Purdue-based aviation crew “Boiler Up, Hangar Down” scored a top ten spot in the annual Air Race Classic, out of a competition class of 43 teams. Pilots Alex Small and Morgan Mallow competed successfully against nearly 100 other pilots from all walks of life and careers.
Purdue and the United States Space Force are collaborating to introduce high school students to careers in aviation and space. Students will spend a week on campus this summer to gain practical experience in Purdue Polytechnic’s four major aviation fields, including management, engineering technology, unmanned systems, and flight. The School of Aviation and Transportation Technology is collaborating with other Purdue offices on the inaugural program.
The public is invited to attend the 5th annual Aviation Community Day at the Aviation Technology Center in Indianapolis, a free, family-friendly event. Pilot a flight simulator, tour the school and facility, and climb aboard aircraft on display for photos in the cockpit.
The 2023 edition of Purdue Aviation Day will feature presentations by a Navy test pilot and United Airlines captain, both of whom are Purdue alums, plus a demonstration by the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights, a world-renowned team of skilled parachuters. Commercial and military aircraft will also be on display. The free, family-friendly event takes place Saturday, April 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Purdue University Airport.
Markell Jones, a 2019 graduate from Purdue Polytechnic’s professional flight program, was named Mr. Football in Indiana as a high school senior and became number 6 in all-time rushing yards for the Purdue Boilermakers before becoming a pilot for Piedmont Airlines.
Students in Purdue Polytechnic’s aviation technology-related majors won first- and third-place awards at the Transportation Research Board’s annual University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs.
A team of Purdue Polytechnic students will be competing in the 45th annual Air Race Classic, an all-woman, daylight-only race in which race teams fly a defined course to a list of predefined airports.
Purdue Aviation Day will be held April 9, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Purdue University Airport. The event, which is free and open to the public, offers families the opportunity to explore aircraft from different eras, hear guest speakers and view exhibits from the aviation industry. No tickets or registration are required.
General aviation pilots will be welcome to fly their aircraft to the event and attend a “fly-in breakfast” from 9 to 11 a.m. Pilots flying in are asked to register in advance; see the link in the article.
The annual aviation celebration is planned and executed exclusively by student leaders within the School of Aviation and Transportation Technology in Purdue’s Polytechnic Institute.
United Airlines and Purdue University announced a new partnership between Aviate, United’s career development program for pilots, and the School of Aviation and Transportation Technology in Purdue University’s Polytechnic Institute. The partnership will provide a direct pathway for students majoring in professional flight from their studies to flight decks in United’s fleet.
Since 2018, Purdue Polytechnic faculty have been collaborating to explore the intersection between learning and work within the context of technology. Through new approaches to education and workforce training and development, their ongoing “Future Work and Learning” research aims to empower employees to take charge of their careers and become active, successful professionals and members of society.