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'Planes with Purpose: Humanitarian Aviation'

Thursday, 06 April, 2017

Explore the often overlooked world of humanitarian aviation, hear pilots’ stories, and learn how planes contribute to service work around the globe. A reception with free food and a chance to fly our mobile flight simulator will conclude the event! 

Hear from three engaging speakers:

  • Dr. Stephen Belt, who flew for Air Serv in the Democratic Republic of Congo during the summers of 2003 and 2005 to transport aid workers and supplies for relief organizations and NGOs. Dr. Belt is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Aviation Science in Saint Louis University's Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology.
  • Dr. Jessica Watson, the director of Global Programs & Partnerships at Wings of Hope, an aviation nonprofit working in 12 countries to lift people in need toward health and self-sufficiency. Founded in 1962, it has been nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize. 
  • Father James Sebesta, S.J., a Jesuit priest who piloted various missions for the Jesuits in rural central Alaska for over 20 years. Father Sebester is currently a Certified Flight Instructor for Saint Louis University's Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology.

Audience members will have a chance to ask questions and engage in discussion with the presenters to learn more about their impact, experiences, and career paths. At 5 p.m., a reception will take place with light refreshments and opportunities to meet, mingle and fly the mobile flight simulator.

The presentation will take place in Carlo Auditorium in Tegeler Hall.  RSVPs are not required but encouraged; please click here to let us know you're coming.

This event is hosted by SLU's Parks College, the Department of Aviation Science, Alpha Eta Rho, Wings of Hope, and the Sam and Marilyn Fox Atlas Program.