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User currently offlineNycfuturepilot From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 791 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3078 times:

I was just accepted to the University of Illinois as a pilot major in their institute of aviation (will be getting a BA or a BBA also) but really dont know much about it, was wondering what everyone knows about the school and what you think about it.


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User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9642 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3060 times:

I have heard good things about it. University of Illinois is one of the best public schools in the country and that reputation will serve you well. If you don't make it or choose not to follow your pilot career, you will have a good undergraduate education presuming that you do not slack off. If you put the work in, then you will be well prepared. My biggest suggestion is that you should work hard on the academics too. If you get a strong education, then you will have somewhere to fall back on if you cannot make it financially as a pilot and need to supplement your living.

As for the school of aviation, I have heard that there are a fair number of people that go to the military after studying there. I have met a few people that go to school there and haven't heard anything bad.

Doing your flight training in Central Illinois will definitely help you understand weather. You will be very knowledgeable about thunderstorms and convective activity as well as icing. The airspace is not very crowded around there at all, which can be a good or bad thing. Now if you want to live for four years in Central Illinois is a different thing. It is a good school and college town though.

Good luck in your future endeavours!

[Edited 2006-01-14 21:57:02]


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User currently offlineCHI787ORD From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 524 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2985 times:

I don't know much about the aviation program, but I can tell you a little about U of I.

U of I is considered to be a "public-ivy", being one of the best public universities in the country. It has a VERY LARGE campus in Urbana & Champaign, Illinois. It's interesting to note that a strong majority of undergraduates at U of I are from the Chicagoland area, and not from places in southern Illinois.

If you are ever craving the big city life, Chicago is only a few hours away by road or a nonstop AA flight to ORD.


User currently offlineJacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 14968 posts, RR: 59
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2967 times:

Quoting CHI787ORD (Reply 2):
not from places in southern Illinois.

there's nothing down there...that's why.. Wink


UofI is a great school..many of my friends from highschool went there...



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User currently offlineSalukipilot From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 161 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2940 times:

Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 3):
there's nothing down there...that's why..

Hey hey there!!! There's Southern Illinois University!!

Dont't forget about us! Big grin



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User currently offlineFlyingbronco05 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3840 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2922 times:

Quoting Nycfuturepilot (Thread starter):
I was just accepted to the University of Illinois as a pilot major in their institute of aviation (will be getting a BA or a BBA also) but really dont know much about it,

Why would you apply some place you know very little about?



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User currently offlineJacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 14968 posts, RR: 59
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2908 times:

Quoting Salukipilot (Reply 4):
Hey hey there!!! There's Southern Illinois University!!

Dont't forget about us!  biggrin 

u're TOTALLY right......I was going to put that in before I got distracted watching the football game and then forgot to put it in...... Wink



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User currently offlineType-Rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 5043 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2836 times:

Both schools aviation programs have been around for many, many years. I almost went to U of I, but ended up at Louisiana Tech. For some reason I couldn't remember, Tech had an advantage over U of I at the time (1969). For some reason I preferred the back woods over the cornfields  Smile->!

I think it was back in 1974, the IFA had an airmeet at SIU which I attended.

There was an old UA Viscount parked at Carbondale airport. I wonder if it is still there?
There also was a derelict Beech 18 sitting at the old Ruston airport. I wonder what they did to that when they redeveloped the land?



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User currently offlineNycfuturepilot From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 791 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2828 times:

Quoting Flyingbronco05 (Reply 5):
Why would you apply some place you know very little about?

My advisor told me the day before the deadline that I'd be able to study aviation and business and all i really had to do to apply was copy and paste an essay i had all ready written on to the illinois website so figured I might as well just do it then if I got in go out to take a look and learn more about the school. Anyone flown into CMI? how is it?



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User currently offlineFRAspotter From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2352 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2803 times:

Quoting Nycfuturepilot (Thread starter):
I was just accepted to the University of Illinois as a pilot major in their institute of aviation (will be getting a BA or a BBA also)

Yeah, I am doing the same thing as you, except not going to Illinois. I've applied to LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, Oklahoma State University, and University of Dubuque in Iowa. All 3 of those schools have great Aviation programs.
At LeTourneau and Dubuque during the spring of your Junior year they can set you up with an internship with American Eagle... Plus all 3 of those schools have quite modern fleets of single and twin engine turbo prop aircraft with the oldest being from 1979.
I also considered the University of North Dakota which supposedly has one of the best programs in the country with an average fleet age of 4 years old, but I decided to stick to a school somewhere near where I have family (i.e. Oklahoma, Texas, Iowa).

