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Flight Team places second at Region IV Safecon Flight Team Competition

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Members of the Delta State University Precision Flight Team, from left to right: Matthew Hill, Brandon Baioni (team advisor), Ryan Hudson, Emma Jeffries (captain), Adam Holthouser (co-captain), Tristan Crockett and Parker Tomlinson.

The Delta State University Precision Flight Team recently took home second place honors at the Region IV Safecon Flight Team Competition in Waco, Texas, from Oct. 30-Nov. 3.

Delta State’s team was second in flying events and tied with Texas State Technical College for second in ground events. This resulted in the team receiving second overall and an invitation to the National Competition at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana, in May of 2018. The results are the best finish for the team in recent years.

Delta State also received the Red Baron Team Sportsmanship Award and the Competition Safety Award.

The competition focuses on quality, exact and accurate flying. Teams are graded on a number of skills, including a navigation event, short-field landing event, power off landing event, computer accuracy, pre-flight inspection event, and more.

“I am proud of this team because they faced many challenges over the past two years preparing for competition,” said Brandon Baioni, flight team advisor. “The team showed how a little extra effort pays off in the end. The aviation program offers many tools pilots need to be successful in their careers, but I believe that flight team puts these individuals above the others offering them even more tools.”

The current student roster includes Emma Jeffries, Adam Holthouser, Ryan Hudson, Melvin Tucker, Parker Tomlinson, Tristan Crockett, and Matthew Hill.

“It’s a great feeling to know our team was able to work hard, stay focused and were able to pull out second place,” said Jeffries, team captain.” The flight team offers me a chance to fly, work and socialize with my aviation peers. It’s also a great opportunity to make connections outside of DSU as well.”

Delta State has been competing at the Region IV Safecon Flight Team Competition since 1982.

“I think that through the hard work of preparing the team for competition and the team member’s hard work and efforts, the once quieted Delta State University Precision Flight Team has once again regained a voice,” added Baioni.

Learn more about opportunities through Delta State’s Department of Commercial Aviation at
http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-business/commercial-aviation/.

CEO of Memphis International Airport lecture set for Nov. 1

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Scott A. Brockman, president and CEO of the Memphis International Airport

 

Delta State’s Department of Commercial Aviation will host president and CEO of the Memphis International Airport, Scott A. Brockman, for a Lunch and Learn event Nov. 1 at 11 a.m. in Gibson-Gunn room 129-130.

Brockman joined the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority in June 2003. He was appointed the authority’s president and CEO in 2014 after having previously served as its executive vice president and COO.

Additionally, Brockman took office in May 2017 as chair of the American Association of Airport Executives. Founded in 1928, AAAE is the world’s largest professional organization representing the men and women who work at public-use commercial and general aviation airports. AAAE represents over 5,500 members, 850 airports and hundreds of companies and organizations that support the airport industry.

Over Mr. Brockman’s 32-year career, he has also held executive management positions with Tucson International Airport, Des Moines International Airport, and Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. Prior to starting his aviation career, he spent several years with a CPA firm in Sarasota, Florida.

In 2012, an economic impact study by the Univer­sity of Memphis demonstrated that the Memphis International Airport had an annual economic impact of $23.3 billion. It is the busiest cargo airport in the Western Hemisphere and the second busiest cargo airport in the world.

Brockman’s Lunch and Learn event was arranged by Mahi Cosfis Chambers ’86, a Delta State College of Business graduate. Chambers has been instrumental over the years in identifying commercial aviation scholarships for minority and female students at Delta State.

Following the event, Brockman will speak at the Cleveland Rotary Club.

For more information on Delta State’s Department of Commercial Aviation, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-business/commercial-aviation/.

 

 

Summer Youth Entrepreneurship Program completes third year

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The third annual Summer Youth Entrepreneurship Program recently wrapped up programming at Delta State University.

The program, in partnership with the Indianola Promise Community, is sponsored by Delta State University’s College of Business and Aviation. Targeting male students ages 15-19, the camp provides instruction in business vocabulary and practical work experience to enhance entrepreneurial skills and develop work ethics.

The IPC is funded by the Delta Health Alliance.

This year’s schedule culminated with a tour of the Delta Music Institute at Delta State and GRAMMY Museum Mississippi on July 24.

“This program is designed to enlighten 40 young men about entrepreneurship and the characteristics required to be an entrepreneur,” said Dr. Glendscene Williams, associate professor at Delta State.

Students from the Sunflower County School District are groomed to view their community with aspiration for starting their own successful small businesses.

“Our goal is to enhance their vocabulary when it comes to entrepreneurship and their financial literacy,” added Williams. “To do this, they participate in debates on economic conditions and other business topics related to their community and participate in a business plan competition.”

