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June 18, 1997 - Image 3

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W6&66 dat,' Jue 1, '1996 ThaO MiItigatt Daily - 3

flyig club welcomes students
By Yvo Maldonado
Daily Staff Reporter
Learning to fly a plane may not be a
common urge for students, but slipping
into the driver's seat of a Cessna 152
will provide a unique experience they
won't soon forget.'
With the assistance of the University
Flyers Club, students are granted such
he University Flyers was founded
by a group of undergraduate students in
1969. It is an officially recognized stu-
dent organization, but receives no
financial support from the University,
said John Baker, a certified flight
The Flyers held an open house
Saturday at the Ann Arbor airport to
lure new members, in hopes of expand-
ing the club's membership. MARGARET MYERS/Da
The club currently has about 400 Darren Marsh, an Ypsilanti doctor, examines a plane at the Ann Arbor airport on
embers with 200 active members and Saturday at the University Flyers' Club open house.
200 social members. The open house,
usually held monthly, allows the Flyers should draw people to join the Flyers.
to show off airplanes and offers people "That's the number one reason, I
a chance to learn more about the club. think, for anyone to be in U of M Flyers,
As part of the open house, the club is either to learn to fly, or to fly some of
offered perspective members Discovery the nicest airplanes around Ann Arbor,"
Flights, in which an instructor explains Smith said.
how Flyers membership works and how Chief Flight Instructor Finlay Beaton
the airplanes run. For only $25, the said the club is made up of people of all
,tructor takes students for a half-hour ages.
bur flight above Ann Arbor - some- "Flyers range in age from 17 to 60
times allowing students the chance to and are about 30 percent University stu-
take the airplane's controls. dents and faculty," said Finlay Beaton,
Compared to other flying clubs in chief flight instructor. "You won't find
Michigan, the Flyers is relatively inex- nicer planes in the country, of this type,
pensive and boasts one of the largest trainers." Beaton said.
memberships. Students do not need any The club currently has seven air-
flight experience to join the club. planes, three Cessna 152 trainers, a
"The initial membership fee is a lot Cessna 172, a Cessna 182 and a
less, the monthly fees are about the Beechcraft Debonair. MARGARET MYERS/Da
-same as the other one's are," Certified Most new pilots begin in the trainers. An aerial view of campus taken from
ight Instructor Scott Darish said. "But The average training required for a pilot one of the Flyers' planes.
the aircraft we fly here, compared to license is 60 hours with a session lasting
some of the other aircrafts, are quite a about 2 hours, a half hour of ground fied flight instructors, seven full-tir
bit nicer." work and an hour and a half of dual fly- and six part-time.
Deano Smith, another certified flight ing. For more Flyers information, c,
instructor, said the quality of airplanes The Flyers are comprised of 13 certi- (313) 994-6208.

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the perpendicular jut of the facade
sets it apart from the medical metro-
An observer cannot help but be struck
by the appearance of the building.
"I think it is amazing, the architecture
is just beautiful," said Jim Smallish, a
registered nurse who hopes someday to
work in the facility.
But the $88 million building -
,which boasts six floors of research and
three floors of treatment facilities - is
more than just pleasing to the eye.
"A facility like this adds to the whole
University," Engler said. "It yields the
merging of a cancer and geriatrics cen-
ter that students can point with pride at
to their parents and relatives when they
Larry Warren, the interim chief exec-
utive officer of the Medical Center, said
both the University's cancer and geri-
atrics treatment branches are among the
best in the country.
Warren said the building will be the
vanguard of treatment for the aging pop-

ulation and will try to mitigate the ever-
rising cancer rate - one out of every
three Americans will be diagnosed with
cancer. The faculty will include patient-
care rooms and research labs.
"To those who need us, we will pro-
vide the finest services and personnel
available," Warren said.
Dr. Lawrence McMahon, whose
patients may be treated in the new facil-
ity, is proud of the building.
"It think it's an example of moving
research and patient care together to
provide patients with the best treatment
options in the most caring environment
we know how to provide" McMahon
McMahon said that linking the cancer
and geriatrics facilities will allow for
better teamwork among employees
when treating a patient.
Schembechler's speech encouraging
cancer combatants held locker room
pep-talk overtones.
"Believe you can beat this thing.
Believe you can win."
Schembechler's words were especial-
ly poignant to the large crowd; he lost
his wife Millie to adrenal cancer in

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