Fighting Irish take flight

first_imgStudents fascinated by game day flyovers will have a chance to get an inside look at what it takes to fly next semester. The Notre Dame Pilot Initiative, an academic program intended to teach students about the fundamentals of flight, will return this spring. The three-credit course, Principles of Flight, is specifically designed to help aspirant pilots pass the written portion of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) private pilot certification test. Jay Burns, a cadet captain in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) and certified ground instructor, is leading the effort to bring back the course. He said the class will use much of the same material that helped him pass the FAA test. “I learned to fly from this material when I was still a sophomore in high school, and it certainly helped me pass my FAA written exam to get my private pilot certificate,” Burns said. “I felt that I was more advanced because I’ve had a better background and a deeper understanding of the different concepts that you deal with in aviation.” Burns said he would incorporate additional material used by Joe Friel, a former Air Force ROTC student who led the class the last time it was offered. Friel, now a program manager at Avidyne, the leading provider of cockpit instrumentation for small aircrafts, said he and Newcamp developed the curriculum to offer students an insight into the practical application of flight concepts. “We tried to bring material that was appropriate, but that was in-depth enough to give students a real appreciation for the concepts,” Friel said. “More than just memorizing for the tests, we wanted them to really understand what was making the plan fly.” When the initiative began, Friel said primarily AFROTC students were interested. The second semester, however, he was surprised by a drastic change in class makeup. “We taught some that did want to be pilots and some that didn’t,” Friel said. “One girl that signed up for our course was an artist who drew some of the materials that we used, and who had signed up for the class because she had family members who flew and she wanted more of an appreciation of flying.” Colonel Andrew Cernicky, a professor of Aerospace Studies, a U.S. Air Force pilot and a graduate of Notre Dame’s ROTC program, will co-lead the course with Burns. Cernicky said he was excited when Burns approached him with his plans for revitalizing the initiative, both because he took the course as an undergraduate and because it offered an opportunity to expose students to the fundamentals of flight for the first time. “This class should demystify the process of flying and make it completely understandable,” Cernicky said. “You don’t need to be a scientist or mathematician to take this course, anyone at ND can take it that has an interest in understanding how aircraft fly.” Mary Hession, a sophomore in Notre Dame’s Air Force ROTC, said she is glad the course is designed to be accessible to those without previous experience. As a Russian major, she said the course would be a good introduction to a more technical area of study. “All of the technical majors have more of the background knowledge that corresponds to understanding flying, so this class will help me by giving me that knowledge,” she said. Jordan Hoover, another AFROTC sophomore, said he is taking the class to get exposure to material he may later see in the Air Force’s pilot training. “I’m fairly sure that I want to be a pilot,” Hoover said. “[The course] will give me the experience to know for sure that’s what I want to do, and I’ll have seen the material that I would encounter in pilot training.” Now retired Colonel Mike Zenk, who oversaw the program when it was under Friel’s leadership, said the original class material included many of the elements taught at ground school. Students learned the basics of aerodynamics, FAA rules about airspaces, airport and flight operations, communications with ground crews, safety precautions and pilot navigation skills. “The biggest benefit [of the class] is taking that first step towards actually being able to fly an airplane,” Zenk said. “To help spark that interest or to take their first step towards a dream that they have is the best reason to take the class.”last_img read more

