragement.

OU Sibs Weekend 2011
Sibs Weekend 2011

Despite that, I didn’t want to make a decision that was purely based on one good weekend. But when I added that weekend to the great Aviation program, to the comfort I felt on campus, to the Athens student community, my decision was simple.

From start to finish, I never stopped meeting people. I wasn’t aware until I was on my own how many different types of people there were, the way they thought, and how they perceived life. The people that had the biggest impact on me were the ones who thought differently, and I loved that.

Despite not thinking alike, I find myself to this day with the same group of friends that I made day one in Ewing Hall. We all came from different backgrounds but we shared similar core values: a belief that we’re good people, a want to strive for greatness, and a need to help each other along the way.

It’s almost like having another family. It’s one of those things that’s difficult to describe, possibly because it’s a not tangible, but it’s definitely one of those unique traits that a university like OU holds.

Now that the year is coming to an end, it’s time to grow up and think about the future. Just this past week, I’ve successfully completed my commercial pilot certificate—I’m officially employable! Therefore, starting immediately, I’m starting my Flight Instructor training. This fall, I’ve committed to staying in Athens for a year to be a Flight Instructor for the university.

After the Checkride
After my commercial checkride

Overall, coming to Ohio University was a remarkable experience. I was able to get the degree that I dreamed about as a young boy but I also took away a lot more than what I initially paid for. I was able to become the person I wanted to be: confident, assertive, and an advocate for others in need.

Preparing for Life after Graduation

Gavin Whitehead

Gavin Whitehead,
Senior, Aviation

Athens, OH 13 April 2016

The final stretch of my last semester. All I have to do is pass my last 4 classes and graduation will be awaiting at the end of April. It didn’t really hit me that I actually have to move out of Athens until I talked to my dad last week about moving my stuff out of my apartment.

I’m still trying to push off the thought and completely ignore the fact that I will have to start packing soon. I remember when I moved in my freshman year and could fit everything into one car load. I don’t know when I acquired all of this extra stuff, but it’s definitely going to take a decent sized SUV and a car to maybe get my stuff back in one trip.

I have been fortunate enough to get hired at PSA Airlines this past month! They flew me down to Charlotte, North Carolina over spring break for an interview and I got hired on the spot!

My first day is the second week of May, so I will be rolling right into a job the week after graduation. I’ll be in training for a few months between Dayton, OH, Charlotte, NC, and Cincinnati, OH then I will be out flying the jets. Not too many people go straight to the airlines after college but this shows that OU has the tools necessary to make it all the way to the dream job!