Women in Aviation Fundraisers

by emilyp 5. May 2010 10:21
Posted by Emily Pleshinger
Senior, Aviation


Last night, a few of the Women in Aviation members came over to my house to make chocolate airplanes. This is one of the many fundraisers we are doing this quarter in order to get a jump on raising money for next year. Our other fundraisers include making and selling aviation themed aprons, Ohio Aviation drink koozies, a car wash, and popsicles. We will be sending a few members to the Parkersburg fly-in this weekend to set up a booth and sell our aprons and chocolates. The car wash will be taking place on May 22 at the Athens Farmers’ Market. We plan on marketing the koozies at the end of the quarter to other Aviation majors.

In addition to all this work, we are planning an end of the year bash with AOA and AHP, two other organizations in the aviation department. Obviously, the girls have really stepped up this quarter, and I have been so impressed at the level of commitment to the group they have displayed. We are well on our way to funding next year’s conference trip.

Flying Bobcats Practice

by emilyp 11. April 2010 16:30
Posted by Emily Pleshinger
Senior, Aviation


Today was The Ohio University Flying Bobcats’ first official practice of spring quarter. Although we are not going to Nationals this spring, we are motivated and ready to put energy towards making a better team for next fall’s competition. We are particularly excited about the prospect of having our own Cessna 150 with which to compete and practice. The flight team is in the process of buying this plane with the generous aid of the Russ College of Engineering. Hopefully, this addition will strengthen our performance in the precision landing events.

Ice Skating at Bird Arena

by emilyp 12. March 2010 09:45
Posted by Emily Pleshinger
Senior, Aviation


One of the unique opportunities OU offers to its students is use of the Bird Arena. At various times throughout the fall and winter quarters, admission to the hockey rink is free, and borrowing skates costs an extra few bucks. Freshman year, I decided to buy a pair of cheap used skates, as did my friends, and we have gone ice skating about every other week since. So last night, I went ice skating one last time before the rink is closed for the summer season. It was a fun way to hang out with my friends and forget about finals for a little while!

Preparing for Women in Aviation Conference

by emilyp 21. February 2010 22:35
Posted by Emily Pleshinger
Senior, Aviation


This week I am going with four other members of Ohio University’s Chapter of Women in Aviation to the annual Women in Aviation Conference. Women in Aviation is open to all persons interested in flight, and offers many scholarships and mentoring programs to student members. It has been an excruciatingly long wait all quarter, but Tuesday we will finally embark on our roadtrip to Orlando!

Every year the conference is held at a different location, and members from all across the United States--even some members abroad--convene for four days of seminars, networking, and banquets. Our chapter went last year when it was held in Atlanta, and we had a blast while learning industry tips and meeting important people. Some of the exhibitors that will be there this year include Air Race Classic, Delta, the FAA, Gulfstream, Lockheed Martin, Pratt and Whitney, Telex, the list goes on and on. I just checked the weather for the next week and Orlando will be averaging a pleasant 65°!

Spring Quarter Course Planning

by emilyp 12. February 2010 13:14
Posted by Emily Pleshinger
Senior, Aviation


It was such a relief making my spring class schedule the other day, because I only have a handful of classes left before I graduate! During the past few quarters, I have been taking classes I delayed due to my disinterest in the subject. Next quarter, however, I am taking 4 classes I need to graduate and 2 extra classes that interest me: tennis and creative writing.

OU offers a huge array of introductory classes, most of which do not require students to be of that major. Most of these classes are taken when one is a freshman or sophomore in order to fill college tier requirements. I would strongly suggest saving a tier requirement until senior year, or even taking a 1 credit hour recreation and sports science class. Some of the recreation classes OU offers are scuba diving, swimming, tennis, jogging, horseback riding, golf, bowling—the list is virtually endless. So although I have some upper-level classes in store for me next quarter, I will also get to enjoy a break from aviation and business courses!

