Scott knew from a young age he wanted to be in the aviation industry. He grew up in Lawrence, Michigan where across the road from his home was a small grass strip. He would watch the small airplane fly in and out of the airstrip and it solidified his future in aviation. Scott graduated from Lawrence High School in 1990 and enrolled at WMU in the College of Engineering into the professional pilot program. Scott was always mechanically inclined and made the move to the professional maintenance program soon after enrolling.
In 1993, Scott interned in the maintenance program at WMU for almost a year. The program’s 18 airplanes consisted of Cessna 150’s, 152’s, 172’s, and Piper Seminoles. Once the internship was complete Scott starting working part time for WMU, he was 1 of 2 floor mechanics for the school. After graduation, Scott did an internship with United Airlines in Indianapolis, Indiana to work with the fleet maintenance of 737’s HMV (heavy maintenance visit). This incredibly large maintenance facility had at least 30 bays for maintenance of 737 and 757 aircraft. Scott stayed with United for 4-5 months during the internship. Afterwards, he came back to a full time position with WMU.
Scott became a full time floor mechanic for WMU in 1996, again becoming 1 of 2 floor mechanics. As the program grew, and the school moved to Battle Creek in 1998 and eventually became a stand-alone College in 1999, the fleet also grew from 18 aircraft to over 50. Scott’s role moved from floor AMT to lead mechanic in 2000. Over the years, Scott has worked on Cessna, Seminole, Seneca, Mooney Ovation, Extra 300L, Piper SuperCub, Cirrus, and Arrow aircraft. In 2003, Scott became Chief Inspector/Manager of Logistics and Compliance for the program.
In 2009, Scott became the Director of Aircraft Maintenance for the program where he holds the position today. His day to day workload consists of managing the fleet of 38 airplanes, buying and selling airplanes, managing all maintenance staff, being the communication hub to manufacturers for service support, the liaison to the FAA for compliance and regulations, the accountable manager for the FAA certified repair station, a member of the CASRS safety review committee, and being a member of various College committees. Scott works with lead mechanics and other chief inspectors (all of whom have 4 year degrees) to ensure the safety and regulation compliance of the aircraft fleet designated for training of our flight science degree students.
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Scott’s degree from WMU was in Aviation Maintenance Engineering Technology. It was heavy into the engineering side of things which set him up for communicating and working with manufacturers and has helped tremendously in the chief inspector’s role. Scott’s degree from WMU has allowed him to move upward in his career, to take on additional responsibilities and manage a team of professional maintenance technicians.
Below are Ann Brill's comments regarding the induction of her father into the Western Michigan University College of Aviation Hall of Honor:
Herman William Linder. Husband of his beloved Phoebe, and father of Becky, Todd, Julie, and myself. He loved with a passion...people, all things mechanical, and life itself. My brother shared with me, ‘The most important thing Dad taught me about being a mechanic and fixing things was ‘Always look where the light is the brightest first.’ That was our Dad. He was personable and fun; he exuded positive energy and had a great sense of humor; he was truly a character...a one of a kind.
I have many fond memories of Dad as an aviation instructor during his years at Western. I was blessed to have attended Western when he was teaching classes at Kohrman Hall back in the late nineteen seventies. I was living in the dorms but I knew the days he was on campus and I would, on occasion, get a ride home for one of mom’s great dinners.
I remember meeting dad, one evening, in the parking lot. He had forgotten something in his office so I climbed into the car and sat. I noticed a box of welding projects on the seat of the car. I had seen boxes like this before....little welding projects, each labeled with a student’s name scribbled on a piece of masking tape. He would always sit in the living room, in his favorite rocker (which was almost too small for him) and he would analyze each project and place it in a column according to the A, B, C...grade it received. While sitting in the car and waiting for Dad, I decided I would start grading the projects...for the fun of it. I began to place them in columns of A, B, C...on the dashboard. When I saw him returning, I put the projects back into the box. When we were driving home, I told him I had been grading his projects...he asked me if I remembered any names of students and grades I had given them. I recounted a couple and then remembered a strange name and said...’Oh yea, I remember...there was a ‘Foo’.’ Dad asked what grade I had given ‘Foo’ and I told him a ‘C.’ Dad then sheepishly smiled. Come to find out, ‘Foo’ was my father’s prototype...the little project he had welded and he was going to base all grades upon. Slightly under his breath he told me, ‘Well....I do have some pretty good welders.....’
