General Blog

Captain Albert Glenn - WMU Advisory Board Member, retires from FedEX

Posted by Tom Thinnes on

Captain Glenn’s career at FedEx spans over 44 years. He has held numerous management positions at FedEx, including Managing Director of Global Flight Operations, Flight Operations Duty Officer and System Chief Pilot. He has over 15,000 flight hours and has been qualified in the B777, MD11, DC10 and B727 aircraft. His long career with FedEx includes work in customer service, the global operation control center, and pilot hiring. He began his flying career as an instrument and multi-engine flight instructor and Part 135-charter pilot. He also worked in aircraft sales.

Friday Feature: Jessica Birnbaum

Posted by Matthew Bila on

This week’s Friday Feature is Jessica Birnbaum. She is a Faculty Specialist at the College of Aviation and graduated from the program in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Aviation Administration (now Aviation Management and Operations).

Check Ride Tips

Posted by Matthew Bila on

Taking check rides might be the most stressful part about learning how to fly.  Waking up in the morning not knowing what to eat, dressing nicely for the big day and arriving at your airport very early to make sure that you have all pieces in the right places.  Here are some useful tips coming from a student at the end of their flight training at WMU’s College of Aviation.

Friday Feature: Chris Ko

Posted by Matthew Bila on

WMU Aviation student, Chris Ko, traveled to PyeongChang with the 2018 USA Men's Hockey Team to serve as a team host

The Ins and Outs of an Internship

Posted by Matthew Bila on

In the spring of 2018, Adam Rice completed a flight operations internship with United Airlines.

WMU's Chapter of AAAE Gets Outside Their Conference Comfort Zone

Posted by Matthew Bila on

On April 14th 2018, Andrew Petermann, Bryan Tierney, Mitchell Barry, and myself from WMU’s Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives attended the 90th Annual AAAE Conference and Exposition in San Diego, California.

Say hello to this week’s Friday Student Feature, Lauren Quandt!

Friday Student Feature: Lauren Quandt

Posted by Matthew Bila on

Say hello to this week’s Friday Student Feature, Lauren Quandt! Lauren is a 22-year-old from Grosse Ile, MI. She double majors in aviation flight science and aviation maintenance technology at WMU.

Inheriting Aviation: The Targosz Family DNA

Posted by Matthew Bila on

When an individual has a natural passion for something, we often say it’s “in their blood.” For WMU students Suzie and Annie Targosz, this saying can be taken literally. Aviation is generations deep in their DNA.

Friday Feature: Matthew Bila

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This Friday’s student feature is Matthew Bila! Matt is a 21-year-old Bronco from Goodrich, Michigan. He is currently a junior studying aviation management and operations.

The Life of a Flight Ops Intern

Posted by Matthew Bila on

Aviation Flight Science student, Dakota Neff, talks about his time as a Flight Operations Intern with Southwest Airlines.