WMU Aviation Flight Science Alumni Alex Toger

Take Offs and Touchdowns with Alex Toger – Flying High as a College of Aviation Alumni and Current Endeavor Air Pilot

Alex Toger is the epitome of "Once a WMU College of Aviation ambassador, always one," even though the higher-education chapter of his life is years in the rear-view mirror.  Being one of the program's "welcomers" and "introducers," the December 2017 recipient of a degree in aviation flight science says the ambassadorial experience taught him "how to deal with and answer questions that might not always have the desired response while giving tours and sit-downs."

WMU Aviation Flight Science Alumni Chris Desmond

From Sun ‘n Fun to Air in Alaska – Chris Desmond’s Aviation Aspirations Continue to Soar

Raised in Winter Haven, Fla., and learning all things aviation in nearby Lakeland, Chris Desmond never liked the cold. So naturally he would head north to Western Michigan University to pursue his degree and advanced training in aviation. And, of course, go even farther north to Alaska to begin his career. Five years later, he's still there and plans to stay. It's not that Desmond, a 2015 graduate of Winter Haven High School, missed the climate aspects of any geography class he ever took. Alaska's rugged, magnificent beauty and unmatched environment have warmed his psyche and tempered his body's response to chilly temperatures. For a pilot, there is a lot of unique and sensational flying up there. So, in effect, what cold?

WMU Aviation Technical Operations Alumni Christopher Myrick

Maintaining Aviation Excellence – Christopher Myrick Purposely Picks A Career in Aviation Technical Operations

Christopher Myrick can offer salient advice to young folks who bury their faces in a video game or cell phone when on a family vacation by car. They might be missing some valued and career-shaping experiences. Just ask the 2014 graduate of Lincoln High School in Ypsilanti, Mich. "Growing up," Myrick says, "I would constantly be driven past the Detroit metro airport to see my grandmother in Detroit. I remember always looking up and seeing the planes fly over (interstate highway) I-94 to land. They were so big and it always fascinated me."

WMU Aviation Technical Operations Student Keaton Jeffrey

Jumping In and Out with Keaton Jeffrey: Aviation Technical Operations Student, Sky Dive Bronco Member and RAI Jets Intern

Keaton Jeffrey is among the very few WMU College of Aviation students who not only fixes airplanes, he jumps out of them.  Or at least he soon will be.  The sophomore majoring in aviation technical operations joined the WMU Skydive Broncos shortly after arriving on campus.  "I wanted to get out of my comfort zone," Jeffrey says, "and jumping out of planes was the best way for me to do that." 

WMU Aviation Management and Operations Alumni Philip Kroll and his Mother

Aviation Management leads to Philip Kroll’s One Constant – Change is Part of the Journey

Philip Kroll's life experiences fly in the face of author Thomas Wolfe's premise in his novel "You Can't Go Home Again." Not so for Kroll, a 2010 graduate of the WMU College of Aviation with a degree in aviation management and operations.  He has -- in effect -- come "home" as the assistant director of the Battle Creek Executive Airport at Kellogg Field, which is also the home base of the College of Aviation.  And he returned to his career's genesis with some impressive credentials. 

WMU Aviation Flight Science Student Helen Hoffman

Head Banging with Helen Hoffman – Music Aficionado, Soon-To-Be Professional Pilot, and Student Extraordinaire

From disc jockey to throttle jockey to -- maybe -- desk jockey to stunt jockey.  Welcome to the career path of one Helen Hoffman. Now in her senior year at the Western Michigan University College of Aviation, Hoffman is pursuing a double major in aviation flight science and aviation management and operations -- with a minor in general business spliced into her academics.

WMU Aviation Flight Alumni Katie and Aaron Mohnke

Love Aviation Style: Katie Vena and Aaron Mohnke Take Off and Tie the Knot!

Pilot-spouses Katie and Aaron Mohnke (pronounced Monk) might assess their aviation careers so far as being "the best of times and the worst of times" -- with a majority emphasis on the former.  Since their graduation from the WMU College of Aviation with degrees in aviation flight science in 2016 and 2015, respectively, there has been a period or two when they wore the same airline uniform; but other times -- including right now -- they have been flying for different enterprises. 

WMU Aviation Technical Operations Student Charles Helmer

Hints from Helmer – Charles Culminates Marine Tenure with Aviation Technical Operations Enrollment

College of Aviation students who share class time with Charles Helmer receive a bonus in their instructional knowledge and perspectives. So do the folks in the front of the classroom or lab. Helmer, a senior majoring in aviation technical operations, is able to offer what he learned about the profession during his five-year stint in the Marine Corps and what he is currently being exposed to on the payroll of nearby Duncan Aviation.