Local businesses in Indianola give each of these students the opportunity to watch the day-to-day operations of a small business after they complete the business plan competition.

“This program serves as a streamline of a win-win relationship for the participants and the community,” said Williams. “I see it as an opportunity for a community to invest in their own professionals and future business leaders, whereby the participants start at an early age to become aware of the community in which they live and the opportunity to be a major contributor to its economic growth.”

Learn more about the program at http://deltahealthalliance.org/project-category/indianola-promise-community, or contact Williams at gwillims@deltastate.edu.

Aviation introduces top flight simulator

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Delta State University’s Department of Commercial Aviation recently had its new top-of-the-line flight simulator certified by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Made by Frasca International, the Level 6 Diamond DA42 FTD (flight training device) was certified by the FAA to be used in the private multi engine, commercial multi engine, and flight instructor flight training syllabi.

The simulator will feature Frasca’s TruVision visual system, a 220 degree wrap-around visual system, an advanced cockpit weather and traffic interface, and Garmin G1000 advanced avionics paired with the KAP 140 autopilot.2017 Aviation simulator-7

The new simulator is an addition to the university’s three other Frasca TruFite FTDs for the Cessna 172 and Beechcraft Duchess that are currently in use. The model will simulate the Diamond DA42 aircraft, which is a complex multi-engine airplane used by students for in-air training.

“We are thrilled to have this showpiece ready for service,” said Dr. Julie Speakes, chair of commercial aviation. “Our students will save money and enjoy the visuals. In fact, the visuals are so realistic I’ve seen students leaning into a turn.”

Chip Cooper, director of flight operations, is also thrilled with the training opportunities the simulator will provide.

“This is a very nice piece of equipment to be able to have here in the Commercial Aviation Department,” he said. “This FTD is as close to the real experience you can get without it actually being an aircraft. I believe we all can agree that in aviation it’s sometimes best to first experience a maneuver or procedure on the ground and have the capability to pause the event.”

Garrett Gee, staff flight instructor added, “The realism of the new FTD allows us to train our students on normal and emergency procedures like never before. It responds and reacts just like the real aircraft. It also allows us to teach procedures that we are not able to teach in the airplane, such as landing with a flat tire with amazing realistic responses.”

Gee said the model has more advanced capabilities than the program’s previous FTDs, but the instructor interface has not changed much, providing instructors a familiar computer interface to teach with.

The Department of Commercial Aviation offers a bachelor’s of commercial aviation, as well as a master’s of commercial aviation. The department provides courses in general aviation, aviation management and aviation logistics management. Students have access to a flight training fleet that includes over 15 single-engine aircrafts and three multi-engine training planes.

Delta State is the only institution in Mississippi currently offering these baccalaureate degree programs.

“Graduates from this aviation program serve as members of flight crews, air traffic control specialists, and executives with supervisory and managerial responsibilities at all levels — while boasting no out-of-state and competitive flight training costs,” added Speakes.

Learn more about commercial aviation at Delta State by visiting http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-business/commercial-aviation.

College of Business renamed College of Business and Aviation

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The Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning Board recently approved the renaming of Delta State University’s College of Business to the new name of College of Business and Aviation.

Dr. Charles McAdams, Delta State’s provost and vice president for academic affairs, said the renaming should bring merited attention to one of the institution’s signature programs.

“I believe changing the name to the College of Business and Aviation helps promote two very important items,” said McAdams. “First, the name lets everyone know that we have an aviation program. This is significant as we are the only IHL institution with an aviation degree. Second, the name accurately reflects the academic home for this program.”

“Commercial Aviation is one of our signature programs for three very important reasons,” added McAdams. “First, it is the only program of its kind at a state university in Mississippi. Second, our program is one of the few programs in the region accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International. And finally, the success of our graduates demonstrates the quality of the program.”

McAdams added that commercial aviation is an important program for Delta State, and the graduates it produces as pilots, airport managers and logistics specialists are essential for economic growth of the region and country.

Dr. Billy C. Moore, dean of the College of Business and Aviation, is also pleased with the renaming.

“The college is rather comprehensive, preparing both candidates in the business field and the commercial aviation fields — aviation management, logistics and flight operations,” said Moore. “The renaming allows the college to more accurately reflect the range of preparation available to candidates enrolled in the varied programs within the college. The name change will also foster greater awareness of this unique program. Delta State University is the only senior college in the state of Mississippi to offer bachelor and master degrees in commercial aviation.”

Dr. Julie Speakes, chair of the Department of Commercial Aviation, is thrilled to gain more exposure for the program.

“I am thrilled that the IHL approved the name change to the College of Business and Aviation,” said Speakes. “This will help with advertising and branding, and we will no longer be the best kept secret at Delta State.”

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