Metro State University Aviation Lab Inspires Young Pilots

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zyolaSummer 2013, STEM Ventures students were treated to the world class Metro State University Aviation and Aerospace Department’s World Indoor Airport (WIA), thanks to a grant from the Wolf Aviation Fund.  The day began with an inspiring testimonial from role model and MSU mentor/ambassador Zyola T. Mix, a Metro State University senior pursuing a degree in Aerospace Operations specializing in Space Commercialization with a minor in Mechanical Engineering. This degree coupled with her degree in Electrical Engineering Technology and professional work experience as an electrical, mechanical and transportation drafter sets her confidently on the path toward her dream of working in Aerospace and charting the next path of human space exploration.

Zyola shared a compelling story of how the sky had always entranced her. In 2001, as just a young high school graduate in Hawaii, she earned her Private Pilot license. Students were stretched to dream big as they heard Zyola share about her December 2013 projected graduation date from MSU as she enters confidently into the world of Aerospace Operations. Students toured the MSU World Indoor Airport and enjoyed the simulators and the various aviation labs at MSU.

A special thanks goes to Dr. Jeffrey Forrest, Chair and Professor of the Aviation and Aerospace Department of Science at Metropolitan State University for hosting the MSU tour which included the simulators pictured below.

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