Good Luck at Illinois...



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User currently offlineNycfuturepilot From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 791 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2742 times:

Anyone know anything about the flying team? i know they fly a 152. Surprised there arent any UIUC students on here.


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User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5692 posts, RR: 52
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2727 times:

Quoting Salukipilot (Reply 4):

Hey hey there!!! There's Southern Illinois University!!

Dont't forget about us!

hahaha rock on !!!! I LIVE in Southern Illinois, so YA theres SOMETHING HERE!  Wink

Alex



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User currently offlineFlyingbronco05 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3840 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2719 times:

Quoting Nycfuturepilot (Reply 10):
Anyone know anything about the flying team? i know they fly a 152.

HA! Want a good flight team, look to WMU.

The Sky Bronco Flight Team relishes in a rich history of regional and national competitive successes. The Sky Broncos captured the National Intercollegiate Flying Association's Region III title in October 2005 with strong performances in all of the competition's 10 events. WMU flight teams have placed among the top three in the nation for 14 consecutive years.

http://www.wmich.edu/aviation/organizations/skybroncos/



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User currently offlineTWAalltheway From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 144 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2698 times:

Hi there.
I can answer any questions you may have about Illinois Aviation (and the U of I in general), as I previously went to the U of I (I transferred), and I flew in their aviation program. I can tell you right off the bat...it is one heck of program. They fly new Pipers there, all of which were delivered in 98-99. Many have GPS. The flight instructors are all outstanding (unless you get stuck with a part-timer who is just a newbie flight instructor), and the level of flight training you get is great.
The Champaign airport is a great airport to learn, because you get real-world experience. It is a class C airport, with regularly scheduled commercial flights, and it can get rather busy at times with 25 aircraft doing touch-and-goes on their parallel runways.
U of I Aviation may not be as well known as their engineering, but it's an outstanding program. Any questions, feel free to email me at bowers.259@osu.edu. I highly recommend going out there and visiting the airport and getting a tour, if you don't know much about it. Best of luck,

Jacob Bowers
TWAalltheway


User currently offlinePurdueAv2003 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 251 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2690 times:

I got my A&P and Engineering degrees from Purdue, but had a few friends from U of I. It was a great school, but I didn't care for the campus or the city. You can rack up some hours, though, flying over to LAF, visit my old stomping grounds, party, wait 8 hrs, and fly back. Make sure you stop by Harry's for me! Big grin


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User currently offlineNycfuturepilot From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 791 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2689 times:

TWA...Thanks a lot, I will definitely e-mail you at some point this spring to ask you about UI


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User currently offlineLambertMan From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2076 posts, RR: 35
Reply 16, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2681 times:

The University of Illinois itself is a great school, the aviation school is just mediocre. I went to the open house in 2001 and it was nice, but nothing magnificent. Southern Illinois University is a much better option if you are looking for a pure aviation school, but the campus leaves some to be desired.

User currently offline777STL From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 3643 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2680 times:

Quoting Salukipilot (Reply 4):
Hey hey there!!! There's Southern Illinois University!!

Dont't forget about us! Big grin

How do you think I feel, I go to the "other SIU"? Big grin

(One year til I graduate and then I'm moving as far away as possible)

It really is funny though to listen to people from Chicagoland bash southern Illinois(the region) when they don't have a clue.



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User currently offlineNycfuturepilot From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 791 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2669 times:

Quoting LambertMan (Reply 16):
The University of Illinois itself is a great school, the aviation school is just mediocre. I went to the open house in 2001 and it was nice, but nothing magnificent. Southern Illinois University is a much better option if you are looking for a pure aviation school, but the campus leaves some to be desired.

Nah, really looking for business, the aviation was a bonus (both are 2 yr programs)



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User currently offlineUadc8contrail From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1782 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 2660 times:

L E W I S UNIVERSITY!!!!!!!!!!!


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User currently offlineSTLGph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9371 posts, RR: 26
Reply 20, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2655 times:

Quoting Nycfuturepilot (Thread starter):
I was just accepted to the University of Illinois as a pilot major in their institute of aviation (will be getting a BA or a BBA also) but really dont know much about it, was wondering what everyone knows about the school and what you think about it.

