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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!

Summer in St. Louis

Grant Rhue

Grant Rhue,
Senior, Aviation

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!

Fall Flights

Grant Rhue

Grant Rhue,
Junior, Aviation

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.