I would have to say, one of my fondest memories was watching Dad teach. I remember one day, arriving outside his classroom...standing at the door, watching and listening to him lecture about things I had no knowledge about. But I remember smiling...he had me hooked...his passion was infectious. I was engaged by his enthusiasm, his energy, the rise and fall of his voice when he wanted to make a point...his chuckle at his own humor woven into the fabric of his lecture...my father was in his element when he was teaching...he wanted his students to experience the same passion he felt for engines, aviation mechanics, electrical systems....all of it.
From his years in the late nineteen fifties as a shop teacher at Champaign High School, to his years at the Illini Institute of Aviation, and finally to his time as an instructor with Western’s Aviation Program, this was Dad’s legacy...leaving a lasting impression on the students he taught. He was well-respected for his knowledge and expertise as an airframe and powerplant mechanic instructor. About 18 years ago, I had coffee with one of Dad’s former students, Mark Olexa. His children attended the elementary school in Dexter, Michigan, where I still currently teach. He said, ‘Your dad was a professional in modeling safety and procedure with regards to aviation maintenance and FAA regulations. I took that to my professional aviation life and I have carried those induced principles of excellence to mechanicing my garden tractor, auto, anything mechanical.’
Back in 2002, my brother found a surprise letter to the editor in the July issue of Air and Space Magazine, from another student from Dad’s past. The writer (former student), Greg Parsons, was making reference to an article he had read in the May issue of the magazine entitled, Shop Class Was Never Like This. The article was about a high school aviation technology instructor in the Chicago suburbs named Jim Jackson who built with his students, ‘commercial build-your-own airplane kits.’ The article was highlighting how unique this kind of shop class was and most high school shop classes didn’t compare.
Greg Parsons in July of 2002, wrote this letter to the editor of the Air and Space Magazine and he said, I quote: ‘In response to the article, ‘Shop Class Was Never Like This’ (April/May 2002), mine actually was. In the 1950s, I attended Champaign High School in Champaign, Illinois, and we had a class taught by an airframe-and-powerplant mechanic named Mr. Herman Linder. We rebuilt an Aeronca and a 1929 Waco glider, and we built two gliders: an all-metal Schweizer 1-26 and an experimental design of Mr. Linder’s featured in Flying magazine.’
A good teacher is inspirational. A good teacher will leave a lasting impression on his students. My father was a great teacher. But he was also a loving husband and father. My siblings and I all have fond memories of Dad....A dad who daily hoisted the American flag up the flag pole in the center of our yard every day. A dad who stroked his ukelele and sang or whistled barbershop tunes. A dad who laughed at the antics of Foghorn Leghorn, often quoting the loony toon character..’That boy’s about as sharp as a pound of wet liver....’ A dad who would just start sharing his thoughts and opinions with any random person whether it be someone in a grocery store check-out line or at a McDonald’s drive-in window. A dad whose finger was never the same after wiping out on our sledding hill when he went airborne off the jump we had built at the bottom of the hill, unbeknownst to him! A dad who used to take us for rides in the Aerocoupe or T-Craft and fly low over the house in greeting...and then would come home and tell mom that after flying over the tv antennae, he noticed some dust and thought she better climb the tower and take care of that! A dad who loved watching red-tailed hawks fly...who would watch them ride a thermal up...and just glide....A dad who said, ‘When I die, I hope I come back as a red-tailed hawk...they just love to fly for the fun of it.’
Dad died too soon, at the age of 65. When he and our mother moved to North Carolina, they both fell in love with the mountains and Dad knew, that when he died, he wanted his ashes to be spread over those mountains. My family believes that it wasn’t a coincidence when my mother and sister, Julie, went up into the Smoky Mountains to spread Dad’s ashes...they came to a spot, on their way to the top of the mountain...got out of the car and looked at the view that stretched for miles..and there, next to the point where they stopped, was a plaque with a picture of red-tailed hawks, in flight. They knew...this was the place where Dad would want to be scattered into the winds...taking flight one last time.
