Aviation Students Tour UPS Facilities
EKU Aviation students visited the world's largest package delivery company - Louisville hub - on Friday, April 22. Seventeen students toured the facility and received a briefing about the UPS Worldport operation before being separated into two groups. The first group received a tour of the Worldport operation and the second group participated in a session in an A300 simulator that lasted one and a half hours - switching at the end of the first session.
Tour host, Patrick O'Leary commented that the students enjoyed the tour but the simulator was a big hit. "The UPS simulator instructors even signed a few of the students log books."
Human resource manager in charge of pilot recruitment, Dan Thomas, spent time with the group and noted that UPS has hired five pilots out of the EKU Aviation program. Thomas took the time to have several one-on-one conversations with the students as well.
After the Worldport tour and simulator session, the students continued on to the UPS Global Operations Center (GOC) for a briefing from the shift manager. The GOC controls all UPS domestic and international flights. Students were permitted to get a tour of the area and even received a briefing from a UPS meteorologist.
The field trip wrapped up Saturday morning with an open house at the Kentucky Air National Guard and viewing of 'Thunder Over Louisville' aircraft. Students were the guest of Brigadier General Steve Bullard, Chief of Staff – Kentucky Air National Guard.
Published on April 21, 2016