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It’s been eighty years since one of aviation’s most colorful characters began his career as a racing pilot and aircraft manufacturer. In 1934, when he was twenty-eight, Howard Hughes nabbed his first racing trophy in a custom-modified Boeing 100A biplane. His next feats would be won in racers built by his own engineers at the Hughes Aircraft Company, with considerable input from Hughes himself.
Now mostly known for his late-life reclusiveness and eccentricity, Howard Hughes was a major figure in the early years of aviation as a pilot, manufacturer, and investor. This article, presented by Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology in Tulsa, Oklahoma, reviews the highlights of Hughes’s aviation career.

 

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Nearly finished with your training program in an aviation-related field? Whether you’re a technician or a pilot, it’s time to start thinking about landing your first job. Months before graduation, you should be gearing up to begin your search for employment. In this article, Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology reviews a few key tips for success in the job hunt.

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Visited our YouTube channel lately? 

 

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In Spartan College's review of aviation history for this week, we see a major space launch, the start of a new flying school, and a new milestone in jet aviation.

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Our Alumni Registration drive has selected its first iPad winner! Congratulations to Kevin Davis, who won the iPad drawing for April.

 

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Dr. James Franklin "Frank" Pendergrass (1936-2012) was the Director of General Education and Avionics at Spartan College. After his passing, Spartan College set up a scholarship fund to honor him-- the Dr. Frank Pendergrass Memorial Scholarship. This fund provides technology and bachelor's degree students with financial assistance to help cover the costs of their education. Our second annual golf tournament to raise funds for the scholarship is coming up on June 20, 2014. Register your team now! Read on for more information.

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It’s been a little over a year since the editors of Jane’s All The World’s Aircraft, the aviation industry’s bible, caused controversy by declaring that the honor of achieving the first powered, fixed-wing flight does not belong to Orville and Wilbur Wright, as long supposed. Instead, Jane’s backed the claims favoring Gustave Whitehead, a German émigré and engineer. Whitehead, based in Bridgeport, Connecticut, began to describe his experiments for the local press with powered flying machines as early as 1901—fully two years before the Wrights’ first flight on December 17, 1903.


Recent research has brought to light more articles and eyewitness statements that lend circumstantial support to the claims in favor of Whitehead— in fact, it was largely the efforts of one historian, John Brown, which convinced the editors of Jane’s Whitehead flew first. In this article, we give an outline of the claim for Whitehead.

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Tulsa resident Henry Miller, a former student and employee of Spartan College, recently reached a major life milestone. He turned 100 years old. And after all he's seen and done over the last century, he had one wish for his celebration: a ride in a Spartan C-3 biplane.

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Spartan's Spring Career Fair is Wednesday, April 23, 2014. We have an updated list of participating companies-- more updates will come as companies are added.

 

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With our Spring Career Fair drawing closer, it's time to think about researching potential employers. Why spend time on company research? There are several good reasons why it's worth investigating companies.

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At the end of February, the Government Accountability Office published a 61-page report, “Aviation Workforce: Current and Future Availability of Airline Pilots”. Created in response to a request from Congress, the GAO’s report investigated claims of an airline pilot shortage—either in-progress, or on its way. The report concluded that there is “mixed” evidence for a shortage of pilots.
However, that’s only when looking at the overall picture. Major carriers on national routes have no trouble finding pilots—at least for the time being. Meanwhile, at the regional level, it’s a different story.

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Get involved with your college and your community! Here's a rundown of student activities happening at Spartan College this week.

 

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There are many ways to be involved with the exciting world of aviation. If you can’t become a pilot, you can become a mechanic and take care of the machines that make flight possible. In this article, Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology looks at some of the personality traits, skills, and training you’ll need to consider if you want to become an aircraft mechanic.

 

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Thinking of getting your pilot’s license, but not sure if you can do it? Maybe it would help if you knew Han Solo already has his. That’s right: Harrison Ford, best known for his roles in the Star Wars and Indiana Jones movies, is a certified pilot, with single- and multi-engine ratings as well as his instrument rating. He even has a helicopter license, and we hear he’s done the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs.


This article, presented by Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology, lists some of the many celebrities past and present who have earned their wings.

 

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We are making headlines with our American Eagle Pilot Pipeline. Click Here to read the Tulsa World article.

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Notice anything different? We've launched a number of improvements to our programs and facilities recently. Many of these are based on student feedback from end-of-term critiques. The improvements include:

 

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Anyone who has ever investigated what it takes to become a military or commercial pilot knows that there are physical health requirements. These include minimum eyesight requirements, standards for cardiovascular function, a medical history free of seizure disorders, and healthy height/weight ratios. However, some prospective pilots may be surprised to learn that an entire branch of medicine has developed as the aviation age has progressed that looks into the effects of flight and spaceflight on the human body.

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william-dayIn the spring of 1965 I was an Air Force navigator preparing to leave active duty just as the major airlines were beginning to hire civilian pilots with low flight time.  I was aware that these rare windows of opportunity were of short duration and for me time was imperative.   In my five years of the Air Force service I had logged over 2,000 hours as a navigator in transport aircraft and acquired a FAA private license.  I was focused and directed.

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