Lime National Basketball League Playoff Results

first_img 30 Views   no discussions The 2 semifinal match-ups have now been set in the 1st Division and are as follows:Goodwill Starz vs Pichelin Pistons and Wesley Raptors vs. Element Agencies Ole Skool Share Share Game 2: Featured the young and athletic Snipers out of Paix Bouche  and the veteran Element Agencies Ole Skool team which featured former national player, Irvin Magloire. The Snipers team came into this game booming with confidence having won Zone B and along the way defeating the defending champions. After a slow first quarter for both teams, the Ole Skool team took control of the game, never reliquishing their lead. Their display of dominance and control left the huge crowd in shock and disbelief. This proved to be the first upset of the playoffs with the Ole Skool team which was ranked fourth in Zone A and Snipers being the the number one seed in Zone B. The Ole Skool team has now qualified for the semifinals. Element Agencies Ole Skool: 59   Julien Jno Baptiste 14, Cedric Hypolite 12, Bert Benjamin 11, Layne Royer 10Paix Bouche: 53  Lenin Paul 21, Hendricks Holsborough 19 Share Results of Kubuli/Vita Malt 1st Division Quarter Finals matches played on Saturday 13th August, 2011 at the Lindo Park in Goodwill. Game 1:The Pistons team out of Pichelin  continued their great run of success in the 2011 LIME National Basketball League by completing a remarkable victory over the much fancied Juggernauts out of Salisbury. The Pistons team dominated the Juggernauts leading at the end of every quarter. PISTONS has now qualified for the semifinals. Pichelin Pistons : 74  Yannick Regis scored 28, Kijuan Thomas 14, Khalim Thomas 10Juggernauts         :  63   Dean Vidal scored 30, Esmond Andrew 13, Benton Vidal 10Game 2: The second game of the evening featured the undefeated Starz out of Goodwill and Ian Douglas Patriots out of Portsmouth. the Starz team showed why they were undefeated during the regular season by blowing out their opponents by 35 points. Starz has now qualified for the semifinals.center_img Gary BenjaminSecretary DABA Sharing is caring! Game 1: The match proved to live up to its hype as it featured the 2009 champions Maximum Building Supplies Tigers of Canefield and the defending champions Wesley Raptors. With both  teams battling for dominance throughout the game, with the game tied at 56 and under a minute  to go in the forth quarter Ian Brumant of Tigers hit a jumper giving his team a two point lead leaving less than 30 seconds left on the game clock. National point guard Steve Oliver Hypolite then took a running jump shot forcing the game to the first overtime of the playoffs. The overtime period was also a battle with each team taking the lead. With 6 seconds left and the game tied at 61, Steve Oliver Hypolite dribbled the ball from the half court and made a fade-away 3 pointer with two defenders in his face giving his team a 3 point lead and leaving only 0.1 seconds on the clock, which was not enouth time for the tigers to get off a shot. GS Wesley Raptors: 64  Steve Oliver Hypolite scored 27, Tim Telemacque 25Maximum Building Supplies Tigers: 61  Ian Brumant 14, Heywood Powell 14, Curtis John 10 Results of Kubuli/Vita Malt 1st Division Quarter Finals matches played at Lindo Park on Sunday 14th August, 2011. Tweet NewsSports Lime National Basketball League Playoff Results by: – August 15, 2011 Starz: 99  Kelsey Guy scored 25, Jason Samuel 17, Straun Gregoire 15, Daynes Peter 13Patriots: 64  Marlon Hilaire scored 22, Kimani Thomas 20, Regilio Cisse 11last_img read more

Note worthy of Listed prize

Having finished in mid-division in the German 1000 Guineas, and again when sent over to Carlisle, Michael O’Callaghan’s filly showed what she is capable of when making Toscanini pull out all the stops over this six furlongs here a couple of weeks ago. Back against her own sex, she was still allowed to go off at 6-1 in the hands of Pat Smullen, but took up the running inside the final couple of furlongs before fending off the late lunge of Byzantium by a head. O’Callaghan said: “Pat gave her a great ride. He said it was too slow for her and he had to go for it. He said the better the race, the better she’ll be as she has lots and lots of speed. “When the other filly (Byzantium) came, she battled again and toughed it out. “We’ve always thought she was a nice filly, she’s big and being by Azamour she should keep improving. “She’s after having a few races now and we’ll make all the entries but might give her a few easy weeks.” Letters Of Note proved that sprinting is her game with success in the Listed Yeomanstown Stud Dark Angel EBF Stakes at Naas. Press Association read more

Kotobabi primary wins Omo Fantastic ‘5’ Tournament

first_imgKotobabi 5 primary school emerged winners of the Omo Fantastic five challenge over the weekend at the Accra Sports Stadium .A concept developed by Unilever Ghana Limited to bring to light, the benefits associated with the philosophy, of allowing children the freedom to explore the world through play.The Kotobabi lads performed exceptionally well with team mate Enoch Otu emerging as a the Goal king with 5 goals as well as the Most Valuable Player of the Fantastic 5 football challenge.The 8 finalist K.5 Primary School and Tema Regular Baptist School from the Tema, British International School and Jack and Jill school from Accra. Salem Educational complex and St. Lisberth International school from the Ashanti Region, and Queen of Peace Academy and St. Peter’s school from Takoradi, battled it out with 13 games.Before the Grand finale , the teams were given a taste of celebrity where they had a face to face interaction with the media in a press conference session to articulate their experiences with the Omo fantastic 5 Football challenged.In answer to a question whether the team will be genuinely sent to Brazil to witness the World Cup, Mr. Clarence Nartey, The Brand Building Director Unilever Ghana reiterate that, the Team will be captured  on their journey and experience to Brazil and playback for all to witness. All 10 teammates and their coach will be sent to Brazil to witness the live the 2014 world cup. The Category Manager Ms. Sylvia Acquah stated that, the project is about unearthing talents in children through play, learning and development. This has been at the center of the brand philosophy over the last decade, she stressed the Omo believe play offers children the platform to express the talent that is with-in-them and by so doing learn lessons that will last them a lifetime and ultimately lead to successes tomorrow.last_img read more