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Drago Cvijetinovic

Drago Cvijetinovic,
Senior, Aviation

Athens, OH 12 October 2015

Seeing the faces of young and old alumni during Homecoming here at Ohio University struck me with one of the more eye-opening revelations than I’ve had before: how little time I have left to enjoy being a student! The weekend in its entirety flooded me with many good memories of my past here in Athens; in fact, the more I reminisced, the more it felt like I was still only getting started and four years ago sometimes still feels like yesterday, still finding my way around campus. It’s a strange reality to finally grasp the fact that this time next year – OU will be a thing of the past.

Recollecting some of that past, however, I can safely say that one of my best and most gratifying experiences I’ve had here would have to be participating as a member of the Ohio University Precision Flight Team. Consisting of not just flight majors, but any student interested in aviation, the flight team is an inspired group that utilize the knowledge they’ve gained in the course of their college career to compete against schools around the nation in a variety of events.

Flight team

In and through this team, I have met some truly amazing and unique individuals, who are not just a “team member,” but they’re part of the student body. It’s exciting to hear other folks’ stories on how they have gracefully fallen into aviation to the schools they’ve studied at and ultimately – all the places they plan on going!

It’s a little cliché, I know, but a quote that has always stuck with me in the aviation program is: “A mile of road will take you one mile, but a mile of runway will take you anywhere.” So despite how similar one student may compare to the other in where they are now, I’ve realized that everyone really does have their own twist and flair to their book of life–past and future.

As of right now, everything is looking good here at OU. Classes are in full swing and oddly enough it’s already at the halfway mark of the semester. Summer packed her bags and left for vacation while Fall arrived right on time.

Flying and Art

Drago Cvijetinovic

Drago Cvijetinovic,
Senior, Aviation

Athens, OH 14 September 2015

So it’s the start of week four of Fall Semester and everyone is still trying to get settled in here at OU. The streets and classrooms, bustling with students, radiate enthusiasm and excitement.

However, while everyone is just settling in, I’m going “full throttle” academically.

I decided to stay here in Athens over the summer to get ahead in my flight training. The start of the summer moved slowly by because of the rain, but once the sun came out, so did I. In the past 90 days, I’ve been able to log over 50 hours of flight time, 25 of which were solo flights. I spent most of my summer flying all over Ohio and her neighboring states.


My best flight had to be a solo flight to Smyrna, Tennessee, located approximately 10 miles southeast of Nashville. The whole flight took over 6 hours, but it challenged my aviation skills to the fullest extent.

Besides spending my time in the air, I spent a great amount of time on the ground working on small personal projects. I’ve always loved doodling, so I tried to branch out into the art scene. I studied some current artists and different styles. As a result, I did something that I wasn’t very familiar with: spray paint art.

The LeBron painting was the very first painting that I’ve ever done. I hand painted that about four years ago.


The Yoda painting was the first full spray paint painting that I’ve done. That was this past summer.

Yoda Beats

I think that I mastered spraying on canvases, and I’m now considering painting the graffiti wall located on the top of the Richland Bridge.

This fall, I’m going to get an opportunity to fly a complex aircraft and complete my commercial license. Shortly after that, I’ll start my training to become a flight instructor here at OU and teach incoming aviators new skills that my past instructors once taught me.

Summer Aviation Plans

Gavin Whitehead

Gavin Whitehead,
Junior, Aviation

Athens, OH 2 May 2015

Summer is here! I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I got all of my hard classes out of the way and next year is going to be a breeze.

Overall this semester wasn’t too difficult. I only had three finals and I have to admit they were challenging, but manageable. All I can think about now, though, is no finals, no midterms, no homework, and no more classes for 4 months. What am I going to do with all of this free time! Travel to every continent, see the world. Endless possibilities.

Actually, this summer I will be staying here in Athens flight instructing. I have to build those flight hours somehow! I am pretty excited, though, because I have 10 students. That’s like a full workload and I am going to enjoy every moment of it. I’m going to be out at the airport Monday through Saturday 8:30 am to 6:30 pm. It’s a lot of work, but this is what I signed up for and I’m really looking forward to it.

