Learning does not happen in the classroom alone. That's why the College of Aeronautics encourages students to take part in the various aviation student clubs and organizations right here on the Florida Tech campus. Participating in student organizations can provide opportunities for networking, leadership experience, working as part of a diverse team, and even some fun. There are over 100 registered student organizations from student government to ethnic societies and clubs ports, even a flight team! Here are a few of the organizations that are most popular among College of Aeronautics students.
The Falcons Flight Team is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students primarily from FIT's College of Aeronautics, but all majors are welcome. They compete in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) Region IX competition each year, with hopes of qualifying for the NIFA SAFECON (Safety and Evaluation Conference) national event. The Falcons well-recognized program has a great working relationship with the university, flight program, and local community, who all support them as they represent them around the country.
"The National Intercollegiate Flying Association was formed for the purposes of developing and advancing aviation education; to promote, encourage and foster safety in aviation; to promote and foster communications and cooperation between aviation students, educators, educational institutions and the aviation industry; and to provide an arena for collegiate aviation competition."
Check out the Falcons website.
The Collegiate Aviation Business Executives (CABE) facilitates a networking relationship with students and the aviation business world by educating, inspiring, and providing experiences and opportunities for personal growth. CABE is a student chapter of the Florida Airports Council and the American Association of Airport Executives. Members of CABE have the opportunity to travel to professional conferences, seminars, airports, networking events, and airshows. CABE has been continually recognized as one of the strongest student chapters in the USA.
For more information, you may contact Club President Stephen Halfinger.
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The College of Aeronautics Student Network (COASN) offers the opportunity for all students to get the most out of their college experience. COASN primarily helps the incoming freshman get better acclimated to the student/pilot lifestyle. During the semester, they organize various workshops as well as social events to ensure that the College of Aeronautics students can really enjoy all that the college has to offer as well as stay on track with the sometimes very intense course load. They are also a student ambassador group. They will take small groups of students to various recruiting events during the year to help promote the college from the student point of view and at these events, they provide some of the best networking opportunities in the industry. COASN works very closely with all of the other student organizations within the College of Aeronautics as well as campus wide. Whatever your interests are, they will help in any way they can!
For more information, you may contact President Travis Trahan.
"Women in Aviation Space Coast Florida Tech Chapter" (WAISCFTC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of women in all aviation related fields. The chapter is committed to bringing together all aviation related majors to form a network of aviation professionals that are available to provide information on the aviation industry and the possibilities it holds.
The Space Coast Florida Tech Chapter participates in the following: Aviation Day held at FIT Aviation at the Melbourne International Airport; involvement in Grils' in Aviation Day; contribution to and/or involvement in Corporate Angel Network; extending to local middle and elementary schools (to inform children of the possibilities of an aviation related career or any aviation education and skills to be taught); visits to the Melbourne International Airport (such as the following but not exhaustive-control tower, FBO's, landside and airside tours); National Business Aviation Association conference; and the Women in Aviation International Conference among other aviation-related events and activities of choice.
For more information, you may contact President Chesapeake Gustin.
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The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) is an interdisciplinary club for undergraduate and graduate students at FIT interested in human factors and ergonomics. Students in all majors are invited to join. HFES hosts guest speakers and visits local companies to learn about human factors and ergonomics in research and practice. The club also provides members with conference and networking opportunities.
For more information, you may contact President Emerson Burkard.