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A path I could have easily traveled

As we age, it is not uncommon to look back on our life’s path and wonder “what if?”

What if I had indeed went to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University back when I was young? I’ve always possessed this incredible passion for aviation, so I suspect I’d have soaked up their brand of knowledge, earned my paper and would now be left seat in a 777 taking a load of pax over the North Atlantic as a Captain.

When I think about universities, I believe it simply does not get any better than ERAU. I have personally spoken with ERAU students, and they tell me that keg parties, ridiculous student hazing rituals, and the usual party scene that is now fully accepted at our major four-year schools is nowhere to be found at their school. Typical ERAU students are focused, polite, motivated kids who love aviation and want to propel themselves to a career an aeronautics. They are not phony party-hard beer guzzlers wasting their parent’s College Fund as they stumble half-naked around a beach somewhere at Spring Break.

No, while many loser college kids are puking in a gutter somewhere, bet the farm that the ERAU kids are out at the airport working double overtime to perfect the fine art of driving a Seminole right down the gut of a near-minimums ILS approach. The university's fleet of 92 instructional aircraft includes the following models: American Champion Decathlon, Cessna 150, Cessna 152, Cessna 172, Cessna 172S, Cessna 182RG, Piper PA28R Arrow, and Piper PA44 Seminole, and they are busy year-round.

You can watch an awesome ERAU video here, or read a list of their available degrees here.

One last thing. Up here in the perfectly green Pacific Northwest, ERAU classes are now available at McMinnville, Oregon’s Evergreen Aviation Museum. Imagine learning this stuff in the shadow of the Spruce Goose…inspiring, I would say.

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