Next Year's Housing Options

by emilyp 31. January 2010 20:44
Posted by Emily Pleshinger
Senior, Aviation


This week I have been focused on finding an apartment to lease next year. If you are not from Athens, you may think that it is much too early to begin planning next year’s housing situation; however, most students have their off campus leases signed before winter break. Fortunately, I am in the process of finding a single bedroom apartment, of which there are still many available.

Juniors and seniors are allowed to live off campus at OU, and there are multiple living arrangements to choose from. There are many houses, apartment complexes, Greek houses, and villas all within walking distance to campus. There are also apartment complexes farther from campus that run shuttles to and from OU, hourly. With so many choices, it is overwhelming, at best! I’ve made a few appointments with various landlords for the upcoming weeks, so hopefully I’ll have my place picked out before spring break.

Practice on the Flight Simulator

by emilyp 19. January 2010 17:50
Posted by Emily Pleshinger
Senior, Aviation


Today marks the first day in nearly 5 months that Ohio University’s Beechcraft Bonanza has been in an airworthy condition. With a newly overhauled engine, it unfortunately sat in the hanger today, due to poor weather. Eventually (hopefully Thursday), I will get to fly this aircraft.

In the meantime, I spent my morning at the airport on a Frasca 142 simulator becoming IFR current. IFR stands for Instrument Flight Rules. Basically, a pilot who is IFR rated has shown he or she is knowledgeable of using an aircraft’s instruments to navigate, and thus, among other privileges, can fly in the clouds. In order for an IFR pilot to remain IFR current, he or she must do at least 6 instrument approaches, holding procedures, and intercepting and tracking courses in the past 6 months. Although I would have rather been really flying today, it was important for me to spend time in our sim before January was over.

Aviation Management Class Project

by emilyp 7. November 2009 14:11
Posted by Emily Pleshinger
Senior, Aviation


It’s the end of the 9th week—-a time when all students start to feel the strain of procrastination. Like many respectable college students, I have saved one of my multiple quarter long projects until this weekend. Yes, I have at least started it; however, now, it’s time to get serious about the project. I have to analyze Delta Airlines, make suggestions about how it could improve specifically its customer service, and then write a customer bill of rights. My group presents a week from Monday.

As unsettling as this may sound, I am currently in an organizational behavior management class in which I learned about the punctuated equilibrium model. Basically, this model shows how a typical group’s performance over time is small until right before the deadline, and then performance skyrockets. Although I don’t condone this type of group behavior, at least it has been proven that I’m not alone!

flight team competition results

by emilyp 19. October 2009 10:39
Posted by Emily Pleshinger
Senior, Aviation


Well, the Flight Team competition ended on Saturday, and after a long, cold week in Michigan, I am happy to be back at OU! Unfortunately, the team did not advance to nationals, but we did place second in the flight events and third in ground events.

It was a very fun, sometimes stressful week which included squirt-gun fights, techno music, frantic studying, airplane pushing, and lots of fast food. The team members also got the chance to talk about and compare flight programs with other teams, and I think we came back with some ideas to make our program stronger. Overall, it was an extremely positive experience, and all I can say is that I wish I had joined the team sooner!

The pictures below were taken by Sara Hetrick and Ben Endress. The first picture is taken from up in the air:

This picture shows all of the teams lined up in their planes, ready to start an event:

The last picture with our team in flight suits was something silly we did for the message-drop event. We didn't wear flight suits and mustaches the entire time (although, maybe we should have!)

Trip to Flight Team Competition

by emilyp 8. October 2009 21:13
Posted by Emily Pleshinger
Senior, Aviation


Today, I traveled with the flight team to Western Michigan University for the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) competition. I was fortunate enough to be selected as one of the seven team members to fly up, while the rest of the team had to make a 6 hour van ride. In order to get there, we flew out of Ohio University’s airport (identifier UNI), made a fuel stop at Findlay (FDY), and then continued to Battle Creek Airport (BTL).

The flight was pretty eventful, because not only were we trying to beat the bad weather, but the sky was congested with aircraft when we reached our destination. All in all, it was a successful trip, and the day ended with a swim in the hotel’s pool and an early bed time!


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