Another thing I’m really looking forward to this summer is I signed up to volunteer for OBAP’s (Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals) ACE Academy. The ACE Academy is a way for students from 14-18 to get a taste of aviation. During the time there, they learn leadership skills, the history of aviation, and even have a chance to fly an airplane for the first time. I love being part of people’s first experiences with airplanes. I love seeing how excited they get and it reminds me of my first time in a plane.

Calculus Class and Multi-Engine Flying

Gavin Whitehead

Gavin Whitehead,
Junior, Aviation

Athens, OH 14 February 2015

I’ve been planning out my senior year class schedule since freshman year. My plan was to take the harder classes before my senior year to make my last year here a breeze. One thing I didn’t quite plan out was that all of those harder classes were going to be compiled all to this year.

One of the classes I have been putting off till this semester is calculus. The thing about calculus is I haven’t taken anything math-related since high school. Going into this semester I was pretty nervous and for some reason the word “derivative” scared me. As it turns out, the class isn’t all that bad and the worry and stress I gave myself dreading over this was for nothing. One of the big things that is helping me though the class is the Student Connect software (the access code that comes with textbook that no one enjoys buying). It gives step-by-step instructions on how to do everything we learn in class and I would look over it the day before. This gave me a lot of confidence and I ended up scoring one of the highest on the first exam!

My favorite course by far this semester is the Multi-Engine Airplane certification course which is my last flight course I will take before graduation. The plane we use for this class is a Baron 55. Comparably, other flight schools usually train in a Piper Seminole that only puts out 180 hp on a side. The Barron 55 is a monster and it puts out 300 hp each engine for a total of 600 hp! This plane actually puts you back in your seat on takeoff and it is a blast. I regularly break 200 mph and like I always say, the faster the better! This is definitely the capstone class for me and I can’t wait to jump back in it for next time.

Flying Experience as a Bobcat

Josh D'Urso

Josh D’Urso,
Senior, Aviation

Athens, OH 3 February 2015

As an Aviation Flight major you go through many flight courses that help you attain different licenses and certificates. I am now in my final semester at Ohio University and taking my last flight course: Multi-Engine Flight. There are many major milestones throughout training as a pilot such as initial private pilots license, an instrument rating, or finally attaining your CFI (Certified Flight Instructor license). Multi-Engine Flight is the one flight course that I have been looking forward to completing since I began my flight courses.

During my time at Ohio University I’ve flown four different airplanes: Cessna 152, Cessna 172, Piper Warrior III, and a Piper Arrow. Of those four, the Piper Arrow was the fastest, most powerful, and most complex aircraft. It was 200 horsepower and would cruise around 130 mph. The Baron 55, which is the multi-engine plane, has 300 horsepower on each engine and cruises around 190 mph. It is a big jump in power and speed in any plane that I’ve ever flown. It also requires a lot more focus and attention than anything I’ve ever done. After an hour flight, I can feel more mentally and physically exhausted than any sports practice I’ve been through. This challenging course will help me get ready for the industry and the real world.

Autumn in Athens

Josh D'Urso

Josh D’Urso,
Senior, Aviation

Athens, OH 19 October 2014

Everyone here at Ohio University has a favorite time of the year and I would say that the majority of the people choose Fall. The leaves start to change color and fall into the streets. Athens gets a new look that many people haven’t seen and it’s the most beautiful thing they have ever seen. Being an Aviation major I get an even better look at campus that not many people get.

I am a Certified Flight Instructor at OU so I get to fly over Albany and OU’s campus pretty often. OU’s campus is always a beautiful sight from the sky but during fall it is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Being the baby of four kids I’ve visited a lot of Universities and none compare to Ohio University.

The other side of fall that’s my favorite is hoodie and sweats weather. Although in the morning it can be a freezing 30 degrees and then 80 and sweaty when you walk home from class. Once it hits that perfect weather though its always the best to play some pick up football or basketball on a lazy Sunday.

What I look forward to most in the fall isn’t the view or the weather, it’s the big Halloween Block party that OU throws. I love going out that Saturday night to see how creative people can get with their interesting costumes. I’ve never seen so many people dressed up on such a small street in my life, there’s nothing like it.

Whether it’s the view, weather, or fun parties, OU is the most special experience I’ve ever been a part of. I love my school and everything I’m involved with and I have no regrets. OU is the place for me.

Women in Aviation Fundraiser

Kelly McCoy

Kelly McCoy,
Senior, Aviation

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!