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OBAP Visits EKU Aviation - July 23-24

OBAP students fly the ALSIM

EKU Aviation hosted 17 students, parents, and program facilitators from OBAP, for two days of presentations and a campus visit in July. OBAP is the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals who focuses their greatest emphasis on preparing young people to realize a successful future and highlight the exciting potential available in aviation. Each year, OBAP facilitators from the Louisville area bring high school students to universities in the region to broaden their horizons.

Day One brought the students to EKU's Campus-Beautiful for Admissions presentations, tours and focused informationals in the Aviation suite. Program Director Ralph Gibbs briefed the group on how EKU Aviation prepares students to become professional pilots. Every student, parent, and OBAP facilitator received a short flight training lesson on how to taxi, takeoff, and fly the EKU Advanced Aviation Training Device (flight simulator for short).

On Day Two at the Madison County Airport, two EKU aviation students (lineman) gave a show-and-tell on the flight line with one of the ten EKU Cessna 172 aircraft and in one of the three EKU twins, a Piper Seneca. All were allowed to sit in our aircraft and receive a hands-on tutorial about their respective aircraft.  Additionally, Mr. Mark Farris, the EKU Aircraft Maintenance Manager, gave an overview of EKU maintenance activities.  Also, RJ Corman, the EKU Aircraft Maintenance support team, removed the engine cowling of an EKU Cessna 172 aircraft in the hangar to show and describe the various engine components of an aircraft engine to our OBAP visitors.

Upon their departure, all students, parents, and OBAP facilitators expressed great satisfaction with their total EKU campus and aviation program experience, especially with the sim rides, and that they hope to return next year with a new group of prospective aviators!

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Published on July 23, 2013

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