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History of the U.S. AB Initio Flying Program at WMU

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Western Michigan University’s School of Aviation Sciences set its sights high to become a nationally and internationally recognized program delivering excellence in aviation education.

Meet Anne Schroeder - Delta 3 Graduate of WMU's Aviation Program

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Born and raised in Muskegon, Michigan, Anne graduated from North Muskegon High School in 2000. She knew she wanted to be a pilot when her family went on vacation and they had to fly- the flight was her favorite part of the vacation.

Meet Donald Turner - US 1 Graduate of WMU's Aviation Program

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Donald was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and grew up in Houston, Texas. He knew he wanted to be in aviation since he was 6 years old. He graduated from Williwridge High School in Missouri City, Texas, a suburb of Houston.  Donald attended Texas Southern University and earned a bachelor’s degree in Aviation Management in 1999.

Meet Kelly Pagels - Delta 3 Graduate of WMU's Aviation Program

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Kelly was born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Battle Creek, Michigan. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. Kelly always loved flying ever since her first airplane ride to California as a child.

Meet Michael Tate - Delta 3 Graduate of WMU's Aviation Program

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Michael was born in Maui, Hawaii but spent most of his life in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He graduated from Forest Hills Central High School in 1999 and joined the Michigan Army National Guard. Michael knew he wanted to be in aviation when he was in high school and used to drive to the “viewing area” near the Gerald R. Ford Airport in Grand Rapids to watch planes take off and land.

Meet Wade Mosley - Delta 2 Graduate of WMU's Aviation Program

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Wade was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. He graduated from North Mecklenburg High School in 1985 and attended Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina learning a bachelor’s degree in Accounting.

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