I know my father is here with us tonight, in spirit. On behalf of the Linder Family, I wish to thank, you, Bob, for keeping the memory of our father alive by nominating him. Thank you to his former colleagues for being here in support, and thank you to the Aviation Department here at Western for honoring our father by inducting him into the Hall of Fame. This would have made him so proud because he was very dedicated to the students he worked with and the aviation program here at Western.
Wow! What a week. This year's Women in Aviation conference was the best Bronco attended event of the last fire years. Over 20 current students galloped down to Tennessee to network, interview, and gain valuable exposure. Students were able to attend presentations on the state of the aviation industry, meet members from organizations such as the Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance (AWAM), and network with other students from other collegiate aviation programs.
In addition, the College reconnected with a handful of alumni and friends. It was a great opportunity to catch up with some of old friends and find out where they are and what they have been doing. Specifically, we wanted to know what they are doing and if they could share a fond memory of Western Michigan University and the College of Aviation. Here is what they had to say:
- Anne Schroeder
- Anne is a member of the class of 2004 and earned her Bachelor of Science in Aviation Flight Science. She is currently a first officer for Delta Air Lines, and is flying the Airbus A320 and A319.
- Anne stated she wouldn't have a job if it wasn't for Western Michigan University and the College of Aviation. She still stays in contact with many of her instructors, who have continued to help guide her career even after she graduated from the aviation program.
- For more information on Anne, please read our previous story on her, located here.
- Candice Young
- Candice graduated in 2005 with a double major in Avaition Flight Science and Science and Administration. Currenly, she is a first officer of an Embraer 145 at ExpressJet.
- Some of her fondest memories of WMU revolved around her time as president of the WMU Women in Aviation chapter. She also had a great laugh remembering the time she got lost on her first solo to Benton Harbor, MI. Although all she needed to do was follow I-94, there was still some navigational errors in the first flight. Needless to say, her skills have greatly improved!
- Courtney Barnhorst (Hedlund)
- Courtney gradutated in the winter of 2004 with a degree in Aviation Flight Science. Since completing her tenure as a WMU Bronco, she has since earned her wings and is currently a captain at Pinnacle Airlines.
- Reflecting on her experiences at Western Michigan University, Courtney remembered fondly taking the Seneca and flying up and down the coast of Lake Michigan. However, this memory was quickly overshadowed by the time she took her boyfriend on a night flight. Not only did she impress her with her piloting abilities, she also dazzled him with the ability to remotely turn on the airport lights from the aircraft. As you would imagine, this boyfriend would eventually become her husband!
- Mike Grimes
- Mike is a member of the class of 2006, graduating with a degree in Aviation Flight Science. Currently, he works for Skywest Airlines and is a first officer type rated in the CRJ 200, 700, and 900.
- The overall experience at Western Michigan University helped Mike successfully navigate his career path. Opportunities such as: becoming a CFI at WMU, being around as the University transitioned to its Cirrus fleet, spending time as a standards instructor, earning his float plane rating, and taking the JET Course. Additionally, he enjoyed the diversity of training offered at WMU and the great networking experience while a student.
- Shannon Cunningham
- Shannon graduated in the year 2000, with a degree in Aviation Flight Science. Currently, Shannon is a first officer for Pinnacle Airlines and is flying a CRJ 900.
- A fond memory of Shannon's is the arrival of the Boeing 747, donated to the University by Northwest Airlines.
- Scott Johnson
- Graduating in 2001 with a degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology, Scott is currently a captain for PSA Airlines, flying CRJ 200 and 700.
- Scott's most interesting memory at WMU also centered around the donated 747. However, his is focused on the plane leaving the Battle Creek airport. It was a sad day watching this formerly magnificent plane being trucked away and slowly disappearing. At one time, he actually saw the plane getting axed.
- Christyna Assink
- Christyna is a member of the class of 2004, graduating with a bachelor of science in Aviation Science and Administration. She currently flies for ExpressJet as a first officer on an Embraer 145.
