Recent Graduate Living the Dream of Flight

July 9, 2012
Aviation Science, Parks College News


Cessna Aircraft Co. recently launched their inaugural “Discover Flying Challenge” to help generate excitement about light sport aircraft, a relatively new type of general aviation. This year they are challenging aviation students to see who can create the most awareness of Cessna’s Light-Sport Aircraft, the Skycatcher.

Nine flight instructors were carefully selected from university aviation programs across the country to participate in this years challenge and one of the individuals selected was our very own Edward Honey.

As dispatcher for the other eight Skycatcher pilots, Honey will be planning routes and helping them with various aeronautical decisions.

edward-honeyEdward Honey, Parks College alum

This past May, Honey graduated from Saint Louis University’s Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology with a Bachelors of Science with a major in Flight Science and a minor in Air Traffic Control Procedures.

“The flying experience I have received from Parks College has definitely helped me handle the myriad situations and decisions of this internship,” said Honey. “Just last week one of our pilots flew out of Colorado. The fires in the state had made getting into his destination difficult, and the President was visiting the area, so we had to work around the Temporary Flight Restriction that’s associated with his aircraft. We ended up cancelling on the event and repositioning him to another airport that was closer to his next day’s activities.”

Cessna’s program was designed for aviation enthusiasts to easily follow each pilot’s journey through the Cessna Discover Flying Challenge website or through their YouTube and Facebook Page. Followers are also be able to find out where the pilots will be landing their Skycatchers next by checking the official challenge schedule.

The winner will be announced when all pilots reunite at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh convention and fly-in in Oshkosh, Wis.

About Cessna

Cessna is the world’s leading general aviation company. Since its inception in 1927, Cessna has designed, produced and delivered more than 192,500 airplanes around the globe. This includes more than 6,100 Citation business jets, making it the largest fleet of business jets in the world. Today, Cessna has two principal lines of business: aircraft sales and aftermarket services. Aircraft sales include Citation business jets, Caravan single-engine utility turboprops, single-engine piston aircraft and lift solutions by CitationAir. Aftermarket services include parts, maintenance, inspection and repair services. In 2010, Cessna delivered 535 aircraft, including 179 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of $2.6 billion. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at

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