By Jean Sparks, Evans Library
The new College of Aeronautics Evans Library display enables visitors to grasp important milestones in teaching and many contributions to the scientific study of aeronautics and aviation.
Encircling the lobby is a timeline that starts in 1960 when the idea of teaching aeronautics here first arose. It continues as the School of Aeronautics transitioned to a graduate-level college, built Skurla Hall and the Emil Buehler Center for Aviation Training and Research, launched FAA Centers of Excellence and became an international presence with students from Turkey, Panama, Qatar, Oman and elsewhere.
Displayed are books and journal articles by current faculty members, all 59 theses by master’s students and course-related posters. Subjects range from human factors to aviation safety, airport design and management, and simulation and training. Delta 2 and Atlas 5 model rockets, and a simulated habitat enhance exhibited Mars Society research on spaceflight human factors conducted recently in the Utah desert by John Deaton.
Pilot hopefuls of all ages have enjoyed an Elite flight simulator that visitors are allowed to “fly.” Hours of operation are Mondays and Wednesdays, 3-7 p.m., and Fridays 2-5 p.m.
The College of Aeronautics Research Showcase will continue through August, and all are invited to enjoy it.