- For Christyna, the 747 was also an amazing, strong memory. Equally strong are her memories of being around people who shared similar interests and goals. This provided a memorable and great experience at Western Michigan University.
- Major Curt "Kid" Martin
- As a graduate of Western Michigan University's College of Aviation, Curt has propelled his passion for aviation becoming a pilot for the Indiana Air Guard, where he is an A10C instructor pilot. In addition, he also flies for NetJets Aviation piloting Gulfstream 450s and 550s.
- Andrew Csondor
- Andrew graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology. Currently he is employed by Delta Air Lines as a Records Maintenance Coordinator II. Additionally, he serves on the board of directors for AWAM.
By: Beth M. Beaudin-Seiler, MPA
Research Associate, College of Aviation
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. In 1997, with the help of multiple grants from the WK Kellogg Foundation, Kellogg Company, U.S. federal dollars, and the City of Battle Creek taxing authority, the School of Aviation Sciences was moved from Kalamazoo, Michigan to the WK Kellogg Airfield in Battle Creek, Michigan. With that move came a new fleet of airplanes, new and refurbished buildings and new opportunity to expand the program.
The School of Aviation Sciences worked hard to secure international pilot training contracts with British Airways, Aer Lingus and Emirates Airlines, and in 1998 began the International Pilot Training Centre. For five years the now College of Aviation worked to produce competent and qualified pilots for these organizations in an ab initio format. The ab initio format meant that students were selected in their home countries through a battery of tests and interviews and then sent to the United States to learn to fly. These students had no prior flying experience and were taken from 0 hours to 250 hours in 18 months where they would return to their home countries and fly as a first officer with the company that hired them. The companies paid for their training, housing and living expenses and in return were given a competent and qualified pilot that would work for them for the next 30+ years.
In contrast, this was very different from the model that what was utilized in the United States to hire qualified pilots. The College of Aviation continued to maintain its excellent aviation education program for U.S. students however their curriculum included a Bachelors of Science degree. So while they too graduated with about 250 hours, it took them 4+ years to accomplish their flight training. When they were finished they were competent pilots but not yet competitive in the U.S. market. First Officers hiring in to regional airlines needed 1000+ hours to be competitive. This meant that U.S. students finishing their training and studies would need to log more hours before being hirable. In stark contrast, the U.S. student also bore the entire cost of his/her education/training and building hours before being hired.
Watching these two programs operate caused the College of Aviation to ask itself some questions. What was really so different about the International student compared to the U.S. student? Were the programs so significantly different that one came out the other end more proficient, competitive and qualified than the other, which allowed the International student to sit in the right seat of a Boeing 737 with 250 hours, but merely allowed the U.S. student to need to build 750 more hours of time before being hirable to a regional carrier flying a turbo prop airplane that carried 30 passengers. The College looked very closely at the programs and the students coming out of them and we could easily see there wasn’t much difference at all between the programs and the students. U.S. students were just as competent and proficient as the International students and we were convinced that with the right selection we could show that the international model of pilot training could be used in the United States.
Proving the Concept
The first step in showing this model could work in the U.S. for pilot hiring was a proof of concept class. While it was never our intention that U.S. airlines would begin paying for the primary education/training of their pilots, we wanted to show that with good selection and quality training they did not require 1000+ hours of flight time before being hirable. A quality trained student at 250 hours could competently sit as a first officer. While pulling together this proof of concept class, Delta Air Lines became very interested in this idea. They knew that pilot shortages were going to come, and they wanted to gather as much information and be as proactive as possible in dealing with a possible shortage. They were also very interested in proactively figuring out ways to increase the numbers of women and minorities in pilot careers at Delta.
Through scholarship dollars at the College of Aviation, the WK Kellogg Foundation sponsored the first proof of concept class for ab initio pilot training we called the group US 1. These students were interviewed, given a battery of tests and selected by representatives from the College of Aviation and the Organization of Black Airline Pilots. Five students were selected, all had already obtained a Bachelors degree, but none had pursued flying, meaning they were coming in at zero hours of flight time. In 2001, the five scholars came to Battle Creek, MI to prove that with quality training we could fast-track flight students in to new hires. Out of the five selected – three finished and today all three are pilots with various airlines.
