Source: Bill Gross, 785-826-2970, bgross@k-state.edu
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News release prepared by: Morgan Miles, 785-826-2642, publicrelations@salina.k-state.edu

Friday, Feb. 3, 2012

Ready to soar: K-State Salina students achieve pilot and flight ratings

SALINA -- Aviation students at Kansas State University at Salina landed key pilot certifications and flight ratings during the fall 2011 semester.

Students receiving a private pilot certificate have completed a minimum of 35 hours of flight time during 30 lessons. With a private pilot certificate, pilots can fly with passengers in good weather both day and night.

To earn the instrument pilot rating, students complete an additional 35 hours of flight instruction above the private pilot certificate and complete 30 additional lessons. With the instrument pilot rating, a pilot can fly in inclement weather with passengers both day and night.

A commercial pilot certificate is earned when students complete a minimum of 40 hours of cross-country flight training and 15 hours in a complex, high performance airplane. Pilots with a commercial pilot certificate will have completed a minimum of 190 total hours of flight training since their first flight.

With a multi-engine airplane rating, students have demonstrated proficiency in a twin-engine airplane. A pilot with this rating is licensed to fly an airplane with two or more engines.

Students have the opportunity to earn a certified flight instructor certificate upon completion of their commercial rating by passing a written and practical exam administered by the Federal Aviation Administration. As a certified flight instructor, pilots can train students in the operation of a single-engine airplane.

Students receiving a certified instrument flight instructor rating have completed 15 additional hours of flight training beyond the certified instructor rating certificate. As a certified instrument flight instructor, pilots can train other pilots who desire to obtain an instrument rating.

To be certified as a multi-engine instructor, pilots must have 15 hours of twin-engine training, receive an endorsement from their flight instructor and pass a practical exam demonstrating their skills in this type of aircraft. A multi-engine instructor trains other pilots desiring a multi-engine rating.

Students who earned pilot ratings and certificates during the fall 2011 semester include:

Jennifer Abbott, sophomore in professional pilot, Abilene, private pilot certificate; Nathan Herschberger, non-degree seeking student in professional pilot, Andover, commercial pilot certificate; Benton Taylor, senior in professional pilot, Baldwin, certified flight instructor; Chelsea McChesney, senior in professional pilot, Burden, multi-engine and certified instrument flight instructor.

Scott Mall, junior in professional pilot, commercial pilot certificate, and Jonathan Thompson, senior in aviation maintenance and professional pilot, multi-engine, both from Clay Center; Eric Buffkin, December 2011 bachelor's graduate in professional pilot, certified flight instructor, and Matthew Hamlett, sophomore in professional pilot, private pilot certificate, both from De Soto; Robby Cornejo, senior in professional pilot, Derby, private pilot certificate; Ryan Dorsey, junior in professional pilot, Emporia, instrument pilot certificate; Russell Canter, junior in professional pilot, private pilot certificate, and Kody Trower, junior in professional pilot, instrument pilot rating, both from Enterprise; Theron Harper, senior in professional pilot, Eudora, certified flight instructor.

From Greater Kansas City: Kara Godsil, senior in professional pilot, instrument pilot rating, and Alxander "Blake" Clifton freshman in professional pilot, private pilot certificate, both from Kansas City, Kan.; Brad Jacobson, flight instructor, Leawood, certified flight instructor; Teddy Mwachia, senior in professional pilot, Olathe, commercial pilot certificate; and Joshua Insisienmay, freshman in professional pilot, private pilot certificate, and Russell Simons, senior in professional pilot, instrument pilot rating, both from Overland Park.

Aaron Baker, junior in professional pilot, Haysville, instrument pilot rating; Charles Ballentine, senior in professional pilot and avionics maintenance, Herington, instrument pilot rating; Devin Seematter, senior in professional pilot, Home, certified flight instructor; James Moore, senior in aeronautical technology and professional pilot, private pilot certificate, Junction City; Joshua Williams, junior in professional pilot, Leavenworth, private pilot certificate; Luke Patterson, flight instructor, Liberal, multi-engine; Jim Schlup, senior in aviation maintenance, Manhattan, instrument pilot rating; Tanner Dirks, sophomore in professional pilot, Montezuma, instrument pilot rating; Justin Kaufman, senior in professional pilot, Moundridge, instrument pilot rating; Kyle Simpson, senior in professional pilot, Mulvane, multi-engine instructor; Mason Angel, sophomore in professional pilot, Paradise, instrument pilot rating; Tanner Thompson, junior in professional pilot, Phillipsburg, instrument pilot rating.

From Salina: Michael Ballard, freshman in aeronautical technology, private pilot certificate; Jeremy Bushnell, sophomore in professional pilot, instrument pilot rating; Joseph Carney, senior in professional pilot, private pilot certificate; Carol Cooper, senior in professional pilot, multi-engine instructor; Jared Johnson, senior in professional pilot, multi-engine instructor; Stacy Nelson, sophomore in professional pilot, private pilot certificate; Christopher Rogers, senior in professional pilot, multi-engine; John Snyder, senior in professional pilot, instrument pilot rating; and Joshua Stock, senior in engineering technology, professional pilot and technology management, multi-engine.

Colton Moisman, junior in professional pilot, Sedgwick, commercial pilot certificate; Kristen Lingg, senior in professional pilot, Stockton, certified flight instructor; Megan Henderson, senior in technology management and professional pilot, Topeka, certified flight instructor; James Schreiner, junior in professional pilot, WaKeeney, instrument pilot rating.

From Wichita: Lee Anderson, sophomore in professional pilot, instrument pilot rating; Christopher Davis, senior in professional pilot, certified flight instructor; Timothy Fidler, December 2011 bachelor's graduate in aeronautical technology, certified flight instructor; Herbert "Bert" Hutchison, freshman in professional pilot, private pilot certificate; Joshua McCollum, senior in air-traffic control and professional pilot, commercial pilot certificate; and David Williams, sophomore in professional pilot, private pilot certificate.

From out of state:

Aria Davenport, senior in professional pilot, Nevada City, Calif., instrument pilot rating; Mario Zunic, senior in professional pilot, Oceanside, Calif., instrument pilot rating; Ross Mahoney, December 2011 bachelor's graduate in professional pilot, Castle Rock, Colo., certified flight instructor; Michael Potts, junior in professional pilot, Highlands Ranch, Colo., certified flight instructor; Omokolade Osinubi, sophomore in professional pilot, Tucker, Ga., private pilot certificate; Matthew Penell, junior in professional pilot, Jacksonville, Ill, certified flight instructor; David Brayer, senior in professional pilot, Independence, Mo., certified flight instructor; Seaton Owensby, sophomore in professional pilot, Nixa, Mo., instrument pilot rating; Colton Daum, senior in professional pilot, Dix, Neb., multi-engine; Matthew Simmons, December 2011 bachelor's graduate in professional pilot and now a flight instructor, Los Alamos, N.M.,certified flight instructor.

From out of country:

From Japan: Yoshiyuki Hanajiri, junior in professional pilot, Hakodate, private pilot certificate; Kohei Nagano, senior in professional pilot, Osaka-shi, multi-engine; and Hibiki Himiya, freshman in aeronautical technology, private pilot certificate, Tokyo.

Saleh Al-Romih, freshman in professional pilot, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, private pilot certificate.