Want to be a part of the Eagles Flight Team?

Hello again, readers!

This one is going to be brief and a PSA for the Eagles Flight Team!

Everyone close to me knows that I am a huge fan and dedicated member of the Eagles Flight Team. I have been living and breathing Flight Team since my first day here at ERAU. Now granted, you don’t have to be as absorbed into the team as I am, but I have so much to tell you about it.

I’ve mentioned before what the different events are in a previous post. So this post is dedicated to pictures and teaching you about the benefits of being on the team!

The people you meet on the team become your family. You travel around the country together, you encourage each other on flights, you compete with and against each other. You get to represent ERAU on a Regional and National level (polo shirts and awesome jackets included!). I have friends all over the country from countless schools with so many experiences.

On the team, after your first semester, based upon your ground event performance, you can gain flight privileges. Flying for the team is free, but you have to be sure to show dedication to the team and meet a certain level of standards in your ground events. We don’t do flight training on the team (you’ll have to do your flight training at ERAU or another flight school). In order to fly, you’d also need at least a private pilot certificate. We fly Cessna 150s for precision landings and Cessna 172s for navigation.

Our Saturday practice is from 0700 to about 1400 (I know, 0700 is tough for college students), but it’s truly my favorite part of the week! It’s our landings practice and we get to sit right by the runway and watch planes land all day. I absolutely love it!

If you’re interested in joining the flight team or would like more information, come out to the IC Auditorium on September 7 and September 8 at 7pm for our Mass Briefings! There’s lots more to learn and awesome videos to see!

Check us out on Facebook at Eagles Flight Team or on our website at eaglesflightteam.com

Below are some pictures of the planes and our team!

Until next time, blue skies!


February 2012

Members of the Embry-Riddle R/C Flight team Compete in Miami, Florida

Alan Bedsworth, Aerospace Engineering; Patrick Fox, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science; James Bumbaugh, Aerospace Engineering; Max Podberesky, Communications; Kevon Ritter, Aerospace Engineering; Kevin Garland, Aeronautics

We brought home 3 first place finishes and also a 4th place finish, 6th place finish, and 7th place finish.

Freestyle competition with pilot Kevin Garland: [Video]

Freestyle competition with pilot Jim Bumbaugh: [Video]


Go Eagles!

February 8th

Hey all! I have tons of news this week! I had my first 2 flights for my private this past Monday and Friday! It was AMAZING! I took off, did stalls, and slow flight! Soooo much fun! My instructor, Derek, is also our flight team president and he is an awesome instructor!

I have been getting tons of e-mails from all you guys, thanks!!! I love helping you all out! I have tons to do this week though, I have a weather test, flight team every day but Friday. It is going to be a crazy week, nowhere near as crazy as last week though. I don’t even remember half the stuff that happened I had so much to do, a test in every class almost… crazzzzy!

Tomorrow is my dad’s birthday… HAPPY BIRTHDAY DADDY! Yesterday we went on a tour of the airport fire station (ARFF Tour) for flight team, it was AWESOME! My dad is a firefighter so I love stuff like that, I grew up around it! It’s so different than a normal station. I have some pictures 🙂 That tour definitely made my week though!

My boyfriend is sick too, well allergies I suppose so I spent the weekend taking care of him…ish. as much as I could I was pretty busy. Keep the questions coming guys. I hope I am helping! Have a great Valentines Day!! (not to be sour, but I hate the holiday)

September 22, 2008

It’s amazing the difference two weeks can make. Since my last entry, so much has changed. Classes started becoming more intense, the work load became greater, but at the same time there was enough time to relax and have fun around campus. It suddenly went from hey, we’re at college to work, clubs, a job and finding time to relax. It isn’t bad, the work is still manageable and exciting but there is still a lot expected from you so there is no time for slacking off. I have already taken 3 major tests in 3 of my classes and I got a B on all 3. Each teacher has a different method of teaching and that was what made studying a little challenging. I am a flight student so I have begun my flight training on Thursday, September 18th. Students usually start flying the first day of their scheduled flight block, but my TSA clearance took longer than expected and put me back a little in my training. I really like my flight instructor. He has been in the industry for a long time and is giving me a lot of advice on the best way to be successful in the aviation industry and is training me in a way that would help me become a very successful airline pilot.

There is so much to do here on campus. So far, I am involved with the campus newspaper as the Campus Editor, I am also on TFO (which is a student government group for freshmen and transfer students), and I am also in First Generation, which is a club for students who are the first of their family to attend college. All of the clubs offer a chance to express one’s self, and become an active member of the campus population. Being on the newspaper staff allows you to be a part of the process of informing campus students with information that affects them. Our campus has an excellent readership and the staff has, in the past years, received multiple awards for the hard work that they have done. TFO, which stands for Task Force One, is a student government group for freshmen and transfer students, allows you to become involved with student government and be a part of many activities that builds leadership skills. First Generation is also a great opportunity to get involved on campus. They provide many trips, workshops, and meetings in which you can earn points that counts towards a scholarship program. I also tried out for the track and field team. Even though I tried my best I didn’t make the team because I had an injury, and my plans to play intramural volleyball didn’t come through either because it would become very demanding in my schedule. But even though those plans didn’t work out, there are still a lot of ways that I can keep up with my fitness.

My roommate is also involved on campus. He is currently trying out for the flight team. Things are going well and he is very excited and working hard to get on the team.

Even though I am having so much fun on and off campus, there are times where I still feel a little homesick. It takes a while getting used to being away from home, but I am slowly but surely getting used to it, and being involved on campus helps you to make a new home here. There are a lot of programs here on campus that is geared to making your transition to college life a success.

Well its now my 5th week here at Riddle and it’s a blast, I’m trying to keep my head in the books as well as have a little fun. I’m glad I chose ERAU!