WMU Aviation Flight Student Hunter Hayes

Finding Home with Hunter: Hayes Finds His Crew at WMU Aviation

Aviation came into Hayes' direct focus as a junior in high school in the fall of 2015 when he enrolled in the aviation-exploration course offered by the Calhoun County Career Center's Battle Creek campus.  The seed had earlier been planted that spring.  "I took a tour of the technical-based school," he says.  "I was excited about all of the components that the aviation course -- the aviation industry for that matter -- had to offer." 

WMU Aviation Technical Operations Student Patrick Senger

Patrick’s Plan: Senger Turns Wrenches, Makes Music and Aspires to Fly in the Military

For a young man who hails from Marine City, Mich., and intends to join a branch of the military, it seems there would be only one logical choice. Not for Patrick Senger, a fifth-year major in aviation technical operations in the WMU College of Aviation. Instead of humming the notes that accompany "From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli," he'll be doing the same for "Off we go, into the wild blue yonder."

WMU Aviation Flight Student Brook Semler

Diving In with Brooke Semler: An Aviation Bronco Birthright

Fraternities and sororities often feature "legacy" pledges -- meaning if Dad was a Sigma Sigma or Mom was a Nu Nu, so is an offspring almost automatically.  While it was never "automatic," Brooke Semler puts the concept of legacy membership to shame.  The College of Aviation junior is a fourth-generation Western Michigan University Bronco.  Her parents hang Western diplomas on their wall.  So do a set of grandparents.  And even "Great Grandma."

WMU Aviation Management and Operations Alumni Ray Hayman

Delivering Success: Aviation Management Lands Raymone Hayman at FedEx Express

"Father Knows Best" was a highly popular sit-com on radio and television in the late 1940s and 1950s.  For Raymone "Ray" Hayman, it was "Mom" who knew best as the family's pathfinder.  Because of her version of "tough love," Ray was dragooned into attending the renowned Benjamin Oliver Davis Jr. Aerospace Technical High School in his home city of Detroit.  As a result, he was pointed toward the WMU College of Aviation and is now six years into what looms as a promising and profitable career in the aviation industry. 

WMU Aviation Flight Student Vlad Robinson

Patience, Persistence and Pittsburgh – Vlad Robinson Routes His Way to WMU Aviation

Vladislav Robinson wasn't born to fly, but it wasn't a heck of a long time after his birth that he did a lot of flying. At the age of 17 months, "Vlad" made his first flight, departing his birth country of Ukraine. His maiden aviation journey required four flights for the future Bronco to reach his adoptive parents in Port Orange, Fla, the placed he called home until 5th grade when he moved to Steeler Country: Pittsburgh Pa.  While this initial flight may have introduced him to higher atmospheric elevations, his true affinity for aviation was nurtured as he grew because his father was a pilot in the U. S. Air Force.

WMU Aviation Management and Operations Student Braden Wilson

The ABCs of Braden Wilson: Aviation, Broncos, and Camaraderie

If you think the epitome of college life is shuttering in your dorm playing video games, you don't want Braden "Brady" Wilson as a "roomie."  A WMU College of Aviation junior, this "Brady" has bunched together a number of activities, all designed to maximize the enjoyment of this phase of his existence while navigating a course aimed at career success once the higher-education chapter of life ebbs into personal history. 

WMU Aviation Professor Lisa Whittaker

Aviation Passion and Professionalism – Professor Lisa Whittaker Has It All

The work-experience section of Lisa Whittaker's resume would choke a paper shredder.  Which is why, as a member of the WMU College of Aviation's faculty since 2000, she has taught these courses: aviation safety (her personal favorite), airport administration and finance, introduction to aviation, aerodynamics, introduction to airports, airline flight operations, and airline administration.  Her research topics include women’s studies, STEM, maintenance engineering and safety management systems. 

WMU Aviation Flight Science Student Miranda Goodison

As “Goodison” as it Gets: Miranda’s Ascension into Aviation

Miranda Goodison is a living, breathing example that those field trips in eighth grade to check out potential careers really work.  Now nearing sophomore status in the Western Michigan University College of Aviation, she has wanted to become a pilot since she turned 11.  That horizon came into focus when, as a Girl Scout, she visited the college's main headquarters at W. K. Kellogg Airport (now Battle Creek Executive Airport at Kellogg Field) in the famed Cereal City just east of Kalamazoo.

WMU Aviation Flight Science Student Jason Fink

Flying High with Fink – Jason’s Jaunt to WMU’s College of Aviation

College of Aviation students always have amazing reasons for choosing their career path, but Jason Fink's might rate as No. 1. The Houston senior caught the aviation bug from the stories his grandfather told when he was a U.S. Navy radio operator on flights hunting for enemy submarines during the Cold War. That also prompted the major in aviation flight science in his pre-Western days to pursue a private-pilot certificate back in his home state of Texas.