I grew up in Champaign and am there quite often. I know a few people that went through this program, loved it, and are presently employed in the industry. The ultimate goal, right?

However, a lot of them did an option to double major and when I talked to them, that is the one thing they said they would suggest others to do. Is to pick up a double major. Some of them took foreign language (Spanish, etc.) as an option. This being because a few years ago, Aviation wasn't even allowed as a major, but as a minor. A lot of companies/industry are still slow to recognize that it is now an option/degree within itself.



Quoting 777STL (Reply 17):
How do you think I feel, I go to the "other SIU"? Big grin

SIUE is a unique institution in and of itself. Vandegrift is looking at aligning SIUE with a program in the St. Louis area and offering an Aviation program within the next few years.

Quoting LambertMan (Reply 16):
the aviation school is just mediocre.

Who are you kidding?



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User currently offlineLambertMan From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2076 posts, RR: 35
Reply 21, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2651 times:

Quoting STLGph (Reply 20):
Who are you kidding?

Well, thats what I was told when I was weighing my options back in '01. Many people including my old neighbor who is a 744 captain for UA told me to go to Carbondale or Parks. I know that U of I has some nice Pipers, but beyond that I honestly have not heard any great remarks about the school.


User currently offlineUadc8contrail From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1782 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2649 times:

WHEN IN DOUBT.......head north to romeoville


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User currently offlinePIA777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1738 posts, RR: 6
Reply 23, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2648 times:

Quoting Nycfuturepilot (Thread starter):
I was just accepted to the University of Illinois as a pilot major in their institute of aviation (will be getting a BA or a BBA also) but really dont know much about it, was wondering what everyone knows about the school and what you think about it.

Do you have any classes at Willard Field? Thats far from the Campus.
Congrats on your acceptance. I think everything at U of I is great.
Its one of the best schools in the nation.

PIA777



GO CUBS!!
User currently offlineSTLGph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9371 posts, RR: 26
Reply 24, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2637 times:

Quoting LambertMan (Reply 21):
Well, thats what I was told when I was weighing my options back in '01. Many people including my old neighbor who is a 744 captain for UA told me to go to Carbondale or Parks. I know that U of I has some nice Pipers, but beyond that I honestly have not heard any great remarks about the school.

three words -- University of Illinois.



