Purdue Polytechnic’s School of Aviation and Transportation Technology announced a new “Degree in 3” initiative that would allow select professional flight students to start their degree early this summer and complete the traditional four-year program in three years.
Becca Lax, the 59th Indiana State Fair Queen, boarded a Purdue aircraft Wednesday (July 26) for a flight to an appearance at a county fair. What made this flight unique is that Lax was the flight's copilot, not just a passenger.
Mary McCarty, a senior in professional flight, and Alyssa Harvey, a junior in professional flight, will compete in the 41st annual Air Race Classic, a women's cross-country competition.
Returning from a detachment in Kansas back to Norfolk, Virginia, Lieutenant Steven Berres, a naval aviator in the U.S. Navy, decided to stop by Purdue for a short visit. He brought along his aircraft, a MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter, and crew.
Education: professional flight
Payoff: Murray was the first officer on all four legs of the chartered flight for Pope Francis’s tour of the United States in early October 2015. The assignment is the latest during a long career in the Air Force and at American Airlines. A decorated veteran of Desert Storm, he was a captain in the U.S. Air Force, where he was a C-141 Aircraft Commander. At American Airlines, he has been a captain on Boeing 727, 767, and 777 as well as the Airbus 300. He has also served as check airman and international standards coordinator on the Boeing 777 and Airbus 300.
Find out the future plans for 2015 professional flight technology graduate Thomas Keiffer.
As the College of Technology’s May 2014 graduates complete their time at Purdue, we are profiling a few and finding out their future plans and how they arrived at this point in their lives.
Tyler Beachy, Goshen, Indiana
Making a difference
I find it exhilarating to see the look on a person’s face when they experience flight for the first time. As an instructor, it is very rewarding to guide people who share my passion for flight in making their dreams a reality and seeing them progress in ability.
by Mark Thom, associate professor of aviation technology
At the end of July, 14 students and I traveled to the annual EAA Oshkosh AirVenture exposition and air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The weeklong international event is considered to be one of the premier gathering spots for aviators, aerospace companies, and industry enthusiasts from around the world, where over 200,000 people and thousands of aircraft typically visit each year.