Athens, OH 5 November 2015 –
With only about four weeks left in the semester, everyone on campus seems to be in the heart of all their classes–including myself, of course, particularly in my Business in Aviation class! For several weeks we have been analyzing the impact that aviation has on our economy and the driving business behind it. The class has been divided into small groups to expand on a more specific and personal basis in the realm of aviation.
Specifically, in my group’s project, we’ve been given the scenario of opening up a charter operation out of our airport here at Ohio University. For those of you new to aviation, a charter operation would be an on-demand service, which allow passengers to schedule their own personal flights. This is unlike a typical domestic airline, which has regular routes set to a particular schedule (that’s why you can book a flight well in advance).
The project is open ended and involves considering the countless possibilities and directions that a new business venture might take. This may seem a bit overwhelming, but the beauty of it all lies in the endless possibilities of creativity and a little bit of imagination.
Of course every project will have its obstacles–here are some that our team decided to tackle:
- determining the need
- selecting our destinations
- selecting our aircraft (new or used)
- deciding where we plan on storing our assets
- determining the types of maintenance we’re able to perform or have to outsource.
Once we’ve collected all the pertinent information, then we will need to break down every cost associated with our operation. The project has become more analytical than I anticipated at the beginning, which is a good thing, because the whole objective of the class is to expose us to the real world scenarios that charter and airlines both face today.
Enough about the “technical stuff”, let’s talk about something more fun: HallOUween! So despite the great abyss of homework, there is always time for a little bit of fun and relaxation and Halloween weekend couldn’t be a better time. This year, the weather was beautiful – well above average for a late October’s day in Ohio – and quite inviting for the annual block party at O.U!
I dusted off the old dinosaur costume and headed out into the night with my fellow friends and classmates to celebrate our last Halloween together as Ohio University college undergraduates.
Academically and socially, Ohio University has shaped me into a better student and pilot.