October 12, 2010
By Jill W. Tallman
Southern Illinois University Carbondale held an aviation career day on Oct. 9 that featured an aircraft and pilots from American Airlines. The sixth annual event drew 110 Chicago-area high school students who came out to learn more about SIUC’s aviation program.
The AA MD-80 was flown in and staffed by employees who are also SIUC alumni, the school said. Capt. Rich Mueller and First Officer Tom Meagher, both SIUC aviation alumni, piloted the airplane. Four of the five flight attendants on board and eight additional AA employees who came as volunteers were alumni as well.
“It is absolutely unique for any university to have this kind of partnership where an airline provides a plane for a day and staffs it with the university’s alumni to fly down and show off the airline and potential careers to high school students,” said David A. NewMyer, chair of the university’s department of aviation management and flight.
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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