Meet Donald Turner - US 1 Graduate
Delta Air Lines
In 2001 Delta Air Lines bought in to the concept and donated $1.6 million in scholarship dollars to 24 students, which focused on increasing women and minority pilots at Delta. The students were divided in to three groups, Delta 1, Delta 2 and Delta 3. All three groups consisted of students selected using interviews and a battery of cognitive tests given by Delta. However the first two groups were made up of students that had already obtained a bachelor’s degree and were looking to pursue their dream of flying. The last group was made up of students already enrolled at WMU seeking their bachelor’s degree but had not yet started their flight training. The scholarship covered flight training, tuition, and room and board expenses. Eight students were assigned to each Delta group, none of which had any flight training prior to starting the program.
Meet Wade Mosley - Delta 2 Graduate
Meet Kate Wilmhoff - Delta 2 Graduate
The 16 females and 8 males selected began their training in 2001 and 2002. Upon graduation they were eligible for immediate interview with the Delta Connection carriers, Comair and Atlantic Southeast Airlines.
The Delta 1 group started with 8 students, 6 of which finished the program. One student returned to the military after 9/11, while the other 5 pursued careers in aviation. Today, 2 of those students work directly for Delta and 3 of those fly for other organizations.
The Delta 2 group started with 8 students, 7 of which finished the program. One student gained employment with the federal government while the others pursued careers in aviation. Today, 5 of those students work directly for Delta and 1 continues to actively fly with other organizations.
The Delta 3 group was the youngest scholars selected. They were all currently enrolled students at the College of Aviation at WMU, but had not yet started their flight training. All eight students selected for the Delta Scholarship finished the program and all 8 have gone on to pursue careers in aviation/aviation related fields.
Meet Mandy MacMillan - Delta 3 Graduate
Meet Kelly Pagels - Delta 3 Graduate
Upon graduation of the program, the Delta 3 scholars had earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Flight Training from WMU as well as their flight ratings.
Whether the students pursued flying directly or ended up in an aviation related field, their degree and experiences at WMU have proved beneficial.
Of the 8 students that started in the Delta 3 group – 8 finished the program. Four are first officers with Delta Airlines, with the remaining four finding their careers in corporate aviation, United Airlines, the military and technology and flight instruction.
Meet Ann Schroeder - Delta 3 Graduate
Meet Michael Tate - Delta 3 Graduate
The College of Aviation and Delta Air Lines believed in the idea that with quality training and appropriate selection we could train competent and proficient pilots with the ability to function at a high level upon graduation. Delta invested in scholarships for 24 students with the overarching goal to increase the presence of women and minorities in the field of aviation and the specific goal of obtaining quality trained pilot professionals for themselves and their affiliated regional carriers.
86% (18 scholars) of those students that finished the program are involved in the aviation industry; 52% (11 scholars) of them are directly working for Delta Air Lines; and 43% (9 scholars) of them are first officers for Delta.
Delta Air Lines increased the presence of women and minorities in the field of aviation, increased their presence within their own organization and showed that with the right selection and training proficient and competent pilots can be obtained with lower hours. The College of Aviation showed that it can be a provider of high quality education that produces proficient and competent pilots at lower hours.
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.
In 2000, Donald was selected to be a part of the first group of students to endure the tough 18 month flight program. He relocated to Michigan to pursue his dream, leaving his wife and children in Texas. His favorite memory flying at Western Michigan University was when his wife visited him in July, 2001 and she had the “ah ha” moment, seeing first-hand what he was learning and why.
Donald received his certificates right after 9/11, and was forced to teach math while working in a dispatch office- flying whenever he could. In 2004, he was hired as a First Officer with Continental Express and in 2006 was hired by Continental. Today, Donald flies as a First Officer with Continental/United on the Boeing 757 and 767.
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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.
Wade knew he wanted to be in aviation when his dad took him to the airport in Charlotte to see Hank Aaron to hopefully get his autograph. Hank was a no show, but there was a Boeing 727 that absolutely captivated him.
