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Eastern Michigan University Graduation

Robert Chapin
2013-06-28T19:47:54+00:00
EMU Outstanding Student award in Aviation

Outstanding Student Award

I always thought college graduation would be like high school graduation; a happy day that goes by too quickly.  But in many ways, my college graduation stretched over two months filled with celebrations, gifts, studying, and so many exams that I’ve lost count!

Over the past two months, I’ve had several new experiences and accomplishments:

  • Attended the Alpha Eta Rho National Conference in Kalamazoo.
  • Received the Outstanding Student in Aviation award at the College of Technology Celebration of Scholarship banquet.
  • Mailed commencement announcements.
  • Scored 100% during the 3-day final exam for Aircraft Dispatcher.
  • Moved out of my dorm room.
  • Enjoyed my undergraduate commencement ceremony.
  • Passed the FAA practical test for Aircraft Dispatcher certification.
  • Took a train ride from Ann Arbor.  Collided with an 18-wheeler full of kayaks!  Luckily, there were no injuries.
  • Presented my pilot survey research project to the Dean of the College of Technology.
  • Completed spin training and the flight instructor stage check.
  • Passed the FAA written test for Fundamentals of Instructing.
  • Passed the FAA written test for Flight Instructor Airplane.
  • Passed the FAA written test for Ground Instructor Basic.
  • Passed the FAA practical test for Flight Instructor Airplane Single Engine.

Rob in cap and gown

It was a busy time for me.

From here, I should see my final grades posted for Flight Instructor training.  I will bring those grades to the attention of my graduation auditor who will review the grades and give me a letter verifying I am a graduate (summa cum laude) of EMU officially on August 23, 2013.

Since I have no further academic obligations, I only have to wait for August 23 to come around before EMU can put my diploma in the mail.  I should have it in my hands sometime this fall!

In the meantime, I plan to work on the instrument rating for my flight instructor certificate and send my résumé to a variety of flight schools.  My goal is to have a flight instructing job by the end of year, and I am determined to make that happen.

28 Jun 2013

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Symposium a Success

Robert Chapin
2013-03-28T09:16:20+00:00
Robert Chapin and his poster presentation on airline passenger misconduct.

Rob at This Year’s Symposium

My research presentation was very popular this year.  One has to be prepared for anything with an 8 AM audience, and I was pleasantly surprised by the number of people who expressed interest in my work.

This was my third appearance at the EMU Undergraduate Symposium.  Drawing on experience from previous years, I created a poster that had a left column of major bullet points.  On the middle half of the poster, I filled the area with 18 graphs summarizing the survey results.  The right column summarized the survey participants’ demographic information and general answers about passenger misconduct.

I am invited to present my research again for the Dean of the College of Technology at an upcoming board meeting.  This is an exciting opportunity to think about while working on the manuscript and, hopefully, publication.

Here are a few tips for future symposium presentations, based on what I’ve observed about designing an effective poster:

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28 Mar 2013

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Survey Results to be Previewed at Symposium

Robert Chapin
2013-03-13T17:29:31+00:00
Rob presenting a poster about Air Rage at the 2012 EMU Undergraduate Symposium.

Rob at Last Year’s Symposium

The results are in from my survey about airline passenger misconduct!  Participants recruited from popular aviation websites helped produce over 16,000 data points that need to be analyzed.  It is a great amount of new information to sift through.

I am working on several pie charts and other fun display items for a general audience.  These will go on a poster to help me present the topic of “air rage” and some new ideas about what defines misconduct, its incident rate, and which conclusions may be supported by the survey data.

This presentation is scheduled for 8:30 – 10:15 am on Friday, March 22 at the 33rd EMU Undergraduate Symposium.

The event is free and open to the public.

After the Symposium, the focus of my project will shift to writing and seeking publication of a paper with all of the results explained, analyzed, and compared to previous research.

13 Mar 2013

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Do You Want To Be a Pilot?

Robert Chapin
2013-04-21T12:50:52+00:00
Dawning sky.

Dawning Sky at the Airport

As graduation approaches, I am reflecting more on the university experience, and noticing that it has been a personal success.  I can also look back on some mistakes, and on the successes of my classmates, and see what worked best for all of us.

I’ve decided to start my articles about university life with a series called the Flight Training Survival Guide.  I found so many ideas to write about that it made sense to break up the guide into individual topics and add them here one at a time.

Some of the advice in this guide is generic, and some of it is specific to Eastern Michigan University (EMU).  I feel this type of advice needs to be neither generic nor specific.  One should consider all information when embarking on the path to becoming a pilot.

Before Your Training Begins …

Are you certain that flying is for you?  It is amazing how many people get this wrong!  Becoming a pilot must be the most important thing that you want to do, more than anything else.  No matter how you go about training and how many resources you start out with, you absolutely must have the unwavering desire, self-motivation, and perseverance to accomplish this goal.

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3 Mar 2013

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Class Introduction

Robert Chapin
2013-04-11T10:22:30+00:00

Touring an Airbus A330 at Detroit Metro, April 2012.

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7 Sep 2012

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