Aeronautics

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Student competing in the 2023 CAE Lighter Than Air Engineering Competition

In early December, first-year students in Kent State University's College of Aeronautics and Engineering were challenged to engineer  and build propeller-driven, "lighter than air" aircraft suspended by helium balloons. It was all part of the "Lighter Than Air" Engineering Competition in the College of Aeronautics and Engineeri...

Aeronautics Center under construction

FedEx Corp. has pledged $5 million, in addition to $1.5 million already given, in support of an aeronautics academic center that will be located at the Kent State University Airport. The new 17,800-square-foot building will be named the FedEx Aeronautics Academic Center. Construction is currently underway in anticipation of a fall 2019 ope...

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Photo by Melanie Nesteruk '18

As Kent State celebrates the 50th anniversary of its flight technology program, we survey the sky-high dreams of women in aeronautics.  By Erin Peterson, Illustrations by Jason Zehner ’10 When Amelia Earhart became the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932, she launched the dreams of millions of girls wh...

The Kent State University Aeronautics Fair, a family-friendly event on Sept. 9, will feature vintage aircraft, military vehicles, speakers and pilots, as well as airplane and hot air balloon rides.

The 21st Kent State University Aeronautics Fair will take place Saturday, Sept. 9, from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. at Andrew W. Paton Field at the Kent State University Airport, located at 4020 Kent Road in Stow. Hosted by Kent State’s Aeronautics program in the College of Aeronautics and Engineering, this free, family-friendly and educational communit...

Jaila Manga (left) and Helen Miller pose near the propeller of their Cessna Sky Hawk at the Kent State University Airport, preparing their plane for the 41st Air Race Classic.

A pair of Kent State University female pilots have successfully completed the 2017 Air Race Classic. The Flying Flashes finished fifth out of the 12 universities, and 15th out of the 47 teams overall. They also received a prize for finishing second on the seventh leg of the race and were one of only nine teams to complete the race with zer...

Virginia Albanese (far left) of FedEx Custom Critical presents a giant check to Kent State President Beverly Warren. Also pictured are Interim Dean Robert Sines, Vice President Stephen Sokany and Flash.

Kent State University’s College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology will receive a $1.5 million gift from FedEx over three years. The gift will support the university’s flight program, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2017 and has outgrown current facilities at the Kent State University Airport. “I am proud...

The Kent State University Aeronautics Fair, a family-friendly event on Sept. 10, will feature vintage aircraft, military vehicles, speakers and pilots, as well as airplane and hot air balloon rides.

The Aeronautics Department in Kent State University’s College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology will host its 20th Aeronautics Fair on Saturday, Sept. 10. The Kent State University Aeronautics Fair takes place 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Andrew W. Paton Field at the Kent State University Airport, located at 4020 Kent Road in St...

Carissa Marion (left) Jalia Manga (right) are the first female pilot team from Kent State to compete in the Air Race Classic. Follow their progress on Twitter using #NikkiTheTopHawk.

  What was scheduled to take four days to complete, Kent State University’s Flying Flashes finished in three. Carissa Marion, a Kent State flight instructor and graduate of the university and Jalia Manga, a flight technology major in Kent State’s College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology, landed in Daytona Be...

A Kent State aeronautics student looks over Nikki, the university’s new aircraft, on the tarmac at the Kent State Airport. The student will be flying the plane in the 2016 Air Race Classic.

Nikki, the Top Hawk Cessna aircraft, was revealed Feb. 23 at the Kent State University Airport to students, alumni and friends of Kent State University’s Aeronautics Program, and to family members of the plane’s namesake. Nikki joins the university’s fleet of 33 training planes. Kent State was named a 2016 Top Hawk university, one of on...

A Douglas DC-3/C-47 cargo plane sits on the tarmac at the Kent State University Airport during the 2014   Aviation Heritage Fair. The plane is owned by the Yankee Air Museum and was open for tours.

The Aeronautics Department from Kent State University’s College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology will host its 19th Aviation Heritage Fair on Saturday, Sept. 19. The event is from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Andrew W. Paton Field at the Kent State University Airport, located at 4020 Kent Road in Stow, Ohio.  This famil...