Learning to Fly a Plane


me in the pilot's seat

I recently started taking flying lessons at the airport in Fairfield and it is one of the most thrilling experiences of my life. The best thing about learning to conquer the skies, is that many other students and alumni are doing the same right along with me. MUM has a wide variety of clubs and activities for students to participate in and there is never a dull moment here. We may be a small town but we pack a punch!

If a student wants to try something and it is not currently available, then there a wide variety of resources available to make that happen. Knowing this, many of my friends and I banded together and created the Fairfield Flying Club and we are all on our way to having a Private Pilot’s Licence.

To learn about existing clubs and organizations you can click here. If there is something you are interested in and it is not available then with a little initiative and like-minded people it is can be easily created. You need a minimum of 5 people to participate and a faculty member to endorse the club and its activities. Once you have that information collected, then simply go online and fill out a club approval form and/or talk to a member of the GSC (Global Student Council) and then you will have take off !

The Fairfield Flying club currently consists of 8 members but we are open to new members looking to join. Our faculty member is Wally DeVasier who is an extremely experienced commercial pilot and a wonderful teacher. He has assisted us in answering many questions and arranging logistical support.

Rahul Vats

At the moment we meet once a week at the Men’s Peace Palace. To learn more about us you can email me, look us up on Facebook  here or show up to one of our meetings. We meet at 10 am every Sunday to discuss the goals and future planning of the club. We also make arrangements for flying time at this meeting.  Also in the near future we will be receiving club funding and a “flying room” will be set up in the peace palace. It will consist of a television, a computer and all the high-speed gadgets needed to simulate a real flight experience. Along with simulated experiences we will be having weekly study sessions to cover the bookwork that is needed to take the written test.

Soren Pearson & Chunyu Guo

To explore other activities that are available check out the Department of Student Life or create your own club. Remember, the sky is the limit !

Victoria Hart

About Supriya.Vidic

Sgt. Supriya S. Vidic was born in the Fiji Islands and migrated to the United States when she was nine years old and became a naturalized citizen at the age of 13. She spent her life moving from one city to another and when she was 19 she decided to join the US Army from Kansas City, MO. Her first duty station was Camp Hovey, S. Korea which was 10 miles from the DMZ. In Korea she was a part of the 1st Brigade Troops Support Battalion under the 2nd Infantry Division. While there she made the rank of Sergeant in two years. Also along with her military responsibilities SGT Vidic volunteered and taught English to Korean children who could not afford an English education. After her tour in S. Korea she went to Ft. Huachuca, AZ as part of the 11th Signal Brigade and deployed to Baghdad, Iraq for 15 months from Dec 2007-Mar 2009. She spent part of her deployment working as a non-commissioned officer supporting the telecommunications needs of the U.S. Embassy and also as a Project Manager in her Battalion s3 Shop. Also while in Iraq she volunteered at the Ibn Sina Hospital in Baghdad and worked in the Intensive Care Ward for Iraqi Nationals where she was able to lend a helping hand and linguistic skills. She completed six years in the US Army earlier this year and is now studying Literature with an Emphasis in writing at MUM in hopes of making the world a better place through her writing.
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One Response to Learning to Fly a Plane

  1. Soren Pearson says:

    What a great article! Thanks for sharing.

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