Category Archives: Aviation

Women in Aviation Conference

Becca Sedlak

Becca Sedlak,
Junior, Aviation Flight

Athens, OH 14 March 2017

Being a part of an organization has many perks—for example, having a conference in Orlando the week before Spring Break causing you to have two weeks of Spring Break.

I have gone to the Women in Aviation International conference since my freshman year. Since this was my third year, I knew more about how to approach companies that I might want to be hired by in the future.

This conference has helped me grow more as a person and give me more knowledge about the field that I want to go into. I have grown more confident in speaking with companies and knowing in what I want in my future career. I have met a pilot without arms, a female fighter pilot who was in D.C. during 9/11 and a flight attendant who was on the Miracle on the Hudson flight; those are just a few of the amazing women there.

There are all of these amazing women there and they just want to help students who are trying to get into the field. Every woman there has an inspiring story and will give you tips that they wish they knew at my age. I always look forward to the conference every year because I get closer with other members in the OU chapter, but I also see my friends who I made my freshman year in the conference.

Instrument Flight Rating Test

Becca Sedlak

Becca Sedlak,
Junior, Aviation Flight

Athens, OH 6 March 2017

Since August I have been in the Instrument Flight course here at OU. Getting your instrument rating is one of the hardest flight courses because you cannot see outside and have to focus on your instruments and trust them, ignoring your body sensations.

There have been times where I was in a sight-restricting device and my body was telling me I was in a turn while my instruments told me I was in straight-and-level flight. My instructor could see outside and confirmed that I was in a straight-and-level flight.

The most frustrating thing about being a flight student is when weather comes in and causes you to slow down in your progress. hat is what happened to me towards the end of last semester. After weather coming in stopping me from being able to take my Instrument Flight rating test, I was finally able to take it the Monday of Spring Break. This was one of the most stressful tests that I have ever taken. I had to be confident in my answers but also show that I knew how to fly with just my instruments.

Airplane

I could not be more proud of myself when I heard the test instructor tell me that I did very well and passed. It was the best way to start off Spring Break!

Star Gazing

Jannat Al Barwani

Jannat Al Barwani,
Junior, Aviation Management

Athens, OH 22 February 2017

I usually don’t like winter because I can’t tolerate the cold weather. Not only that, but I find winter very depressing. Once I feel like winter is coming, I picture myself staying indoors most of the time and waiting for spring break to come.

This winter, I tried to change my perspective about the winter season. I thought that I should do some fun and entertaining activities that people would usually participate in during the winter season. The first thing that popped into my mind was sledding. We unfortunately didn’t get that much snow this year.

I tried thinking of other activities to do but couldn’t come up with anything. So, I decided to look into the activities that the university offers and that’s when I found that Ping Center offers a stargazing night during Sibs weekend. I told my friends about it and we all decided to go together.

Th one who was hosting this activity was named George Ebert, a professor who teaches astronomy and used to work at the old Ridges. We went to the Ridges at 8:00 pm and it was very cold. We took a walk into the woods until we reached the top of the hill and the scenery was simply beautiful. We were all fascinated by the breathtaking view of the night stars.

Professor Ebert taught us about the starts, their names and which constellations they were in. He said that no matter where we stood, the stars are always in the same place. The north star will always be in the north and the south star will always be in the south. He mentioned that the north star is not the shiniest star like most people think. Once we were done star gazing, we all went to the bone fire and drank hot chocolate with marshmallows in them…Not a fan of marshmallows either.

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