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  • -= Mercurious Chat =- (robbins07 Chat Log)During this online chat, 39 questions were asked by 15 schools. There were 2 adults and 24 students involved in this chat.

    Hosted by Michelle Robbins of the EAA

    Elizabeth Schmeisser - Moderator at Space Explorers, Inc. from De Pere, Wisconsin comments:
    Room opened by Moderator on 05/16/07 at 12:30.

    Elizabeth Schmeisser - Moderator at Space Explorers, Inc. from De Pere, Wisconsin comments:
    Space Explorers would like to welcomeMs. Robbins as our hosts today. All of your questions will be viewed by a moderator. We will try to get through as many questions as possible during the chat period. Ask away!

    Stan - Chat Guest at Harrison Elementary from , asks:
    Are you a pilot?

    No, I am not a pilot, however I have many in my family in addition to several other aviation fields. I am one on thousands of people involved with aviation, but not a pilot.

    Frank - Chat Guest at Johnson Elementary from , asks:
    In the future do you think planes will go to space?

    I guareentee it! We already have seen Space Ship One go into space. It was the first airplane/rocket to do so by a private company. They are already selling tickets to take passengers up in the near future.

    Jake - Chat Guest at Durkee from , asks:
    Do you have to work for an airline if you are a pilot?

    Many pilots do not work for an airline. One of the fasted growing segments is in the world of corporate piloting. These jobs include businesses that need pilots to either transport thier employees or haul cargo. The United States Post Office and UPS are great examples!

    Lindsay - Chat Guest at Douglas from , asks:
    Do you like your job?

    My job is great! I get to work with students and teachers from around the world that are interested in aviation. I specifically coordinate a college level course for high school students.

    Jeremy - Chat Guest at Lincoln from , asks:
    Are there specials schools for flying?

    There are several programs around the country that offer both associate (2 year programs) or a bachelors (4 year program) in aviation. You generally need the 4 year program to work in the airlines

    Marie - Chat Guest at from Green Bay, WI asks:
    How would you recommend that high school students interested in a career in aviation prepare for college?

    That depends on your interests. For example if your goal is to be a pilot, I suggest working towards you Private Pilots lincense which involves taking a ground school course and flying lessons. If by chance you want to be a mechanic, I suggest taking as many mechanical or engineering courses that your high school might offer. Many technical and 4 year colleges offer opportunities for high school students to take thier courses

    Stephanie - Chat Guest at Whittier from , asks:
    What is the EAA?

    It stands for Experimental Aircraft Association. We focus on bringing aviation to the average person. Many of our members not only fly, but also build thier own planes from kits. We also provide many educational opportunities to students through our museum.

    Tommy - Chat Guest at Lance Junior High from , asks:
    What is Aeroscholars?

    Aeroscholars is an online aviation course that offers college credit to high school students. It is a series of two courses that can also prepare you to take your written exam for your Private Pilot examination and earn you six college credits.

    Mrs. Smith, Bowler - Chat Guest at from , asks:
    To go into an aviation career, do you have to learn how to fly a plane?

    There are many careers that do not require this. For example, my husband is an aircraft mechanic for the planes that are typically owned by large businesses or very rich people. He only had to go to school for two years, and is now in making a very good and fun career for himself

    Marie - Chat Guest at from Green Bay, WI asks:
    Are there any careers in the field of aviation that have a shortage of qualified applicants? Which position(s) are most difficult to fill?

    There is a shortage is several areas. One is in mechanics and the other is in the corporate pilots I mentioned earlier. Even more interesting is that if you ever wanted to work outside of the United States, the opportunities are even in greater demand

    Stan - Chat Guest at Harrison Elementary from , asks:
    Would you go to space if you could?

    I would love to go to space as a tourist. I am not sure if I would want to be there for the long term.

    Andie - Chat Guest at Washington Middle from , asks:
    Can you fly anywhere once you have a license?

    There are several different types of licenses and several restrictions on where and when someone can fly. There are maps you can purchase called sectionals that give one these details.

    Mrs. Smith, Bowler - Chat Guest at from , asks:
    How did you get interested in your job?

    I have always been very interested in aviation since I have several family members in a variety of careers. I initially took my marketing background to other fields, but when this opportunity arose it seemed like a perfect fit.

    Mrs. Smith, Bowler - Chat Guest at from , asks:
    Have you ever thought you wanted to be a pilot?

    Yes, I do believe that it is something that I would like to do. I just need to take the time to complete it :)

    Allison - Chat Guest at St. James from , asks:
    What else can you do in aviation besides flying a plane?

    There are several opportunities including engineers, air traffic control, military, airport mangement, and aerial photography as some examples. There are many!

    Lindsay - Chat Guest at Douglas from , asks:
    Where can pilots train in Wisconsin?

    Most local airports will have flight instructors to begin with.

    Jake - Chat Guest at Durkee from , asks:
    How long do you have to go to school to be an airplane engine mechanic?

    Usually two years. However, there are programs where the schooling is less, and you are an apprentice to a mechanic for some time following before you can work on your own.

    Tommy - Chat Guest at Lance Junior High from , asks:
    Do you have to own a plane to become a pilot?

    No, you do not have to own a plane. Many people rent them. Another option many take is to co-own a plane with several people

    Mrs. Smith, Bowler - Chat Guest at from , asks:
    What kind of jobs do you have to go to collage for?

    Many do require a college degree including working is as a commercial pilot, airport management and engineering

    Jeremy - Chat Guest at Lincoln from , asks:
    What types of classes do you need to take to fly?

    In ground school you will learn about the science involved with flying a plane, how the instruments work, how to plan your flight, and even alot on how weather affect flying

    Craig - Chat Guest at from , asks:
    What are the types of licenses

    There are many levels from a basic recreational license all the way to flying a commercial plane. There are also licenses for being a flight instructor, which is a very rewarding career

    Allison - Chat Guest at St. James from , asks:
    How many years do you have to go to school to be a pilot?

    To be a basic pilot of your own plane can be done in less then a year. However, if you would like to fly a commercial airliner, this can take at least 4 years.

    Elizabeth Schmeisser - Moderator at Space Explorers, Inc. from De Pere, Wisconsin comments:
    The chat room will be closing in approximately five minutes. At this time, we would like to thank everyone for joining us for this special event. We would especially like to thank and Mrs. Robbins for hosting our chat today.

    Stephanie - Chat Guest at Whittier from , asks:
    What school is the best to go to for a pilot?

    There are several very good schools around the country that can train you. Almost all local airports have a basic flight school to get you started. There is also several colleges around the country that can prepare you for more advanced licenses

    Mrs. Smith, Bowler - Chat Guest at from , asks:
    have you ever been in or flown a plane?

    I have been in many planes from ones that carry only two people to commercial planes you generally travel in

    Elizabeth Schmeisser - Moderator at Space Explorers, Inc. from De Pere, Wisconsin comments:
    For the most up-to-date and complete listing of future chat events, please check out http://www.space-explorers.com/internal/events/chats.html . We look forward to chatting with you again!

    Elizabeth Schmeisser - Moderator at Space Explorers, Inc. from De Pere, Wisconsin comments:
    5/16/2007 1:25:29 PM - Room closed by Moderator. Thank you for your participation.

     
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