In 2001 Wade was elected as a Delta Scholar and began his flight training. His favorite memories of flying at Western Michigan University are the life-long friends that he made and the solo cross-country through the Michigan snow. He still gets nostalgic flying over Battle Creek, Michigan.
After receiving his rating in 2003, he moved back to Charlotte, where he earned his flight instructor rating, fueled airplanes, and threw bags for US Airways while building his flight time. Wade did some charter dispatch and his first flying job was with MESH Airlines.
He currently lives in Charlotte flying as a First Officer for Delta on the Boeing 757 and 767 out of New York.
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Kate was born and grew up in Kentucky, graduating from Covington Latin High School. She attended Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY majoring in Economics with a double minor in German and Mathematics with actuarial science emphasis.
Kate knew that she wanted to be in aviation in high school when she realized how much she loved to travel. Her favorite memory of flying at WMU was her first solo flight. Kate celebrated with friends after obtaining her certificates and ratings.
Today, Kate is a Fraud Technical Advisor for the Federal Government, Department of Treasury in Boulder, CO. She married her high school best friend in 2006 and they have two children.
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Mandy was born in Saginaw, Michigan and graduated from Bay City Western High School in Bay City, Michigan.
Mandy’s aviation story starts when she was in the 6th grade. Her family had settled into the suburbs of Bay City, Michigan, where the corn grew pretty high, and the area was pretty sleepy. Most of the people she knew had the monotonous 8-5 jobs and it seemed pretty mundane. As she walked to her bus stop, she would watch the Northwest Airline jets flying in and out of Bay City/Saginaw airport, and she wondered where everyone was going. That was when the seed was planted.
As she went through school and explored careers, they all seemed to be boring. Then in her junior year, she was assigned a project to interview someone in the career path she wanted. She decided to interview a pilot – there was just one problem, she didn’t know any. So Mandy did what any resourceful 17 year-old would and pulled out the yellow pages, and dialed Northwest Ticketing and Reservations. She dialed the number with her 100 open-ended questions in hand ready to get a pilot on the line. A reservation associate answered, and she explained her project. The associate said there were no pilots there but to please hold. This felt like it happened 20 or so times, but she did not give up, didn’t get disconnected, and somehow got through to some pilots. They put her on speakerphone for two hours and answered all her questions, encouraging her to pursue flying as a career. They were so excited about their jobs, she never heard someone so happy about going to work – she then knew that she would be a pilot.
In 2002, Mandy was selected as a Delta Scholar; she earned her flight ratings and her bachelor’s degree in Aviation Flight Science from Western Michigan University.
Her favorite memories of flying at WMU include her first takeoff, first landing, all of her instrument training, and mostly earning a “that was a great job today” from a tough flight instructor.
After she completed her degree, a few months passed before she got hired with Atlantic Southeast Airlines. She worked there for six years. Today, Mandy works for Delta Airlines as a First Officer. Her first assignment was on the DC-9 out of Detroit, the same airplanes that flew out of Saginaw/Bay City when she was a child. They are now repainted in Delta colors – but she was flying the same airplanes that she had watched flying over her at the bus stop.
Currently, Mandy is a First Officer on the MD-88/90 based out of New York.
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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.
In 2002, Kelly was selected as a Delta Scholar and in 2003 graduated from Western Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in Aviation Flight Science. Her most favorite memory of flying at WMU was her first solo to Muskegon, Michigan. It was great weather and Lake Michigan looked amazing from the sky.
Since graduating from WMU, Kelly has stayed in the industry that she loved so much, becoming a flight dispatcher for United Airlines.
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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. She enrolled in the Aviation Flight Science program at Western Michigan University and received the Delta Scholarship and graduated in 2004.
Anne’s favorite memory of flying at WMU was getting to know her instructors and classmates so well due to their tightknit, small group of Delta Scholars. After graduation, Anne was hired by Atlantic Southeast Airlines where she flew for 3 years before getting hired at Delta Airlines in 2007. She moved back to west Michigan as a First Officer on the Airbus 320 based out of Detroit, Michigan.
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