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25 CHI787ORD : Believe me.... I lived in Carbondale for 8 months. I now live 20 minutes from Chicago, and I can say that there isn't much in Southern Illinois. You
26 Post contains images Atrude777 : Very Unique to hear from those who reside here in carbondale (i have been living here for 18 years hahahaha Right now I am attending a local community
27 PIA777 : I went to U Of I from 88-90, got home sick so I transfered to IIT in Chicago. PIA777
28 Post contains images Daedaeg : Yes you can't forget the regects who couldn't get into U of I. I kiddd....I kidd!!!
29 777STL : The area around STL isn't bad at all, afterall we have the fine community of East St. Louis. Deep south Illinois, ok, I'll agree with you. I don't ha
30 STLGph : too bad SIU Edwardsville's reputation far supercedes that of SIU Carbondale. and budget, too. which is part of the reason why SIUE will be adding a t
31 WeeksyUK : Hi This is my first post on A.net but i have been lurking as a reader of the forums for the past year or so. I thought i would add my views on UIUC as
32 SX36 : If U of I doesn't work out for you, University of North Dakota will certainly teach you all about winter flying. We too get all the different weather
33 Planespotting : U of I is a great school, hands down. Their aviation program (from what i've heard) is decent, but it is not as presitigious as the likes of UND, and
34 Post contains images Atrude777 : All right........... For one..I was JOKING, hint the WINK? ya wink wink?
35 Planespotting : Also, in regards to SIU-C... Three of my former professors got their Masters/Doctorate from there, and they all said that it was a different world dow
36 PIA777 : Southern Illinois is pretty racist. I have seen more friendly faces in rural Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky. I often drive up to Chicago from Atlant
37 Atrude777 : PIA777- Anna is 20 minutes from my city. I find that hard to believe but not saying it isnt true. As for the KKK stuff I have experienced the opposite
38 PIA777 : I am only the messanger. I never heard it myself. I am only telling you what my sister's white co-worker who grew up in Anna said. PIA777
39 Wdleiser : University of Auburn has a nice program and I applied there, have yet to here back from them though. I just got accepted into ERAU at Prescot there s
40 777STL : Oh please tell me you're kidding.... You think god awful Edwardsville is more of a party town than Carbondale? Afterall, SIUC is the school that has
41 Wdleiser : We are all forgetting University Of Wisconsin is the number 1 party school, had they had a flight program or had I not wanted to become a pilot, I wo
42 Atrude777 : No, I have tons of friends going to SIU-E and when they come home for the weekend, I seriously all I hear is party this and party that. SIU-C has jus
43 Post contains links LMP737 : Actually the campus, is pretty nice. Being in the middle of the Shawnee National Forrest gives it a pituresque setting. Unlike most Illinois colleges
44 777STL : SIUC has had to take Halloween week off within the past few years. As to Illinois state schools, SIUE, SIUC, Western, Illinois State, Eastern, NIU an
45 LMP737 : Did I ever say Edwardsville was a party town? No I did not. Fall semester 2001 was the last year there was a "fall break". With the start of the fall
46 777STL : Yes, I'm sorry. Carbondale is a fine community and SIUC is the Harvard of the midwest. Happy? I understand school pride, I have pride in the first sc
47 Atrude777 : I was implying, due to recent years SIUE was more of a party town then SIU-C was, but did NOT say SIUE ITSELF was a party town.
48 Planespotting : haha, that sent me the giggles.
49 CHI787ORD : haha. this comment made my day. Doesn't suprise me. There are only two state schools in Illinois that are worth mentioning: U of I and UIC.
50 Post contains images Atrude777 : and University.. SIU disclaimer--
51 Post contains links STLGph : SIUE is not a party campus, but, a majority of the SIUE student body can drink a Big 12 student to shame. SIUE students do not typically party on the
52 Planespotting : no way dude. I've done both the Madison WI and the Blooming/Normal IL scene and Madison wins hands down. Not that the kids at ISU didn't know how to
53 STLGph : incorrect, dude. ISU. i've slutted across all the great lakes states and all the campuses. penn state boys...ahhhh.... and central illinois, like tota
54 Planespotting : dude, you're crazy dude. dude. even iowa city is better than ISU (both Iowa State and Illinois State). dude by chance have you seen the part in the mo
55 LMP737 : Basically what you just told me is that no you have never attended SIUC nor nave you been to Carbondale. In other words your opinion is based on what
56 Wdleiser : University of Wisconsin was ranked #1 by Princeton Review. Explain to me how they are not a party school then?
57 777STL : Where did I say I hadn't been to SIUC/Carbondale, of course I have, half my damn high school class went there. I only live two bloody hours away. Why
58 LMP737 : Now where did I get the impression that you have not attended SIUC or have ever been to Carbondale? Maybe the fact that when I asked you if you have
59 Highliner2 : I just graduated from the SIUC aviation program in December and I really cannot say enough good things about it. And after living in Carbondale for th
60 Post contains images Atrude777 : Can't wait to call myself a Saluki too, and i know people are going to ask..."WHAT THE HELL IS A SALUKI?!" That my friend stays in Carbondale Alex
61 Pilotpip : As far as partying goes, is there still a curfew on Haloween in Carbondale? Anybody that experienced a haloween there knows what I'm talking about.
62 Planespotting : Don't they get eaten by lions in Africa?
63 Crjflyer35 : Go Broncos. My Sister-in-Law graduated from their Teaching program. I also looked into the Aviation College as well, as I'm from Grand Rapids. I'm go
64 LTAC03R : Nycfuturepilot, congrats! Knowingly or not, you got into one of the best aviation programs worldwide. I graduated U of I aviation in 04, and was a fli
65 STLGph : I realize you come from Iowa where opening a can of beer is considered partying. Trust me, ISU. It's the Princeton Review. To people at the Princeton
66 Planespotting : I was waiting for the Iowa jokes to start coming. Just because our state has the stigma of being really boring doesn't mean it lives up to that expec
67 STLGph : I started losing interest when Big 10 changed to the Big 10 but with the number 11 hidden inside the logo. Big 10, Big 11, Big 12, Big ?? the only th
68 777STL : This is an incredibly stupid thing to argue about but... You said an SIUE student could drink a Big 12 student under the table? Hah. That was what I
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