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Alumni Spotlight: Aviation Graduate Rachel Earnhardt

 Thursday, March 1, 2018


Rachel Earnhardt


Rachel Earnhardt


Springfield, Missouri


B.S. Aerospace Administration and Operations, Professional Pilot option


Graduation Date:

May 2017

Current Job:

Flight instructor with Lufthansa Aviation Training in Goodyear, Arizona through the United Airlines Career Path Program

How did the College of Education, Health and Aviation prepare you for life after college?

My professors and flight instructors at OSU prepared me well for the leap into the real world following graduation.  Without them, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to learn, connect and explore the world of aviation. 

What stands out to you most about your experience in the OSU aviation program?

The aviation program at Oklahoma State was more than just my education.  I made connections that paved the way for my future career and met my lifelong friends. 

What were you involved in as a student at OSU?

I was involved in the Greek community, Flight Team, Flying Aggies and Women in Aviation organization.  I was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and made the Dean’s/Presidential Honor Roll each semester.

What was the highlight of your college career?

Definitely Flight Team competitions! I was awarded the Top Female Pilot at the Region VI NIFA competition in 2015, and placed on a national level at NIFA 2016 competition. 

What advice would you give to current students in the aviation program?

I would encourage anyone in the aviation program to get involved as much as they can and connect with as many people as possible.  By competing on the Flight Team and going to Nationals, I made connections that led to an internship with United Airlines. That opportunity ultimately brought me to my current position with Lufthansa Aviation Training. 

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